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Bill O’Reilly: Gay Activists Using Threats and Intimidation to Win Marriage Battle - VIDEO


On Monday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly and his guest contributors discussed the controversial resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over his $1000 donation to California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.

O’Reilly, for his part, thinks that the intimidation and fear tactics of gay activists have effectively silenced anyone with an opposing viewpoint on LGBT rights.

Said O’Reilly:

If you donate money to a traditional marriage cause, okay, we're going to hurt you. We're going to hurt you. We're going to find out where you live. We are going try to take your job. Maybe do vandalism to your home. [...]

Now there are threats and demonization. And that unfortunately, has put gay marriage over the top. That is the technique that turned the tide -- intimidation and harm. That's what won it.


Equality Matters responds:

While it's true that the names of donors to Proposition 8 are publicly available, there's no evidence of widespread intimidation or harassment by marriage equality supporters. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), for example, has repeatedly tried and failed to demonstrate in court that supporters of Proposition 8 experienced serious "harm" from gay activists.

O'Reilly's latest diatribe contradicts his earlier declarations that supporters of marriage equality had won the battle of public opinion because of the strength of their arguments. In March of 2013, O'Reilly conceded that "the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals," echoing his earlier statement that conservatives were losing the marriage debate because their case "wasn't strong enough."

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  1. "vandalism to your home"???

    When and where? Not anything I have ever heard about.

    Posted by: Joel | Apr 23, 2014 1:08:08 PM

  2. correction about Prop 8: "if you use money to deny gay couples PRE-EXISTING RIGHT"

    Nuance, Bill. I know, you and your viewers can't do nuance, but that's the truth. Nobody donated to "traditional marriage causes" - but to anti-gay ones. There's a very important distinction in there.

    it's not "having an opinion" - it's actively working to make someone else's life WORSE.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 23, 2014 1:14:52 PM

  3. BTW - remember what Bill and his Fox News cohorts did to Natalie Maines and The Dixie Chicks for years? Yeah. Exactly.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 23, 2014 1:15:27 PM

  4. Guessing Bill hasn't heard of the "free market"

    Posted by: michael | Apr 23, 2014 1:16:44 PM

  5. incidentally, "threats and intimidation and fear of harm" are what keep millions of LGBT people CLOSETED.

    how's this : you stop working to actively make our lives worse, eh?

    you can't say it's our fault.

    you might as well be a brat on the schoolyard, running to the teacher to say "this whole fight started when the gay kid hit me back!"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 23, 2014 1:20:57 PM

  6. Ever notice how the right wingers never criticize groups like One Million Moms who want to boycott businesses, but when gay people do it, then it's wrong? Unfortunately, most conservatives aren't principled enough to recognize hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Pete | Apr 23, 2014 1:28:57 PM

  7. Diatribe? That must indicate disagreement?

    Posted by: Arrow | Apr 23, 2014 1:33:37 PM

  8. Contributors pro Prop 8 aren't the only ones whose names were published--so were those of us who contributed on the NoH8 side. "Pro Marriage" people had equal access to the databases and could have wielded just the same economic leverage against their opponents.

    I continue to believe that publication of the names of donors to a given candidate or cause is essential for democracy, especially in an era of oligarchs calling so many shots with their megabucks. People who feel strongly about a cause can then fight back with their $$.

    Posted by: Burt | Apr 23, 2014 1:40:13 PM

  9. you’re fired from this job but at least your marriage is still legal. Hush up and find another job.

    Posted by: Andy | Apr 23, 2014 1:40:36 PM

  10. Those uppity gays! How dare they!

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 23, 2014 1:45:30 PM

  11. The anti-gay forces knowing they are loosing the war to repress LGBT people are trying to change the narrative that the LGBT movement are bullies. Not only is this untrue in every way, offensive, but also dangerous. The LGBT leadership and movement has to respond and get the truth out there in terms of messaging otherwise we may loose support going forward. This rhetoric must be taken seriously.

    Posted by: rk | Apr 23, 2014 1:47:04 PM

  12. Sometimes, we need to fight bigotry with bigotry since intolerance is two way street. Sometimes, people will interpret your tolerance as satisfaction, and their attitude will never be challenged.

    Posted by: Ppp | Apr 23, 2014 1:48:43 PM

  13. While O'Reilly has gone off the deep end once again, one might point out that the publicly expressed outrage over Eich was probably counterproductive:

    1. It gave windbags like O'Reilly something to spout about.

    2. You can bet that NOM will try to use Eich's case as a reason to keep donor lists private, citing Eich's treatment as new information.

    The cost of dealing with either is obviously more than Eich's $1000 contribution due to the cost of mass media (TV in O'Reilly's case) and what the legal costs for arguing issues in court (it doesn't take a lot of hours to pass the $1000 mark).

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 23, 2014 1:52:24 PM

  14. Andrew Sullivan and the whole crew over at Box Turtle Bulletin are backing O'Reilly up and becoming the go-to kapos in promoting the "poor Christians being oppressed by big mean gays" meme.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 23, 2014 1:55:16 PM

  15. If pro-equality forces are so effective at silencing the opposition, why is FOX still on the air?

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 23, 2014 2:02:22 PM

  16. ...But they haven't silenced good ol' Billy O!

    Posted by: anon | Apr 23, 2014 2:04:58 PM

  17. I'm not going to be satisfied until Brian Brown loses his NOM job.

    Posted by: homer | Apr 23, 2014 2:11:37 PM

  18. Now you know exactly what it's like to be gay, a**hole.

    Posted by: joe | Apr 23, 2014 2:17:52 PM

  19. Ditto Joe...that said...let's call it a day.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Apr 23, 2014 2:24:44 PM

  20. did andrew sullivan promise bill a bj if he said this on his show? ;))

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 23, 2014 2:37:29 PM

  21. Opinions have consequences. Don't like that? Then keep your opinions to yourself. Scared cause the bad gays are making you feel bullied because you are a bigot? Good. We are just getting started.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Apr 23, 2014 2:42:25 PM

  22. And of course straight white men -- especially bullies like him -- know NOTHING of THREATS & INTIMIDATION.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Apr 23, 2014 2:43:05 PM

  23. And of course straight white men -- especially bullies like him -- know NOTHING of THREATS & INTIMIDATION.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Apr 23, 2014 2:43:06 PM

  24. The fools that listen to my dad...nod their head in agreement with everything he says. They don't think, they don't question...they follow. He's counting on them to retain his job and remain relevant. It won't be long and we'll all be getting married and BO will be a thing of the past. I'm planning a big party as we speak!

    Posted by: Paul B. | Apr 23, 2014 2:51:32 PM

  25. You want to talk threats and intimidation? How about what happens to a US Congressman who dares to disobey the Israel Lobby? But Bill O'reilly wouldn't dare talk about that because he'd lose his job if he did. Fecking bloviating hypocrite.

    Posted by: Keeping it Real | Apr 23, 2014 3:14:08 PM

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