Documentarian Louis Theroux published a short piece about his time with the Westboro Baptist Church and its pastor, Fred Phelps. Theroux spent a long time with the Phelps family while making the documentaries The Most Hated Family in America and The Most Hated Family in Crisis. I’m probably as sick of hearing about Phelps as anyone at this point, but I think Theroux has some good points to make. Consider this these the final words on the matter, barring Phelps’s return from the dead (excluding his role as Henry Kane in Poltergeist II)
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It has been reported that Pastor Phelps had been “excommunicated” from his own church before he died (probably this doesn’t mean much more than being prevented from preaching; I doubt he was out wandering the streets). In 2010 I heard a similar rumour. Then, the word was that Gramps was panicking about a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought against the church by the family of a dead soldier whose funeral they had picketed.