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Fall from Grace (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 March 2007 (USA)
The shocking story of Rev. Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, those who oppose it, and those who chose to leave it all behind.

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Bill Bunten ...
Himself, Mayor, city of Topeka
Warren Carter ...
Himself, Prof, Saint Paul School of Theology (as Dr. Warren Carter)
Kelly Franz ...
Herself
Jeff Gannon ...
Himself, Pastor
Pedro L. Irigonegaray ...
Himself (as Pedro Irigonegaray)
George E. King Jr. ...
Himself, Pastor
Ed Klump ...
Himself, Police Chief, city of Topeka
Mike 'Gunner' Minor ...
Himself, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Fred Phelps ...
Himself
Jonathan Phelps ...
Himself
Sara Phelps ...
Herself
Timothy Phelps ...
Himself
Rebekah Phelps-Roper ...
Herself
Shirley Phelps-Roper ...
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The first feature-length documentary to explore the hate-filled world of Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. Since the mid-90s, this group has participated in nearly 25,000 anti-homosexual demonstrations around the world. With signs that say things like "God hates fags," "You're going to Hell," "Thank God for 9/11," "God hates your tears," "Thank God for dead soldiers," the small congregation of 75 members has garnered international attention, especially now that they have targeted military funerals as a venue for their picketing. 'Fall From Grace' features interviews with Rev. Phelps, other members of the church, many of its dissenters, and two members that left the church and their family behind. Written by KRJ

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A Fairly Objective Look at the Westboro Baptist Church
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The shocking story of Reverend Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, those who oppose it, and those who chose to leave it all behind.

This documentary was released in 2007, and as I write this it is 2013. The church has not gone away, but has actually grown more well-known. Fred Phelps still lives and the family still preaches its message.

I liked that this film tried to be fair. I think it is likely the director is opposed to the Westboro gang, as most people are. They are a church opposed by both left and right-leaning people, which makes them rather unique. Even those who oppose gay rights want nothing to do with these guys.

What I personally find even more interesting than their beliefs (which seem half-baked and not well-anchored) is the First Amendment issue. As awful as it is to protest a military funeral or say things like God loves 9/11, this is not a crime. And we should all be thankful it is not a crime. Do they abuse their rights? I think they do. But it is a right we are lucky to have.


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