I guess I can recommend this movie. I mean, I hate to give attention to these sickos that the movie is based on, but the movie itself and subject matter are pretty interesting (since ‘crazy people’ tend to be interesting). This is one of those movies that’s hard to watch and stay calm at the same time…for several reasons; including brainwashed kids, fanaticism, ridiculous statements, etc. Here’s a synopsis of the film from the film’s website:
“God hates fags,” “You’re going to Hell,” “Thank God for 9/11,” “Thank God for dead soldiers.” Even in the darkness, the picket signs glow, not simply because of their neon hues, but because of the incandescent hate with which they are branded.
This shocking rhetoric flows from the Reverend Fred Phelps and his followers at the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas – smack in the center of America’s heartland. Whether it’s on their toxic website www.godhatesfags.com or at one of the 22,000 demonstrations they’ve staged over the last fifteen years, the Church is focused on one key message: America is doomed because, for too long, it has tolerated homosexuality and allowed it to thrive. Church members picket daily in the city of Topeka and often travel abroad. Most recently, Pastor Phelps and his followers have targeted military funerals for soldiers killed in the war in Iraq as a venue to preach God’s wrath against a nation that has apparently been “taken over by the fags.”
Fall From Grace takes the viewer inside this surreal world with rare interviews and footage of several pickets and church services. The film focuses on a group that represents a variety of contemporary American issues, including intolerance of homosexuality, the right to freedom of speech, separation of church and state, and the War in Iraq.
After watching this, I think that many of the adults that participate in their pickets are pretty attention hungry. I’m sure there are more than several neurons miss-firing in these peoples’ heads and so this movie is a strange glimpse into a modern day cult.
Checkitout, but be prepared to be agitated…
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