Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

Megan Phelps-Roper
Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of the late Fred Phelps, discusses his incendiary Westboro Baptist Church, her onetime embrace of a role as one of its most visible spokespersons, and her decision in November 2012 to break away – all detailed in her new memoir Unfollow.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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Megan Phelps-Roper took part in her first Westboro Baptist Church protest at age 5. Granddaughter of the late Fred Phelps, patriarch of the notoriously inflammatory Topeka, Kansas, church, she eventually became its voice on Twitter and one of the congregation’s most visible spokespersons. She was, in her words, “all in” … until doubt arose. Further pause came from a series of thoughtful exchanges with an attorney who would become her husband, and she broke from the church in November 2012.

Phelps-Roper details her experiences in a discussion of her new memoir Unfollow. It offers an intimate, even-handed look at the Westboro church and her decision to stand against the beliefs and people she’d held dearest.


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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church

by Megan Phelps-Roper
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Kansas City Public Library - Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
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