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Topeka, Kansas - Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas has gained global notorious status for protesting the funerals of soldiers and claiming that God hates America, because we are increasingly tolerant of homosexuality. So it must come as a shock to the congregation that one of their key members has defected, and taken her younger sister with her.
Steve Drain, a representative of Westboro Baptist commented, “She just decided she did not want to obey God. She did not want to obey scripture.”
The defector is the now 27-year-old Megan Phelps-Roper. Her grandfather, Fred Phelps, founded the Westboro Baptist Church that has its center of operations in Topeka, Kansas. The group regularly protests funerals, events and other churches, keeping account of their activity on various websites and social media.
In her blog post here, Phelps-Roper lines out her thoughts about life and why she felt the need to leave the church in which she was raised. She also expresses that her 19-year-0ld sister Grace Phelps will follow-suit, according to reports.
The purported Twitter of Megan Phelps-Roper has been relatively silent, given the amount of attention the story has received worldwide. While some media pundits have expressed concern with the actions of Phelps-Roper, others note that outside protest the Phelps family is typically cordial and friendly in one-on-one accounts within their community. KWCH TV reports commentary from Paul Ibbetson, who researched Westboro for a book: “They are a very tight-knight group–very cultish in my opinion. With folks like that–real intolerant and hold a tight reign–it’s kind of surprising that you’d see anyone that close in the family, break away and take off. I’d be concerned for those girls leaving with the intolerance I dealt with.”