Megan Phelps Leaves Westboro Baptist Church

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Westboro Baptist church key member Megan Phelps-Roper leaves

'We've done things that hurt people' says 27-year-old, who is leaving anti-gay organisation with her sister Grace

One of the most prominent members of the Westboro Baptist church has left it after spending her life as part of the fervently anti-gay movement.


Megan Phelps-Roper, who looked after social media for the church best known for its slogan "God hates fags", announced her departure in a post on the blogging platform Medium in which she also revealed her younger sister Grace, 19, was also leaving.


In the post, called Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, the 27-year-old explained how she had become disillusioned with the teaching of Westboro, which is widely considered one of the most detested church groups in America for its "God hates fags" campaign.


Phelps-Roper writes: "We know that we've done and said things that hurt people. Inflicting pain on others wasn't the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren't so, and regret that hurt.


"We know that we dearly love our family. They now consider us betrayers, and we are cut off from their lives, but we know they are well-intentioned. We will never not love them.


"We know that we can't undo our whole lives. We can't even say we'd want to if we could; we are who we are because of all the experiences that brought us to this point. What we can do is try to find a better way to live from here on. That's our focus."


The Westboro Baptist church gained notoriety for demonstrating at military funerals across the US, claiming the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are God's punishment on America for tolerating homosexuality.


The church has a small congregation, largely made up of the extended family of the Reverend Fred Phelps, the grandfather of Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper. Their mother, Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper, is one of its most outspoken representatives. In 2007 the BBC broadcast a documentary on the church by Louis Theroux, which was billed as The Most Hated Family in America.


As well as picketing military funerals, the church also pickets sporting events, concerts and other occasions in the apparent hope of publicity. As well as being anti-gay, it is also anti-Jewish, anti-Catholic and anti-Chinese.


In an accompanying Medium piece, Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church, Jeff Chu describes what led Megan, who was named by the Kansas City Star as "the future leader" of the church, to leave in November.


Chu writes that her ephiphany over Westborough's hateful dogma began with a Twitter discussion with Jewish blog Jewlicious's David Abitbol. She came to realise the problems with condemning people to death, arbitrarily fixating on the "sin" of homosexuality and believing that the church had all the answers.


The church told the Topeka Capital Journal that it did not know the whereabouts of the two women.
 

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Does this mean she's no longer religious? Because the definition of the term religion is pretty vague and nebulous from what I hear.
 

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I'm going to go out on a limb and so ole Five Head Roper doesn't like the peener.
 

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Megan Phelps-Roper, who looked after social media for the church best known for its slogan "God hates fags", announced her departure in a post on the blogging platform Medium in which she also revealed her younger sister Grace, 19, was also leaving.
Either she's gay or her sister is and she can't continue
her horseshit and support her kid sister.
 

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Megan Phelps said:
“My doubts started with a conversation I had with David Abitbol,” she says. Megan met David, an Israeli web developer who’s part of the team behind the blog Jewlicious, on Twitter. “I would ask him questions about Judaism, and he would ask me questions about church doctrine. One day, he asked a specific question about one of our signs—‘Death Penalty for Fags’—and I was arguing for the church’s position, that it was a Levitical punishment and as completely appropriate now as it was then. He said, ‘But Jesus said’—and I thought it was funny he was quoting Jesus—‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.’ And then he connected it to another member of the church who had done something that, according to the Old Testament, was also punishable by death. I realized that if the death penalty was instituted for any sin, you completely cut off the opportunity to repent. And that’s what Jesus was talking about.”
Because Jesus vs. Because Jesus. This could ugly. Judging by those pictures, Megan's already taken a hell of a pummeling in the opening rounds.
 

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I hope it ends in a R.Bud Dwyer style press conference.
Honestly, I'm sympathetic because the kids born into that church were taught to think and behave as they do from day one under threat of excommunication, shunning, and eternal damnation. As the Middle East shows, that upbringing creates a sometimes unbreakable hold on people, especially those that were successfully shielded from outside influence.

Megan seems sincere, but she has a fuck-ton of repenting to do. An apology to the families of everyone whose funeral she's ever protested would be a good start.
In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus resuscitates a girl who is believed to be dead, commanding her, according to the King James Version that is favored at Westboro, “Damsel, arise.” The verse has long been a favorite of Megan’s, and it has taken on new and special meaning since her departure from the church.
Why does Jesus talk like a hard-boiled, film noir private detective? "Repent, ya sinful dame."
 

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So you're saying that God hates Megan, correct?
Well, now.:action-sm


I really hope she turns out to be gay, just so those fuckers have to deal with it. Maybe it will push them over the edge to self-sacrifice because they welcomed "the devil" into their house.
 

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I'm not so sure. The whole thing smells like a scam. How did Fred Phelps go from civil rights attorney to lawyer cult leader?
Allegedly, he just barely stopped either one of his children or grandchildren from being molested by a gay pedophile in a public park or something. I don't don't know if that's true or not, but that's his allegation.

It's also possible that Fred (and possibly his daughter) is an attention whore, but he raised his family to be true believers.
 

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The whole thing could be an elaborate First Amendment ruse. I don't doubt that they're highly religious, their knowledge of the bible proves that, but no religion acts like they do. They don't actively work to get rid of stuff they don't like. Muslims hate gays just as much, and look what they do to them. The Phelps family does absolutely nothing to block gay rights. They just show up at funerals and file lawsuits. If anything they HELP the gay cause. And they certainly help the First Amendment cause.
 

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I'm not so sure. The whole thing smells like a scam. How did Fred Phelps go from civil rights attorney to lawyer cult leader?
Right. True Christians couldn't possibly behave like shitheads, because in Donland Christianity is a beautiful flower with the aroma of a cinnamon bun.

Every time they do something fucked up, it must be cause they're not really Christian. I guess 90% of popes were never really true believers either.