Joining us at Audible Studios is former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Megan Phelps-Roper, who has written a book titled Unfollow.
Phelps-Roper, born in 1986 in Topeka, Kansas, was raised within in the Westboro Baptist Church. Her grandfather was the church's founder, Fred Phelps. Phelps-Roper left the church, along with her sister Grace, in November 2012. Leaving the church meant that she had to cut all ties with her family, as the members of the church refuse to communicate with those who have left.
Phelps-Roper married Chad Fjelland in 2016, and together they have a daughter. Phelps-Roper is no longer a practicing Christian. Since leaving the Westboro Baptist Church, Phelps-Roper has lobbied to overcome divisions and hatred between religious and political divides. In 2017 she presented a TED talk discussing her experiences of being raised within the church and about her journey towards leaving.
This year, Megan Phelps-Roper has written a book, Unfollow, sharing her inside look at the church and the families within it. We'll chat about it in this interview as well as her views on faith since leaving the Westboro Baptist Church and what it was like to leave her family behind.