Bill O’Reilly gets the ‘truth’ wrong

Kevin Oleksy

I read Bill O’Reilly’s syndicated column in a local paper this weekend. The paper ran the column under the headline “Walking Away from the Truth.” I later learned that, on O’Reilly’s website, he titled the article “View to a Kill.”

Apparently he is punning on his feelings about the so-called “ground zero mosque” to highlight what he views as a victory during his appearance on The View. How cute!

During his appearance on the show, O’Reilly said the president’s refusal to comment on building a mosque two blocks away from ground zero was a mistake. Host Whoopi Goldberg asked why.

O’Reilly states he replied “the mosque location was inappropriate, because ‘Muslims killed us on 9/11.’”

Goldberg and co-host Joy Behar then walked off the set, offended by his comments. O’Reilly claims that they were walking away from the truth.

But what truth is he talking about? And is it the whole truth and nothing but? Not quite.

O’Reilly demonizes the Park51 organizers as scary un-American “Muslim terrorists.”

“Muslims did kill us on 9/11, and there is a Muslim problem in the world. If you want to walk away from that truth, I can’t stop you,” O’Reilly said.

By focusing on a partial truth, O’Reilly disregards the civil rights afforded all Americans—even Muslims.

There’s even a couple constitutional amendments that protect those rights. Maybe he ought have a look at those too.

If the self-crowned “greatest country in the world” continues to allow its Muslim citizens the same rights as non-Muslims that would sure help the world to mitigate its so-called “Muslim problem.”

It’s not even a Muslim problem! Sure, what O’Reilly said was true—Muslims did attack us on 9/11. But what he said is not the whole truth.

He failed to make a crucial distinction: radical Islamists are Muslims, but not all Muslims are radical Islamists.

The world has a radical Islamist problem, Mr. O’Reilly. Radical Islamists are the ones who blow up things that they dislike. Radical Islamists perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. The vast preponderance of Muslims in the world (nearly 1.6 billion) just want to worship Allah, and be left alone.

A fine lesson on what not to do in this case can be learned from the U.S. government’s treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, over 100,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up and kept in internment camps.

Nobody has suggested doing this to Muslim-Americans, but drawing an imaginary line around lower Manhattan and saying “No Muslims Allowed” is nearly the same rights violation as locking them up.

I have few illusions that O’Reilly will ever pick up a copy of The Eagle, but hopefully you, dear readers, will take this opinion as a cue to avoid buying his next book.

It will likely be entitled “View to a Kill: How I learned to stop worrying about the Muslim problem and love the bomb.”

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