Former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas Lauren Drain has renounced her upbringing of hatred and bigotry and declares that she
now realises everything that the church stands for and that she used to stand for is completely wrong.
Drain is now using this change of heart that she's had to devote herself to the noble causes of LGBT, gender, and human rights and equality.
Drain posing for the anti-prop 8 campaign
"The main reason I posed for the NOH8 Campaign was in direct response to the judgements of the WBC. I wanted to show people that despite having
grown up within the cult and having spent a good portion of my life on the picket line, holding signs condemning our deceased soldiers, revelling in
any and all forms of tragedy and simply striving to be hurtful in the name of God; that the WBC is wrong and what I did at the time was
Drain's memoir Banished
delves into how she was cast out from the Westboro Baptist Church for daring to question their modis operandi
and the self re-discovery and undoing of her indoctrination that followed her banishment.
I find it very intriguing that in a community where the members are steeped in doctrine and brainwashing from such a young and impressionable age,
there are still people that can manage to see through the BS of such a vitriolic and incredibly f**ked up -system of beliefs and realise that
everything they've been taught to believe without question is wrong.
There it is.
A tiny piece of my faith in humanity restored.