DAMNING Britain as a home of decline and sin, images of The Queen, Gary Glitter and Boy George peep conflicting a shade with a words: God Hates The UK.
It is a latest promotion film from a Westboro Baptist Church — and shockingly it has been done by a Brit.
Bradford postal workman Simon Holroyd is the many doubtful partisan to a US cult scandalous for its homophobic loathing speech.
Filmmaker Louis Theroux met Simon for his latest BBC2 documentary on a loathing group.
He initial visited Westboro in 2006 and returned in 2011 for America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis.
On this third visit, cracks have started to seem in a church following a genocide in 2014 of a leader, Pastor Fred Phelps.
But Louis is uneasy to learn his prior documentaries desirous Simon to leave a UK and join a church in Topeka, Kansas.
The former postie is delivering a mangled reinvention of a many scandalous slogan: God Hates Fags.
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Simon, re-christened Mathias by a church, said: “The existence is that Britain is broken. It’s usually a divided society, between fake sacrament — a Muslims — and everybody else. There’s usually loathing between these factions — things don’t demeanour good for a UK.
“Listen to millions of Brits, it’s extraordinary usually how removed from existence they unequivocally are. What does that contend about a republic when they enliven a sodomite like Elton John and call him ‘Sir’. How outrageous can we get?”
Now a permanent Topeka resident, Mathias has married Jael Phelps, a granddaughter of Pastor Phelps, and has 3 children.
The church appears to have given Mathias a family and confidence he had never had after his silent died from cancer when he was 13.
Speaking about his disloyal dad, Mathias said: “He doesn’t have a use to me any more, he’s not heading me down a trail to hell.”
Louis could see a underlying reason because a Brit was peaceful to misuse his possess republic for a US church.
He said: “Mathias came conflicting as somebody who had never unequivocally propitious into his aged life.
“A vast family, offered a horrible code of eremite certainty, contingency have had interest to someone who’d always felt alone.”
And Mathias isn’t a usually new Westboro recruit to join after saying Louis’ documentaries. The church’s latest assemblage member, J, interjection Louis for a initial inspiration. And notwithstanding a church’s homophobia, he admits to being captivated to women AND men.
J said: “I unequivocally don’t trust in my heart that they’re a loathing group, in fact I’m pansexual myself. My passionate attractions aren’t singular to any specific gender.”
Despite new recruits, Louis found that all was not good during Westboro.
Pastor Phelps died in 2014, aged 84, underneath a dim cloud. For misleading reasons, his mental health declined and one day he walked conflicting to a rainbow-painted “equality house” — a happy gift that symbolically set adult home conflicting Westboro — and told them they were good people.
This sparked ire and, shortly before his death, he was dumped by a church.
No one would pronounce to Louis about a occurrence so he visited Fred’s granddaughter, Rachel Hockenbarger, who has incited her behind on a church.
She said: “They removed him to his possess house, done him live there by himself when he was too aged and too ill to take caring of himself. Then he had told a people conflicting a travel during a rainbow residence that they were good people.
“To a church it was justification that he had depressed out of faith. we do some wish that something will trigger this finish unravelling of it. Every dominion falls.”
Another pointer that a Westboro dominion was exploding was a break-up of a Phelps family, that done adult many of a 70-strong congregation.
Pastor Phelps’s daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, 61, was one of a many immoderate church members.
But now 3 of her children have incited their behind on her and been excommunicated.
Tearful Shirley told Louis: “We go with a believe of God on all these matters, though it doesn’t change a fact that it’s unhappy and painful.” Louis said: “It was bizarre to see a lady so damaged by grief and during a same time so intractable — a self- combined plant of a loathing she had sewed for so many years.”
After shunning a church, her daughter Meghan, 28, used her inside believe to conflict Westboro.
It done her an internet prodigy and she now gives talks, has a book entrance out and is about to have a film done of her life.
Megan told Louis: “We claimed to adore people, that was a biggest con of all, and we was totally blind to it.”
- Surviving America’s Most Hated Family, Sunday Jul 15, BBC2, 9pm.
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