Described as a “homophobic and anti-Semitic hate group” by the Anti-Defamation League, the Westboro Baptist Church is no joke.
The group — infamous for using pickets with vitriolic phrases like “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers” — regularly stages anti-gay protests across the country. Members often picket funerals for American servicemen and, sometimes, those for children.
So, when British comedian Russell Brand invited two members from the Kansas-based church onto his FX show, “Brand X,” more than a few eyebrows were raised.
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