The granddaughter of the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its use of inflammatory hate speech, spoke to MSU students about her journey to tolerance.
Megan Phelps-Roper was the guest speaker for MSU’s artist lecture series. She grew up in the church, which stages public protests against members of the LGBT community, U.S. soldiers, Catholics, and countless others.
She started running the Twitter account in 2009 before her and her sister renounced the teachings of the church and left in 2012.
“I didn’t believe fundamentally that what we were doing was right,” Phelps-Roper said. “I didn’t think it was godly. I didn’t think that it was the best that I could do as a human being.”
Since leaving the church, she has become an activist for civil discourse and public speaking, traveling to colleges across the country.
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