Remember Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, the two granddaughters of the loathsome Fred Phelps who escaped that horrible family last year? The Huffington Post reports that they are now attending a local synagogue that has a much healthier view of the world.
Now the girls have become involved in Judaism, speaking at festivals like Jewlicious and Le Mood, and even attending Shabbat services.
Grace now regularly attends Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Beth Sholom, a Reform synagogue in Topeka, Kan., where she still catches glimpses of her family as they picket the exterior. She told the Jewish Journal, “I really like the singing.” With regards to her family, she added “I don’t know if they know I go.”
The sisters are opening themselves up to the diverse religious points of view that the narrow-minded WBC stamps out. “We wanted to connect with people and talk and learn about other people’s views on God and life,” Megan told Beacon Reader’s Jeff Chu in an interview.
Megan also said that she really liked the Jewish focus on doing rather than believing. I think this is a hugely positive development for them. Might they someday make the journey to atheism as Nate Phelps has done? Maybe. But I’m not one of those people who thinks religion is some universal evil. And if they find a home in a much more liberal religious community and leave behind the horrible bigotry they were taught, that is more than good enough for me. I wish them nothing more than a safe, supportive community of good people.