Westboro Baptist Church Members Escape Cult & Their Insider Confessions Will Shock You! (VIDEO)

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Libby Phelps AlvarezEver wondered what goes through the heads of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church? You know, the Kansas-based group that regularly threatens to picket the funerals of soldiers and innocent children, most recently those of the precious babies killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School? You're about to find out!

Two granddaughters of Westboro's most vocal hatemonger, Fred Phelps, have escaped the cult. Now Megan Phelps-Roper and sister Grace Phelps-Roper are speaking out, along with Libby Phelps Alvarez, another of Phelps' granddaughters who escaped the clutches of the hate group several years ago. So what do we know now about this crazy group? 

Thanks to the Today show and reporter Jeff Chu (who broke the story of the Phelps-Roper girls' escape), here are some of their biggest revelations:

1. They pray for people to die. Pretty much the opposite of what you'd expect from a "church," Alvarez says she did not join in but was around while members actively prayed for death.

2. They hate soldiers because of gays. The protests of military funerals happen because the WBC claims that American soldiers are "fighting for a nation that supports homosexuality," Alvarez told Today.

3. WBC followers aren't allowed to trust their own feelings. As Megan Phelps-Roper told Chu, "All that’s trustworthy is the Bible. And if you have a feeling or a thought that’s against the church’s interpretations of the Bible, then it’s a feeling or a thought against God himself.”

4. Women are forbidden to get haircuts or pierce their ears, and their heads must remain covered in church.

5. They are obsessed with pop culture. In a statement released by Megan and Grace about their decision to leave the church, they quote Batman, and then explain that's common at WBC because the "sentiments they express are readily identifiable by the masses -- and shifting their meaning is as easy as giving them new context."

Are you surprised by any of these revelations?

Take a look at how Libby Phelps Alvarez has tried to move on since escaping the Westboro Baptist Church:

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It doesnt suprise me at all. They will never change their way of thinking.

miche... micheledo

I have read things written by other family members years ago . The church is just made up of family and several have left. For the children, it sounds like it was a cruel way to be raised. I am just thankful some have the courage to leave!

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

I saw two documentaries on them a year ago ("Most hated family in America") and it pretty much confirmed the same thing.  They danced to a popular hip hop song and we Louis Theroux, the guy who did the story, asked them about it they replied they do it cause it's a catchy tune and it connects to others.  They even had a girl that had left and it was real sad when her parents wouldn't talk about her beyond saying she was their daughter.  It's a really sad situation for any of those kids that are involved, especially the young ones.

CAP1015 CAP1015

There is a huge difference between freedom of religion and criminal behaviour.  What this "church" does is illegal and many times could/should be considered holding persons against their will. Doesn't it seem odd that the people screaming "don't infringe on my rights, my freedom" seem to find their actions of imprisonment, mental/physical abuse, and cruelty to others and those too weak to resist not infringing on anyone else?  Fooking crazy bastards.

handy... handy0318

It's tough for any child to be raised in a cult and if one gets sucked into a cult, it's hard to break free.  I'm glad the girls were able to get out of it and be supportive of each other.  

I wish the media wasn't so in love with WBC... This is such a small group of people, about 30 or so, and everything they do has the attention of just about every major news media in America. They feed on the attention.  If they weren't getting the spotlight, their membership would probably decline into nothingness. 

mande... manderspanders

WBC is Fred Phelps and family; there is hardly any "membership" outside of that...  Many of the family members are lawyers - this was done so they could protect themselves legally.

We are subjected to their protests about once a year.... At the K-State football games, they camp out on one of the corners next to (literally next to) the stadium/parking lot.  You can't miss them... you can tell them off, but they don't care.  And they have even the youngest of the Phelps clan out there holding signs... kids that are only in elementary school and probably don't really understand.  My heart breaks for those kids.

mommy... mommyof5cutties

So when are they being declared a hate group? I heard there was a petition going around with more than enough signatures...

Taisie Taisie

I'm going to focus on these young ladies, and not the "church" so much... I am both relieved and happy that they "made it out". I wish the best in life for them, I really do. After being brainwashed their whole lives it will be a long hard road for them to learn how to live a "normal" life and I really think that they will likely need to have some (maybe even a lot) of counseling to be able to do that. I read the articles that were linked here in this one, and Megan especially seems to have some real feelings of guilt for how she has treated people in the past (with the pickets and protests and all) and says that she would like to go on to do something with her life that can make her feel like she is doing something good in the world, and making a difference. I kind of see that as maybe her feeling like she needs to do a "penance" for her wrong doing, and I sincerely hope that she eventually comes to forgive herself and realize that despite her past , she is obviously an intelligent, beautiful, strong willed  woman with her whole life ahead of her, and that now, it is a FREE life!


There should be a group against westboro church that follow them around protesting them.

nonmember avatar coco'smom158

@mommyof5cuties-I was wondering that too. I signed the petition.

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