The National: Bill O’Reilly Links Gay Men, Terrorists

by June 4, 2010

O'Reilly (Photo: Flickr/User futureatlas.com)

While discussing McDonald’s new gay-themed ad, currently running only in France, on the June 2nd edition of his show The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly equated gay men with Al-Qaeda terrorists. Fox News anchor Jane Skinner, his guest for the segment, pointed out that the ad was one of many inviting minorities to patronize McDonald’s restaurants in a campaign titled “Come As Your Are.” When O’Reilly heard that, he asked Skinner “Do they have an Al-Qaeda ad, too?”

Elsewhere…

D.C. – Bil Browning continues his examination of GetEQUAL, and how they are held accountable. GetEQUAL responds. (The Bilerico Project)

D.C. – Joe Jervis (of Joe.My.God) dug up documents showing the Family Research Council seems to be successfully lobbying against a non-binding resolution before the House that would condemn Uganda’s “Kill Gays” bill. Jervis says this means the FRC wants homosexuals dead. Orly? (Joe.My.God)

D.C. – Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barney Frank (D-MA) are raising the alarm over the federal AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which helps the uninsured buy AIDS medication. They say it’s about to run out of money. (The Washington Blade)

North Carolina – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen to troops at Ft. Bragg worried that allowing LGB people to serve openly will increase the rates of sexual assault and harassment in the military: Calm Down, Fluffy, you’ll survive; we’ve already got standards around sexual assault and harassment, and we’ll keep following those. (Raleigh News and Observer)

New York – Great Headline: “Gay Pairs Say ‘I Meh’ to City Partnership Ceremony.” New York City’s City Clerk just started offering their chapels to same-gender couples to pretend registering as domestic partners is just like getting a civil marriage license. Only 2 showed up. (The Wall Street Journal)

Washington State, Massachusetts, North Carolina – Today in hate crimes: a trans woman punched in Seattle, Gay man beaten in Lawrence, MA, black man murdered and dragged for miles behind a truck (James Byrd, anyone?), and a gay 14-year-old beaten severely in the boy’s locker room at Mount Si High School in Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley, where hundreds of protesters clashed in 2008 over the Day of Silence. (The Seattle Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Pam’s House Blend, The Lawrence Journal-World)

Vermont – Ex-lesbian mother in heart-wrenching custody case seems to have fled to Central America, disputed daughter in tow. (The Washington Post)

The Pearly Gates – Former Golden Girl Rue McClanahan and Philadelphia activist grand-daddy Dr. Walter Lear are both dead. (NPR, Philadelphia Gay News)

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