How Twitter assisted in the deconversion of Westboro Baptist member Megan Phelps-Roper.
I’ve always thought stories like this shed some… interesting light on the Phelps-Roper clan. The thing is, the Phelps-Roper kids in particular seem to be pretty damn smart, their worldviews are just insular and damaging because they grow up in an environment of authoritarian dogma and indoctrination. The problem with smart people, though, is a tendency to question authority. Not necessarily to reject it outright, but to test the bounds of its legitimacy, and to test one’s own tolerance of allowing it governance over their lives.
I think you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a good, solid justification for the legitimacy of the venal, patriarchal authority as exhibited by the leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church. I think it’s not a coincidence that a lot of the kids who grew up in it are realising that and that the church itself has essentially been usurped by a power-hungry interloper from outside the original Phelps family.
Funny sometimes, how things go.