Bill O’Reilly Blasts School’s Decision To Review His Books Over DeSantis-Signed Law

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( – Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has blasted a school district in Florida after they included two of his books in a list of books that were “pulled.”

Escambia County School District (ECPS) has created a list of over a thousand books that are currently under scrutiny. According to the Florida Freedom to Read Project two of the books written by O’Reilly, “Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency” and “Killing Jesus: A History” are among the books that ended up being placed under review.

The books were pulled as the district is reviewing them further in order to ensure they were in compliance with the HB 1069 bill. This law was approved back in July 2023.

Cody Strother, a ECPS Spokesperson, told Pensacola News Journal that over 1,000 books had been taken in for review, but they were not yet banned or removed from the school district.

O’Reilly, in an interview with Newsweek, stated that the decision to have the book reviewed was “absurd” and “preposterous.”

The bill is specifically targeting books that allegedly contain “pornography” or “obscene” content. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the bill which aimed to protect children in the state.

However, O’Reilley told Newsweek that he believed the law was taking things too far. He said that he previously supported this bill because progressives were attempting to push an “agenda” and that the children needed to be protected. He expressed his belief that the law needs to be “tightened.” He added that DeSantis should come out and say they won’t “cooperate,” and “we’re going to investigate the people who did it.”

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