"I can no longer find the reference on Pastor Phelps website saying Tina was lying or in a consensual, dating relationship with Willis. Do you think they changed it? Or maybe I'm just missing it. Thanks."After a quick look at the website Chuck Phelps set up (drchuckphelps - DOT - com), I realized there were at least two documents missing -- both pertaining directly to the ABC 20/20 broadcast eventually aired on April 8, 2011 titled, "Shattered Faith." I have a pdf file of the documents on my computer, and there are images of the two documents saved on other websites. One document is a letter is dated July 22, 2010 and is addressed to Alan Goldberg at 20/20. The other document is a statement released on October 14, 2010 that Chuck Phelps put on his website.
Because I am glad Chuck Phelps no longer has those documents visible on his website, and I recently wrote that Phelps should remove documents stating Tina lied from his website, I do not wish to post them here. However, even though he removed them, there are a few problems, in my opinion:
- He removed them from the website without a mention or an apology.
- He kept other information on his website that STILL refers to Tina as dishonest, so the problem is still not fully resolved.
Chuck Phelps says he stands by his answers to the reporter in the parking lot.
What did Chuck Phelps say to that reporter? Following is a transcript of the conversation. You can go to this video clip online to watch for yourself. The time stamp is approximately 2:56 - 4:39.
Reporter: In 1997, did you report that Tina Anderson had been raped?
Phelps: Absolutely. Yes I did.
Reporter: You called it a “dating relationship.”
Phelps: No, I did not. I did not call it that.
Reporter: Why wasn’t it rape?
Phelps: I called it...
Reporter: In your statement to us you did call it a “dating relationship.”
Phelps: Yes, I did call it that in my statement to you because it was an on-going relationship but I did not call it that to the police department at the time.
Phelps: First, I didn’t know he had impregnated a 15 year-old girl…remember it was an accusation made. An accusation is not a conviction. …it’s not the responsibility of the church to close the doors to people who have real problems and issues no matter how heinous. And so I think you’ll find the community historically has always allowed heinous people under careful guidelines to be part of churches.