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Former Westboro Baptist Church member discusses life with hate group

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:24 am

The audience went silent as Megan Phelps-Roper entered Rabbi Yonah Bookstein’s living room. Three years earlier in 2010, Phelps-Roper had protested Bookstein, standing by one of her sisters, who held a sign proclaiming, “Your rabbi is a whore.”

During a presentation last week at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Phelps-Roper shared this anecdote, as well as the story of growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and the fallout that followed after she left the group. The event was sponsored by the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

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