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‘I Grew up in The Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s Why I Left’

Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Phelps family of Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its obnoxious, degrading, and genuinely hateful protests. In this video, Phelps-Roper talks about the people who changed her mind — and the surprising way they changed it.

Phelps-Roper said her change of heart came, in part, through people on Twitter who showed her “the power of engaging the other.” It’s a fascinating story about developing relationships and asking questions rather than fighting.

The blessing of outsider status and the hope for radical tolerance

One good thing about growing up sheltered and fundamentalist: Having felt so many times like an outsider in college and in jobs, I don’t feel entitled to be surrounded by like-minded people. As a “conscientious objector in the culture war” (Greg Wolfe’s phrase), and as a third-party voter, I don’t feel like I have the special privilege of using coercion and prestige to try to get others either to buckle under my point of view or to leave my country, company, church, community, etc.

Better yet, I’ve had the privilege of finding out that some people who radically disagree with me are actually wonderful, interesting, worthwhile human beings.


The bum and the burka

Pluralism: While numerous women in London wear various types of burkas, the ubiquitous ads for artist Tracey Emin’s show “Love is What You Want” features a full view of a bare woman’s backside.

Relativism, theism as my daughters watch ‘Star Wars’ for the first time

Maggie, 8, watched most of Star Wars for the first time last night, but she was too tired to finish the movie, so she went to bed.

As I type this, she is watching the movie, again, from the beginning, with her sisters, Audrey, 6, and Sadie, almost 3 — although in fairness to this father, my wife and I believe the latter will fall asleep shortly.

I read the opening to Audrey — the scroll of words across the stars — so she could follow the basic story line. And I watched the beginning with them. I was explaining that the Storm Troopers were not androids or robots, but people in armor, and that they were bad guys.

Maggie, 8: “They’re not bad guys, they just believe different things.”

Audrey, 6: “The good guys believe in God.”

Wow! We’ll talk through this later.

-Colin Foote Burch

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