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Watch this amazing TED talk presentation by Megan Phelps-Roper who discusses her experiences being brought up within the hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church and her journey towards the decision to leave.  Formerly a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group known for its hate speech, especially against Israel, Jews (anti-Judaism/religious antisemitism),  Catholics (anti-Catholicism), Orthodox Christians (anti-Orthodoxy), American soldiers, LGBT people and politicians.

Shirley Phelps, Megan’s Mother and leader of the hate church.

The church is widely known as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League. Her mother Shirley Phelps-Roper is one of the  leaders of the church and her grandfather, Fred Phelps, was the church’s founder.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr.

At one point in her TED talk, she discusses demonizing Jews and Rabbis outside their synagogue, only to have a an astonishing realization that the very people she was demonizing, took her and her sister into their home and did not hold it against her.

Megan participates in hate demonstration outside Los Angeles Synagogue.

Megan spoke eloquently about her past which she was ashamed of and how when she finally left the church her family members abandoned and excommunicated her.

“I spent my first year away from home adrift with my younger sister, who had chosen to leave with me. We walked into an abyss, but we were shocked to find the light and a way forward in the same communities we’d targeted for so long. David, my “Jewlicious” friend from Twitter, invited us to spend time among a Jewish community in Los Angeles,” She said.

“We slept on couches in the home of a Chassidic rabbi and his wife and their four kids — the same rabbi that I’d protested three years earlier with a sign that said, “Your rabbi is a wh✡re.” We spent long hours talking about theology and Judaism and life while we washed dishes in their kosher kitchen and chopped vegetables for dinner. They treated us like family. They held nothing against us, and again I was astonished,” She said in bewilderment.

FULL TED TALK VIDEO

The Westboro Baptist Church have targeted Jews with a barrage of hate-filled pickets including Yeshiva Chaim Berlin & Yeshiva Torah Temimah , Shuls in Brooklyn and an upcoming picket at Yeshiva University.

They assemble on sidewalks outside their picket location and sing anti-Jewish songs and display signs with slogans such as “God Hates Jews” and “America is Doomed.”

 

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