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Traditional Values Guys – Newt Gingrich and Bill O’Reilly – Get All Homophobic

Reported by Priscilla - November 17, 2008 -

Perhaps Bill O’Reilly should rename his show the “The Homophobia Zone” because last Friday’s “The Factor” (November 14th) was a showcase for gay bashing. Not only was the “talking points” segment an exercise in vilifying gays; but O’Reilly’s interview with much married and who knows what else family values guy, Newt Gingrich, reinforced the “fear of gays and gay agenda” card that Fox seems to be using as its latest trump. As I noted in my earlier thread, be scared because it’s the beginning of the end for such paragons of morality such as O’Reilly and Gingrich.

Media Matters has the video and the transcript which began with Bill talking about his favorite topic – protests against Proposition 8 as an example of the moral decline which, according to Bill, is prima facie evidence of the “culture war.” O’Reilly talked about how things were getting “nasty.” Once again he referenced the grannie/styoform cross incident. Naturally he didn’t say that the majority of the demonstrations, which included those who support gay marriage (all kinds of folks including liberal Protestant clergy) were peaceful. Bill said “it’s getting out of control.” (Comment: Now, who has the “control” issue, here?) Gingrich responded:

“Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank -- for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.”

Gingrich then whined about how Catholic Adoption Services in Massachusetts were driven out of business because “radicals” sought to “impose their (secular) views.”

Comment: Word to Newt. The fascism, aided and abetted by Fox News, is coming from the right side of the aisle which demonizes all those who seek to have equal rights and who do not subscribe to the "orthodoxy" of the republican Christian right. Thing is Newt, that if you like heterosexual activity, nobody is going to force you into a gay marriage. Gay couples would like to have the right to visit their partner – you know, the way you supposedly visited your first wife, when she was hospitalized with cancer, in order to get her to sign divorce papers! If you want to walk around South Beach, nobody’s going to accost you and force the “gay agenda” on you. And let’s talk “traditional” religion. The American Episcopal Church goes back to the American Revolution. Not only do they have openly gay clergy, they fought against Prop 8 - as did the Methodists, Unitiarians, and UCC – all very “traditional” denominations. And Judaism – the majority of American Jews are socially liberal. (Thank you Sarah Silverman for the great schlep!). And regarding the issue of Catholic Social Services in Massachusetts – they were out of compliance with a state statute, which allows gays to adopt, and that’s why they lost a large chunk of their funding. Perhaps if the Diocese of Massachusetts hadn’t paid of millions in sexual abuses cases, the adoption service might have survived.

But Gingrich was there to reinforce Bill O’Reilly’s network Inquisition. Fox News – America’s Newsroom – as long as you’re not a gay American!