So last week, Bill O’Reilly basically said he doesn’t care if the gays can get married, and moreover made the relatively jejune point that if you want to win in front of the Supreme Court, you’ve got to do a bit more than “thump your Bibles.” This made Rush Limbaugh very, very mad because all of the Bible-Thumpers who listen to his show were upset, mostly because it confuses wingnuts to see Mommy And Daddy Fighting. Also, many of them have been brought up to believe that thumping their Bibles at the Supreme Court is an effective argument, so that little bubble is starting to burst, maybe. Then the other day, some guy nobody’s ever heard of made some news when he called Bill’s stance on marriage equality a “hanging offense.”
So it was discussed again on The Factor last night, this time with Laura Ingraham. Want to talk about Mommy and Daddy Fighting? Check this out (the good part starts around 2:30):
“If you’re going to stand up for heterosexual marriage and exclude gay marriage, if you’re going to do that, you’ve got to do it outside the Bible,” O’Reilly explained. “You can’t cite the Bible because you will lose if you do.”
Ingraham told O’Reilly it was “disrespectful” to suggest Christians couldn’t cite the Bible, but was quickly interrupted by the infamously vocal host.
“In their private life they can,” he shouted. “We’re talking about policy here. Don’t you understand the difference between private beliefs and public policy? I guess you don’t understand because you’ve done it twice.”
Ingraham also questioned why O’Reilly used the word “thumper.”
“Because that’s the way you get it across” O’Reilly responded. “There are Bible thumpers and all they do is say, ‘I object to gay marriage because God objects to it.’ You don’t win a policy debate in America with that.”
Haha, Bill O’Reilly is making sense! And he is disappointed in Laura Ingraham and he won’t let her finish, even though she’s freaked out by the prospect that pointing to obscure passages in the Bible and saying “Goddidit!” is not a valid legal argument! This causes them to yell at each other for several more minutes, and it’s all highly entertaining.
We are going to need a lot more popcorn in the coming months.