GamesRadar vs. Shirley Phelps-Roper

For those unfamiliar with the enchanting Shirley Phelps-Roper, she’s the most vocal member of the nationally reviled Westboro Baptist Church. Seen on numerous television programs and the subject of the BBC documentary The Most Hated Family in America, Shirley and the WBC have become notorious for obnoxiously disrupting the funerals of US soldiers with cartoonish homophobia and doomsday prophecies.

But we wanted to chat with her about games over a tall glass of Hatorade. She was nice enough to participate in an interview with the eternally doomed and that takes some character. And guess what? She has a Wii!

WARNING: If you have any affection for God, Country or the military you may want to steer clear of the following interview. She’s got some pretty nasty things to say, so we’ll go ahead and redirect the overly sensitive away from the mean lady. We at neither share, nor condone any of Mrs. Phelps-Roper’s opinions below and would like to sincerely apologize in advance.


GamesRadar: You’ve appeared on a lot of television shows and your group has become famous for protesting soldiers’ funerals. Why do you guys do that exactly?

Shirley Phelps-Roper: We do it because this nation is sprinting to her destruction. You’ve got the wrath of God abiding upon you. We went to these funerals first to help you connect the dots, from your rebellion against God, and your filthy manner of life to your dead soldiers. The promises of God are laid out plain and unambiguously in those scriptures. And that includes when you won’t obey his commandments, you won’t heed the warning, that he’ll put a hook in your jaw. The Jaw of the Nation. A collective hook and he’ll drag you into a war that you cannot win and dash your children to pieces before your eyes and… on like that.

GR: So you’re against the war or just the military in general?

SPR: The military is just made up of Americans. There’s only two kinds of people who inhabit this country.

GR: And who would that be?

SPR: That you’re either engaged in some kind of disobedience, practicing perversion - to the standards of God I’m talking about - or you’re an enabler to those people.

GR: An enabler?

SPR: [Sighs] Okay. There’s two classes. If you’re not in the first class, you’re probably in the second class. And you’re probably in both.

GR: Me?! Or GamesRadar?

SPR: Whoever. I’m talking to a nation.

GR: Do you play videogames at all?

SPR: [Laughs] Not today, I don’t.

GR: Well, in general. Does your family play games?

SPR: You mean my children?

GR: Yeah. Or the Westboro Baptist Church?

Above: So you know, God has never confirmed any of this

SPR: Well, the Westboro Baptist Church is not a single entity. And neither are we a single household. My household is who I can answer for. I don’t play videogames. But my children play videogames.

GR: What type of games do they play?

SPR: Well, they play some Mario Brothers… I don’t remember the names, but I’d recognize them.

GR: Cool. Have you played at all?

SPR: You mean ever?

GR: Yeah.

SPR: Well sure. I wasn’t always in these particular life circumstances.

GR: Have you played any of the big games right now, like Call of Duty 4?

SPR: No.

GR: Is that because you’re against it?

SPR: No. I don’t know the game so why would I be against it?

GR: Well since your protesting soldiers’ funerals would you be inherently against a military game?

SPR: Oh honey, that’s just such a clueless thing [to say].

GR: Well, we’re here to learn.

SPR: Well why don’t you ask questions and let’s not play games.

GR: But that’s what the questions are about… Okay well, what systems do you have in your household?

SPR: Hold on just a second. [Consults with a nearby child] I dunno, they got something called… it’s a handheld thing.

GR: With two screens? The DS?

SPR: Yeah. I think that’s right. I think some of the children have a DS. And some of the children have another kind that you hold in your hand. I don’t remember what these things are called. It’s something called a Wii?

GR: Oh, you have a Wii? Great. Do you have a PC?

SPR: A PC? You mean like a computer?

GR: Yeah. Do you play any games on that?

SPR: Hon, I don’t play any games.

GR: Why not?

SPR: I don’t have time to play games. You do know I have eleven children and run around this country like a chicken with my head cut off.


  • FunkSoulBrother - July 16, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    I'm Catholic and she is freaking insane. Insane!"Looks like there were two Christian Nuts on that podcast" said Chris. She belongs in a mental institute.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - April 9, 2010 11:09 p.m. 'nuff said.
  • Trg564 - March 30, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    As much as I don't want to sound violent, I hope the crazy lady goes through the pearly gates with some appendages missing
  • 4fromK - March 28, 2010 9:45 p.m.

    I kind of liked her. but then I admire someone who says what they really believe, even (maybe especially) if that beleif is as batshit insane as "heath ledger is in hell for portraying gay people". Oh and LOL I just googled the "biblical quote" she said about columbine, and it has ONE result. this article :P
  • mutantsquid - March 25, 2010 6:19 p.m.

  • ultimatepunchrod - March 25, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    this woman seems a little sick in the head. i dont really think she's in her right mind because no one who has read ANY part of the Bible would think this way normally. anyway she is ridiculous to protest funerals. whats the point of making people feel worse when a loved one has already died. sick
  • Lolspamm0r - March 25, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    What a creepy person...
  • Kenzo - March 25, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    she's just dead wrong. the bible is all about how much God loves his people, not how everyone but some extremist is going to hell. God is Love, not hatred, and he loves everyone uncoditionally, EVERYONE. Even Mrs. psycho here. God hates sin and the devil, but he loves us, the sinners, because we are his children. The truly saddest part is that she is so dead-set on hating everyone that she has lost sight of what God's word really says, and takes little snippets of verses out of context so they fit her hate filled view of the world. I hope she comes to her senses before it's too late
  • cnote1239 - March 25, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    this lady's crazy but i'd wanna talk to her and try to understand how she forumulated her beliefs. it's psychologically interesting on so many levels.
  • GaryRedShoes - March 24, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    she is a bible noob.
  • ergreenday - March 24, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    Oh my god! This lady is the truest form of a oxi-moron! This is a fu@king insane woman!
  • Ded - March 24, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    Oh my god, did you manage to keep a straight face during that? The Phoenix Wright question lolled me up XD Wonder what she would make of a relgion-heavy game like Dante's Inferno, Darksiders or Bayonetta...
  • AngryScotsman - March 24, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    "[BioWare] are children of a doomed America". But BioWare's Canadian...
  • TheIronMaiden - March 24, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    well I was ex military and I saw the warning yet kept reading on. Don't worry...she'll get her just cause (HA!) one day.
  • AlexMercer1337 - February 7, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    She's so f-ing fascist, but what ticks me off is her blinding ignorance and petty beliefs. I think she thinks she's right, but she's just a bitch.
  • Thantos410 - February 1, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    That was far the most sick and twisted depiction of Christianity I've ever heard. Bravo Mrs. Crazy Woman!
  • hudiscapidicus - January 18, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    This is brilliant, I love how crazy religious Americans can be, this woman is a caricature of everything that's wrong with organised religion. I would love to spend a holiday in her mind (a very short one tho), it would be facinating, in a bizzare and terrifying sort of way... reCAPTCHA: handing negotiated. Sounds like haggling over the price of a happy-ending...
  • StupidFaceXD - November 12, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    I don't know if the people who said she needs to die are Christians or not, but the Bible says do not wish evil upon your enemies (sorry, I don't know the actual verse.) All I have to say is she isn't Christian. Her twisted mentality of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ is so deluded it's as though they she was repeatedly beat up side the head with a bat. So I really think that she should go and read the ACTUAL Bible and not a cult's bible. By the way, I am a Christian. :D
  • katwood92 - November 7, 2008 12:34 a.m.

    As Christian, I can guarantee that she is not going where she thinks that she is. God is kind and merciful, and He spends a whole book saying so. She accuses others of corrupting the Word of God, but when you point a finger, four point back at you. She needs to reread the Bible, because she missed the main points. Her views on the Bible are so warped, the only reason that I could force myself to read it was because they were so illogical that I didn't really understand the "finer" points of what she was saying (and I'm no idiot. I had a 12th grade reading level, in the 6th grade. I'm now in 11th grade.). She professes hate and practices it herself, when the Bible clearly teaches love. She is the one who needs to get a clue! She misses concepts in the Bible that my six-year-old cousin clearly understands. I feel sorry for the 11 innocent children who were born to her, and all the others born into her wicked, corrupt "religion" that makes a mockery of Christian values, morals and even the God she claims to worship.
  • tarrow25 - November 5, 2008 9:31 p.m.

    John 3:16 says "for god so loved the world that he gave his own son that whoever believes in his shall never perish but have eternal life", not "For god so hated the world that he sent a crazy b*tch to damn us all to the firey bowels of hell". If your going to use the world of god to push forward your cult, then you should at least run the bible. I really do hope, for your sake, that god is merciful, because if he's not then I hope you enjoy hell.

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