In a blog post
on Medium.com, Megan Phelps-Roper announced that she has cut ties with her family following the departure of her 19-year-old sister, Grace.
She began the post quoting a line from one of Batman's arch-nemeses, Catwoman.
“There's no fresh start in today's world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.”
Phelps-Roper explained that up until now, her family's world view was all she knew. She never thought it would change, and did not want it to.
She said that she and Grace still love their family, even though the rest of the family considers them traitors.
"They now consider us betrayers, and we are cut off from their lives, but we know they are well-intentioned. We will never not love them," said Phelps-Roper.
The sudden change of heart occurred over a period of time that ended in November, when Phelps-Roper had finally decided to leave her family behind. She had become disillusioned to her grandfather's teachings.
According to an article by Jeff Chu
, her decision was cemented after a trip to a library in Lawrenceville, Kansas in December. She had browsed the philosophy section and realized that people have dedicated their lives to understanding morality and how to live.
“The idea that only WBC had the right answer seemed crazy,” said Phelps-Roper. “It just seemed impossible.”
Phelps-Roper acknowledged in her blog that her and Grace's actions up until now could never be excused or forgotten.
" What we can do is try to find a better way to live from here on. That’s our focus," said Phelps-Roper.
Phelps-Roper was a significant member of the church who managed the group's online and social presence, according to Fox 4 Kansas City
. Her departure signals a blow to the church's stability and credibility.