This should be interesting.
Nate Phelps, estranged son of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps, plans to speak at an atheist rally.
Never ones to miss a chance to picket, Westboro church supporters will protest the so-called Reason Rally, according to a news release from SecularStudents.org
"Nate Phelps brings a powerful voice and story to the rally," Reason Rally organizer David Silverman said in the release. "He shows us all that if you can come out as an atheist in that family, it's possible anywhere."
The younger Phelps is described on his website as an LGBT advocate who, "speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse."
The site says Phelps left his father's home at midnight on his 18th birthday after enduring "extreme physical punishments and abuse, extreme dietary and health requirements, and other extreme expectations," while growing up under his father, according to the site.
The Reason Rally release has more on the gathering, scheduled for March, 24:
The Reason Rally, billed as the largest gathering of the secular movement in the nation's history, is a free event on the National Mall with the intent to "unify, energize, and embolden" nonreligious Americans to gain legislative and social equality.
Richard Dawkins, comedian Eddie Izzard, and the band Bad Religion are expected to attend.
In the past, the Westboro Baptist Church has gained national attention for a number of controversial moves, such as protesting at the funerals of US soldiers.
The Westboro Baptist Church first gained national notice at the funeral of Matthew Shepard who had been robbed, brutally beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming.
The Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket Steve Jobs' funeral but called it off when the memorial service was held privately.
The Westboro Baptist Church picketed Elizabeth Edwards' funeral after she died of cancer.
The Westboro Baptist Church protested Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder after he had died serving his country in Iraq. The protest of the hate group went all the way to the Supreme Court.
While it is not clear that the hate group ever got there they declared their intent in this charming YouTube Video staring the head hater himself who tells the people of Norway -- God Sent the Shooter. Read more about it here.
The Westboro Baptist Church protested the Illinois Holocaust Museum on the eve of Rosh Hashanah
The Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funerals of victims of Tucson shootings. They agreed not to picket the 9 year old Christina Taylor Green in exchange for air time on a local radio show.
Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of recording artist Michael Jackson. Members of Westboro have also recorded a song titled "God Hates the World," an adaptation of Jackson's charity single, "We Are the World."
The Westboro Baptist Church protested in tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri when President Obama visited.
Read more about it The Foo Fighters vs. Westboro.