Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Fall from Grace

Topeka, Kansas, has the misfortune to be the home of Fred Phelps and his so-called Westboro Baptist "Church." Phelps is known around the world for damaging Christianity by driving people from God with his "God Hates Fags" and related campaigns, most recently including praising God for the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) being used to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq — the IEDs are God's wrath raining down on America for spurning Phelps' message that God Hates Fags. Fall from Grace documents the Phelps "ministry" (his congregation consists almost exclusively of his children and grandchildren) and their hateful rhetoric. It includes on-camera interviews with Phelps and several of his kids and grandkids, plus telephone interviews with two of his four estranged children who have left the fold. It is truly chilling to hear kids so young they still have trouble with R's and S's spouting "God Hates Fags." This documentary will make your blood boil and your stomach acid rise into your throat, but it is important and well made. Get your antacid ready and watch this film.

Fall from Grace, dir. K. Ryan Jones, 2007 USA, 71 min.

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