college | September 05, 2017

First a Memoir, Soon a Film. Megan Phelps-Roper’s Story of Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church Is a Study in Empathy

Megan Phelps-Roper, once a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its vicious hate speech and cruel protests, is now one of its rare defectors. Her highly anticipated memoir, titled This Above All is coming soon to the big screen. 

Produced by Reese Witherspoon, and set to be scripted by heavyweight screenwriter and author Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity), This Above All is a moving account of Phelps-Roper’s upbringing, indoctrination, and eventual rejection of the only world she’d ever known. She’s a symbol of empathy overcoming hate, of reason conquering fear. “We must extend empathy and compassion to the people who show us hostility and contempt,” she says in her TED talk, viewed over four million times. And if she can do it, anyone can. 

 

To learn more about Megan Phelps-Roper contact The Lavin Agency today.  

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