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O'Reilly fails to take stand against death penalty when presented with opportunity

Reported by Chrish - December 30, 2006 -

As has been documented, Bill O'Reilly frequently feels qualified to question and/or condemn sentences given to criminals in this country, and has even instigated protests against the judges who hand down these unsatisfactory sentences. In the case of Saddam Hussein's death sentence, however, he felt obliged to defend the decision of the court (against his own professed opposition to the death penalty) and says the world should respect the decision.

In his Talking Points Memo yesterday 12/29/06 (he took a break from vacation to partake in the hoopla) he said

"Now, some people are objecting to Saddam's execution. I myself oppose capital punishment, but I also understand that in cases involving crimes against humanity — like this one — a statement has to be made to the world."

He also said that "Again, America has no right to tell Iraq how to deal with Saddam. (Comment: Oh puh-leeeeze.) In our own country we executed terrorist Tim McVeigh for killing hundreds in Oklahoma City and that was justice according to our system. So we all should sleep well tonight knowing Saddam got what he deserved. If the Iraqi people had sentenced Saddam to life in prison, I would not have had a problem with it. Again, it's up to them and the world should respect the decision."

These do not sound like the statements of someone who is morally opposed to the death penalty, just someone who gives it lip service - perhaps to shore up his equally wishy-washy abortion stance.

Further, he sees this act as an indication that Iraq's government is functioning properly:

"Politically, the government of Iraq must show the world that it is viable and this is a step in that direction."

But O'Reilly's church sees it differently:

"The position of the Catholic Church — against the death penalty — has been reiterated many times," the spokesman said in the statement, referring to the Vatican's overall opposition to capital punishment.

"Killing the guilty one is not the way to rebuild justice and reconcile society," the spokesman said. "On the contrary, there is the risk that the spirit of revenge is fueled and that the seeds of new violence are sown."

Interesting that O'Reilly couldn't whip his principles into a frenzy over the taking of this particular human life. It was a great opportunity to bloviate about the immorality of the death penalty. Apparently John Moody trumps the Pope.