March 20, 2014 3:56 pm -

Nate Phelps, who left his now-deceased father Fred and the Westboro Baptist Church 37 years ago, says his dad was a “sociopath” and narcissist who was ex-communicated on his deathbed. His death shows he is not one of God’s chosen. Nate, who feared his father until the end because of an abusive childhood, says his dad was addicted to speed and prescription drugs.

A man filled with rage and battling addictions, his son reveals, Fred Phelps convinced his followers that God’s ‘elect’ would go to heaven without dying…

Nate was the sixth of Fred and Margie Phelps’s 13 children. His was a childhood of violent physical and mental abuse.

By the age of six he could rattle off all 66 books of the bible in 19 seconds – knowledge that was drummed into him under fear of damnation and hammered home with his father’s fists…

‘We’d get up in the morning and we’d have to be real quiet. Rather than having us go out the door my mom would roll up a window and we had to climb out the window so there wasn’t any danger of a door slamming because he was upstairs in some drug induced state and he would just fly off the handle if something roused him.’

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.