No, really.

This would be worthy of reporting for its sheer entertainment value alone – but wait, there’s more! Purportedly serious organizations like World Net Daily, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, and the Montgomery County anti-sexuality education group Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum have actually linked to this story as if it’s legitimate.

In case you missed it, the story reported by FOX TV’s Bill O’Reilly is that a national network of lesbian gangs whose members carry (I swear I am not making this up) pink 9-millimeter Glocks are terrorizing the innocent heterosexual citizenry of our nation.

Rod Wheeler, a former DC Metro police officer who is now a “Fox News crime analyst,” gives O’Reilly the shocking scoop:

“Well, you know, there is this national underground network, if you will, Bill, of women that’s lesbians and also some men groups that’s actually recruiting kids as young as 10 years old in a lot of the schools in the communities all across the country. And they actually carry a number of weapons. And they commit a number of crimes.”

He goes on to report on the scope of this monstrous scourge right in our own communities:

“We’ve actually counted, just in the Washington D.C. area alone, that’s Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, well over 150 of these crews.”

Surely, these “crews” must be active in Loudoun County – but where is our local defender of all that is decent and virtuous, the director of “Public Advocate of the United States,” the honorable Eugene Delgaudio? If he knew the truth about these rampaging gangs, certainly he would take decisive action. Or at least issue a frothy press release.

What about our candidates for Sheriff? I wonder what they think, for example, of Wheeler’s assertion, when his statements were disputed by law enforcement officials, “that his report was accurate and that any law enforcement officer who disagrees is ‘out of touch.'”

“For some reason or other, these organizations don’t lay it on the line because they don’t know what is going on on the streets,” said Wheeler. “This is a serious crisis and the so-called experts are missing it.”

Ultimately, when unable to substantiate this steaming pile, O’Reilly apologized and Wheeler sheepishly recanted. This, naturally, will not be broadcast in mass mailings to the army of the helplessly uninformed, who are eager to receive any “information” that reinforces their sense of being righteous victims. Therefore, the objective of the lie has been achieved.

How do they get away with it? Rashad Robinson of GLAAD explains:

“The sad truth is that sensationalized, undocumented, fear-driven reports about [gays and lesbians] preying on children are proven to be a ratings winner, and the station managers and news producers know that because they’re reporting about gays and lesbians they don’t have to be as concerned about backing up their sensationalism with actual facts and figures,”

That’s the perspetive from the media side – a perspective due for an earnest reappraisal, to say the least. From the perspective of these self-described “Christian” organizations, there seems to be an unspoken exception in the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor (unless thy neighbor is gay).

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