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Today’s program featured a very controversial interview featuring Fred Phelps Jr. of the Westboro Baptist Church. Fred’s not usually a guest that we would have on our show, considering we don’t really dive into topics that don’t involve celebrities or goofy stories. Fred and his church were threatening to show up to the funeral of two boys who were slain in Washington State. I researched the group and found out they did interviews instead of coming to picket. While not everyone will agree with our decision, we think it was the best thing to do. Our thinking was this, we would rather take the hit and have you be mad and frustrated with us then having this group show up and ruin a day that was meant for mourning two kids that were taken far too early. Here is an audio explanation of why we did what we did with a phone call from a caller that really makes us think we did the right thing;
I know people will be upset that I didn’t come unglued and just press my own views on THEM. That was not the point of the interview. I felt like we would’ve run the risk of making them mad and having them show up anyway. More than anything else, ANYTHING, it was about them not showing up to this funeral. It wasn’t about me grandstanding or making myself look like a hero. It was about letting them talk their talk so they would leave the funeral alone and they did. I’ve heard people say, ‘We won!’ Sadly, we didn’t win. No one wins in situations like this.
I know many stood behind us in our decision and I know many think we are in the wrong. I stand by my decision. If presented with the same set of circumstances again, I would by all means do the same thing. I can’t apologize for that. Below is the interview. Please be advised that their message IS going to be offensive to some. If that’s going to be a problem for you I suggest not listening.
Lastly, thanks to everyone who called, sent us text messages and commented on this website backing our decision. Believe me, it was NOT an easy decision and came with much thought and deliberation. Thanks and have a great day!
The Bobby D Show