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Why Megan Phelps-Roper Sat Down With J. K. Rowling

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If the name Megan Phelps-Roper doesn’t immediately ring a bell for you, her former church and home might - the incredibly controversial and almost universally despised Westboro Baptist Church. Megan was raised in the church and from just 5 years of age, was on the picket line day and night hoping to save those her family believe needed to be saved. 

10 years ago, Megan left the church. And she’s since made a living by using her own example of how her belief system could be challenged to show the power of changing people’s minds through conversations in good faith. Which, is what led her to this year, make a podcast called The Witch Trials Of J. K. Rowling. 

Megan sat down with Rowling and discussed why she believes the things she does. It’s been met with a fair amount of controversy, but it’s not about choosing a ‘side’ for Megan. It’s about listening, learning, and conversation


With thanks to Megan Phelps-Roper. 

You can buy her book Unfollow at any good bookstore, and listen to The Witch Trials of J.K Rowling in your podcast app.

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Host: Mia Freedman. You can find Mia on Instagram here and get her newsletter here.

Executive Producer: Elissa Ratliff

Producer: Emmeline Peterson

Audio Producer: Madeline Joannou

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