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Feb 11 2013

Two Phelps Daughters Leave

Rebecca Watson reports that two of the daughters of Fred Phelps have left the family and the Westboro Baptist Church, joining two of their brothers including, of course, Nate Phelps. Megan Phelps-Roper posted on her website that she and her sister Grace have left:

Where do you go from there?

I don’t know, exactly. My sister Grace is with me, though. We’re trying to figure it out together.

There are some things we do know.

We know that we’ve done and said things that hurt people. Inflicting pain on others wasn’t the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren’t so, and regret that hurt.

We know that we dearly love our family. They now consider us betrayers, and we are cut off from their lives, but we know they are well-intentioned. We will never not love them.

We know that we can’t undo our whole lives. We can’t even say we’d want to if we could; we are who we are because of all the experiences that brought us to this point. What we can do is try to find a better way to live from here on. That’s our focus.

I sure hope they make it. Nate has told me that a couple of his siblings have left and later gone back. I sure hope these two can escape the vortex of hatred and barbarism their family has taught them. And I hope Nate is in touch with them and can help them do that.

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  1. 1
    MikeMa

    They have an unbelievable amount of poison to filter from their systems. Good luck.

  2. 2
    Trebuchet

    These are actually granddaughters, I think. Best of luck to them. Escaping from a cult which has controlled your entire life has got to be one of the hardest possible things to do.

  3. 3
    raven

    but we know they are well-intentioned.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    Being well intentioned and sincere and $1.75 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

    Most dictators like Stalin and Pol Pot were sincere and well intentioned.

  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem.

  5. 5
    chilidog99

    A cup of coffee is only $1.75 at Starbucks?

  6. 6
    slc1

    Re raven @ #3

    Hey, ole Frankenberger was well intentioned when he took over in Germany in 1933. He built the Autobahn, set up the Volkswagen company and reduced unemployment a lot more then Roosevelt did in the US. What do you want, blood?

  7. 7
    gshelley

    It’s kind of interesting that they can see that the WBC is wrong, and that it is treating homosexuality like a special case, without any real biblical justification, but that they still think of them as basically good people who mean well.

  8. 8
    raven

    A cup of coffee is only $1.75 at Starbucks?

    ???

    Well, really I don’t know.

    I do frequent a coffee shop occasionally but it is a local one. That is what they charge for a basic cup of coffee.

    Anyone know what Starbuck’s coffee is up to these days?

  9. 9
    jba55

    That must be a wicked tough family to leave, I hope they do well.

  10. 10
    Ace of Sevens

    I think these are actually Shirley’s daughters.

  11. 11
    Drew

    They are indeed Fred’s grand-daughters, These are Shirley Phelps-Roper’s Daughters.

  12. 12
    Modusoperandi

    jba55 “That must be a wicked tough family to leave…”
    In retrospect, we should have seen this coming. At the protests their signs said “Taxi!”.
     
    “… I hope they do well.”
    Me too.

  13. 13
    abear

    They probably didn’t leave the Westboro Church voluntarily.
    My guess is Chris Clarke banned them for not being obnoxious enough.

  14. 14
    d.c.wilson

    One can only hope more of Fred’s brood will break away and that the WBC cult will fade away when he finally goes toes up.

  15. 15
    Modusoperandi

    d.c.wilson “…when he finally goes toes up.”
    …sign sticking out around the edges of his slowly-lowering, closed casket, Fred holds one last protest…

  16. 16
    Peter Binkley

    There’s a good essay on the two sisters here . What I love about the story is that it was walking into a library and looking at some philosophy books that made the difference. THAT’s how it’s supposed to work. Support your local public library!

  17. 17
    Pieter B, FCD

    I hope they do well, and I hope they do good, too.

  18. 18
    chriswalker

    One of their older brothers is out on his own, and married I think. As is one of their cousins. Both still live in Kansas, if I recall correctly – Kevin Smith chanced to encounter them when he was outing touring his movie “Red State”. Ended up podcasting them, it was very interesting. At any rate, those two were working on forming their own little family group (spending holidays together, etc) and I hope these young women get in touch with them.

    Incidentally, Kevin Smith’s wife thought that Megan Phelps-Roper was flirting with him.

  19. 19
    Michael Heath

    I pay $1.85 for a 16 oz. coffee at Starbucks. That includes the discount I get for having them pour it in my mug. With MI sales tax @ 6% that comes to $1.96.

  20. 20
    cry4turtles

    Of all the nutbag Phelps’, Shirley makes my skin crawl the most. I’m glad it’s her daughters. I’m getting the distinct urge to sneer’ ” Neener neener!”

  21. 21
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Two Phelps Daughters Leave

    These are actually granddaughters, I think.

    What makes you think they aren’t both?

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