Louis Theroux: Return To The Most Hated Family In America

Louis Theroux: Return To The Most Hated Family In America

ABC2  |  December 10, 2012

Louis Theroux spent a summer living with the community of the Westboro Baptist Church, famed for their offensive ministry. Now Louis returns to find the family more hateful than ever. When Louis first met the Phelps, he accompanied the family as they travelled the country holding signs such as "God Hates Fags" and "Soldiers Die God Laughs" America hated them and they revelled in their notoriety. Now Louis returns to find a very different community. More like a cult than ever before, they are convinced the world is about to end and are making evermore outrageous gestures such as burning the Koran. Louis is accepted back into the family, but he finds them more combative than before. They see him as part of the prophecy; the 'mocker and scoffer' sent by God to chide his elect. As the family's behaviour becomes even more extreme, some of the younger members of the Church have fallen away. Louis catches up with those who made the decision to leave the family, knowing that in doing so, they will never see their parents again. Although Louis finds the Phelps family more vengeful, more hateful and more controversial than ever, he also finds a family heading towards uncertain times, losing its members as it binds its youngest ever more tightly.

Louis Theroux spent a summer living with the community of the Westboro Baptist Church, famed for their offensive ministry. Now Louis returns to find the family more hateful than ever. When Louis first met the Phelps, he accompanied the family as they travelled the country holding signs such as "God Hates Fags" and "Soldiers Die God Laughs" America hated them and they revelled in their notoriety. Now Louis returns to find a very different community. More like a cult than ever before, they are convinced the world is about to end and are making evermore outrageous gestures such as burning the Koran. Louis is accepted back into the family, but he finds them more combative than before. They see him as part of the prophecy; the 'mocker and scoffer' sent by God to chide his elect. As the family's behaviour becomes even more extreme, some of the younger members of the Church have fallen away. Louis catches up with those who made the decision to leave the family, knowing that in doing so, they will never see their parents again. Although Louis finds the Phelps family more vengeful, more hateful and more controversial than ever, he also finds a family heading towards uncertain times, losing its members as it binds its youngest ever more tightly.

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