Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Libby Phelps dropped by the newly opened Equality House recently. For those unfamiliar with Equality House; it was finished being built a few weeks ago, with the goal of being a center that caters to the LGBT community.
While that is not too newsworthy — or groundbreaking — what is news and caused a stir is that the house is located across the street from the notorious hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church. As most people know at this point, are infamous for picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers and their extreme visceral hatred for gays. They are known for their utter ignorance, brainwashing cult status and just all-around stupidity. They are basically a joke at this point, at least they are to me.
Now, to add a little plot twist to this story, and make it even more interesting, is the fact that the WBC leader’s (Fred Phelps) own daughter defected from the
cult church earlier this year. Libby Phelps obviously had the mental wherewithal to realize what was really going on, and decided to stop drinking her father’s Kool-Aid. So she decided to stop by the Equality House, offering a helping hand and doing some touch-ups on the house’s fabulous paint scheme.
It’s a hopeful and refreshing reminder that people in these situations sometimes can get their heads on straight and realize that what they were taught was based solely on fear and hatred.
Good show, Libby. Hopefully, others that are in a situation similar to what you were in will be inspired and join you.
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