He remembers when his father would force him and his siblings to run five to ten miles around the high school track every night. One evening another boy was riding his bicycle along the outer lanes of the track, and Fred began yelling at him to leave. The boy’s response was to keep riding on the track, and Fred’s was to push him off the bike. The boy left, screaming, and 20 minutes later a truck came screeching into the parking lot. The boy had brought his father, who approached Fred and knocked him to the ground.
“The man was threatening to sue him,” said Nate. “Then my old man yelled at us all to get in the car and we went home, and [my father] ended up beating my mom that night.”
Father, in this case, is Fred Phelps. Click the link to refresh your memory of who this religious leader is. Then, read the entire essay: Running from HELL: Growing up in America’s most hated family. You will not be surprized, but you will be upset.
Thank you Virgil for sending along this link and for ruining our day!