|Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died on March 19 at the age of 84|
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died on March 19 at the age of 84. He died just before midnight in Kansas, suffering from 'health problems' related to his old age and was being cared for in a Shawnee County facility.
|Nathan "Nate" Phelps|
Three years ago, his son Nathan Phelps - who escaped the family and church 37 years ago, the minute the clock struck midnight on his 18th birthday - told me, "It’s an evil thing when a human being laughs at you during such a tender, painful moment in your life. They say sticks and stones can break your bones, but the reality is words do the most damage. It’s longest-lasting and often cannot be undone. When someone like my father deliberately steps in to injure someone else, that’s a pretty good definition of evil."
London's Daily Mail reports, "Nate Phelps said his father was excommunicated in August 2013 from the church for advocating more kindness toward its members."
Read my full Three Dollar Bill interview with Phelps' son, Calgary-based LGBT civil rights activist Nathan Phelps, by clicking here.