Overheard, Fall 2007

Quotes From the Right

"We must stop it before they send your grandma, your pastor, or you to jail for sharing your faith."
— Faith2Action President JANET FOLGER in an April 18 press release opposing a proposed federal hate crimes bill that she falsely claimed would jail non-violent critics of homosexuality

"[T]he Jewish [George] Soros is a fake Holocaust survivor, who — instead of surviving the Holocaust — helped the Nazis perpetrate it."
— Commentator DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL in an April 18 blog item falsely accusing the liberal financier, who was 13 when the Nazis invaded his native Hungary, of being a "war criminal"

"[W]e unmasked them as knuckle-dragging savages from the 10th century."
— Fox News Radio host JOHN GIBSON, who also hosts Fox News Channel's "The Big Story With John Gibson," describing the Iraqi people on his April 23 radio show

"[Undocumented immigrants] hate American people … [and] are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won't do."
DON LARSEN, chairman of Legislative District 65 for the Utah County, Utah, Republican Party, after submitting a resolution April 28 that equated such immigrants with Satan's minions

"I want every Muslim immigrant to America … to be required by law to wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times."
— "Gunny" BOB NEWMAN on the May 8 broadcast of "The Gunny Bob Show" on Denver's Newsradio 850 KOA

"A bill in Congress makes it a crime for pastors and churches to speak out against homosexuality."
— American Family Association Chairman DON WILDMON, falsely characterizing a proposed federal hate crimes law in a June 14 "action alert" E-mailed to supporters

"Give 'em all a little nuclear waste and let 'em take it on down to Mexico. … Tell 'em it's a tortilla warmer."
— Host NEAL BOORTZ, on the June 21 edition of Cox Radio Syndication's "The Neal Boortz Show," describing what he'd like to do with undocumented Mexican workers

"I compare them to people like Gandhi."
— U.S. Rep. RON PAUL (R-Texas) in a televised June 22 interview with a tax-protest website discussing the case of two armed tax evaders, sentenced to five years in prison, who have threatened violence against law enforcement authorities during a continuing standoff

"[W]hen I see a woman walking around in a burqa, I see a Nazi … a hateful Nazi who would like to cut your throat and kill your children."
MICHAEL SAVAGE, on the July 2 edition of Talk Radio Network's "The Savage Nation"