O’Reilly interviewed Father Edward Beck – no relation – and the two got into a heated discussion over whether or not UBLwas evil. It seems like a simple answer right? How can it be good to send 3,000 innocent people to their death? Apparently Father Beck wasn’t convinced UBL was evil, and said such determinations are best left to God.
Father Beck (no relation to Glenn) was on Bill O‘Reilly’s who earlier this week trumpeting a similar message. From NewsBusters:
According to the man ABC News relies on for religious analysis, it’s impossible to say whether Osama bin Laden was “evil.” Father Edward Beck, the network’s religion correspondent, appeared with Bill O‘Reilly on Tuesday and offered moral equivalence on the subject of the terrorist’s death.
When the O’Reilly Factor anchor pressed Beck on whether bin Laden truly represented malevolence, Beck replied, “That’s not for me to judge. His actions were certainly were evil.”
O’Reilly pressed Beck on this point, prompting the ABC News analyst to assert, “No, I think that‘s up to God to ultimately decide who’s evil.”
After asserting that the United States shouldn‘t celebrate bin Laden’s death “like a Super Bowl,” Beck compared American happiness over the terrorist’s death to Middle East examples, such as celebrating on 9/11: “Yes, but when you watch these people celebrating, how does it make us any better than those in the Mid East who celebrate when America falls?”
(This prompted Bernie Goldberg, who appeared in an unrelated O’Reilly Factor segment, to interject about Beck. He derided, “The idea that… the Palestinians celebrated when they attacked the World Trade Center, we’re just as bad if we celebrate when Osama bin Laden takes a bullet to the head. That’s pathetic. That’s pathetic. I mean, and that isn’t Catholicism, that’s liberalism.”)
“We don't judge what evil is? Don't listen to this man. Whatever you do, don't listen to this man. That's the problem with this country. That's the problem with the whole world. We don't judge evil,” Glenn said.
“If you don't judge evil, you will become part of evil. Look what's happening in the Middle East,” Glenn said. “The Muslim Brotherhood, I'm sorry, is evil. Generally speaking anybody who says, hey, we're going to behead you if you leave our mosque or leave our church or you leave our organization, no matter if it's religious or not. I'm going to say you got the machete? You might be evil. I'm just sayin'.”