She’s Trying to Help Westboro Baptist Church Members Escape and Start a New Life

A few months ago, I interviewed Lauren Drain, a former member of Westboro Baptist Church (a.k.a. The “God Hates Fags” people).

Drain had just written a book about her time in the hate group called Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church:

Now, Drain has a new mission: Helping others escape the church just like she did. She started a GoFundMe campaign aiming to raise $20,000 for the project (emphasis hers):

I do not know what is too much or too little for this fundraiser but I want to ensure that there is a fund to help out those few who are currently struggling and those who are bound to leave someday. If this is successful in helping even those few that have recently escaped maybe it will set a great example for those others who are thinking of walking away from the only family they’ve have, the only friends they know, the community they are forced to maintain and the only life they have ever had.

As of this writing, she’s raised $1,470. If you’d like to chip in, you can do so here.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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