Jewish Journal

O’Reilly and Maher debate Christianity

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 4, 2010 | 11:23 am

Bill Maher thinks most Americans are “dunderheads.” He’s not exactly a man of the people, but he may be on to something. As for Bill O’Reilly’s claim that he knows neither any Americans who want to cut spending without cutting any programs or who believe the story of Noah’s Ark is true, that just can’t be true. Not even a chance.

Watch this exchange to see a couple of blowhards arguing what the Bible is all about. Unfortunately, this just isn’t a fair fight. Much as I disagree with the conclusions he has drawn about religion’s role in the world, Maher clearly knows a lot more about the Word of God.

To start, O’Reilly thinks that parables appear in Ecclesiastes and Romans and he thinks that the Bible is just full of allegories and that the only part that Christians are supposed to believe in is the New Testament. “I’m not disavowing anything. I’m telling you what I believe in. And what I believe in is love your neighbor as yourself and don’t call them stupid because they don’t believe in you politically.”

Well, I think we just found something that O’Reilly and President Obama can agree on. But the Golden Rule is not, by itself, Christianity. It’s just part of being a Christian.

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