Megan Phelps-Roper: An Interview That Makes Us Think About The Meaning of Respect
Twitter is a nice way to procrastinate. However, I never thought a visit to the popular social networking site would be so enlightening. Margie Phelps-Roper, a member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, had this to say on her Twitter page:
"Husband's duty: to set house policies *according to God's standards.* Wife's duty: execute those policies. All done w/conscience toward God!"
WELL! I decided to challenge this view. So, I sent her a Tweet with this post that I wrote in an attempt to enlighten her:
As many of you know, it's hard to "enlighten" people who don't want to be enlightened. However, starting up a debate is usually much easier.
"That's not enlightenment, that's gross blindness. It's not OK for guys or girls to be whorish. Nothing wrong with enjoying sex, as long as it's with your spouse!" While this response did not agree with my sentiments, I can respect anyone who challenges my beliefs politely and civilly.
Megan's family and I have had our run-ins. In fact, I write about them quite often. Needless to say, if you read most of my articles about them, you can see that I don't really care for them or their opinion. I don't feel that they have the right to protest a funeral nor do I like how they have spoken poorly about soldiers and cops- those are my relatives they are insulting! So, how could I have a civil conversation with someone who is supposed to be my enemy? Well, I did.
I'll be honest, I was a bit dumbfounded that not only was this someone whose family is portrayed as psychotic, but, I actually enjoyed how our friendly debate went from women in her faith to teasing a more petite member of her church on Twitter.
On the outside looking in, I should want to kick her ass. Her family hates the military, cops, and anyone who disagrees with them. As for me, well, some of my best friends are lesbians. I'm not a virgin and feel that women have a right to their own bodies. Yes, I'm a bisexual, pro-choice feminist who has a group of friends that could represent each ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and political background. I write about what surrounds me- usually about dating or relationships but, I dabble in politics. I've never picketed anything, love Jiu Jitsu, swear like a sailor, and cigars have a special place in my heart. Most of my friends and plenty of ex-boyfriends, along with relatives, are currently serving or have served in the military. In fact, I interviewed two close friends about their feeling about WBC. Needless to say, neither of them felt that the picketing was acceptable.Continued on the next page