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April 03, 2013

Bill O'Reilly: Gay Marriage Opponents Need to Do More Than "Thump the Bible"

Oh God is he annoying.

He says that traditionalists have to offer arguments beyond "Thump the Bible" ones. But Bill O'Reilly himself only offers a bumper-sticker -- "heterosexual marriage is a societal stabilizer." I don't disagree with that but it's hard for me to see how he can say other people have to up their rhetorical game while he praises himself for "societal stabilizer." (He also congratulates himself in other contexts on another bit of bumpersticker bumblegum, saying that he doesn't support religious values in politics but insists the country was founded on (portentous voice) "Judeo-Christian philosophy, Judeo-Christian philosophy." As if this is different than just saying "I support religious values in policy.")

This is part of his regular game, which I'm sure you're quite familiar with, in which he brings on Laura Ingraham or Ann Coulter in order to castigate them for being "extremists" or "partisans" while he positions himself as the Centrist of the 8 PM Cable News slot.

O'Reilly really does not say anything interesting enough or novel enough to demand that Laura Ingraham up her game.


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