Friday, February 10, 2012

If Anyone Wonders Why I Like Bill O’Reily…

His latest column is a perfect example of what I like about Bill O’Reily.  In this column he discusses the apparent controversy over Ellen DeGeneres being JCPenney’s newest spokesperson. 

From the column –
Each Halloween, residents of New York City are greeted by homosexual parade marchers dressed to impress bystanders with a message that "gay is good." Some folks take the parade in stride, some are offended by more than a few outrageous displays, and others simply could not care less.

That parade is a microcosm of how Americans, in general, feel about the gay movement. And those who oppose the in-your-face tactics of some homosexuals do have a legitimate gripe. They simply want to be left alone. They don't want to see explicit displays in public that offend their moral or religious points-of-view.

Enter Ellen DeGeneres and JCPenney. The Texas-based department store has hired Ellen as a spokesperson, and that is royally teeing off a conservative group called "One Million Moms." On their website, they are calling for Penney's to "replace Ellen DeGeneres and remain neutral in the culture wars."

The Moms go on to say that Ellen is not a "true representative" of the type of families that shop at JCPenney.

While I sympathize with folks not wanting to deal with homosexuality, I think the Moms are wrong. Ellen DeGeneres is an American citizen. She has committed no crime. If she wants to promote equality for gays or gay marriage, that is her constitutional right. She should not be dismissed from anything.

But the Moms have rights, too. They don't have to shop at Penney's if they believe the company does not hold their values, and they are doing nothing wrong by making their disenchantment known. As long as they don't try to hurt Ellen or any other individual, I have no problem with the Moms.

In the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy got a whole bunch of Americans fired from jobs because he said they were communists. There was even a blacklist in Hollywood that banished perceived left-wing job seekers from employment in the entertainment industry. That was awful and flat-out un-American. In this country, you have a right to be a communist, and nobody should punish anyone for political beliefs.

In my opinion, Kim Kardashian is a far worse role model than Ellen DeGeneres, and the Million Moms might want to check that out. Ms. Kardashian is all over the media, peddling an aggressively self-involved image that is anything but healthy to teenage girls. In fact, there are scores of media people who are celebrated for bad behavior. If the Moms want to be consistent in their outrage about dubious behavior, they are going to be very busy.

Obviously O’Reily is not a fan of the gay movement.  That having been said, this is an extremely reasoned, rational, and, dare I say, balanced approach to this issue.  Going after DeGeneres and JCPenney is silly, if not outright ludicrous, but that is the Million Moms right.  Granted in the end it makes them look silly and ludicrous for picking such a battle when there are so many better examples of morally corrupt celebrities whose horrible behavior is seen—and, sadly, often looked up to—by our nations youth.  This is a perfect example of picking the wrong battles and O’Reily is only being intellectually honest in pointing that out (despite the fact that I’m sure much of his audience will rail against his position).    

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