Nathan Phelps at George Washington University
This event is hosted by the George Washington University Secular Society and co-sponsored by the Center for Inquiry-DC, Secular Student Alliance, GW Allied Pride, and Machar.
Nathan Phelps: The Story of an Ex-Westboro Baptist Church Member
Nathan Phelps is the son of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, which gained infamy from their protests at soldiers’ funerals around the United States. He is the sixth of thirteen children, and was taught his father’s extreme version of Calvinism from an early age. This was accompanied by extreme physical punishments and abuse, extreme dietary and health requirements, and other extreme expectations. Phelps left home at midnight on his eighteenth birthday, and moved to California where he built a new life away from his family. He later moved to Canada, and only recently began speaking out about his story. He is a vocal LGBT advocate, and speaks out against the dangers of religious freedom abuse and child abuse. He is currently working on a book which covers his exceptional story, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary film.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 8:00 PM. More information on the event here.