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The Phelps Cult Loses Another One

Another member of the Westboro Baptist church, the son of Shirley Phelps-Roper, has left that vile cult and disavowed their hatred and bigotry in no uncertain terms. He is the fourth of Shirley’s children, out of the ten she has had, to leave the family. And he’s apparently getting a lot of support from other family members who have left:

After 20 years of hate-filled preaching and picketing, 23-year-old Zach Phelps-Roper moved out of the WBC compound on Feb. 20. In the past nearly three months, he has developed a whole new message.

Empathy and unconditional love, he said, are the keys to solving the world’s problems — a lesson he has learned contrasting his time inside the WBC compound and the past nearly 11 weeks outside it.

“I feel like I have unconditional love for every person around the world,” Phelps-Roper said Friday. “The Westboro Baptist Church sees things differently than I do now.”

The church he grew up in was too busy pointing out problems to look for solutions, he said. He has been able to spend the past two months investigating the second part of that equation.

His conclusion: “Most problems come from a lack of understanding of how we affect other people and things around us. I feel like I have found the holy grail, the overarching solution to solving all of our society’s problems, and I want to learn more. I want to do more.”…

At least 20 family members he was banned from speaking with for half a decade — including two sisters and a brother — have surrounded him with warmth and support….

Everyone, he said, has met him with an open mind, valued his feelings and exposed him to many different perspectives that has turned his belief system on its head. All things, he realized, were missing from his home at the WBC compound.

“I’m telling everybody I feel happier today than I did the day before, because I’m so happy to be alive,” Phelps-Roper said. “I see the world from so many different perspectives now.”

That makes me smile. Good for you, Zach.

Comments

  1. Alverant says

    I’m glad she’s getting help and support from the other family members. There’s a whole world out there outside the WBC sect and I hope more discover it.

  2. busterggi says

    “family members he was banned from speaking with”

    Considering the larger part of the family that isn’t a punishment.

  3. LightningRose says

    busterggi, those were the other refugees that he was banned from speaking with.

  4. Owlmirror says

    @busterggi:

    “family members he was banned from speaking with”

    Considering the larger part of the family that isn’t a punishment.

    Are you saying that most of the family that has left the WBC are as bad as those who are still members?

  5. busterggi says

    Okay folks, let’s try some simple math: 4 out of 6 of his siblings have left the church, 6>4 hence 6 is the larger part even if you don’t count his mother whom he can no longer speak with.

  6. Owlmirror says

    @busterggi:

    Okay folks, let’s try some simple math: 4 out of 6 of his siblings have left the church, 6>4 hence 6 is the larger part even if you don’t count his mother whom he can no longer speak with.

    But the sentence you quoted referred to the past, when he was still a member of the WBC: ““family members he was banned from speaking with”, which is to say, those who had left the WBC, in the past.

    Those who are still in the WBC are now presumably banned from speaking with him, yes. And while some are perhaps as bad as the worst of them, it’s not impossible that some of his siblings or other relatives still in the WBC wish to leave the hatefulness of the church as well.

  7. cry4turtles says

    Bravo Zach!! If you ever need a comfy bed, hot meal, and sweet homemade pie, please come to Stoneboro!

  8. anubisprime says

    There will be more in time…the bozos left are just hate filled bigots with little idea and absolutely no charisma..Fred had that in spades even if it was just a facet of a deep insanity.

    The ones left are after power and a share of any income, but they have neither the wit not wisdom to hold together a cult steeped in such rabid bigotry, this id not the 1950 or 60’s…it is a whole new world, and it is not insular any-more however much the elders want to keep it so.

    Shirley might even succumb to wanderlust eventually especially after getting kicked to the curb by ambitious ones smelling the lure of potential fame if not fortune. after all her efforts over many years to be the successor to Fred, all her public profile work…that must hurt and sting.

    Enough to leave…depends on how she feels and how she is treated by the elders I guess…from what little I can find it seems not to well, so who knows, is she masochistic enough ? or did Fred give her a liking for it?

    Time will tell…but I doubt Zach will be the last to gain a certain Damascan like revelation, and time is not on the side of the haters.

  9. leni says

    I knew what you meant, busterggi.

    And good for Zach. I hope he finds good things out here. Life is hard enough, I can’t imagine how much worse it would be saddled with all that baggage and hate and isolation.

    It also seems that as more of them leave it will be easier for others to follow. They’ll have places to stay with people they know, who can help them get on their feet and find new communities. I really hope more will follow once they see they really do have somewhere else they can go.

  10. LightningRose says

    leni: “I knew what you meant, busterggi.”

    I’m glad someone did.

  11. dingojack says

    Uh busterggi speaking a simple maths:
    “… 4 out of 6 of his siblings have left the church… “. Therefore 4 are outside the ‘church’ and 6-4 = 2 are still within it. Which is the larger number 4 or 2?
    Dingo

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