Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, granddaughters of WBC founder Fred Phelps, were very active in the group's social media campaign up until last fall, when they went mysteriously silent. Now, they've made a public statement announcing that although they do love their family, they are walking away from WBC.
"We know that we've done and said things that hurt people. Inflicting pain on others wasn't the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren't so, and regret that hurt".
It's not the first time someone at WBC has publicly spoken about how messed up Westboro is. Two years ago, Fred Phelps' estranged son Nate, who hadn't lived at home since age 18, denounced his father as "evil." Nate is the uncle of Megan and Grace.
It's a huge step - and certainly not a decision made easily - to leave the family you've spent your life with and never look back. But I applaud them both for their choice to leave their world of hatred and bigotry behind.
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