I find the Westboro Baptist Church interesting. I have always been interested in religion, and the wierder the better, and Westboro takes the proverbial cake for strangeness.
Most of the people at Westboro are related to each other and decendents of the pastor, Fred Phelps. There are however other parishioners who are not related to the family.
One guy who isn’t is an asshat named Steve Drain. Drain did a documentary on the church, liked their philospophy, and moved his whole family from Florida to Kansas to join the church and do all the goofy stuff they do.
Drain has three kids, an adult daughter of about 21, a son about 7 and a little daughter who is about 4. The oldest daughter was kicked out of the church and was told to leave the family. Fortunately for her, she is a nurse and has a job etc.
Since she has been kicked out of that church and shunned from her family, she is not allowed contact with her two younger siblings. The parents are telling the children that the daughter is a whore and is going straight to hell. Those children will grow up hating the older sister because that is what that evil church and their yes, evil fking parents have told them.
Question: Is there anyway for a sibling to sue the parents to be able to see her younger brother and sister? The girl is not dangerous or a criminal. She just wants to live a normal life. I think the parents barring the older daughter to see her young brother and sister is an offense. The 7 year old is already a Westboro Nazi, parroting all that nasty shit they say, and both kids are out “picketing” funerals, events, etc. This to me is child abuse and is dangerous.
More than likely Drain has beaten his wife and children. This is an allowed and accepted practice within the cult. If I was the older daughter, I would be at the child welfare office.
Problem is that almost all the adult Phelps members are lawyers and knows the laws inside and out. This is why they have gotten away with what they have all these years. It would be an interesting court case.