I Grew Up In The Westboro Baptist Church. Here's Why I Left
Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. She explains in a breathtaking speech why she had to leave.
The journey began
She first joined her family in the picket line holding on to a sign she could barely read as a blue-eyed chubby-cheeked five years old. That was the beginning of a journey she will later abandon after 20 year. As a member of the Westboro Baptist church, their anti-gay protests spread like bush fire locally and internationally.
The good against the evil
Megan became the fixture on picket lines. At home life was designed as an epic spiritual battle between good and evil. The church was the good while the world was evil. This put the church at constant odds with the world. They protested from baseball games to funeral telling the world how unclean they are. It was the only way she could do good to the world that took rest on devil’s lap.
The turning point
The devotion to promote “the good” took Meagan to Twitter. Just as expected she was welcomed with hostility. Twitter was the digital form of the hordes she had experienced since childhood. In the midst of the digital war, a strange pattern developed. Instead of fighting back with the same scorn and anger, she started responding with Bible and Pop culture references accompanied by smiley faces. This caught the other person by surprise and confusion. It was under these circumstances that she met David who ran a blog by the name “Jewlicious”. This was the turning point.
David and Megan engaged in heated but friendly debates online before agreeing to meet. Each came with presents clearly labeled with their beliefs. It took time but the line between friend and foe started disappearing. Megan was able to see the points she had missed all her life about the doctrines she had devotedly defended. None was without sin so none had the right to judge. The realization was eye-opening and Megan had a tough time deciding to leave for good.
The world welcomed her with no spite much to her amazement. She left Westboro with her sister and spent some time in a Jewish community. She had lessons with her; don’t assume, ask, stay calm and discuss.