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.