Thursday, April 30, 2009

The legacy of Fred Phelps

(Note to CCbloggers: The site is linking to the incorrect post. Look at the blog archive on the right to find the post you are looking for. Sorry for the confusion!)

Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps and recently gave a speech to the American Atheists. It is a heart wrenching tale of the evils of religious extremism and of living with a genuinely evil person. Nate has come a long way, as his story testifies, but likely will be exorcising the demons of his nightmare childhood for the rest of his life. Elsewhere he relates how after the speech, Richard Dawkins came forward from the audience to ask why Fred Phelps wasn't in jail for the child and spouse abuse he had committed. Why indeed.

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