In the wake of the death of Fred Phelps, Sr., the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, Welton speaks with Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox, an expert on the church and author of a dissertation titled, “Pray Not for This People for Their Good”: Westboro Baptist Church, the Religious Right, and American Nationalism. She and Welton will discuss the present and future of the WBC, and the role that extremists such as the Phelps family and their followers have played as the “obvious” face of homophobia in the United States. Finally, she and Welton ask whether there is something about our culture that makes us need this kind of cartoonish villain – and if so, what that says about us. State_of_Belief_032214_Rebecca_Barrett_Fox CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT.

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