Posts Tagged ‘child abuse’

Fred Phelps’ Son Speaks out About His Abused Past

November 26, 2008
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A Mattock

Trevor Melanson of The Brock Press had a chance encounter with a cab driver who turned out to be of none other than the son Fred “god hates fags” Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church.  Nate Phelps was kind enough to talk about growing up under his father and his life after he escaped.  This is what his childhood was like:

“The mattock, a close cousin of the pickaxe… Its handle is a three-foot wooden shaft, twice the density of a baseball bat, and its dual-sided iron head is comprised of a chisel and a pick.
It was Pastor Fred Phelps’ weapon of choice when beating his children, says his son, Nate Phelps.
“The Bible says: ‘Spare the rod, spoil the child,’ and he would be screaming that out as he was beating us,” said Nate.
One Christmas night, Nate says Pastor Phelps hit him over 200 times with a mattock’s handle, swinging it like a baseball player.”

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Sex Abuse Victims Allowed to Sue Vatican, Jesus Will be Sued Next

November 26, 2008

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The US Sixth Circuit Court of appeals has ruled  the Vatican can held liable for failing to protect children from priest sex abuse.  The ruling could also open the way for other complaints to find their way to St. Peter’s  such as those of holocaust survivors seeking to file suit against the Vatican Bank.  Der Popenator has yet to comment but he’ll no doubt be pleased when the Vatican’s sins come back as lawsuits and bankrupt the church.  Accumulating excess wealth is a Catholic sin now, isn’t it?

[Wall Street Journal] via [Pharyngula]