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Overheard, Spring 2006

Quotes from Lou Sheldon, Bill O'Reilly, Tami Birckner...

"Psychotherapists who are Christian ... say once you enter into that [homosexual] lifestyle ... only a sort of exorcism can release you."

LOU SHELDON, Traditional Values Coalition chairman, on the Oct. 11 broadcast of American Family Radio network's "Today's Issues"

"We're going to say [to Al Qaeda], 'Look, every other place in America is off-limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."

BILL O'REILLY, after San Franciscans voted to urge schools to ban on-campus military recruiting, on the Nov. 8 broadcast of Westwood One's "The Radio Factor With Bill O'Reilly"

"I hope this can show those of you who have little faith in the media that there are journalists who take pride in being factual."

TAMI BIRCKNER, reporter for Fox News' South Carolina affiliate WHNS-TV, in a Nov. 10 posting to after she aired an uncritical story on the white supremacist Web forum

"[Jews] suck. ... They're like leeches. ... The Jews do it on purpose."

Pop singer MICHAEL JACKSON, in remarks left on the answering machine of a former adviser that were publicized on Nov. 23

"This is a vastly disproportionate honor for a woman ... [who] has become a hero of American history on the basis of a single half hour of immobility."

JARED TAYLOR, editor of American Renaissance magazine, in a Dec. 2 posting on his Web site after President Bush signed legislation authorizing a statue in honor of Rosa Parks

"The government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters [huge BLU-82 bombs] wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."

ANN COULTER, a Universal Press Syndicate writer and legal correspondent for Human Events magazine, in a Dec. 21 syndicated UPS column

"The state of North Carolina is revisiting the 1898 [Wilmington] riots ... for one reason: to make sure that nobody thinks the riots were in any way the fault of the Negroid race."

RANDY JAMISON, Virginia state chairman of the League of the South, quoted on Dec. 22 commenting on an official report on the white rampage that left as many as 100 people dead

"[Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon] was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course."

PAT ROBERTSON, founder of the Christian Coalition and host of Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club," on his Jan. 5 show suggesting why Sharon had suffered a near-fatal stroke

Quotes on this page were compiled from media accounts, Web pages, E-mail groups and Media Matters for America, a Web site that monitors the far right.