While the killing of a NYC gay man was officially designated as a hate crime and a gay friendly Minnesota Christian church has been repeatedly vandalized, you won't find any outrage about that on Fox News. But when a Christian pastor, of the God hates fags genre, is attacked at a gay pride parade, Fox is all over it like the product that they produce on a daily basis. As the mouthpiece for the homophobic and perpetually victimized Christian right it doesn't come as any surprise that Fox Nation would feature, for an entire day, the banner headline "Shocking Video, Christian Preachers Assaulted at Gay Pride Festival." And given that Bill O'Reilly seems to have some issues with teh gay, it wasn't surprising that he would advance the Fox meme that the LGBT community is intolerant and violent towards Christians. Monday night, O'Reilly scolded the gay community about the aforementioned incident when the perps don't appear to be gay. Funny, O'Reilly doesn't scold the straight community for hate crimes against gays. Go figure!
O'Reilly has never wasted an opportunity to attempt to portray the LGBT community as intolerant and violent. While the reaction to the passage of California's Prop 8 was largely peaceful, there were some sporadic incidents of violence which O'Reilly spoke about. He linked these incidents to an impending American Armageddon which would include "unrestricted abortion." Flash forward four years and O'Reilly continues to stereotype the LGBT community as both intolerant and hateful. In December of 2012 he claimed that "topless nuns," involved in a Paris scuffle between pro and anti-gay marriage forces, were a sign that those who support gay marriage are violent thugs bent on destroying "traditional" values. In January of 2013, Bill, once again, linked another "topless nun" pro-gay marriage protest to impending worldwide anarchy at the hands of those who support liberalization of societal norms such as gay marriage and, drum roll please, "taxpayer funded abortion."
On Monday night's Factor, O'Reilly reported the incident. He mentioned that the man who attacked the Christians has an arrest record. While he admitted that the Christians were trying to be provocative, this was "no excuse for violence and that "if gays really want to be proud, they'll overlook criticism like that."
What O'Reilly didn't mention is that the incident has been condemned in the gay community. He also didn't mention that the alleged perp, who has an extensive criminal record, is married with one child and doesn't seem to be connected with the local gay community. He didn't mention that the attack was stopped by gay pride attendees. But in giving the incident national attention, he advanced the meme, being advanced in the alternate reality of right wing media (the Fox Nation article was sourced from Michelle Malkin), that it's not Christians, but gays who are intolerant - and violent! While O'Reilly accuses gays of fostering bad feelings, he is doing exactly that by taking one incident, which doesn't appear to have been perpetrated by members of the LGBT community, to vilify this community. Meanwhile, he says nothing about real hate crimes committed against the LGBT community and those who support them - hate crimes generated by those "bad feelings" which are reinforced and validated by Fox News and Bill O'Reilly!
Gays scare the begeezus outs me! I mean, they’re so like Women, and I Hate Women!
He wouldn’t even cover the rumour that Ryan and Walker were behind the smear campaigh that resulted in the threats because they were that desperate for her opponent to win.
Same case here- Google it. The police made two arrests. The instigator, who was with the priests, and the first of the protestors to swing back. Anyone who thought Bill would be honest about that part needs help. Now.
And, it was funny to see O’Reilly actually acknowledge the Christians were “being provocative” but excusing it. That certainly hasn’t been the FoxNoise viewpoint on the Trayvon Martin case (where Martin apparently deserved what he got for “being provocative”—simply by being a young Black hoodie-wearing teen).