O'Reilly and Robertson: Agree with us or die

Two voices from the right explain what should happen when the vote doesn't go their way.

Published November 11, 2005 4:33PM (EST)

We're all for self-reliance and living with the consequences of your actions, but a couple of the most strident voices from the right have taken the concept to some extraordinary new heights this week. Their message: If you don't agree with our political views, neither the U.S. military nor God himself will save you from what's to come.

Bill O'Reilly fired first this week. Responding to the news that San Francisco voters had adopted a resolution urging public high schools and colleges to bar military recruiters from their campuses, O'Reilly had this to say:

"Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I'm not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.'"

Then came Pat Robertson, who had words to say to the Pennsylvania town that voted out eight school board members who tried to have intelligent design taught in local public schools as an alternative to evolution.

"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected him from your city," Robertson said on his TV show this week. "And don't wonder why he hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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