Until very recently, this is what I lived, breathed, studied, believed, preached – loudly, daily, and for nearly 27 years.

I never thought it would change. I never wanted it to.

Then suddenly: it did.

And I left.

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.

You can read Megan’s full post here.

Megan and her sister Grace are not the first members of the Westboro clan to pack their bags. In 2009, Fred Phelps’ son Nate Phelps told the story of how he came to leave the church at the American Atheists Convention in Atlanta.

Nate has since become an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality and even reached out to his nieces on Twitter after learning of their story.

 

Top photo: Shirley Phelps-Roper at an Atlanta Westboro Baptist Church demonstration (by Dyana Bagby)

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