Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of deceased Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, gave a TED Talk last month on the strategies that allowed her to break free of the controversial church she was raised in. Phelps-Roper is one of several of Phelps' descendants to repudiate the small religious enclave, which is most famous for picketing with inflammatory signs at the funerals of soldiers and celebrities as well as other public events, such as NFL games and Supreme Court deliberations.
Thursday morning on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn Beck and his co-hosts, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere, reflected on the advice Phelps-Roper shared, including not taking for granted that the wisdom of your opinion will inevitably win over those on the other side of a controversial issue.
"When you're online, you're in a battle with someone on the left, or you're in a battle with someone who's nuts, and you're trying to actually persuade them," Stu said. "A lot of times I think because we believe, for example, low taxes are the right thing to do or abortion is wrong or whatever the belief is, it's so apparent to us we treat it as if it's doctrine to everybody. And we don't bother to walk people through the step-by-step argument of how you actually get there."
Glenn then cited a study that showed that most Americans get their political opinions from blogs, writers or friends rather than doing research themselves, which demonstrates the powerful impact our arguments can have on others' views.