Alex Blaze

WBC cancels Virginia Tech protest in exchange for radio time

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 21, 2007 1:47 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: homophobic behavior, Mike Gallagher, talk radio, Westboro Baptist Church

From one of their press releases yesterday:

Westboro Baptist Church hereby cancels all pending pickets, and agrees not to schedule future pickets, related to The Virginia Tech Massacre, on the following terms and conditions; to wit:

In consideration for 3 hours of national radio time with Mike Gallagher on his National Radio Show - next Tuesday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon New York time - Westboro Baptist Church has agreed to cancel all pickets now pending and not to schedule future pickets related to The Virginia Tech Massacre.

Westboro Baptist Church representatives will appear in studio with Mr. Gallagher and will freely discuss WBC's religious position relative to such tragedies as The Virginia Tech Massacre.

I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, it's good that they're letting the families mourn with a little more privacy and a little more peace than they otherwise would have had. On the other, this sounds like negotiating with terrorists to me and will probably only encourage them to schedule a picket for the next tragedy, whatever it is.

Then again, what would you expect from a talk radio head who loves Fox News, wrote a book called Surrounded by Idiots: Fighting Liberal Lunacy, and who is paranoid about a Spanish take-over of America? He just might agree with them and is having them on because they'll cross a few lines that he wishes he could but would lose his show over.

Option #3 is that this whole thing is just a publicity stunt. Check out the "Articles about Mike" section of his website; there are quite a few related to his hosting the WBC.

You can read Mike Gallagher's explanation here. What do you think?

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Zach Adamson | April 21, 2007 2:45 PM

I think its much better.. for 2 reasons..
1st.. because they wont be able to spew their poison in the faces of those people who are suffering horrific loss due to this insane rampage. That is worth it in and of it self..
2nd.. the bonus... it is my very firm belief that the more people see what religious radicalism looks like the more they can see the natural evolution (even though I know they hate that word)of the ever so popular hate speech that so many find politically correct and what the nut jobs at WBC are doing. It is clear that its the next step and that, I think, scares the hell out of most people.
"That cant be what I am like.. Christians cant be bigots.. " Uh huh... keep telling yourself that..

I agree with Zach. The Rotting Cryptkeeper and his family have always been fringe nutjobs. National exposure will do more to discredit them and their message of hate than anything else could with the general public.

I have to agree with the other guys. Once you shine the light on these cockroaches, they tend to scatter - and folks realize that they roaches! Everytime they open their mouths, other people shudder and rethink they're own prejudices. They piss people off - and maybe if enough folks get pissed off and realize they're on the same side we are, we'll get some real momentum behind us.