Ana Mendoza Packham Staff Writer
@AnaMendozaPackWell, that was unexpected. Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps, issued a surprisingly open statement by way of Recovering From Religion. Nate’s father, Fred Phelps, was the pastor for the Westboro Baptist Church, a congregation that is notorious for its inappropriate picketing and strong anti-LGBT views. Nate Phelps’ statement was very different than what a lot of people may have expected. He started off saying that, while he did mourn for his father, he mourns “not for the man he was, but the man he could have been”. He then goes on to say that he also mourns “the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community, the unfortunate target of his 23 year campaign of hate". He recognizes all of the work that went into combating his father’s toxic views, and thinks that this should be an example of what communities can accomplish when they band together for a good cause. He ends his statement by saying: “Embrace the LGBT community as our equals, our true brothers and sisters, by promoting equal rights for everyone, without exception.” Nate’s public statement should be a lesson to us all. He is a prime example as to how change is possible. He grew up in an oppressive, bigoted household, but didn’t stay that way. He chose to spread love, not hate. He is an inspiration to many, and his attitude is just another step in the right direction in the fight for LGBT equality.
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