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"I think your plan is back-firing," she taunted Black. Brittany Murphy's death in 2009 was the catalyst to her path to freedom: "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.
Speaking to Joe Rogan on his radio show the Joe Rogan Experience, Ms Phelps-Roger recalls the moment she began to have doubts about her faith. “One of the first things I did on Twitter was attack this Jewish man, David Abitbol, who ran a blog called Jewlicious.
He was listed as the second most influential Jew on Twitter ...
I was taught that the Holocaust was the Jews' punishment for killing Christ and that 9/11 was God's retribution for our sins.
It was our responsibility to deliver that message by protesting at public events. Over seven years I picketed every day, three times a day — funerals, concerts, gay pride events, any place that would get attention.
“I am just staring at my phone and I really quickly ended the conversation. Their arguments and theology, for the most part, is very well constructed and super consistent and for there to be this hypocrisy, this contradiction, my brain felt like it was exploding.” Ms Phelps-Roper approached her mother as well as other members of her family, but was disappointed when they did not address her questions.
She couldn't bring herself to post a tweet thanking God for Murphy's death."I felt like I would be such a jackass to go on and post something like that," she said." In 2011, she developed a secret online correspondence (dating outside the church was strictly forbidden) with a male Twitter user she called "CG," and over a game of "Words with Friends," the two began an intense emotional affair; CG's liberal and accepting ideas started to rub off on the isolated Megan.So much so that one day, after viewing photos of a famine in Somalia, Megan burst into tears.I even picketed my own high school graduation in a cap and gown, holding a sign that said "Fag Chargers" — our mascot was a charging horse. I prayed no one from the media would interview me, because I couldn't explain why I was there. Girls weren't allowed to cut their hair because it was seen as a symbolic covering that showed submission to God. Makeup and revealing clothes were forbidden; we could never expose the "four b's" — boobs, butt, belly, and back. After about a year, I started noticing that the rules applied differently to different people. Even though I was 21 and working as a nurse, I still wasn't allowed to date — the church had outlawed marriage, calling it a "distraction." One day my dad told me to go pack. I'd seen members "disfellowshipped" before, cut off from everyone, including family.People screamed and cursed at us, especially at our "Thank God for 9/11" signs. I was threatened with a knife and shot at with a BB gun. Church members — mostly relatives of Fred Phelps — live in a compound in Topeka called "the block." What was that like? One of Phelps' granddaughters wore revealing clothing yet was never chastised. We had signs that read "Soldiers Die, God Laughs," but the Bible says that God has "no pleasure in him that dieth." When I brought that up, they just called me a troublemaker. I was answering e-mails sent to the church through our website, and one was from a guy, about my age, named Scott, who struck up a correspondence with me. My father drove me to a hotel where I stayed for two nights, crying and reading the Bible.