Thursday, February 7, 2013

Westboro Baptist Losing the Young

"The act of leaving Westboro is as weird as the church itself. Sometimes it’s described as a shunning process, but that’s not entirely apt. It is, in the eyes of the remaining members, a sort of death, but it’s a gentle one, because the carcass isn’t just dumped or ignored."

If that doesn't catch your attention, know this:

Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps, has left Westboro Baptist.  So have other young people.  Lauren Drain, Grace (Megan's sister), Libby Phelps Alvarez.

Readers, I cried when I read this article .  And, trust me, I don't cry that often.  I'm sitting here at work, wiping my eyes after one of those spluttering, blubbery cries.  I need to wipe my nose.

I've written a lot about Westboro Baptist here, including a piece where I wished for the day that the grandchildren of the Phelps asshole, Fred, would jump ship.  My wishes are coming true.  These are beautiful children and deserve much better than the hatred and ridicule that is spewed at them when they shout out their hateful message.  That hatred, toward them, is as undeserved as yelling at a cashier, blaming them for a dented soup can you found on the grocery shelf.

These kids were brainwashed from birth.  I know.  I was one of them.  Not part of Westboro, bit a hateful fundamentalist, shunning everyone but those in my club.

As I've said before, I don't care about the adults that raised them.  They can rot in an earthly hell, for all I care.  I only care about their children.  Those that have a future when they leave.  


And now they can realize it.

I love you, kids.  Thank you for thinking and them moving with those thoughts.  There is hope for the world at last.

3 comments:

  1. I recently watched part of a documentary made by a British filmmaker who spent time with Grace and Megan Phelps-Roper, and I was so sad seeing their young lives wasted with so much hate and vitriol. So when I just read that they have both left WBC, I was shocked but so happy that they've decided to break free from that awful place and life. It will undoubtedly be a difficult transition, but I wish them both well. This really shows that anyone can change.

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