Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on February 22, 2011
Topeka, Kansas – In an unexpected move, Shirley Phelps (the matron of the Westboro Baptist Church) admited on a radio program that her family physically abuses children. Watch the video of the interview below.
The interview was between Shirley Phelps and David Pakman over the story of a hacker group threatening to take down the website of the Westboro Baptists. I haven’t been covering this story because I try not to give much press to Westboro. Long story short: a letter circulated from the infamous hacker group “Anonymous” threatening to take down Westboro’s website unless they stopped preaching hate. Westboro responded with a letter back, essentially saying “Bring it.” We then found out that “Anonymous” never sent the original letter, and it probably came from Westboro themselves, trying to get more press coverage.
This interview is a couple of days old, before we found out that the Anonymous letter was a hoax.
But listen to what else Shirley has to say. Pakman presses her on claims made in the past that the Westboro clan abuses their children and Shirley responds by saying that hitting children is part of “teaching children exactly like their creator told them to do it.”