Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman continues his quest with National Geographic in a new series, “The Story of Us.” In the premiere episode he interviews former Westboro Baptist Church member Megan Phelps-Roper.
“The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman: Us and Them” will debut Wed, Nov. 8, and asks: “Can we bridge the divide between us and them?”
“At a time when the whole world seems to be polarizing into irreconcilable camps, Freeman sets out on a journey in search of the forces that push us apart, from intolerance of differences to fear of outsiders, and the possibilities of coming together,” according to the show’s synopsis.
Featured in the premiere episode of “The Story of Us” is Daryl Davis, an African-American who’s a devout Christian and blues musician who has spent years befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan, former President Bill Clinton, and Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder, the late Fred Phelps.
“The challenge we face is learning how to accept those who are not like us,’ Freeman said before introducing Phelps-Roper.
Phelps-Roper was born into the religious cult, which despite its name is not affiliated with any Baptist denomination. Founded in 1955 with only 80 members, Westboro Baptist Church which hails from Topeka, Kansas, is well-known for their hateful interpretation of the Bible.
“We thought it was our duty to go out and warn people when we saw them sinning, so that they wouldn’t go on in their path to Hell,” Phelps-Roper told Freeman. “Anybody who came out against what we were saying we thought they were coming out against the Word of God.”
Westboro Baptist Church garnered controversy by staging protests near American soldiers’ funerals, outside churches that hold divorce care classes, music concerts and NASCAR, and holding signs that read “God hates fags,” “American is doomed” and “God’s fury” citing Nahum 1:3.
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Source: Christian Post