A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church is calling out the church for what it is, now that she is on the outside looking in, reports Jezebel on Feb. 11. Lauren Drain, a defected member of the hateful church is calling it a cult and responsible for some of the most heinous acts that any church can.
Ms. Drain says that the group best known for their protests and anti-gay hate messages would have her on the picket lines before she decided that wasn't the message that she wanted to spread. Lauren says that she still identifies as a Christian, but now she stands against hate, discrimination of any and all kinds, bigotry, violence, and bullying.
Lauren has even chosen to participate in Adam Bouska's No H8 campaign that helps to dispell hate and violence toward the GLBT community and, hopefully, end the ban on gay marriage in California, Proposition 8.
She says that she tried to lead by example and lets love, understanding, and and compassion lead her. She tells On Top that she feels that even religion is a deeply personal choice full of personal value, identification, and personal needs.
While the word "lifestyle" itself may be a touchy one, Ms. Drain defends her word choice saying;
"I just wanted to clear one thing up; when I said "personal lifestyle" I was NOT talking about being gay or insinuating that being gay is a choice, I was trying to refer to anything someone may be discriminated, bullied, attacked or persecuted for. Most likely a poor choice of words on my behalf, but please read the statement I made in its full context."
The Westboro Baptist Church hates everyone that doesn't follow a narrow path that also tows the line of what they believe as well. In fact, nearly everyone in America could likely be at fault according to this hate group.
Lauren goes on to say that defecting from the church has been, by far, the hardest thing she's ever done. Being indoctrinated at a young age, she grew up learning this hate and since she left she has lost all her friends, her family, and everyone she knew. She hopes that her story and her involvement in Adam Bouska's No H8 campaign will teach others that you can change your life, no matter how controversial it used to be.