BY MATT CAMPBELL AND DUGAN ARNETT, THE KANSAS CITY STAR
Two granddaughters of Westboro Baptist Church firebrand Fred Phelps have split with the Topeka-based congregation, indicating their views have evolved and they now regret the pain they have caused others.
One of them, 27-year-old Megan Phelps-Roper, had been a highly visible member of the church who spoke to media outlets and spread its message via Twitter.
She and a younger sister, Grace Phelps-Roper, in November left the congregation known for its anti-gay stance (God Hates Fags) and for picketing funerals of fallen soldiers and others.
“We ripped the Band-Aid off,” Megan wrote in a text Wednesday to The Star.