Louis Theroux: Most Hated Family in America

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The Most Hated Family in America is a TV documentary written and presented by the BBC’s Louis Theroux about the family at the heart of the Westboro Baptist Church.

At the heart of the documentary is the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), headed by Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kansas. It runs the website GodHatesFags.com,[1] and GodHatesAmerica.com, and other websites expressing condemnation of LGBT, Roman Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Sweden, Ireland, Canada, The Netherlands, and other groups. The organization is monitored by the Anti-Defamation League,[2] and classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.[3][4] The group has achieved national notice because of its picketing of funeral processions of U.S. soldiers killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The church bases its work around the belief expressed by its best known slogan and the address of its primary website, “God hates fags”, and expresses the opinion, based on its Biblical interpretation, that nearly every tragedy in the world is God’s punishment for homosexuality – specifically society’s increasing tolerance and acceptance of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. It maintains that God hates homosexuals above all other kinds of “sinners”[5] and that homosexuality should be a capital crime.[6]

Louis Theroux stated that the Phelpses are the most extreme people he has ever met.[7]

Louis Theroux: Most Hated Family in America, 9.0 out of 10 based on 493 ratings

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  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.reekie1 Steve ‘Lord Potty’ Reekie

    Poxy slags them Phelpses !

  • Hali Gallagher

    Definitely a cult

  • Vanderlism

    Fred phelps reminds me of Walder Frey

    • Bstenner

      Spot on.

  • Vanderlism

    “you’ve got fornication on the brain” I was dying laughing

  • Vanderlism

    I thought the last scene with the girl in the car was the most poignant and tragic. You can see in her face and her nervous laugh that she’s struggling with herself. She’s trying to bury the truth somewhere deep inside: she knows that there’s so much more to life than what she’s experienced in this prison of a family, but she’s terrified by the thought of abandoning the only people who have ever been kind to her. Her stories of trying to live a normal childhood when the outside world hates her are heartbreaking, and whenever Louis suggests she opens her mind she hides behind the religious rhetoric again to avoid appearing like a doubting sinner in front of her family. Such a beautiful, confident girl with her mind and life stolen away from her.

  • Eloh’m

    Judge not…..:)

  • MS London

    Its just so sad how they teach their kids hate…child abuse at its best!

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  • Fukha Fukha

    Religion is as fucked on every side. Islam, jews and “protestants” are the same shit. Fucking kill yourselves please.

  • TheAmberAmazon

    As hateful and horrifying as their doctrine is, there’s absolutely no reason anyone should give two sh**s about this cult of 70 people with some signs. They’re a phenomenon because we make them one. Aaand here I am watching this documentary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlie.scott.18041092 Charlie Scott

    Interesting thing about hate… it eats away at the one that hates. It creates stress in the hater while the person that is hated goes on with life generally unaffected by that hate.
    Another interesting thing about hate is that it has the same opposite as love, which is indifference.
    Why would someone bother to hate anyone that they did not care about? Perhaps Phelps and clan have some other issues like fear of their own feelings regarding sexual interests? In my experience Gay haters are attracted to men but fear that feeling.

    That doesn’t mean that everyone that fears/hates gays is gay also…. but it does raise some questions about why they give a gay person so much power? So much power that they spend a unusual amount of energy and time thinking about gay lifestyle?

  • ilovgod

    imagine if her son ended up gay

  • Michael

    In his haste to try to “reach,” (hit on?) Jill Phelps, Louis missed the chance to talk to the people the church had shunned–Fred’s 3 other children, and the rest of them. Their perspective would have been much more valuable than another trip to Jill’s house to ask her out for a coffee. It was kind of pathetic when she said, “I see right through you, Louis–you’re a mocker and a scoffer.” Wasted opportunities because he was blinded by the pretty one.

    That said, still a courageous and pretty well-made doc. Even if Louis and the rest of us are going to hell.

  • AnAthiest

    Atheism = Freedom

  • Aria

    All I wanted was someone to ask them to prove their claims, because all they’re doing is taking someones whack statement and acting it out to be true without even seeing it for themselves. So, believing in something.

    They’re similar to Scientists who push theories to be true, like Darwin’s theory of evolution. He couldn’t prove it, hence why it is called a theory, yet some people take it as a actual fact.

    I don’t think some people fully understand the definition or the meanings of the words they’re using. I am learning everyday being someone who used to be very ignorant and a ‘know it all’ towards the language I speak.

    And where did I pick this attitude up form? Where we ALL have to attend under duress… school.

    Therefore, its not all their fault. The schooling system does great to teach people not to question anything… for instance, I’m sure all of us went through this. Teacher asks a question. You put your hand up, then answer. The answer turns out to be wrong, children start heckling you. And if you ask the teacher too many questions, they will either ignore you or tell you to be silent.

    So if you think about it, we have been going through this from the age of 6 – either your early 20′s or late teens. I don’t know about you guys, but this kind of creates a narrow minded person who is actually intended to conform to the Governments wishes, hence why we’re all in foreign debt and people still continue to think they’re ‘free’ and destroying the very place that sustains us for some paper that is actually worthless and not even ours. Its all privately owned. And this actually makes us all slaves.

    Wao, I completely went off topic to an extent haha.

    My point is… that they do not know what they’re doing and I don’t know why people are taking mental asylum escapees seriously.

    BBC here’s a topic. What is the Central Bank and who owns it? And is it true that they are above our laws and have created laws for themselves and have their own private law enforcement. Oh, and that almost every nation in the world is in debit to them, therefore making us the citizens slaves….

  • Jeremy Gonzalez

    If this guy actually would’ve known the Bible he wouldve been able to make a much better documentary and a much better argument against these Radicals. This is not Christianity no where in the Bible does it ever say that God hates anyone. He loves all of us. Homosexuality is a sin yes but all sin is equal and if you believe in Him he will save you, specifically says in the Bible that if you call upon his name and know that He is the one true God that He will forgive you. Also no where in their church service did Pastor Phelps even talk about the Bible.

  • matt

    I feel bad for the children

  • matt

    Oh yeah and the 21 year old wanted louis jizz all over her tits

  • dude

    hell yea the 21 year old wants louie LOL

  • Fred

    How has nobody killed them yet

  • DonutHoles

    Ironic how they have a child named “Gabriel.” :D

  • Bee

    I am a catholic, I believe in God, but I sin, like every body. That does not mean I am going to hell. God loves all his children. These people are damn idiots. I can’t even fathom how their minds work and how they think that this is what God wants. Those poor children are going to grow up thinking that this is what is right, and that its a good thing that people are dying and innocent peoples churches are burning down.

  • IT IT 3 IT

    Former mentor to AL GORE and JFK Jr

    Kennedy’s ‘GEORGE’ magazine ‘Man of the YEAR’

    Kansas 1960s civil rights pioneer – - – —–FRED PHELPS.

  • Jacoby

    If I went to these people kids high school when I was in high I wouldve tried to fuck them all lololol.

    • Daniel Tripolar Montgomery

      get them pregnant and see if abortion is okay because he’ll send the bastard baby to hell… hypocritical inbred idiots…. that’s the nicest way to put it

  • Ava Heart

    I think it is very sad what this church is doing but im also very sad that a lot of the comments are so hateful. Cant you see that by saying the people of the church are going to hell or that they are trailer trash or inbreeds that your only spreading more hate and lowering yourself to their level? The only way to counter hate is by spreading love.

    • Daniel Tripolar Montgomery

      they are inbreeds…. 11 children by shirley phelps and 70 total members of the church? Nearly half the kids leave at the legal age of 18? Where else are they going to breed? No one wants anything to do with them.

  • Daniel Tripolar Montgomery

    I like how they are DEMOCRATS… that cracks me up. Fred Phelps the long-running Democrat candidate, the party that legalizes gay marriage. The guy was obviously getting gay sex all the time and hated himself.

  • John

    Religion should be practice behind closed doors because i have a right not to believe in religion just as much as anyone else has a right to do so. Why should i have to put up with seeing it nearly everyday on the news in the paper or on the internet or on the street.

    When as there ever been a war not associated with religion, Religion is all about anger and violence dating back to when the scriptures where written the proof is in the same book you have your faith in.

    This documentary clear shows how people twist words from the bible for their own ideology and it is seen in other religions.

    Why cant all you violent religious people do us all a favour as kill each other so the rest of us can live our lives in peace.