Bill O’Reilly is many things, but stupid is not one of them. Yet time and again whenever he has an atheist on his show he presents the stupidest arguments. Not only are his arguments stupid, but when atheists easily refute them, the mainstream media repeats our position and as a result, we get our message out more efficiently.
From what I understand, O’Reilly is very different off the air than he is on the air. I have been told by people who have appeared on the show that he is pretty friendly to his atheist guests off the air.
Now, I don’t doubt that O’Reilly is a right-leaning ass-clown both on and off the air, but I am starting to question his position on religion. Just recently, he claimed that Christianity wasn’t a religion at all. Fox News contributor, Father Jonathan Morris disagreed with O’Reilly on the air about this issue but a flustered O’Reilly declined to debate the subject and held firm to his position that Christianity isn’t a religion.
Here is what I think. O’Reilly has been a right wing for a long time. He is right wing because he agrees with the corporatism of the Republican Party. He’s rich and wants tax breaks for the rich. He’s old school right wing. He doesn’t care about religious issues but the religious right are the strongest voter bloc within the Republican Party so he has to entertain them… literally.
Behind the scenes I bet he thinks they are pinhead peasants. He’s using them to get his tax cuts. I see O’Reilly as a Rove type person. The difference is that Rove admits that he doesn’t believe in God but I think O’Reilly has the same lack of belief. Subconsciously that is coming out on his show.
With that said, I don’t want to claim him as part of the growing atheist movement. He doesn’t share the same values most atheists hold. He doesn’t care about secular issues. All he cares about is himself. But I still wouldn’t mind him coming out of the closet.
What do you think? If Papa Bear a closeted atheist? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.