Note: Brian mentioned this video from former Westboro Baptist Church member, Megan Phelps-Roper, on our latest DR recording so I thought it’d be a good one to share.
In this short TED talk, former Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper, discusses why she left the controversial church and how conversations on Twitter were a central component. She also names 4 helpful rules for civil discussion that I’ve listed below.
- Don’t assume bad intent.
- Ask questions.
- Stay calm.
- Make the argument.
If you’re interested in more details about how Megan Phelps-Roper left Westboro Baptist Church, The New Yorker wrote an excellent profile on her. Alert: It has strong language.