A Westboro Defection, Courtesy of Twitter
It helped her fly the coop. Megan Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church and granddaughter of founder Fred Phelps, took to social media to spread what she thought was God’s word. A millennial holy warrior, she found Twitter to be a perfect vehicle for the anti-gay propaganda of a church that cheered the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers as America’s punishment for tolerating homosexuality. But the medium works both ways: Those Megan met online opened her mind, fomenting an epiphany that led her out of a world of extremes.