Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper thought it’d be fun to take their gay-hating “God Hates Fags” protest show on the road and stage an event outside of Hampshire’s local college production of The Laramie Project, a play about the death of Matthew Shepard, but authorities at the UK Border Agency and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith have banned Phelps from entering the UK, saying it opposed “extremism in all its forms”.
“The government has made it clear it opposes extremism in all its forms.
“We will continue to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.
“The exclusions policy is targeted at all those who seek to stir up tension and provoke others to violence regardless of their origins and beliefs.”
The church’s pickets of military funerals have outraged Americans.
The Westboro church’s website advertised the picket which was set to take place on Friday, proclaiming: “In merry old England they plan to further enrage the living God by putting on the farce known commonly as The Laramie Project.
“We will picket them, and see if they actually believe those lies they tell about how tolerant and accepting Brits are.”