"I have every right to voice my opinion. I have every right to express my views. And who are you to try to stop me? You're trying to shut me down because of what I have to say," Cowger said. "You're not going to silence me. I have every right to voice my opinion and I plan on doing this for a long time. So good luck, you're going to have to put up with me."
In his May 30 show, Cowger specifically called out Fairness West Virginia, a civil rights advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. He said because of the organization, which he called "stupid," a young boy in his church felt bullied when a girl told him she prayed for him.
Dr. Coy Flowers, M.D., president of the board of directors of Fairness West Virginia, said it is unfortunate that government policies allow hate speech to flourish.
"The environment needs to change," Flowers said, saying that Cowger is a product of his environment. "We need to change governmental policies to send a message to everybody that everybody is equal under the law."
Flowers added he doesn't want national or in-state media to believe behavior like Cowger's is the norm among West Virginia's youth.
"He's 14. I don't think anyone should be incredibly hard on him personally," Flowers said. "This is an isolated 14-year-old who is unwise in the things he chose to say. I hope the media chooses to focus on the vast majority of West Virginians who have respect and dignity for their peers."
On Wednesday, Cowger's controversial clip landed on the homepages of popular news sites such as Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and TMZ. The postings provoked a flood of mostly negative comments toward Cowger.
On his website, he says that June is no longer one of his favorite months because Obama named it Gay Pride Month.
Cowger, a Pentecostal Christian who has interviewed former West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on his show, started "The Caiden Cowger Program" on Dec. 5, 2010. On the show's Facebook page, he lists Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as his "personal interests," and writes that the 2004 presidential election spurred his interest in politics when he was 8 years old.
Cowger's show airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays on his website, www.caidencowgerprogram.com.
Cowger could not be reached for comment Thursday or Sunday. An email and multiple Facebook messages to Cowger went unanswered.