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David Pakman Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper admits Fred physically abused his kids

Was there any doubt that growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church under the guidance of the Cryptkeeper would be anything other than a hellish experience? Shirley Phelps-Roper went on the David Pakman Show to blow off some steam over being targeted for WBC’s anti-gay ways, and confirmed that the beatings will continue as part of teaching “the ways of the church.” From the DPS press release:

Shirley Phelps-Roper indicated today in an interview with David Pakman of The David Pakman Show that the Westboro Baptist Church has been targeted by Anonymous, the group alleged to have taken down Mastercard and other websites in response to their handling of Wikileaks in recent months. The authenticity is being called into question, and some have denied that anyone representing Anonymous ever issued the letter which circulated over the last few days.

During the interview, Phelps-Roper said that she is not afraid of Anonymous, and denied the claims made by Pakman that the church’s website has already been down all day. Phelps-Roper also likened Anonymous to “the Pharaoh of Egypt,” adding that “God…already has punished and will punish…Anonymous.”

When confronted by Pakman with claims made by her estranged brother Nathan Phelps during a previous interview with Pakman that her father, Fred Phelps, physically abused his children, and that physical abuse is prevalent in the Westboro Baptist Church, Phelps-Roper indicated that hitting children is part of “teaching children exactly like their creator told them to do it,” causing Pakman to ask later in the interview whether police involvement was appropriate.

In addition to making ad hominem attacks on David Pakman and Phelps-Roper’s estranged brother, Nathan Phelps during the interview, she also added that her newest granddaughter, expected to be born today, February 21, 2011, would start being taught the ways of the church, including their anti-gay views, as soon as next Sunday.

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