We've all probably heard a thing or two about that church whose members protest outside the funerals of American soldiers spewing anti gay bile. Tonight though you're gonna see the Westboro Baptist... See More
We've all probably heard a thing or two about that church whose members protest outside the funerals of American soldiers spewing anti gay bile. Tonight though you're gonna see the Westboro Baptist Church in a way you've never seen it before from the inside ABC's nick -- decided to spend an entire weekend with church members. Because he sincerely wanted to know why did they take a -- whose core message is love. And twisted into something so seemingly hateful. Every day somewhere in America this little band is picketing on -- sign. Solid Bible Christians are they -- Spreading -- true word and telling the rest of us who don't hate it's God's will -- bags. They don't just look it's one. For a lifetime -- -- -- burn -- -- they stir anger pretty much everywhere they go. Time. This is little. -- -- And -- like. I got I still -- Because they've been told -- their whole life. -- welcome to a weird little slice of this great country one of the pockets of American event as a recent immigrant. I'm struggling to understand. Congregation of this tiny church intends believes they -- the only and he -- he -- judgment day comes and it's from. Every every season they say gay marriage is a harbinger. Eminently -- The rest of us. That's the man they programs there hostage Fred Phelps -- critics say has been preaching hate since 1960 size. This weekend -- in Kansas to spend some time with the Westboro Baptist charge why give them publicity might -- know that they believe. Called hates homosexuals for some reason that -- take it. Soldiers' funerals. But I'd like to understand. Why homosexuals why is that -- and here there are. So I decided to spend the weekend with -- people getting behind the placards in the headlines. And the fun begins Friday evening at the university of -- -- -- -- -- That's steep -- -- -- to be a documentary filmmaker. And the big time party guy who came to make nasty film about the church somehow got seduced by their message and stay. -- -- -- -- -- -- And again tomorrow. Ten it's ten -- -- all of them could this happen to make I have -- gay sister who I love. Are your kids here today. Yet to go -- with a bag wedding cake. That's -- and that -- is there would you take your kids. And and that's my wife Lucille there with the divorce -- -- -- to build time. Across the street to counter protest -- -- -- just a bunch of kids you -- really -- -- -- -- -- -- Under the -- but I opened it and I'm not a practicing homosexual your -- I'm -- practicing homosexual and I want to know what's going on. Parents must be very proud. -- -- -- -- My parents say hey I love you. Welcomes the Westboro Baptist church and that's what they do every day when she was -- election -- -- like. Some front and our campus let's -- small US prevents -- -- we're really followed Steve to cast a drain on the edge of the to -- -- -- quit. Pretty much full 43 members of the congregation live. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well and I'm -- proud of the right so much. This is relatively clean post bulletins it was time for some Bible. See there -- You -- like become free when you read the Bible or or any other time. -- -- become the she. I'm great god a maker of all things seen and unseen give you thanks and praise lord for the days -- has made. We're Shane Larson lord -- -- -- though not look upon it developed not the whole learn -- us. Homes you guys say it in the -- a -- way no we don't. Then Steve tried to explain why they used. Word on why his -- GT to tell gay people that they're -- and it would be Meehan of my game on Scripps -- you know it's cruel and go -- thanks that's not true yes of course is where they use the word bank in the Bible. It -- is the -- -- actually -- -- the Bible says thou shalt not lie with mankind as with -- time it's abomination. They mentioned lesbians in the -- that's the same thing that -- a specious questions. -- Stephens stubborn -- gotten a new army memo by your standard on mean I'm -- yeah. By your standard of most people. And and unity and and and there was a time. When everybody in the world thought that it was flat -- you -- belongs -- Dottie yes I think that every war -- wrong not only in describing what's mean. But also in describing what's more role. Every one of you every stinking why -- is wrong about morality because you pulled morality from your black hearts are used the Bible. -- where there -- -- Saturday morning things took -- turn for the even worse I'm trying to understand where you're coming from. -- -- and where I'm coming from I'd asked Steve if he missed his eldest daughter Lauren who was. Throwback -- the church for chatting with a boy on the Internet he said he didn't. And I didn't believe -- When you protest my answer I'm inviting you into my home I'm being an open book here. But when you when you answer that question that way. I think -- disrespect. You did misty eyed at Obama giving -- that courtesy -- I'd like to asking you give me that parents -- We made up and Steve took us to meet Giles posture of Phelps granddaughter and her husband Matt he is one of the few act -- Phelps -- to join the church Loveland -- -- Wrestle with church picket on British TV and felt moved to come over. We examined -- campaign. As usual in Washington. His friend Washington also monitor if you don't preach to the homosexuals and say hey you -- -- gone didn't you. -- on the same card unlike Matt Giles was born into the church has grown up with these beliefs. The government should institute the death -- -- the district. They're using the government of this country should put me to death for being for enabling him sexuality by thinking it's okay. -- -- -- We have a whole bunch -- -- Next I went with Steve to check at the workshop where they may. Bullets only place is accountable one -- what gets a lot of people -- Their speciality signs from mass shootings Steve claims Connecticut -- the sandy hook school shooting. Upon itself we're going to be the first state in the United States to legalize -- marriage. Moving dollars on vacation all we're telling you is. That's an -- ration of the wrath of god and as John Allen had already told me I'm also in line for some Adam rationed because. I don't condemn homosexuality. In church parlance. I'm and enabled. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You wrote you're a big time that anymore. I mean you are and that's because what you do is you have do you have a considerable platform would you pick -- my funeral. Course -- would new low -- Steve claims their signs are spending at -- hate not their own -- Steve seems -- -- his own sensitive dismissive to stay. Times like Steve not just -- doesn't like Lady Gaga. This filthy water -- pepper she's looking middle finger of god -- -- nick. Abby is in charge of alphabetizing. The signs. -- -- -- -- -- You know challenge me to name a group of people and she'd find a sign explaining what's wrong with the court's some -- fact courts dairy farmers. OK mark that it just get -- but you know what they should be doing moment there are all across this world that got big bars and should be putting. Messages -- trip to the dairy farmers are doing something wrong they are doing that. There's an assessment tournament starts -- Sometimes. Are you -- wearing a -- T -- This stage but having police quite a geisha -- if you're gonna say don't watch that show because their -- that Exxon and it -- -- are -- -- go anywhere is you really want to do have been -- an important that you -- Yeah. Yeah. Is -- really great -- finally underway we don't know otherwise I wondered -- is -- still your faith -- her little friends -- and unit. And LTT wolves remain true to your -- -- goes destruction is coming a nice little. Name. They go on -- by the way every day during school vacations. Or -- dog doesn't like gay people. And you believe that.
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