Anti Defamation League hosts ex-members of Westboro Baptist Church

The Anti-Defamation League will host Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, former members of the Westboro Baptist Church, at Temple Sholom of Greenwich Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

The event will be moderated by ADL Connecticut Regional Director Steve Ginsburg. Earlier on the 29th, the Phelps sisters will be presenting to students at Greenwich High School and Staples High School in Westport.

The Westboro Baptist Church is an internationally recognized and reviled hate group. Founded by Megan and Grace’s grandfather Fred Phelps, the Church is famous for their disturbing beliefs that every natural disaster and death is a message sent by God in response to America’s moral failings and acceptance of the LGBTQ community. They often protest funerals, including those of soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The hateful signs they hold at these events include “God Hates Fags,” “Jews Killed Jesus” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

The event will feature the sisters in conversation with Steve Ginsburg, who has known the Phelps sisters since their first public speaking appearance, which was for ADL Chicago almost two years ago. The sisters will discuss what it was like to love their family but to be raised in such a hateful environment. Their story took an unexpected turn when the world of social media opened their eyes to new perspectives from an unlikely source on Twitter. They will explain why they felt compelled to leave their church and their family and how they are now acting as allies in the fight against hate. Fresh off a profile in New Yorker Magazine, Megan is currently working on a book to tell her story to a wider audience.

For tickets and more information, visit connecticut.adl.org, call 203-780-0211 or follow ADL Connecticut on Facebook and Twitter.

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