Nate Phelps, a son of infamous homophobe Fred Phelps, spoke at the recent American Atheists convention.
At the age of 7, I could recite all 66 books of the Bible in 19 seconds. My father insisted on this because he was frustrated at waiting as his children flipped back and forth trying to find the verses he was preaching from. Afterwards, if one of us took to long my father would stop in the middle of his preaching, cast a gimlet eye on the offender and demand that, “Somebody smack that kid!”
It’s a horrifying story that deserves a larger audience.
Nate also wrote about his thoughts before and after giving the speech on Life Without Faith.
He and Brother Richard of Atheist Nexus have also begun a support group for those who have abandoned the super-conservative faiths of their families — it’s called “Life After Christian Fundamentalism.”
(via Atheist Nexus)