The Most Hated Family in America

Synopsis: Louis meets the Phelps family, who protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality
Genre: Documentary
60 min

# I'm ashamed to be an American

Where the fags can freely roam

# They spread their filth around

this land, every pervert calls... #

'I've been living among members

of the Westboro Baptist Church.'

'A fire-and-brimstone

Christian group made up almost

entirely of a single family.'

# God hates the U...S...A... #

Welcome to our picket!

'Since the Iraq War, they've

picketed dead soldiers' funerals

'in protest against an America

that tolerates homosexuality.'

Members of the Westboro Baptist

Church of Topeka are protesting...

America is doomed!

God hates fags!

Are you a homosexual?

Are you or not?

Shirley Phelps taught her 11 kids

not just to hate homosexuals...

We're servants of the living God.

That's all that matters.

'The Westboro Baptist Church is

probably the most controversial

church in America.' Obey your God!

Is this in the Bible? Fags

eat faeces. That's a fact, hon!

This programme contains

some strong language.

'The church is situated

in a suburb of Topeka, Kansas.

'Its pastor is the family patriarch

Fred Phelps, also known as Gramps.'

Hi. Hi there. You must be Shirley.

Yes. I'm Louis. Hi, Louis...

'But the day-to-day operations

are now run by the pastor's

daughter, Shirley,

'a lawyer and mother

to 11 children.'

So these are your signs.

You've got "God hates fags" here.

And "God hates you".

Don't think of fags as just those

guys taking it up the tailpipe.

You've got "God hates fags" here.

Think of it as people who are

involved in some perverted sex act.

I'm talking about anything

other than one man, one woman

in their marriage bed.

So beneath that are there

gradations of iniquity, as it were?

If you see a nation or a people

who have risen up with one voice

to say that it's OK to be gay,

they are a doomed people,

they have crossed the line.

When you say "gay pride", you have

given over any notion that you're

gonna admit that you're sinning.

You understand that? Being gay is

an innocent, alternate lifestyle?

That's what I believe.

Then you can't say,

then you believe it's not a sin.

That's what I believe.

they are a doomed people,

then you believe it's not a sin.

So you condemn yourself cos

by your words are you justified and

by your words are you condemned.

But it wasn't a big thing

for Jesus. He had other priorities

rather than homosexuality.

It's not one

of the Ten Commandments. Yes.

The streets of this nation are full

of married men having fag sex.

That's adultery.

So don't try to pretend that you

don't come under the umbrella of

adultery just because you're a fag.

Hi, guys. Hi.

Hi. This is Gabriel. How do you do?

Go put your stuff away.This is Grace.

'For the last few years, the church

has taken its message of God's hate

'to the funerals of soldiers killed

in Iraq and Afghanistan,

Reasoning they were struck down by God

for fighting for a depraved and doomed nation.

What is the plan? We'll get out

here and put these signs in the air.

At the funeral? You call it that,

but they're worshipping the dead.

You do research into the soldiers

that have died? Staff-Sergeant

Kevin Zeigler. He died of an IED.

That's a... Roadside bomb. Right,

an improvised explosive device.

Exactly. His family was told that

he and another soldier died while

trying to disable the explosive.

He was 31. Do you think

it's possible that by getting

in people's faces in this way,

you're more likely

to put people off the word

of Jesus Christ and the Bible?

You do research into the soldiers

to put people off the word

of Jesus Christ and the Bible?

Just human psychology? You think

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Louis Theroux

Louis Sebastian Theroux ( LOO-ee thə-ROO; born 20 May 1970) is a British documentary filmmaker and broadcaster. Theroux is best known for his documentary series, including Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, When Louis Met..., and his BBC Two specials. His career started in journalism and it bears the influences of notable writers in his family, such as his father Paul and his brother Marcel. The BBC has produced all of his documentaries and television series. He has received two British Academy Television Awards and a Royal Television Society Television Award for his work. more…

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