O'Reilly Admits the Obvious: Homosexuality Has Nothing to Do with Pedophilia

The truth that being gay has nothing to do with pedophilia is so obvious, it's hardly worth mentioning.

But leave it to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly to feel the need to have to voice the obvious, mostly due to his own ignorant comments.

On Tuesday's O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly was forced to come clean after a backlash from critics over a smear campaign against openly-gay Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D), who opposes instituting the state's "Jessica's Law" over its excessive mandatory sentences on first-time child molesters.  

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As Equality Matters notes, O'Reilly's attacks have drawn criticism over his instance of including Ferrandino's sexual orientation while discussing his opposition to new penalties for child molesters. The Colorado Democratic Party called the attacks "shameless" and "vicious,"and the Denver Post’s editorial page editor Curtis Hubbard condemned O’Reilly:

O'Reilly's fear-mongering should offend all Coloradans. He was saying "gay," but what he wanted his listeners to hear was "pervert-pedophile."

Even Bernie Goldberg, a Fox News contributor and media analyst, thinks O'Reilly is wrong to suggest Ferrandino's sexual orientation has anything to do with his opposition of the new law, asking O'Reilly, "what does [Ferrandino’s] sexuality have anything to do” with his position on Jessica’s Law?"

It's also not the first time O'Reilly has made the link. Last August, O'Reilly defended claims by the Family Research Council that pedophilia is a "homosexual problem," telling Mike Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, "I think the statistics are that the male-boy pedophilia problem is much more intense than the male-girl pedophilia problem."

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