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Published On: Mon, Feb 11th, 2013

Libby Phelps Alvarez talks about leaving Westboro Baptist Church who pray ‘for people to die’

All of Libby Phelps Alvarez’s life she traveled the country protesting funerals and speaking out as part of the Westboro Baptist Church.

“They think that they’re fighting for a nation that supports homosexuality,” Alvarez told TODAY, explaining the rationale behind the protests.

Libby Phelps Alvarez Westboro baptist churchThe Westboro founder, Fred Phelps, is her grandfather and she now speaking out against the church, battling the emotions and the church’s activities after a friend’s husband died while serving in the military.

Her family picketed the funeral.

She stayed behind.

“There was a point when we started praying for people to die,” she said. “I didn’t actually do that but I was around when they did it.”

Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment,” the church announced in a tweet.

“They think that they are the only ones who are going to heaven and if you don’t go to that church you’re going to hell,” Alvarez said.

She decided to leave the church four years ago, slipping away while her parents attended a protest.

“I was terrified I was never going to see my family again,” she said, still tearful at the memory.

Alvarez still aches to see her parents, but “my aunt emailed me and said that nobody wants to talk to me anymore.”

Today, Alvarez lives about 30 miles away from the church. She still regrets the hurt she caused others but tries to remain focused on her current, peaceful life. She hopes her break from the church will inspire other relatives to make the leap.

“I would tell them I love them and that people aren’t evil like we were taught,” she said. “And even though I am crying right now, life isn’t full of sadness and sorrow and disease and heartache like they told us. You can lead a happy and good life.”

There is much more to this story from NBC News, to read about it CLICK HERE.

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