The highly-controversial Westboro Baptist Church, most infamously known for protesting at funerals of America’s fallen soldiers, has lost key members in recent days. Shirley Phelps-Roper, 55, who is the daughter of the organization’s founder, responded to the defections by the key members - who also happen to be her daughters – on Thursday, according to the Huffington Post.
According to Phelps-Roper, “the New Testament is full of people that started right, but then fell away.” In this statement, she has referred to the news that her own daughters Megan and Grace have defected from the family-entrenched church which, in reality, has been reported to not be truly associated with the Baptists even though their name is the Westboro Baptist Church. On Wednesday, the two daughters made an online statement which said that they were leaving the organization, and they also expressed regret for having hurt so very many persons.
The two daughters, Megan and Grace, are not the only family members to have left the family group’s religious-political ties. In 2003, Shirley’s son Josh left, and Libby Phelps Alvarez -who is a grandchild of founder Fred Phelps - disengaged from the group four years ago. Also of note, the son of the group’s leader Fred Phelps, Nate, left the group over three decades ago.
Currently, however, there are allegedly still dozens of family members still keeping the West Baptist Church going.