Eric Jon Phelps knows a lot of things. He knows that the Pope controls the world, he knows that it was the Jesuits who poisoned him in Tampa and he knows that preventing racial integration is the only way to avoid the Vatican's plans to incite global race wars. Eric is the pastor of rural Pennsylvania's Reformation Bible Puritan Baptist Church.
The strange thing is that Eric is how completely open he is about his views--he's exceedingly knowledgeable about the Protestant Christianity and it makes him a fantastic and outspoken preacher. However, the teachings of his church has landed him a spot on the Hate Map of America, which is where HBM Producer Emile B Klein found him.
In this episode, Emile visits the church to investigate the story of Eric's rise and fall in the niche world of anti-papal talk radio and finds out how Eric's upbringing in the civil rights era informed his views on white supremacy.
One resource on that Emile recommends as supplementary reading is Jonathan Haidts book, The Righteous Mind
The Righteous Mind was essential for Emile to come to the conclusion that it's unproductive to hate hate. Emile says, "All in all, I think that I am taking a pretty unlikable stand, but it's a stand I think is decent in the long run."
In this episode, we hear a 6 minute excerpt from a roundtable intervention between multiple First Ammendment Radio hosts. The original intervention lasted 2 hours and can be heard in its entirety right here.
Please note that this episode is full of bad language and bigoted ideas and factual errors. We tread on some pretty delicate subjects on this episode, please let us know how we're doing.
Emile B Klein and Jeff Emtman co-produced this piece. Emile is a radio producer and a painter who’s been touring the country by bike for the last 4 years. He is the Director at You’re U.S. which is a non profit that highlights the qualities that tie together modern Americans through arts and craftsmanship.
This episode is Dedicated to Roy Silberstein, who always fought for the underdog.