January 31, 1986|
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Washburn University|
Megan Phelps-Roper (born January 31, 1986) is a social media activist, lobbying to overcome divisions and hatred between religious and political divides. Formerly a member of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), she left the church with her sister Grace in November 2012. Her mother is Shirley Phelps-Roper, whose father was the church's founder Fred Phelps.
Phelps-Roper was born in Topeka, Kansas, and raised in the Westboro Baptist Church with her mother, Shirley Phelps-Roper and siblings. She graduated from Washburn University, and worked for her family's law firm after graduating. During her time still with the church she would often make appearances on the Howard Stern show with her family. In November 2012, she made a public departure from the church with her sister, publishing an open letter explaining their reasons for leaving.
Phelps-Roper has stated that all of her family members still in the church have cut ties with her. She has ascribed her disenchantment with the church's doctrines to interaction with other people on Twitter. Phelps-Roper married Chad Fjelland on August 15, 2016. In February 2017 she presented a TED talk discussing her experiences being brought up within the WBC and her journey towards the decision to leave. In June 2017 she appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast.
Phelps-Roper is no longer a practicing Christian, remarking on Twitter, "Jesus had some lovely ideas—but also others that aren’t so helpful. I don’t reject the good because of the bad, or accept the bad because of the good." She said she lost her faith: "Ultimately, it was looking at the texts themselves. I just don’t believe they’re divine."
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- Phelps-Roper, Megan (Feb 6, 2013). "Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
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- Megan Phelps-Roper (15 August 2016). "Megan Phelps-Roper on Twitter: "Blooming up from the ground 3 rounds & a sound Like whispering "You know me. You know me."". Twitter.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Megan Phelps-Roper. "Megan Phelps-Roper on Twitter: "Halsnøy Island. August 15, 2016. Day 1 of forever."". Twitter.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left | TED Talk". TED.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "The Joe Rogan Experience #974 - Megan Phelps-Roper".
- Phelps-Roper, Megan. "Jesus had some lovely ideas—but also others that aren't so helpful. I don't reject the good bc of the bad, or accept the bad bc of the good.https://twitter.com/ChrisMy43308183/status/873873035501219840 …". External link in
- Phelps-Roper, Megan. "Ultimately, it was looking at the texts themselves. I just don't believe they're divine".
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