Ah, the Phelps family. You know you're scraping the bottom of a barrel most foul when you come across a group of fundies that Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck find extreme and distasteful.
Steven Hart over at The Opinion Mill linked a documentary about the universally loathed members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The Most Hated Family in America is at once profoundly disturbing and very sad. The filmmaker, an Englishman named Louis Theroux, manages to excavate a kernel of humanity from some of these hateful, wretched people. What is wrong with them? one asks in vain. How did Gramps Phelps pervert them all with his moronic dogma?
The film works like one of those train-wreck family reality TV shows, along the lines of The Osbournes or that Flava Flave abomination. Humor and compassion are sometimes the best weapons against hatred, and Theroux displays both, wielding his weapons with remarkable patience. The unbelieving filmmaker displays a deeper comprehension of Christ's message than his subjects.