Two years ago we wrote Bill O’Reilly — Flaming, Full-Blown Creationist. The brief video embedded in that post tells the whole story.
But last night we saw a different O’Reilly on his Fox show. He was so different that his performance inspired an alarmed article in WorldNetDaily: Bill O’Reilly: The Bible contradicts itself.
That article includes a five-minute video of his interview with the couple who have created “The Bible,” a TV miniseries that will be seen on the History Channel. We can’t find the interview on YouTube so we can’t embed it here. You’ll have to click over to WND to see it. Their article also quotes a few things he said to his guests during the interview:
When you say you’re a believer, do you believe in the Bible literally? I mean you believe that Adam and Eve were out there, and the snake and the apple and all of that business?
He was told yes, the producers of the miniseries believe it. He also said:
Look, a lot of the Bible, Mr. Burnett, is allegorical, and we know that in creationism and things like that.
Wow! Is that really O’Reilly? Then, sounding a bit incredulous, he asked this question:
Are you telling people that they should believe in Adam and Eve? That they should believe in Noah’s Ark? Jonah and the whale? Are you telling people that this is the way to go?
His guests said that they believe those things, but they just presented the bible stories straight, as they are written. O’Reilly never gave his own views, but he also mentioned (without specifying them) that there were contradictions in the New Testament.
Take a look at the video. We can’t tell what O’Reilly truly thinks. It could be that he’s changing his opinions, or it could be that he has no opinions, but he’s willing to say anything to keep his show interesting. If he’s changing his mind it would be nice to know, because he’s done some crazy things in the past — e.g., his interview of Richard Dawkins.
Actually, it doesn’t matter what he thinks. His show is popular, and that’s probably all that matters to him.
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