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How Social Media was More Than a Platform for Change

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Westboro, Megan, and the End of Her Belief

Westboro Baptist Church: a Legacy

  • Key Beliefs and Practices
  • Controversy
  • Familial Connecion

Megan Phelps-Roper

The Death of Gay Student

She remembers how mad she was about his death, “not because of his murder, but because it wasn’t my turn to travel to picket his funeral.”

Social Media: Salvation and Damnation

“Though I was always afraid I wasn’t sufficiently articulate to speak for the church, I never let that stop me from stepping up to the plate, and the more I spoke, the more I learned how to speak."

Megan Phelps-Roper

“There was something terribly wrong at Westboro. God was not in this place. We were not special. Not hand-selected by the Lord to do His divine work. We were a deluded people.”

The solution?Empathy

Since LeavingWestboro

  • Writer
  • Activist
  • Ted Talks
  • Wife and Mother
  • Works to bridge the Gap

Final Thoughts

Thankyou!

Phelps-Roper, Megan. “I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left.” TED, Feb. 2017, https://www.ted.com/talks/megan_phelps_roper_i_grew_up_in_the_westboro_baptist_church_here_s_why_i_left?language=en.

Phelps-Roper, Megan. Unfollow. Quercus Books, 2020

Foucault, Maggie. “Preaching to the Choir.” In Her Memoir, Megan Phelps-Roper Tries to Come Clean about Her Extremist Past - Maggie Foucault - Bookforum Magazine, Book Forum, 2 Dec. 2019, www.bookforum.com/print/2604/in-her-memoir-megan-phelps-roper-tries-to-come-clean-about-her-extremist-past-23757.

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