Zach Phelps-Roper is the 23-year-old grandson of the late Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, and now the fourth of Fred’s 10 grandchildren to abandon the church.
Aided by family members who had already flew the cuckoo’s nest, Zach moved out of the family compound, leaving the church that his mother, Shirley Phelps-Roper, now heads.
He told the Topeka Capital-Journal that his interactions with LGBT people since the move have been shockingly warm.
He was even offered a free meal at the Olive Garden which, you know, is always nice.
“After I left the church I met some homosexual men who were very kind to me, and I was taken aback. I met this guy at Olive Garden one night with my sister and he offered to pay for my entire dinner and I was so taken aback… I was like, “I don’t know what to say,” so I said, “No, no, let me do that, I’ll just pay for that, I’ve got it.”
What a gentleman.
And jokes aside, good on Zach for taking what must be a challenging step towards empathy, breaking from the only life he’s ever known.
It wasn’t the last he’d see of the generous Olive Garden patron, either.
“It was so funny because the very next day I saw him… I went out for a very moderate drinking [session] with my friends and family and … he just came up to me and just kindly got me one of these fruity kind of drinks that I like and he just said “Here you go man,” and just walked off – he didn’t even expect a thank you.”
We can’t imagine they’re too fond of fruity drinks at the Westboro compound.
Zach now says empathy and unconditional love are the keys to solving the worlds problems, and we will most certainly cheers him to that.
You keep knocking down those cosmos, Zach, and next time we see you at the Olive Garden the calamari’s on us.
h/t Gay Star News