There are names I’ve been called in the course of making documentaries, but to be described as “one of the chief workers of iniquity in the whole history of man” takes some beating.

The man making the claim for me – which was somehow offensive and weirdly flattering at the same time – was Steve Drain, a member of the ultra-strict and very notorious Westboro Baptist Church. He went on to say I was on a par with Pontius Pilate.

I’d earned my special status by filming a documentary about his unique religious community in 2006. Entitled The Most Hated Family in America, it followed a three-week stay I made among the Kansas-based Phelps clan.

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