Ashley (ashleylouwho) wrote in book_reviews,
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A review of Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church:

I wish I could say I’d never heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately I, like probably many of you, have seen them on television picketing the funerals of soldiers, homosexuals, and murder victims, holding signs with such atrocious statements as “God hates fags” and “Thank God for 9/11.” Why a group of people, especially a group of people coming together to worship God, would spew such hateful diatribe is beyond my level of comprehension. Therefore, when I saw Lauren Drain’s book Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church on the New York Times bestseller list, I had to read it and find out just why these people are the way they are. What makes them tick? Why do they seem to hate everybody outside of their own church with such fervor? While I can’t say Lauren’s book definitely answered these questions for me, she does provide some disturbing insight into the group.

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