Putrid Pundits: Bill O’Reilly, Ben Stein Call for More Religion in Public Life
The Religious Right is still trying to sell Americans on the idea that merging religion and government is just the thing to turn this country around in a hurry, and now they’re getting some assistance from two media personalities: Bill O’Reilly and Ben Stein.
In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” this morning, Fox News host O’Reilly said Americans are tired of secularism.
“I think people are fed up with secularism,” he said. “It gets just to be too much.”
So what is O’Reilly’s answer to this supposedly excessive secularism? Teaching “Judeo-Christian” values in schools, naturally.
“Kids, if they live in a secular home and go to public school don’t know anything about Jesus,” O’Reilly said. “Our Constitution was forged on Judeo-Christian philosophy and tradition.”
O’Reilly’s evidence for this is a little thin: He cited the presence of Moses holding the Ten Commandments inside the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court’s website says that display contains many historical lawgivers. It is intended to show the evolution of the laws over centuries and nothing more.