Nate Phelps, one of Fred Phelps’s kids who ended up escaping when he turned 18, has done an AMA on reddit. I thought these were some of the more revealing Q&As:
Reading this definitely changed my opinion about how to combat the craziness. I now have more empathy for the people inside the cult who are being victimized by Fred.
Instead of feeding into their expectation that outsiders will hate them or just ignoring them, what if people show up to counter-protest with messages of support for the abuse victims inside the cult offering to help them if they leave? Maybe if they knew that the outside world is willing to help them if they do escape from the abusive lunatic more of them would make an escape like Nate did.