(CNN) - Bill O'Reilly, the conservative Fox News host, believes same-sex marriage advocates have a more convincing argument than opponents, who do nothing but rehash scripture to make their point.
"The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals," O'Reilly said Tuesday on Fox. "That's where the compelling argument is. 'We're Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.' That's a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible."
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O'Reilly has previously stated he takes a libertarian view on the issue, and repeated Tuesday night that it's a decision that should be left up to the states. "I support civil unions. I always have. The gay marriage thing, I don't feel that strongly about it one way or another."
Both sides of the debate clashed this week in Washington as the Supreme Court hears challenges to two cases dealing with the issue.
O'Reilly has been less critical of so-called Bible thumpers in the past. In a May 2009 column on his website, he again argued the matter should be decided by states but also said he understands that "most Americans believe heterosexual marriage deserves a special place in our society."
"Our Judeo-Christian traditions, which have made the United States the most prosperous and just society the world has ever known, speak to a family built around a responsible mother and a father-certainly the optimum when it comes to raising children," he wrote.
But, he argued, people who feel strongly about traditional marriage "have allowed themselves to be intimidated" and have refused to stand up for what they believe in.
"When was the last time you saw a Catholic cardinal or archbishop speak against gay marriage on television? I know–I've invited some of them. They all turned me down," he wrote.
His comments Tuesday weren't the first time he's taken on his own party. Last week, O'Reilly sharply criticized Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann for making "trivial attacks" and unsubstantiated claims of President Barack Obama's so-called perks in the White House.
What is this "Bible thumping" I keep reading about? I have attended church for many years and have never seen anyone "thump a Bible" whatever that means.
Doesn't surprise me. O'Reilly has always been middle of the road, privately. On TV he is an outspoken righty because that's what he is paid to do to bring in ratings and sponsers. On TV he plays a character which people never seem to grasp.
Did hell freeze over?
You really are delusional and misinformed dude. That was NOT the radical right. The radical right were segregationists. You are conflating Republican with radical right. Again, pick up a book and read it if you know how.
Screw the bible. I am starting a religion tomorrow and I am calling myself the new mesiah. Lets see how many people I can get to join my new cult, err I mean religion.
So does the supreme court hear cases on incest on Thursday? Of course there shouldn't be any discrimination against those in relationships with their mother, father, sisters or brothers because they are all consenting adults who love each other. I am sure they want equality as well so we shouldn't deny them that right. Tell me how this is any different.
I have always thought Bill O'Reilly is a closet liberal that is simply placating conservatives by telling them what he thinks they want to hear and getting the rating to prove that point.
I love the "i'm not a bigot/racist, but my religion compels me to be a bigot/racist" argument. I see how that argument has worked so well in the past and why our kids are puzzled by it now.
It's hard to grow up in a world where you can go to school, stores, movies, etc with people from all over the world and see how their culture is on the internet/tv; and still take seriously bigotted/racist remarks from older people.
I thought O'Reilly was a "died-in-the-wool, dogmatic, hard-core, Republican conservative" and everything he says is lie because he's on Faux News.
I had to read that twice. I just gained a smidgeon of respect for O'Reilly. Just a smidgeon though.
The problems the U.S. is facing are not from Obama or the government, rather the problems and the rights that are slowly being pulled away are from a much larger and darker presence. The devil is setting this country up for disaster and we as Christians need to have courage and sound the alarm on the things that are attacking our values, principles, and lives including our children’s.
I had to read that twice. I think I now have a smidgeon of respect for Reilly now. Just a smidge though.
""this is completely against nature."
No, you know what's completely against nature? Poeple who can't grow or adapt and cling to old ways that no longer have meaning or justification. That's what ruins a society.
People thump bibles at people who don't follow your fairy tail book. I.E, Smacking it while telling them they are going to burn because they don't follow your made up stories.
Freedom's tired old arguments are exactly what Reilly is talking about. The old Where will it end? concern is laughable. We will not be marrying our dogs anytime soon (thank you Rick Santorum.) And the "think of the children" argument doesn't cut it either-real concern for children would mean acceptance of everyone's choice of a love partner and civil rights for everyone.
Opponents of gay marriage are losing this debate is because they cannot form a non-religious argument without coming to the realization that they are being hypocritical on the issue. This is because the non-religious argument against gay marriage is that the issue should be left up to the voters, as was done in California.
Although this is a valid argument in states that voted against the legalization of gay marriage, it fails in states that have legalized gay marriage when the federal government refuses to recognize it. Therefore, it is actually, ironically, a valid argument against DOMA.
In other words, you can't have it both ways. You can't both support anti-gay marriage legislation on the state level, such as Proposition 8 in California, and then turn around and support federal legislation banning gay marriage such as DOMA. To support both is hypocritical.
Therefore, opponents of gay marriage have to choose. Do they want the issue of gay marriage left up to the States, or do they want the federal government to decide whether or not gay marriage should be legal? The hypocracy needs to end.
It's called little kids, before puberty, who are told that since they are not attracted to girls, if it is a little boy, they must be gay and it is ok, they should just accept the fact they are gay. At that age, kids aren't attracted to anyone, in fact girls have cooties, and they just want to hang out with their guy friends. As they start to go through puberty, and possibly become attracted to girls, they are torn between wanting to hang out with their guy friends and girls, and society tells them since they are confused, they must be gay. Kids go through lots of change and when society steps in and tells them false lies, we get a large generation of confused adults who never learned how to be a human when they were a kid.
The bible is a book created by men to control other men. All you GOD loving freaks should buy a gun put it in your mouth and blow your brains out.
P.S. – You won't go to hell if you commit suicide either, it's just another part of the bible to scare people into control. So go ahead and kill yourselves.
Well as we already knew, Fox News is fair and balanced compared to MSNBC.
"His comments Tuesday weren't the first time he's taken on his own party." - Anyone that actually watches his show knows he takes on Republicans all the time. I promise you he's not as far right as Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow are left. He is definitely conservative and can be a little bit of a bully sometimes. But at least he asks everyone that comes on his show tough questions. I wish there were more Bill O'Reilly's out there in our media.
@lvsingleton...check your Bible buddy....there is plenty of Incest going on in it.
A LOT of "coming out" parties are gonna running over the tv screen.
Conservatives, right wingers, hell fire & damnation preachers....all realize the lies aren't worth it.
Gays, get ready to celebrate and figure out your biggest "enemy" has a crush on you...
"The DEMS are the party who had a Klan member in congress Sen Byrd"
That's showing some great Christian forgiveness there, Mister. He's a guy who used to be in the Klan, and isn't anymore. He's pretty open about the whole thing; back when blacks were kept down, they did seem pretty dumb. Now that they are doctors, generals, scientists, and presidents, the Klan looks pretty dumb instead. So what you are implying is that people never change, repentance is a lie, and Jesus died for nothing?
As a Mormon I strongly against imposing bible scriptures on anyone as it is imposing ones own beliefs on others and that's not right. All people should have the right to believe and live as they choose, freely, as long as they don't cause harm on others. Forcing someone else to believe something you believe is true is only persuading them to disbelieve it even more. Let people live as they want, maybe you can still be friends.
Most people are like teenagers, they will do the opposite of what you ask or telll them to do.
"have never seen anyone "thump a Bible" whatever that means." Seriously, they bang it on the podium or lectern like a hammer when they are making points. I bet they never brought out the rattlesnakes and poison in your church either, you heretic unbeliever.