More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Keep Hateful Westboro Baptist Church Off the Air
The Westboro Baptist Church has apparently struck a deal with a pair of Arizona and Toronto-based radio stations and a nationally syndicated talk show host. The church claims it will not bring its hate to the funeral of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, or the funeral of Judge John Roll – both of whom were killed over the weekend in Tucson, Arizona. Instead, it will be rewarded with a bigger prize. It will broadcast its vicious and hurtful messages, live and on-air, to all the listeners of KXXT-AM, a 50,000-watt station in Tolleson, Arizona, and Toronto-based CFNY-FM, 102.1 "The Edge," as well as the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher show.
It should also be noted that Westboro has made no promises regarding the funerals of the other four people killed in last weekend’s tragedy, and could very well show up at those.
For more than 20 years, the Westboro Baptist Church has cynically and maliciously exploited the suffering of countless brave and patriotic American families by protesting the funerals of innocent victims and fallen heroes.
Westboro Baptist Church has held up signs at the funerals of fallen soldiers, saying "Thank God for IEDs," "Pray for More Dead Soldiers" and "God Killed Your Son." Before the families of victims of September 11th, they held up signs saying "Thank God for 9/11" and "God Hates America." Westboro has picketed the funerals of hate crime victims with placards reading "God Wants Your Son Dead" and "God Hates Fags."
This week Westboro has reacted to the tragedy in Tucson with messages like "God Sent the Shooter." Giving airtime to this malicious group is like negotiating with terrorists. Except in this case, Westboro is being incentivized by being provided with an outlet to broadcast their hate to thousands of others.
While countless radio stations and media outlets around the country are properly paying tribute to the fallen and taking a serious look at the tragedy in Tucson, Mike Gallagher, KXXT-AM and CFNY-FM have decided to renege on their responsibility as broadcasters by rewarding one of the most anti-American groups in the country.
Make your voice heard. Tell Mike Gallagher, KXXT-AM and CFNY-FM that rewarding hateful behavior doesn't work and demand that they immediately rescind their offer of airtime to the Westboro Baptist Church.
For more information, please see www.glaad.org/nowestboro