***Update***: Here’s a clip of the segment (Thanks, Pengui!):
On his show Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly discussed the American Humanist Association’s Consider Humanism campaign with Juliet Huddy.
Here’s how it went down according to the O’Reilly Factor website:
Juliet Huddy came in to look at some attention-getting videos. One of them was a commercial from The American Humanist Association, an atheist group. The Factor actually defended atheists: “I don’t think most Americans of faith look at atheists as immoral. I don’t.” Huddy was surprised: “You don’t?” The Factor replied “No, it’s a belief system. And we in America can choose what we want to believe or not.” Huddy pointed out that some people did feel a certain way about atheists: “I think that there definitely is a group within those who are religious who are judgmental about other people if they don’t subscribe to their feelings.” Later, The Factor played a commercial for a religious theme park that reenacted Jesus’ crucifixion twice a day. Huddy knew of at least one group that probably wouldn’t want to visit: “You don’t want to bring your humanists to this fun park, I don’t think. This isn’t the place for them.”
What’s not included in that description is even better.
O’Reilly apparently played one of the AHA’s ads dealing with the following message:
The Bible quotation is from 1 Timothy 2:12.
O’Reilly began saying this was just a bunch of atheists quoting from the Old Testament… until he caught his mistake and said something like (according to one reader), “Wait, Timothy, oh, that is the New Testament,” and then he completely dropped that line of thought and moved on.
Someone please find me video of that exchange!