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?)