An interesting story about two of Fred Phelps’ granddaughters’ leaving the Westboro Baptist Church — interesting both for its own sake, and also for the account of how they seem to have been persuaded, apparently in part by conversations with David Abitbol, an Israeli web developer and blogger at Jewlicious.

As a lawyer, a teacher of lawyers, and a blogger, I’ve often wondered how people’s minds are changed; this in an interesting case study, though, as usual, it’s hard to tell how or whether it generalizes to other situations, and what else may have been going on in the people’s lives that made them open to persuasion. Thanks to Howard Friedman (Religion Clause) for the pointer.

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