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Son Westboro founder: Fred Phelps Sr., Westboro Baptist Church founder, is dying

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The son of Westboro founder Fred Phelps Sr. says that his dad is dying. On March 16, CBS reported that Fred's son, Nathan Phelps, made the announcement about his dad's condition on his Facebook page. Nathan has been estranged from his dad for the past 30 years but he said that his dad is "on the edge of death" and on hospice care in Topeka, Kansas. Ironically, Nathan said that his father was ex-communicated from his own church last summer.

"I'm not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made," Nathan Phelps wrote (via CBS).

The son of the Westboro founder distanced himself from his dad, likely because he didn't agree with his father's organization of picketing at various funerals and other events. He has spoken to the media about the WBC in the past and one has to understand just how hard it must be for someone like Nathan who didn't have a great relationship with a dad -- a man who is now about to die.

"I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved. And I'm bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes," Nathan added.

The son of Westboro founder Fred Phelps Sr. can be seen talking about the church in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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