Say what you want about Bill O’Reilly, he’s an excellent television host. His blind confidence is, no doubt, entertaining, which is the MO of all television shows. After all, if a television show wanted to teach you something, it would be a book.
On O’Reilly’s show recently, he put his blindness to a test when he had on Dave Silverman of American Atheists. They discussed everything O’Reilly doesn’t understand about the nature of our world, which seems to be quite a bit:
Silverman did a good job holding his ground, but he couldn’t get every point through the barricade of blowhard. So for his sake, and for the sake of truth, let’s expose the weaknesses in O’Reilly’s arguments, even if he does get offended.
Sometimes the truth can be insulting. If you have a fat friend who doesn’t understand just how fat she is, it may be insulting if you tell her she needs to lose weight, but that says more about her than you. If anything, it shows that you think she’s strong enough to handle the truth. Religious people are just like fat girls, especially since most fat girls are religious.
Why do people go to church when they don’t really believe in God?
Church is a good social network. To put it in social media terms, people who go to church typically have more Facebook friends than people who don’t. This comes in handy when you need to feel socially accepted, which is much more important to most people than being the moral hero who stays home from church to annotate The Origin of Species.
Galileo first explained what caused the tides nearly 400 years ago. Since then, 8th grade science teachers have explained it to their students. O’Reilly must have had communion that day. Galileo was forced to live in house arrest for the rest of his life because the O’Reilly’s of his day took this truth as an insult.
Even if we couldn’t explain the tides, if we are committed to reason and truth, then we cannot aimlessly subscribe their cause to a supernatural phenomenon. This rationalistic thinking impedes our ability to think clearly on other issues because it impedes the methodology that is necessary for discovering truth.
To bring the fat girl metaphor back around, eating one candy bar may not seem like a big deal, and if you understand that it’s bad for you, it isn’t. But if you convince yourself that it is good for you because it feels good, then you will be insulted when the doctor tells you that you have diabetes.
I would never try to convince O’Reilly or people like him that God doesn’t exist. They’ve made up their mind, and for the most part, as long as the person is Westernized, as O’Reilly is, their faith is relatively harmless. In fact, the best thing that you can do to promote a secular philosophy is to let the O’Reilly’s of this world, through their willingness to make a fool out of themselves, demonstrate to everyone that religion just doesn’t care about the truth.
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