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: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.
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.
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?