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Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham Argue Over “Thump the Bible” Comment

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Last week, conservative Fox News star Bill O’Reilly seemed to defend the supporters of gay marriage, saying that they have a “compelling argument.” At the same time, the pundit criticized opponents of gay marriage, stating that they haven’t been able “to do anything but thump the Bible.”

Now, O’Reilly is having to defend his comments against a backlash of Christians who feel the host was criticizing their religion. O’Reilly brought conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham onto The O’Reilly Factor to provide a warm body to whom he could further explain his comments.

“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,” said O’Reilly. “You can’t cite the Bible, ’cause you’ll lose if you do it.”

Ingraham told O’Reilly that she thinks his comments are “disrespectful” to Christians. O’Reilly went on to try and explain that he makes a distinction between Americans’ privately held beliefs and how public policy should be made, insisting that he meant no offense to Christians. He also went on to double-down on his “thump the Bible” comment.

“There are Bible thumpers, and all they do is say, ‘I object to gay marriage ’cause God objects to it,” said O’Reilly. “You don’t win a policy debate in America with that.”

Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham Argue Over “Thump the Bible” Comment
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  • Barbara Marshall

    Bill – You are off base. You don’t listen your guests – you don’t give them a chance to talk. You are too thin skinned, Bill. And I thought Obama was too arrogant. You’re real close on the arrogance scale. And quit yelling.

  • Grandma Claudia

    Bill, you are not doing honest commentary because you take umbridge when someone else has a different or what you think is a different understanding. I get REALLY really tired of you not letting people speak their opinion. Sometimes I wonder why you do not just pontificate alone and not even bother to act like you are fair and balanced.

  • Nic

    Mr. O’Reilly certainly is no gentleman. He ought to be ashamed of himself for talking to a guest that way. Ms. Ingraham wasn’t even doing anything wrong, just standing up to a bully using a disrespectful slur. I hope something/somebody knocks this man off his high horse. He’s not all that, and as one of the folks, I don’t think he “speaks for the folks”.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cP26ndrmtg Betty Keever

    Bill, The Bible, Nature and pure old common sense tell us that marriage is between a man and a woman. You poor dumb thing.

    • http://msn lloyd d reynolds

      I am a republician, I stand on the bible, you can change the state laws, you can change the federal law but you can not change Gods law. All cities of the bible were destroyed by God that did not bend to his laws. if you think there is no God I need to pray for you, maybe you people should read God’s old bible on life as it should be, again I will pray for you.

  • Michael

    Public policy should not be made based on Christian’s ridiculous belief of the magic man in the sky. Bill is correct. The country will never move forward until this ridiculous ideas are kept out of the governmental decision making process.

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