Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Slammed By Anti-Gay Groups For Hosting “Radical Homosexual Activist” Wayne Besen

When you’re holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail: Anti-gay groups and politicians have run out of LGBT groups to attack so they’re turning on their own, namely popular conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly and his network, Fox News.

A few weeks ago O’Reilly had noted LGBT advocate and Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen (right) on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss the August 15 shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters, and the FRC’s designation as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A group of noted anti-gay activists—including OK State Rep. Sally, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays’ Regina Griggs, Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber and Americans for Truth about Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera—lashed out at O’Reilly and his network bosses for “helping violent homosexuals to kill Christians.” and demand Besen be banned from the network. (To their credit, Fox News and Bill O’Reilly have not responded to these demands.)

Of course O’Reilly didn’t really side with Besen, he just let him make his case. And as SPLC reminds us, Besen immediately condemned the shooting as “a detestable act of cruelty” and said Truth Wins Out “stand[s] squarely with the Family Research Council today and offer[s] them our full support and prayers.”

Can you recall the last time FRC, NOM, NARTH or any other anti-gay group say word one after an attack on the LGBT community? (Or what would happen if pro-choice groups insisted the rhetoric used by pro-life groups was the flame that lit the fuse on numerous abortion-clinic bombings?)

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  • brent

    I think pro-choice groups do blame the other side when something happens. I also am not crazy about gay rights being lumped into the same catergory as the pro abortion groups, since i don’t believe the too have anything in common.

  • Ewan

    Both causes involve the violation of the sovereignty of the individual, and the right to do what he or she pleases with his or her own body and life. They have rather a lot in common.

  • brent

    @Ewan: I thought the argument you guys make about gay republicans is being a republican is a choice, being gay is not. While having an abortion is a choice. So if you defend a woman’s right to an abortion then i don’t see why you wouldn’t defend a gay republicans right to freedom of choice. Would you also defend a man who wants to have a legal right to opt. out of parenthood by not paying child support for a kid he does not want.

  • the other Greg

    @brent: Duh. He had a choice to put on a condom.

    Why are you so obsessed with dead-beat dads? Do you have a “straight” fetish, or are you gay at all?

  • brent

    @the other Greg: Why do you care about abortion? If you’re gay it has nothing to do with you. A man can put on a condom and a woman doesn’t have a similar option She has birth control and she can also refuse to have sex if the man doesn’t wear a condom.Only if she is raped can she claim she didn’t have the same freedom of choice as a man. Am i gay at all. What kind of proof do you require?.

  • Neo

    Shame they only carry out burnings in other countries now. I’d throw a can of petrol on Reilly for the vile things he has incited people to do to good, moral and intelligent people over the decades.

  • Ruhlmann

    @Neo: I’ll toss the match just because he is so dumb.

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