The Phelps have described themselves as America's most hated family. They picket the funerals of US soldiers killed in Iraq in what they say is God’s revenge for allowing homosexuality in the USA.[SN Reported]
The family carry out the pickets in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, which has 71 members and is based in Topeka, Kansas, with a congregation made up of mostly extended family members.
The Phelps originally began their protests 15 years ago at places where gay people congregated, and moved on to Gay Pride parades and marches, and AIDS victims funerals - and have now turned their protests on US soldiers and mourning family members.