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09/09/2013 11:35 am ET Updated Nov 09, 2013

I'm An Ex-Westboro Church Member Who Has Renounced The Group My Grandfather Founded

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For most of my adolescence and early adult life, my life's purpose was to protest homosexuality in God's name. I really believed, to my very core, that gay people were destroying not only America, but the entire world. And that it was my job to let the world know just that.

The church is made up of about 70 people, and 90 percent of them are members of my immediate or extended family. WBC is best known for its picketing, which began in earnest in the early 1990s. We picketed pop concerts, football games, churches of every denomination and, most notoriously, the funerals of American servicemen and victims of hate crimes.

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