October 7, 2006

Positivity: Talk-Show Host Spares Amish Families from Hateful Protest

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:04 am

I understand that Mike Gallagher is catching some flak for this, but the flak-givers are way out of line. By any reasonable standard, he did a noble thing:

No good deed goes unpunished

When I managed to convince the hateful, horrible members of the Westboro Baptist Church to call off their planned “protests” outside the funerals of the little Amish girls in Pennsylvania, I didn’t expect to get a ticker tape parade or anything. In fact, I wasn’t looking to do anything at all except figure out how to use my radio show to thwart these people from hurting the Amish mourners any further.

You know these people by now. They’re the hateful people who carry picket signs outside the churches of the funerals of American soldiers that say things like, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Your Sons are Burning in Hell.” It’s hard to understand their warped, twisted logic for doing this, but why try.

I saw a news report that said that these same people were planning to protest outside the funerals of the slain Amish girls in Pennyslvania, with signs that would say, “Your daughters are burning in Hell” and “They deserved to die.”

I just wanted to do anything in my power to stop this from happening.

So while interviewing Shirley Phelps-Roper, I asked her what it would take to stop her from proceeding with their plans. “Money?” I asked. “Could we take up a collection for a new air conditioner for your church or something?” I asked. “You and your money can go to Hell”, she snarled. “We just want to get our message out.”

Suddenly, a light went on in my brain. What if I gave them an hour of my national radio show to say what they wanted to say (within reason), in exchange for their written guarantee that they would abandon plans to protest in Pennsylvania?

While hammering out the details with her, my mind was racing. And I was praying. If this could work, it would spare these poor people who are burying their children so much more grief.

Somehow, thank God, it worked. They bought it. They came into my studios in the Empire State Building in New York and signed the agreement. They spouted off for an hour. And the debacle in Pennsylvania was averted.



  1. As the title of Gallagher’s article says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

    Whenever I hear of Phelps and his goofy antics the thought that comes to mind is “Have they no shame?”

    Comment by LargeBill — October 7, 2006 @ 10:21 am

  2. In general, secular folks have a distorted idea of what a Christian is, what Christians believe and how Christians behave. The poor, deluded people referred to in this post are doing and saying things that further muddy modern perceptions of what Christ’s gospel is all about and what His people stand for. I’m a born-again Christian with a Baptist background, and I’m ashamed of the behavior I’ve read about in this post and elsewhere.

    Comment by Excelsior — October 7, 2006 @ 11:03 am

  3. #1 and #2, I normally do not allow criticism on Positivity Posts, but the exception here is warranted, given the very shrewd move by Gallagher.

    I think the Phelps folks sensed that they had overplayed their hand by promising to picket the Amish funeral(s), but the known fact that they planned to is enough to discredit them (and that IS a positive thing), esp when contrasted to the conduct of the Amish themselves (see Positivities from yesterday and tomorrow).

    Comment by TBlumer — October 7, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

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