Earlier tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly sat across from Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists to discuss the new atheist Billboards being erected around New York City. Silverman and American Atheists erected the signs in response to the amount of pro-religion and anti-atheism billboards currently lining our highways. Bill took no time in jumping on Silverman for “calling Americans stupid”, Bill said that Silverman said religion was a “scam”, that implies that anyone that believes in it is stupid.
This is a false argument though, meant to distract Fox News viewers from the real question of whether god exists or not. Instead of taking the time to have serious and thoughtful debate about the issue of religion, it seems that Bill would rather paint Silverman’s views as ‘hateful’ or ‘elitist’. It’s a shame, I wonder, on a professional level, how many great interviews O’Reilly has passed up because he doesn’t even try to be a good interviewer. That said, Silverman makes some key mistakes. Bill asks him how the tides work, and Dave doesn’t seem to know. The tides are controlled by the sun and the moon. You’d think the guy on the side of reason, logic, and science would have pointed this out. Then again, having Bill scream at you is probably a little disorienting.