Don't know if you watched the O'Reilly Factor last night, but if you missed it, let me say that I think the argument over how to debate same-sex marriage is only just beginning.
Since I don't have a link for the whole show, a few days ago, O'Reilly made the comment in his opening talking points that the reason conservatives have lost public opinion over same-sex marriage is because they "thump the bible" in their arguments and, according to O'Reilly, that will not suffice because the bible should not be used to justify conservative positions in the public square. Evidently, O'Reilly sees no connection whatsoever between bible principles and civil rights.
O'Reilly was nearly furious in his discussion with Laura Ingraham -- the first guest he had on -- when she suggested that the term "thump the bible" was offensive to many conservatives and O'Reilly should not have used it. In usual defensive-when-challenged fashion, O'Reilly insisted that there is nothing derogatory about the term.
Aside from being oblivious to the fact that, yes, "bible thumper" is considered a derogatory put-down to most Christians, O'Reilly insisted that because he is right -- that conservatives should not use the bible to support their arguments -- that the term could not be considered offensive.
Laura did her best to get O'Reilly to see that the term is indeed offensive but the O would hear nothing of it.
Not satisfied that he had prevailed in the argument, O'Reilly brought it up again later when Charles Krauthammer came on. Krauthammer then soothed O'Reilly's ego and agreed with him that he is right. Conservatives should not use the bible to defend their arguments in the public square.
I disagree with both of them on all counts and think this is just the beginning of the discussion.
Aside from the fact that you would have to be a little socially dense to not get that the term "bible thumper" would be offensive to a Christian, I absolutely think conservatives can and should learn how to use scripture to back up their arguments in the public square. The last thing we need to do is to be afraid to bring up the most looked to document that was referenced repeatedly at our founding, and looked to across the country as the final authority on life's most essential elements.
To do otherwise is laughable to me.
There is so much ignorance and confusion over just how central the bible's authority was at our nation's founding, and I think conservatives need to emphasize that point more not less.
And before anyone screams about trying to create a theocracy or accuses me of imposing religion on others, people need to be reminded that the bible is more than a religious text. It is also an historical document that addresses virtually all areas of life and culture including government and civil affairs.
Once again, we would not have the freedom that we have in America if it were not for the biblical principles the founders referenced in the Declaration of Independence. Remember the words "endowed by their Creator"? Which Creator do you think they were referring to? Mohammad? Buddha? Of course not.
There is only one God who claimed to have created the whole world including mankind. What's so wrong with using the book He provided us with as a reference for supporting arguments in the public square much like our founders did?
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