Posted on December 12, 2019 at 8:19 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The abundance of family togetherness this time of year can underscore any conflicts we may have with our relatives.

But chances are that your political disagreements with parents, siblings, or any other relation don’t hold a candle to Megan Phelps-Roper’s.

Phelps-Roper is a granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, which itself is famous for its virulent anti-gay protests.

She left the church — widely considered a hate group — in 2012 and this past fall released a memoir about her journey.

You can listen to Phelps-Roper talk about Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church on the Guardian’s books podcast.

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