Two Phelps Girls Defect From Westboro

Two of Fred Phelps’ granddaughters have defected from the Westboro Baptist Church. One of the defectors is Megan Phelps-Roper, best known for her musical parodies mocking Lady Gaga and other pop stars.  She writes on Medium:

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. We know that we dearly love our family. They now consider us betrayers, and we are cut off from their lives, but we know they are well-intentioned. We will never not love them. We know that we can’t undo our whole lives. We can’t even say we’d want to if we could; we are who we are because of all the experiences that brought us to this point. What we can do is try to find a better way to live from here on. That’s our focus. Up until now, our names have been synonymous with “God Hates Fags.” Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what we did. We hope Ms. Kyle was right about the other part, too, though – that everything sticks – and that the changes we make in our lives will speak for themselves.

RELATED: Libby Phelps Alvarez, who left the cult in 2009, said yesterday that the church regularly prays for people to die.