I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper


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What’s it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing … everyone else? shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

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32 Replies to “I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper”

  1. I'm glad she doesn't have to live teh rest of her life hating others who don't think like the WBC. I'm glad she's learned to embrace people of different beliefs. She can now love as Jesus loves. And that's a beautiful thing. <3

  2. This was beautifully said and incredibly true. While listening to her speak about the hostility we show towards people who disagree with us I automatically came to the conclusion "but I'm right and they're ignorant" by the end is this video she made me recognise that instantaneous conclusion I came to and the harmfulness of it. So Thankyou

  3. such a strong lady. You broke free and it must have broken your heart. They were all you had known. You knew you would be ostracised and would never see your parents or siblings…yet you were honorable enough to stand up for what is right. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your courage. I have a 2 year old son. His future needs you

  4. Jesus saved the world from sinners. He died to forgive our sins. And ultimately, He loves everybody as is. I may be thirteen but I have a strong relationship with god. God is love. He doesn’t hate everybody.

  5. I was a religious kid, and I was very hateful towards the LGBT+ community. When I was 13, I found out I was part of it. It's amazing how people can change, or find out about themselves. I believe I disliked the LGBT+ community because I knew I was part of it.

  6. Wow, she is so incredibly smart and strong. To be able to leave your own family, even if what you're doing is right, is so hard. She is the perfect example of a role model. It takes such strength to do what she did, as well as admit her mistakes, and open herself up to opinions that she though, at least at one point, were wrong or even evil. I hope that other parts of her family find the strength and bravery that she did to follow in her footsteps.

  7. Absolutely loved this. I think this pretty much sums how I've believed we will benefit greatly by doing/saying/acting/believing this way. The part where she said something about not doing everything under your God… (not what she really said.. I can't remember the words and my subtitles are not always correct), but doing for others.
    So what I'm saying isn't really making sense.
    My point is: she said how I feel and it made me feel more human and more of a good person.
    Just gonna click that "send" button now….