Target: Nathan Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps
Goal: Commend and support individuals who choose to leave the Westboro Church hate-group and speak out against it
The Westboro Baptist Church is famous for picketing fallen soldier’s funerals, the Sandy Hook elementary school memorial, and for repeatedly stating that all homosexuals and those supporting homosexuals will burn in hell. The hate group, which is not affiliated with Baptist faith, consists of mostly family members of the founder, Fred Phelps, but thankfully the so-called church has been losing members steadily over the years. The first to leave was Nate Phelps, son of Fred Phelps. While remaining silent for many years, Nate has begun to speak out against his father and the regime of the Westboro Church.
Nate Phelps and other Westboro deserters are shunned from their previous community and family. They are not allowed to visit or speak to any of their family members. During their time with the church, Nate has reported repeated bloody beatings performed by Fred Phelps on all family members, including his wife and the young children. Nate has returned numerous times to Topeka, Kansas, hometown of Westboro, to speak out against the hatred and cruelty his family has caused to himself and the community.
Deserters of Westboro Baptist Church are bravely standing up against a hate-culture they have known their whole lives and attempting to mend the damage done. They deserve support and admiration for leaving the cult-church environment. Sign this petition to show support for those who have deserted, and urge current members of this hateful organization to desert as well.
Dear Nathan Phelps,
This letter is to commend and support you for leaving Westboro Baptist Church and for bravely speaking out against their hateful message. The courage required to leave the community you had known your whole life is astounding and I applaud your bravery. In addition, the work you have done as an advocate against child abuse and for gay rights is admirable. You have been speaking out against the cult environment you grew up in as a way to counterbalance the hatred of your father’s message. This letter is to thank you for your good work and to urge other deserters of Westboro to speak out against the trauma caused by the group.
You have become a great activist of human goodness discussing the dangers of extremist religion and the hatred it provokes. You have inspired others to leave the hateful organization of Westboro and other groups like it. Thank you for your bravery and I urge you to continue your work as you have. It is inspiring to others living in extremist religious regimes and gives hope to the victims of hate-groups.
[Your Name Here]
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