Bill O’Reilly has been a festering sore among those who pay attention to Fox News Channel for about three years. There are a number of thing that have surfaced. He treats some, for example liberal Alan Colmes, with rude contempt. He is obviously afraid to report Islam and the worldwide Islamist threat accurately He gives Islamism, Jihad and Shariah law a pass every time.
He defends President Obama against charges of lawlessness and abuse from conservative spokespeople who lack the microphone to take him on. His takedown of one of the great heroines of American renewal, Michele Bachmann, is a recent case in point. Congresswoman Bachmann criticized Obama for the unprecedented lavish lifestyle he and his family lives at taxpayer expense. O’Reilly, without Bachmann present, berated her for picking on the Obama’s when, O’Reilly declared, (paraphrasing) “President Bush spent much more personally than Obama is spending. That’s a fact. If Bachmann is going to criticize President Obama, she better have her facts straight.”
The facts are O’Reilly purposely misrepresented the facts. The facts are President Bush’s personal expenses cost $3,100 billion in eight years. The facts are President Obama went through $5,600 billion in his first four years on his way to over $11.5 billion in his two terms. (You may have noticed the Obama’s have picked up the vacationing pace at our expense since the 2012 election. The facts are if President Bush (or Obama) operated as miserly as Jimmy Carter, in today’s money, they would go through at least $3,000 billion in eight years. Bachmann was right. O’Reilly obviously wanted to smear the “Bible thumping” Bachmann.
Which brings us to Joe Miller. If you are a conservative or Tea Party American, you know Joe Miller. If you receive my Daily Call email you are given regular chances to connect through Twitter to Joe and his work. If you were on hand in the 2010 election, you might remember Joe Miller was on the Liberty List as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate from Alaska. Joe runs the important Web Site, Restoring Liberty. Miller and his team are as good as any conservative activist at combing the Web every day. I get Joe’s daily email with links to the stories he has uncovered. They also write editorial posts. Yesterday, they turned on the “sanctimonious” Bill O’Reilly over the contemptuous “Bible Thumper” putdown of believers. (O’Reilly claims not to be a believer declaring Jesus was a philosopher.) Let’s just reprint the Restoring Liberty editorial squaring the “Bible Thumper” matter.
You’re a pinhead! Just watched your segment with Laura Ingraham on “Bible thumping.” While you are correct that arguments from religious authority will not work, using pejorative epithets like “Bible thumper” is inherently offensive no matter how accurate you think it might be. It is an attempt to marginalize, ridicule and belittle fundamentalist and evangelical Christians. It’s a whole lot like calling homosexuals the queer F word.
What you are implying is that Christians are beating people up with the Bible, and that the Bible has no place in public life. You appear to also be suggesting that Biblical wisdom stands in stark contrast to rational discourse. None of that is true. In fact, it could hardly be further from the truth. Every significant idea at the core of Western thought has its genesis in the Christian synthesis of Hebrew religion and Greek philosophy.
While I believe that conservatives have done a poor job arguing the “gay marriage” issue, the whole concept of government-sanctioned same-sex marriage is fundamentally irreconcilable with the intent of the government’s involvement with marriage in the first place.
Government-sanctioned marriage is NOT a Right, it is the government’s implementation of the “general welfare” clause in which it seeks to encourage behavior that is salubrious, and discourage that which is deleterious.
Traditional marriage is privileged because in the long history of human experience, it has been linked to human flourishing and the well-being of society. It has always been the foundation of Western Civilization, and provides certain benefits to society that same-sex marriage simply cannot. These are not religious statements. They are historical and empirically verifiable.
This whole debate has absolutely NOTHING to do with freedom or equality under the law. Gays can already get married in America, they just can’t access certain government benefits (such as tax breaks) offered to traditional families. Nor should the government offer such benefits, because those relationships do not offer back the same benefits to society.
If the government does indeed sanction same-same marriage on account of specious arguments put forward under the banner of human “Rights” and “equal protection,” not only will the good of the order not be served, but under this false flag an inherent contradiction will be established between the “free exercise” of the First Amendment and the “equal protection” guaranteed by the Fourteenth.
I enjoy watching your show, but you could not be more wrong on this issue. Nor could your choice of words be more ill-informed.
Here is the O’Reilly abuse of Laura Ingraham. Check it out for yourself.
Now, That’s finally off my chest.