What’s it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing … everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.
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More from this series:
- I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | Megan Phelps-Roper
- My road trip through the whitest towns in America | Rich Benjamin
- Empathy is not endorsement | Dylan Marron
- Our treatment of HIV has advanced. Why hasn’t the stigma changed? | Arik Hartmann
- A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Theo E.J. Wilson
- What we can do about the culture of hate | Sally Kohn