Banished Westboro Baptist Church member details of struggles with Phelps family

What is life like inside the Westboro Baptist Church? They are a dangerously crazy organization, known for protesting pretty much everywhere they can to get attention for their hateful message. Lauren Drain was a member of the organization until she was banished from the group after she was caught speaking online to a boy outside of the church.

Drain's father dragged the entire family into the organization after making a documentary about the church, but slowly he started to indoctrinate them into the thinking of the group.

"The first year he started slowly in terms of trying to indoctrinate us. We lived for a year in Florida. He started teaching us things, and basically he took me out of school. He took me a way from my friends. I had no access to my friends and family anymore."

"He did a lot of manipulation tactics with me. Saying I'm a rebellious teenager. I don't make him proud. He was verbally abusive and physically abusive," she said.

Drain said that at some point she was manipulated into thinking she was actually rebellious and she should try and make her father proud.

"They attribute everything to if homosexuals are ruining the country and they attribute everything to that. They therefore make a connection that if the homosexuals are to blame. Acceptance of homosexuals is to blame. Therefore the God is going to punish the country in exhibit A, B, and C," she explained.

Drain wrote in her book that the Westboro Baptist Church even claimed that everyone who died in 9/11 was either a homosexual or a homosexual enabler. (editor's note: Of course, they used much more colorful and hateful language in the sermons.)

During the interview, Glenn asked how a church could completely miss the compassion element of faith that comes with Christianity.

Drain explained that the founding Pastor always wanted to be in the military and worked hard towards that goal his whole life. He ended up even going to West Point for a few days, but ended up leaving the military after a few days and claimed he had a religious experience and would now be preaching against sexual immorality. Ever since then he has always hated the military and homosexuals.

Drain said people could draw their own conclusions, but everyone on radio seemed to think that he had a sexual experience while in the military that caused his hatred.

"So you think he doth protest a little too much?" Pat said.

Drain explained that she was banished from the group because she was chatting to a boy online she had never met, but she believes that she was used as an example for any member who was questioning the church. She said she was brainwashed at the time and it was extremely difficult for her when she was cut off.

Now that she has left WBC, she is doing what she can to get young people out and to break up the church in order to make amends for the hate she spread during her time as a member.

"I'm doing everything I can to help break up the church, and bring people out. And tell people I'm sorry for my horrific actions and say that I'm ashamed of anything I was a part of there. I didn't mean to hurt people," she said.

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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