While we were all sleeping, Bill O’Reilly was replaced by Bizarro Bill O’Reilly (Rill O’Beilly?).
Maybe it’s not too weird… The man has previously been known to defy all logic, eliciting this reaction from David Silverman:
But here he is in a conversation about gay marriage and he’s… for it? Well, maybe not for it. But he rejects arguments made from religion, that’s for damn sure:
“The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals… That’s where the compelling argument is: ‘We are Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That’s a compelling argument. And to deny that you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side… And the other side hasn’t been able to anything but thump the Bible.”
Despite a lot of initial pushback from conservatives for the “Bible-thumping” comment, he discussed it again this week with guest Laura Ingraham when she tried to play the “you need to have respect those of us who loooorrrve the Bible” card:
If you want to stand up for heterosexual marriage, you have to do it outside of the Bible. You can’t cite the Bible because you’ll lose if you do it.
Wow… well done. That’s exactly right. (I can’t believe I’m saying this.) And it only got better:
Laura Ingraham: Bill, in response to that, when you say “You can’t cite the Bible,” well, again, I think that is disrespectful to people who really try to live their lives according to the Bible.
Bill O’Reilly: It’s not disrespectful. In their private life they can. We’re talking a policy deal here. Don’t you understand the difference between private beliefs and public policy?
Seriously, watch that video because it is the damnedest thing to listen to O’Reilly do his “talk over the person and shout them into submission” thing — which is still annoying — but you’re agreeing with what he is saying… which is weird because… it’s him. I feel dirty just thinking about it. It feels like that dream sequence from Twin Peaks.
Well, credit where credit is due, Mr. O’Reilly. Thank you for being the unexpected voice of reason over at FOX News in your own belligerent, shouty way.