Last night, Bill O’Reilly invited Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center onto his show to refute claims by the Family Research Council that “hate group” labels incite violence. Potok attempted to explain the many lies FRC tells to demonize the LGBT community, such as claims that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem,” but that point essentially derailed the conversation. O’Reilly pushed back, defending FRC’s point that same-sex child abuse is more common than opposite-sex child abuse:
O’REILLY: So they are pointing out that in this area, there is a higher percentage of gay pedophilia, homosexual pedophilia, than heterosexual pedophilia. Are they a hate group for pointing that out?
POTOK: But Bill, they’re not pointing something out that’s true; they’re making a false allegation.
O’REILLY: You say that’s not true, what they said?
POTOK: That’s what I’m saying. They also say that gay people are “fundamentally incapable of being good parents.” That also is false and that has been shown by many studies, conducted not by the Southern Poverty Law Center—
O’REILLY: I think the statistics are that the male-boy pedophilia problem is much more intense than the male-girl pedophilia problem.
O’Reilly simply does not understand pedophilia. There is no such thing as “homosexual pedophilia” or “heterosexual pedophilia,” because an attraction to children has nothing to do with sexual orientation. Girls are more likely to experience sexual abuse than boys, and yet the high-profile reporting on male-boy sexual abuse, such as in the Catholic Church or Boy Scouts, suggests the opposite to be true. In addition, most — if not all, in some cases — of the “homosexual pedophilia” documented in studies FRC cites was committed by heterosexual men. To distort that reality into a “homosexual problem” is to intentionally demonize the gay community, which is exactly why the SPLC labels FRC a “hate group.”