Jan. 27, 2011 Updated- Links to this article was found on : Oregon Live.com For some reason the O’Reilly article below we wrote in June, 2009 seems to have riled up some people on the Oregon Live Forum. For this reason we note that the article referred to Bill O’Reilly’s comments on the assassination of a doctor who performed abortions. No one should be endorsing a terrorist act or a murder regardless of political beliefs.
Now we have the attempted assassination of a U.S. Congresswoman who was duly elected by the citizens of the state of Arizona which is a federal crime punishable by death. But Bill O’Reilly did not come out as strongly as he did for the death of Dr. Tiller in condoning violence and killings for political reasons.
Bill O’Reilly was not elected to the House of Representatives or Congress or any other public office where the people voted for him and therefore he should have denounced the killings in Tucson but he didn’t. He applauded the killing of Dr. Tiller and in that vile attempt at inciting violence he is responsible for any right winger who wishes to kill a person who is exercising their rights under the First Amendment.
June 1, 2009 Posted Date: Nothing spells Pro-Life like cold blooded murder. Christian terrorism is no more defensible than Islamic terrorism and there is a Bill O’Reilly connection which some call a “far right assassination“.
Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
Tiller, O’Reilly likes to say “destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000.”
He’s guilty of “Nazi stuff,” said O’Reilly on June 8, 2005; a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and Al-Qaeda, he suggested on March 15, 2006. “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” said O’Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.
Bill O’Reilly has also frequently linked Tiller to his longtime obsession, child molestation and rape. Because a young teenager who received an abortion from Tiller could, by definition, have been a victim of statutory rape, O’Reilly frequently suggested that the clinic was covering up for child rapists (rather than teenage boyfriends) by refusing to release records on the abortions performed.
When Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline, an O’Reilly favorite who faced harsh criticism for seeking Tiller’s records, was facing electoral defeat by challenger Paul Morrison, O’Reilly said, “Now we don’t endorse candidates here, but obviously, that would be a colossal mistake. Society must afford some protection for viable babies and children who are raped.” (Morrison ultimately unseated Kline.)
This is where O’Reilly’s campaign against George Tiller becomes dangerous. While he never advocated anything violent or illegal, the Fox bully repeatedly portrayed the doctor as a murderer on the loose, allowed to do whatever he wanted by corrupt and decadent authorities. “Also, it looks like Dr. Tiller, who some call Tiller the Baby Killer, is spending a large amount of money in order to get Mr. Morrison elected. That opens up all kinds of questions,” said O’Reilly on Nov. 6, 2006, in one of many suggestions that Tiller was improperly influencing the election.
This does not mean there is a cause and effect between O’Reilly’s rhetoric and Tiller’s murder — which is being rationalized now by some who opposed what Tiller did in his medical practice.
Just to short-circuit the inevitable best-defense-is-a-good-offense comments on quoting the Salon piece, let’s say that again: This does not mean there is a cause and effect between O’Reilly’s rhetoric and Tiller’s murder — which is being rationalized now by some who opposed what Tiller did in his medical practice.
But it is worth repeating what we have stated and suggested here and what other pundits have said over the past few years: the over the top, demonizing rhetoric that has become the rage in 21st century America could have serious consequences.
Not all of America’s nuts are smashed up in jars of peanut butter. Vigorous, heated discussion isn’t the same as demonetization which has become the way to garner huge viewership and readership. But if issues are framed in terms of good versus evil some people could act.
It’s notable that on cable, broadcast radio and some news reports there are now stories about some pro-life leaders and pundits saying they fear this will be used by the Democrats and the Obama administration to go after the pro-life movement. However, there’s a difference between members of the pro-life movement who state their case passionately, and those who decide to murder someone who disagrees with them. It is likely the majority of Americans would view throwing the book at those who shoot people who disagree with other Americans on issues as a not unwarranted and draconian concept.
UPDATE: And some openly applaud the killing.
One day after the murder of Dr. Tiller O’Reilly’s website has no news updates on Dr. Tiller’s murder- interesting he is staying silent on the cold blooded murder by an insane and criminal pro-lifer man with a gun.
Mission accomplished O’Reilly.
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Dr. George Tiller’s killer was killed at his church while greeting people to the church and his wife was singing in the choir. The gunman shot with a rifle a single shot to the head. The identification of the killer and his drivers’ licence number led to a search and he was later found driving on a highway.
Scott Roeder from Kansas City was arrested and held without bond – in his car on a highway and was brought back to Witchita to face 1st degree murder charges June 1st, 2009. He is also charged with 2 accounts of assault as 2 people were assaulted by him while they tried to stop him from escaping.