Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham got into an argument today over the term “bible thumping.”
O’Reilly made some waves last week when he made a bit of a reversal on gay marriage and said that people opposing gay marriage are merely thumping the bible.
O’Reilly said: “The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals … We’re 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 do anything but thump the Bible.”
The Fox News host received a lot of criticism from his fellow conservative and today he argued with Ingraham on his show about the “bible thumping” comment.
Ingraham argued that O’Reilly shouldn’t have used the term “bible thumping” because it degrades people’s religious beliefs. Ingraham said that many people’s beliefs about gay marriage are strongly rooted in the bible.
Ingraham said: “I don’t think you need to use the words ‘thump the bible.’ This debate about marriage is a relatively recent one. I think people arguing for traditional marriage, this is new to them. And they haven’t been very good at PR and making their argument. Most of them have a deeply held religious belief about traditional marriage.”
The conversation seemed like it would remain friendly but Ingraham apparently crossed a line when she said that “bible thumping” was a disrespectful term.
Here’s the video of O’Reilly and Ingraham arguing on The O’Reilly Factor.