Jewish Journal

Having left Westboro Baptist, Phelps-Roper daughters on “incredible” journey

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 7, 2014 | 7:32 am

You've probably heard me talk about Westboro Baptist Church before. From funeral protests to anti-Semitic email to saying a white supremacist who murdered six Sikhs was doing the Lord's work.

I try not to give them much attention because they represent a fringe of the far right church -- many would say they are far outside the Christian Church; Westboro would say they actually are among the few/only inside it -- and because attention is what they crave.

But this story was worth a mention.

It's from The Jewish Journal's Jared Sichel (and, based on the @replies I used to get on Twitter from one of Fred Phelps' daughter, the place of publication alone must have sent the Westboro leadership into a frenzy).

The story is about two sisters, Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, who left Westboro Baptist and have attended Jewlicious the past two years:

When the sisters left the church, and their family, they were immediately cut off from their parents, siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins. They said that they had just assumed they would live in their parents’ home forever...

“We both still feel pretty lost,” Megan admitted. “But we’re getting there. The journey is incredible.”

That idea of journey, by itself, would have been totally foreign to the Phelps-Roper sisters (as in the daughters of lawyer and Westboro spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper) before they left the church. For the first time, they don't know what they believe -- they're trying to figure that out.

To be sure, Megan and Grace are not Jewish, nor are they considering converting. But they like being around Jews, who no longer are being portrayed to them as “lying,” “hateful,” “covenant breaking,” “faithless” Christ-killers.

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