The organization is monitored by the Anti-Defamation League, and classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. ALSO SEE: America's Most Hated Family In Crisis, and Brainwashed by the Westboro Baptist Church The church bases its work around the belief expressed by its best known slogan and the address of its primary website, "God hates fags", and expresses the opinion, based on its Biblical interpretation, that nearly every tragedy in the world is God's punishment for homosexuality – specifically society's increasing tolerance and acceptance of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.The group has achieved national notice because of its picketing of funeral processions of U. It maintains that God hates homosexuals above all other kinds of "sinners" and that homosexuality should be a capital crime.Louis Theroux stated that the Phelpses are the most extreme people he has ever met.Megan, along with her younger sister, Grace, left the church in 2012, after a long and silent struggle to continue supporting the violently anti-gay, antisemitic, (and anti-human) diatribe her grandfather (WBC founder, the late Fred Phelps) ground into the minds of his children and grandchildren for decades. Like this: God hates America." That afternoon, as Phelps-Roper picketed a small business in Topeka with other Westboro members, she was still glued to her i Phone.
"I think your plan is back-firing," she taunted Black. Brittany Murphy's death in 2009 was the catalyst to her path to freedom: "Phelps-Roper had loved Murphy in 'Clueless,' and she felt an unexpected pang—not quite sadness, but something close—over her death.Albert Snyder's son, Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2006.Westboro picketed Matthew Snyder's funeral displaying signs that stated, for instance, "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11," "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," and "Don't Pray for the USA." The church notified local authorities in advance that they intended to picket the funeral, staged the picket on public land adjacent to a public street, and complied with all police instructions.Church members also sang hymns and recited Bible verses.Although Albert Snyder could see the tops of the picket signs on the day of the funeral, he could not read what was written on them and it was not until he saw a news story about the funeral and the picketing that he became aware of the church's message.