Monday, April 04, 2005


The wisdom of Bill O'Reilly from

"Al Qaeda is not the most intense threat to your freedom -- it's the American Civil Liberties Union."

From the March 30 edition of The Radio Factor:
O'REILLY: "All right, this hour's devoted to the most intense threat to your freedom in the world. It's not Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is not the most intense threat to your freedom -- it's the American Civil Liberties Union. And I will back up what I say."

As Media Matters for America has noted, O'Reilly has previously called the ACLU a "terrorist group" and "a fascist organization." He has also said that "Hitler would be a card-carrying ACLU member. So would Stalin."

Gay marriage is part of a trend leading to marriage with goats. From the March 29 edition of The Radio Factor:
O'REILLY: "The judges in Massachusetts knew they weren't going to be impeached when they said to the state legislature, 'Gay marriage is now legal in Massachusetts because we say it is. We the judges' -- they knew they weren't gonna be impeached. They knew the legislature didn't care. You get the government you deserve. In California, the prevailing wisdom is marijuana is no big deal, let's legalize it. And since we can't get that through the legislature, we'll do it this way. And they did it! You see?
"And 10 years, this is gonna be a totally different country than it is right now. Laws that you think are in stone -- they're gonna evaporate, man. You'll be able to marry a goat -- you mark my words!"

O'Reilly said he needed "armed bodyguards" because of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and "the far left." O'Reilly compared himself to Judge George W. Greer, the judge in the Terri Schiavo case, who has armed protection because he has received death threats.

From the March 29 edition of The Radio Factor:
O'REILLY: [Quoting Krugman's March 28 column] "'One thing that's going on,' he says, 'is a climate of fear for those who try to enforce laws that religious extremists oppose ... George Greer, the judge in the Schiavo case, needs armed bodyguards.'"
"Well, that's true. So do I, Mr. Krugman. And the reason I need armed bodyguards is because of you and the far left. I gotta have 'em. Okay? So this isn't a one-way street here."

Hmmmm. Aren't we getting just a little sensationalistically paranoid here?


Blogger Sheryl said...

The right sure loves to turn black into white. The ACLU is probably the most anti-fascist organization in the United States. It is almost certainly one of the strongest (if not the strongest) for protecting our freedoms. Not only would Hitler and Stalin not be members, they would no doubt have all ACLU members shot. Anyone who goes against the ACLU is just showing their true colors. If this guy is calling the ACLU fascists, it just suggests to me that that is what this Bill O'Reilly is. I have donated to the ACLU. If I had more money, I'd be donating to them now.

I have never listened to this individual's program, but I know who is and is not protecting me in this country. I wonder what he says about Common Cause.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

O'Reilly is right. Come on, get your history straight. Don't you remember September 11, 2001 when the ACLU crashed those airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? After that, the ACLU and the Gay Marriage Lobby hid Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction so Bush wouldn't find them.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU and Peta (which righties consider a terrorist group, too.) Does that make me a double threat? Man, I hope so.

Seriously, what part of this does O'Reilly & the rest find so appalling:
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Our job is to conserve America's original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Thanks for supporting the ACLU, Lizzy!

Like I say, if I had money these days, I'd be sending them some. Right now I'm only a member of Common Cause, but I do have great respect for the ACLU as well.

Some other good organizations I'd give money to if I had any are: People For the American Way, Planned Parenthood, Project Vote Smart, Project Censored, The National Priorities Project, etc, etc...

1:45 AM  

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