Megan and Grace Phelps: The Return to Innocence

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Life, Uncategorized
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I’ll try to avoid getting too wordy, but this particular topic is one that I feel more strongly about than I thought I would, and it’s more than what twitter can contain. I’ll spare most of the overall backstory regarding the Westboro Baptist Church – that’s what Wikipedia is for. The topic in hand is the recent departures of both Megan Phelps and Grace Phelps from the church.

As mentioned by Jeff Chu in his article “Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church“, Megan stepped away from Westboro Baptist Church back in November 2012. Only within the past few days has the word really come out and the public eye has been made privy to this event. Megan’s twitter account had been silent since October 30th, 2012. She broke her silence yesterday with a tweet simply stating “Hi.” and a link to her latest blog, discussing her decision to leave WBC.

Still young at only 27 years old, Megan Phelps played a major part in the presence and communication of WBC, arguably being the most social media savvy of the congregation. The Kansas City star had gone so far as to call Megan “the future leader” of the church. How her departure will ultimately affect WBC is anyone’s guess – their (attempted) presence was still known regarding their attempts at picketing the Sandy Hook Elementary School funerals.

Let’s stop and think about this for a moment. Picture yourself having a completely provided life. Everything you could want and need, readily available for you. A free ride, essentially. All you’d have to do is abide by the beliefs and demands of your family. For nearly 27 years, this is what Megan had, along with 19 year old Grace.

They’ve now walked away from that. Now excommunicated by their family for “turning their backs” on them, these two are starting anew. From scratch. I can only imagine the nervousness, anxiety, and even fear of doing such a thing. Bravery is an understatement to describe their choice. They need lots of love, support, and understanding. I said it yesterday on twitter, and I’ll say it again here. All I really want to do is to give both Megan and Grace a big hug, and buy them a coffee or something. Let them know that they’re appreciated, and have a newfound respect by many that was likely not there under the umbrella of WBC.

The only time it’s too late to repent is after you’re already dead and in the grave. Megan and Grace are both alive and well, have closed a long chapter in a series of longer chapters in their young lives, and are just now beginning to write newer and brighter chapters. As the top song from the Aladdin soundtrack noted, they have “A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view.”.

  1. What a great take on such an emotional and touching subject. very difficult to discuss Westboro without it becoming a discussion of politics and religion, which are always treacherous. As we discussed on Twitter, as a parent who’s laid to rest her own daughter, not simply loving your children simply because they are your children is a concept lost on me. Couple that with the thought of anyone picketing any funeral, and I’m completely baffled. The day you pick out a casket for an infant, you become humbled, and God puts a lot of things in perspective, none of which are any of the ideals the WBC entourage ascribe to. Sandy Hook broke my heart on so many levels. As a part of that community, with family members living yards from the school, that quite bucolic town has had the lives of many stolen, and the innocence of our nation. Celebrating 9 years since I had to bury my child, as a result of heart defects and never fully understanding why, I can’t imagine the sorrow and utter loss the families must feel. Children aren’t immune to sickness and pain caused by cancer, birth defects, and other afflictions, couldn’t we at least save them from this type of viokence, especially in a school setting? Great piece, again, you never cease to amaze me!

  2. Jade says:

    She’s releasing a book.Sell the book, get all the money, then return to the church. She’s 27, not 17. She could have left years ago if she really felt that way.

  3. […] of the Phelps family who chose to walk away from the Westboro Baptist Church, which can be read here. Who’d have thought that 4 months later, I’d be touching on WBC again but in a different light, […]

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