Westboro picketers (file photo)
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 26, 2010)—Nate Phelps, the estranged son of controversial Kansas pastor Fred Phelps, predicts that his father's anti-gay church will eventually die out.
Nate Phelps spoke Saturday in Topeka, Kan., where his father is pastor of Westboro Baptist church, whose members conduct anti-gay picketing at the funerals of fallen troops, bearing signs that say military deaths are God’s punishment for tolerating homosexuality.
Nate Phelps described the fear and abuse he endured before leaving the family and church on his 18th birthday, and warned that extreme religious beliefs can jeopardize children's safety.
In an interview with the Topeka Capital-Journal last week, Nate Phelps described his father as "combative, angry, hateful (and) destructive."