Randall Terry and Bill O’Reilly: Agents of Intolerance

Posted on June 1, 2009

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It looks like this story is going to be around for a while,  and will become a locus point for a revival of the culture war. I’m wary of such narrow issues that bring in such a broad array of actors. I’m reminded a bit of Terry Sciavo and what a useless, tragic waste of time and focus that was for everyone who bothered to get involved. I don’t pretend to feel any sadness for Tiller, any more than I would any other previously unknown victim of violence and murder. However, it is worth noting some of the hate mongering from the right that preceeded this deed and worth paying attention to the media narratives that will play out over the next few days.

Randall Terry, for example, said this:

“George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.   I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

“Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”
Salon has a pretty good story on Bill O’Reilly’s private bloodlust for Tiller.
In that vein, here are some clips of O’Reilly’s over the top slander.
Here, O’Reilly states definitively that Tiller runs a “death camp mill”. O’Reilly’s disgusting stalking sycophant, implies that even though Tiller was not indicted, it was only because of a technicality in Kansas law.  However, the grand jury was very clear that it found no evidence to proceed with an indictment–there was no technicality. The jury was instructed to follow the law and it only took them one hour of deliberation to do so, though this was only one in a series legal problems created solely by public pressure. Par for the course for the falsehood factory known as the O’Reilly Factor, there were never charges or any investigation of covering up “child rape”.
In an earlier clip, O’Reilly declares that Tiller will abort babies at any time, and that he may be helping to cover up for child rape. Unbelievably, O’Reilly asks his guest, a regretful former patient [who received an abortion at the age of 14 with her parents’ consent], “what happened to the body?”.
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