Nate Phelps Will Speak at Reason Rally!

Yesterday, the Reason Rally announced the addition of Eddie Izzard to the roster.

Today — and this may be even more interesting news — they’re announcing that Nate Phelps will be there, too.

Phelps is the (estranged) son of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps. Nate severed ties with his notorious family decades ago and now speaks out in favor of LGBT rights and raises awareness of religion-based child abuse.

Considering that we now know his notorious family also plans to attend the Rally, that should make for some interesting stories…

Nate’s presence alone is a testament to the fact that you can break free from even the most religious of families and live a happier life without fear and hatred.

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  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    Thankfully Nate will have LOTS of support.  This may well be his first ‘reunion’, not that I expect any direct dialog.

  • http://twitter.com/0xabad1dea Melissa

    Nate, if you see this, I think you’re a hero.

  • Lynn

    The entire rally is going to be on video online soon afterwards, right? Because I am squirming with anticipation! If I had the money I would be planning my trip right now. This is going to be awesome!

  • Abram Larson

    I saw Nate when he came back to Topeka (home of the WBC) a couple of years ago. He was excellent. I wish I had enough money to go. If anyone wants to spot me a plane ticket and a hotel room, I’ll be there with bells on.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RPPWVLMFKJ7QCHLEVQAR5GSL5M momma J

    Now see! That’s an interesting speaker. Hopefully everyone plays nice :)

  • Anonymous

    One estranged son who supports lgbt rights + the rest of the family who are in a cult who hate people who are lgbt. hmmm i smell a sitcom lol

    and i thought my family reunions were bad. 

  • Alex

    Damn, I wish I could go, but it’s over 12 hours of driving from where I live, and the airplane ticket costs are ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

     Arg I’m getting more and more envious. I think if I hear Neil deGrasse Tyson is going, I’ll die. I’ve started a new job just this week, so moving around is out of the question for now. You guys better have buttloads of video planned!


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