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In A Surprising Twist, I Respect Someone Raised By The Westboro Baptist Church

Libby Phelps Alvarez is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, the infamous hate-preaching church. I couldn't even imagine being raised with such an extreme black-and-white outlook on life and then escaping it like she did. Here, Phelps Alvarez speaks with Anderson Cooper about her experience with the organization. At about halfway through at 2:50, Cooper turns to the mother of a fallen soldier whose funeral Phelps Alvarez picketed with the church. Regardless of her past, how she's moving forward is so admirable.

In A Surprising Twist, I Respect Someone Raised By The Westboro Baptist Church

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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