The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has attacked Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for recent comments during which he said Christians needed to do more than just “thump the bible” to win the equal marriage debate.
Last week, Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kellty spoke on the O’Reilly Factor, and said that those in favour of equal marriage had a “compelling argument”, and said that opponents to it had not come up with strong enough arguments against it.
In their discussion they mentioned Tony Perkins, the president of the anti-gay Family Research Council who previously claimed that the US Supreme Court ruling in favour of equal marriage could lead to “revolution”.
Fischer speaks in the video, posted by Right Wing Watch., of his programme Focal Point and says that O’Reilly is “blindly ignorant” of non-scriptural arguments against equal marriage.
Fischer admits that members of the Christian right had “thumped their bibles”, but went on to deny that this was all they had done in order to speak out against equal marriage.
Speaking of O’Reilly, Fischer says that “a lot of the times just comes across as a pompous, arrogant windbag” who was “completely oblivious to this.”
He said it was an “insult, this ridicule, this mockery of ordinary Americans who do believe in the bible as the revealed word of God.”
“The implication is we are a bunch of neanderthal, redneck, hillbilly bible-bangers. That is essentially what he is saying were are. These are the people he wants to listen to his programme. He is insulting us to our face”.
Fischer also mentioned that the Fox News host came under fire from a Fox contributor over the comments, in a heated argument during which he maintained that it was “garbage” that people had taken offence, and that he was just being honest about the “policy debate”.
O’Reilly has also come under fire from conservative talk show host Steve Deace from Conservative Talk Radio, who discussed the issue with Religious Right activist Bob Vander Plaats, and said Bill O’Reilly’s changing stance on marriage equality was a “hanging offense”, and that he was a “charlatan” and a “fraud”.
Fox News Host Don Imus on Wednesday said during his programme that there was “some indication” that “Jesus may have been gay”, referring to a religious text, but not explaining why he made the claims.