Just when you thought that anti-gay activists couldn’t get more outrageous — they launched a nutty petition today packed with inflammatory language urging FOX News to blacklist me. This latest stunt follows an incendiary letter sent out yesterday by sixteen anti-gay activists trying to pressure Bill O’Reilly to stop having me on as a guest. Today, the American Family Association’s Executive Vice President, Buddy Smith, joined the fray by signing onto the letter.
I responded yesterday, pointing out that those who signed were some of America’s biggest anti-gay extremists.
The petition was written by one of the signers, Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who embarrassed himself by offering me an exorcism on the David Pakman Show. So far, officials at FOX News are not honoring their petulant and bizarre demands.
The petition’s breathless headline: “Free Petition to Bill O’Reilly: STOP helping violent homosexuals kill Christians.”
Note to fundies — if you are trying to ban a person for allegedly demonizing Christians — it might help if you did not overtly demonize them. For example, the e-mail used on the letter to attract new signers was WackyWayne666@hotmail.com. When I wrote about this, they slyly changed the e-mail address to something more benign. But not before I screen captured it. Good going Einsteins!
These folks aren’t helping their case by appearing so angry and unhinged. But, it seems, they just can’t help themselves. It’s interesting that they are portraying me as a “violent homosexual.” My rap sheet is as blank as many of their faces and consists of a few paid traffic tickets. Yes, call me Charles Manson, it totally fits my record!
Here is an excerpt from the fiery petition:
Remember the violent homosexual gunman Floyd Corkins who shot a security guard at Family Research Council (FRC) last week, carrying 15 bags of Chick-Fil-A, because he didn’t like their politics or defense of traditional marriage = 1 man + 1 woman?
Sadly Bill O’Reilly at Fox News is helping the gunman’s associates. O’Reilly regularly invites Wayne Besen to appear on his show to defend the Southern Poverty Law Center, who was just rebuked by the Washington Post for rhetoric facilitating Corkins’ violence.
Why is the homosexual activist Wayne Besen who speaks for SPLC still a regular on the Fox TV show The O’Reilly Factor? (You may remember I debated Besen who humiliated himself about science and homosexual exorcisms, here.)
Besen runs the deceptive homosexual activist group “Truth Wins Out” but he also regularly defends the hateful Southern Poverty Law Center who was blamed for causing violence. FRC President Tony Perkins said “Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organization hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy.”
Let’s take a stand by petitioning Bill O’Reilly to STOP inviting Wayne Besen and SPLC.
Yes, he put science and exorcisms in the same sentence. Take a moment to chuckle before we continue…
To be quite frank, the language in this petition is what causes hate crimes and places my family in harm’s way by claiming that I “facilitated the shooting” and was “one of his associates.” For the record, I’ve never met Floyd Corkins. I was in San Diego when the shooting occurred. Yet, this petition practically places me at the scene or insinuates that I somehow influenced the shooter.
Such rhetoric is reckless and irresponsible. It is certainly unChristian. And such diseased behavior is an indication of how these dishonest organizations ended up on SPLC’s hate group list.