Former Westboro hate mouthpiece on leaving the church

Be sure to read Adrian Chen's gripping profile of former Westboro Baptist Church twitterer Megan Phelps-Roper, who left the church after coming to realize the futility of its hate gospel.

Megan Phelps-Roper, picketing with Westboro when she was still an active member of the family hate cult.

On December 20, 2009, Phelps-Roper was in the basement of her house, for a church function, when she checked Twitter on her phone and saw that Brittany Murphy, the thirty-two-year-old actress, had died. When she read the tweet aloud, other church members reacted with glee, celebrating another righteous judgment from God… But Phelps-Roper had loved Murphy in “Clueless,” and she felt an unexpected pang—not quite sadness, but something close—over her death. As she continued scrolling through Twitter, she saw that it was full of people mourning Murphy. The contrast between the grief on Twitter and the buoyant mood in the basement unsettled her. She couldn’t bring herself to post a tweet thanking God for Murphy’s death.

If you're been wondering why Westboro's been kind of boring lately, it turns out that there was a coup of sorts within the church: day-to-day troll in chief Shirley Phelps-Roper (Megan's mother) was denounced, and a bunch of stodgy old men took over. Since then, women have been marginalized within the church and it has lost much of its media savvy.

Read Adrian's piece to the last sentence: there is an absolutely amazing ending to the life and mind of the church's founder, Fred Phelps.

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Watch the Foo Fighters rickroll Westboro Baptist Church protestors

The homophobic, anti-semitic morons of Westboro Baptist Church were protesting outside the Foo Fighters' Kansas City concert on Friday, so the Foo Fighters drove by in a pickup truck and rickrolled them.

Below, the time the Foo Fighters trolled the Westboro protestors back in 2011.

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J.K. Rowling delivers fabulous smackdown to Westboro Baptist Church

After the Irish voted in favor of recognizing same-sex marriage, the Harry Potter author gleefully posted a "Dumbledore/Gandalf" slash meme with the text "now they can get married in Ireland!", replete with rainbow and clover emojis galore.

The funeral-picketing proprietors of GodHatesFags.com took exception to this, promising to turn up to any such thing and ruin it.

J.K. had fast replies: both for the church…

… and for the ever-present criers of "don't feed the trolls."

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Fred Phelps, 1929-2014

The universe sends a big gay memorial rainbow to Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps, who died on 2014's International Day of Happiness. Read the rest

Porn film shot on church lawn

At Gawker, Neetzan Zimmerman reports on a truly wonderful thing: a punk band shooting a porn flick on a church lawn. Oh, I nearly forgot: the church just happened to be the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Read the rest

Understanding the Westboro Baptist Church

Hilary Sargent, master chartmaker and explainer of complicated things, has totally outdone herself with a massive explainer on Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.