Phelps Family Members Attending Synagogue

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.

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  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Good to hear. I second those last two lines especially here along with the rest of this.

    Hope the rest of them break out of their brainwashed hateful cult and follow suit ASAP.

    The Phelps family patriach can’t go on for too much longer can he?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    .. Although it would be ironically (usage?) nice if he lived to see the whole USA accept equal marriage* and see nothing bad come from it just loving LGBTI couples getting married and being happy and him unable to do more than rantand rave impotently at it all.

    * Hopefully not too much longer till that happens either. Its time, well overdue actually.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I’m guessing that it’s not a Hasidic Synagogue.

    In other good news; Rand Paul is the “overwhelming” favorite of KKKlownPAC’s straw poll.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’m guessing that it’s not a Hasidic Synagogue.

    Reform. “Temple” anything is pretty much guaranteed to be Reform.

    After the WBC, I suspect that the Reform emphasis on doctrines like “that which is hateful to you, do not do to others” and “whoever saves a life, it is as though he saved an entire world [1]” will be a rather refreshing change.

    [1] Taught as one of the key lessons of the Adam story.

  • Trebuchet

    So is WBC picketing the synagogue just because Megan and Grace are there, or does God also hate Jews?*

    *I’m pretty sure they’d use a different word on their signs.

  • D. C. Sessions

    does God also hate Jews?

    The whole point of WBC is that God hates everyone. Maybe hates WBC and such a bit less than the rest, but that’s really a “may you be eaten first” kind of favoritism.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    D. C. Sessions @ # 4: … “whoever saves a life, it is as though he saved an entire world [1]” … [1] Taught as one of the key lessons of the Adam story.

    How so? Whose life (or world) did Adam purportedly save?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Pierce,

    Sanhedrin 37a:

    For this reason man was created alone, to teach you that whoever destroys a single soul, he is guilty as though he had destroyed a complete world; and whoever preserves a single soul, it is as though he had preserved a whole world.”

    The idea is that any single life can represent a whole world of those who never come to exist. It’s about the gravity of murder extending unfathomably beyond the single life itself and the implications of saving a life extending far beyond the meaning for the single individual

  • matty1

    The whole point of WBC is that God hates everyone

    What did he make them for then? I mean all religions have contradictions but an omnimax god who keeps creating human souls knowing that they won’t meet his standards is taking it up a level.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Dr X @ # 8 – Thanks!

    Pity A neglected to teach his sons about all that…

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @6.Trebuchet :

    So is WBC picketing the synagogue just because Megan and Grace are there, or does God also hate Jews?*

    *I’m pretty sure they’d use a different word on their signs.

    The Phelps Kookish Kult Klan’s god is a really hateful hating hater one.

    Oh & apparently from the OP :

    With regards to her family, she added “I don’t know if they know I go.”

    So no the Phleps scumbags aren’t picketing it because of their rebellious kids – just general anti-Semitism as a side order of their main “dish” of frothing at mouth homophobic bigotry.

  • Crudely Wrott

    Any remove, however limited and even if still involving worship, from the stink that is the Westboro Baptist Church is a move in the right direction.

    My best wishes to these prodigals; may they never return but journey ever forward to newer, brighter horizons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    “the Jewish focus on doing rather than believing. ” Exactly. This has always made Judaism the most attractive of the Big Three monotheisms to me. Christianity (and to a slightly lesser extent Islam) are salvation religions: i.e. the focus is front and center on the believer’s efforts to save their eternal souls. A wonderful recipe for self-absorption.