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Mar 24 2014

Statement by Nathan Phelps

So after two weeks of intense job searching and no posting, thinking I had a job twice only to have both fall thru for reasons beyond my control or the prospective employer’s fault for that matter, I have absolutely nothing to show for the effort. Today’s incarnation is yet another job, third one, that seems or perhaps seemed like a pretty sure deal, but they did not send me training instruction on Friday like they said they would. So now I’m in limbo, again. It’s a little frustrating, but I’ve gotten used to it.

Life could be worse. Just ask Nate Phelps, Son of Fred:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24 2014 – On behalf of Nathan Phelps, son of former Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, Recovering From Religion issues the following official statement:

“Fred Phelps is now the past. The present and the future are for the living. Unfortunately, Fred’s ideas have not died with him, but live on, not just among the members of Westboro Baptist Church, but among the many communities and small minds that refuse to recognize the equality and humanity of our brothers and sisters on this small planet we share. I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been. I deeply mourn the grief and pain felt by my family members denied their right to visit him in his final days. They deserved the right to finally have closure to decades of rejection, and that was stolen from them.

Even more, I mourn the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community, the unfortunate target of his 23 year campaign of hate. His life impacted many outside the walls of the WBC compound … Read the rest at Recovering From Religion.

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  1. 1
    René

    I deeply sympathize with Nathan.

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    magistramarla

    I’ve been worried about you since you weren’t posting, Stephen.
    It’s amazing that none of those jobs have panned out for you.
    Have you applied at USAA? It seems to me that company is really great about hiring a diverse group of people and your skills would work well with their business policies.

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    Pierce R. Butler

    They deserved the right to finally have closure to decades of rejection…

    Otoh, the old bastard might well have spat and cursed at them from his deathbed.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I’m somewhat torn by this news becaise one one hand its good riddance to Fred Phelps a truly awful hateful man and on the other I do feel for and wish to express condolences to Nathan and others in his family. Also apparently from what I’ve read elsewhere, Fred Phelps was excommunicated from his own church because he wanted it to be kinder and nicer – at least to its own members.

    Plus Phelps was living disproof of the Right’s claims of being persecuted and reduced freedom of speeech as another Fred, Clark of the ‘Slacktivist’ blog once pointed out here :

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2009/04/20/one-cheer-for-fred-phelps/

    Then too, had he lived just a few more years, who knows, there might have been the best revenge of all against the Westboro’s mob – Fred Phelps and his cult witnessing equal marriage and tolerance for LGBTQI people USA and most of the Western world wide. I think (hope too natch) that’s coming and much sooner than expected so shame he didn’t quite live to see that and see how little even perversely opposite his hateful cult’s efforts have been.

    So, yeah, mixed emotions.

    PS. Nothing mixed about how good it is to see another post on ‘Zingularity’ though! Great tohave you posting again and hope things work out well for you soon Darksyde.

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    thebookofdave

    They deserved the right to finally have closure to decades of rejection…

    Otoh, the old bastard might well have spat and cursed at them from his deathbed.

    Might have been correctly interpreted as his personal blessing, since these outbursts would have generated massive amounts of sympathy for their target, and contributed to their success.

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