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  •  What makes you think (27+ / 0-)

    that she was aware that making such a choice was even an option? It took her 27 years to fight her way out of the teensy-tiny world the Phelps's built around themselves. If you really, truly must hate someone (and I don't recommend that you do), then hate the ones who kept her a prisoner of their own seething hatred and rottenness.

    If you raise a kid and brainwash them so that they don't even know that other ways of living are an option, it's no big surprise if that kid never looks for another way to live. All the Phelps kids were raised in what is tantamount to a prison. Megan and Grace escaped that prison; healing is going to be a bitch and will likely take the rest of their lives to accomplish. Whatever revenge you think you might wish on them, believe me, their reality is going to be a lot worse. Think about that for a while.

    The whole point of society is to be less unforgiving than nature. - Arthur D. Hlavaty

    by Alice Venturi on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:28:57 PM PST

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    •  She knew it was an option. (12+ / 0-)

      From birth, she's been told her church is the home of the elect. The church's attitude toward people who leave is that they were never part of the elect to begin with and they don't belong there. And that those who don't belong there are hell-bound. So at 27, she's never been allowed to have a friend who didn't belong to the church.

      And look at what these people do all day. 40 protests a week, for over 20 years. Hell is as real a place to these people as Cleveland is to me.

      It took unbelievable strength for her to do this, and while we have no obligation to forgive her for her transgressions, it would be the Christlike thing to do. If nothing else, forgive her because she needs to learn about forgiveness.

      "All things are true. Even false things. Don't ask me, man, I didn't do it." -Mitt Romney

      by Geiiga on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:32:38 AM PST

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