Libby Phelps appeared on Anderson Cooper's talk show yesterday to talk about her decision to leave the Westboro Baptist Church after spending all her life immersed in a culture of hate. I can't imagine what it must have taken for her to gather up her courage to leave behind her family and every bit of life she's ever known to stand up and publicly say, "This just isn't right." Amazing.
Not everyone is as understanding of her previous "sins" of protesting outside of the funerals of soldiers killed in active service. When Anderson invites a family who's son's funeral was picketed to address Libby, everyone breaks down in tears.
I know that Libby has some penance to make, but at the same time I can't help feeling sorry for her. She was born into the cult and brainwashed by her family. Now she's shunned and dead to them. That's courage of the highest order - and the most Godly thing I've ever seen from a (former) Westboro Baptist Church member.
Gawker has the video of the family speaking to Libby. Unfortunately, I can't find it anywhere else and it's not embeddable.