"I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left"

Megan Phelps-Roper was born into the Westboro Baptist Church. In this TED Talk, she explains what ut was like in the church and why she left.

What's it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing ... everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America's most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

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  1. Well, this certainly speaks to the "punching in the face of a Nazi" post on Boing Boing a few days ago. I criticized that earlier post, but I very, very much enjoyed this post, and I think it elevates Boing Boing's discourse.

  2. I just listened to this and was so impressed. I have been studying about Nonviolent Communication and communication lately and I thought she made a beautiful case for engaging with people with love.

  3. hecep says:

    "I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here's why I left"

    Her first sentence answered the second one.

  4. RobJ says:

    She makes a lot of good points. The one that got me was that you still have to make your argument; don't assume that your position is so good and right, it's obvious. Wasn't quite expecting that.

    Now, I wonder if there is anyone that went in the opposite direction, grew up not part of this organization, but was moved enough to join up with the WBC.

  5. She relaxes as she goes through it and kinds of builds up.

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