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James Lasdun: GOD HATES YOUR FEELINGS

9 February 2020
Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church 
by Megan Phelps-Roper.
Riverrun, 289 pp., £14.99, October 2019, 978 1 78747 800 8
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... have confirmed its political and cultural insignificance. At any rate, I wouldn’t have considered the inner workings of the Westboro Baptists worth learning about in those days. But having read MeganPhelps-Roper’s scrupulous, anguished account of ‘loving and leaving’ the church, I’m not so sure I was right. With bigotry and trolling centre-stage in US politics, there is value in anything ...

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