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Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:43 PM

Bill O'Reilly: Public Schools Are Ignoring God!



Bill O'Reilly is an educated man; but when it comes to religion he retreats into the comfy narrow dogmatism of 1950's Catholic education which provided both questions and answers as determined by the Magisterium. Any disagreement with the script was marked with a stern reprimand. That Bill learned his lessons well is shown by his incisive theological exegesis about the divine nature of the tides, Jesus guided evolution, and atheists suck. And as a devout Catholic who has taken over the patriarchal role of looking out for us, he is distressed about a new survey which shows that belief in God, among young people, is plummeting. For Bill, this is troubling and an example of more creeping secularism which, according to Bill, is actually the fault of the American public school system which Bill reprimanded in last week's "Factor's" discussion on how kids might be, in the words of R.E.M., loosing their religion.

At the beginning of his "Impact Segment," Bill reported on Pew Research data which found that 31% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 have expressed doubts about the existence of God. Bill thinks that this means that "secularism has taken hold among younger Americans." (And this is a problem, how?) Bill was joined by guests, Michelle Fields from the right wing "Daily Caller" and liberal Leslie Marshall. Bill, in typical narcissistic fashion, noted that he predicted that this would happen because young people are "not getting the same message, that's important, from society that older Americans once got." (One wonders if Bill was referring to stuff like you're going to hell if you think dirty thoughts, masturbate, have sex before marriage, are sexually attracted to members of the same sex - and if you miss Mass on Sundays - and, given the content of the phone tapes involved in his sexual harassment lawsuit, he didn't get the message about "dirty talk.")

http://www.newshounds.us/20120625_bill_o_reilly_complains_that_public_schools_are_ignoring_god


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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:45 PM

1. As they should.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:45 PM

2. I accept that matters of God are kept out of the public schools ...

for the same reason I'm glad that my church has never requested me to factor a quadratic equation.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:46 PM

3. which god?

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:55 PM

7. Yeah - Zeus, Thor, Shiva, Vishnu, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Allah, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Xenu...

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Response to Initech (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:50 PM

16. I'm partial to Odin. He delivered on his promises:

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:09 PM

18. Great Odin's Raven!!!!!


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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:53 PM

4. Good. Religion should be a matter dealt with within the family

and is not a matter to be addressed in the public schools. Whose dog does Billo want taught in the schools? I'm sure he would raise "holy" hell if it was the Muslim, Pagan, Buddhist etc god that was taught. And believers in those religions would be rightly upset if it was Billos catholic god that was taught. As an aside, we always had a dailly prayer in the Minneapolis public schools in the 1950s. I don't remember the content at all. However, I became an athiest anyway.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:53 PM

5. As Stephen Colbert pointed out - they're in full on Gran Torino mode.



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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:54 PM

6. I agree

Every student should receive a Pastafarian education.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:05 PM

8. You don't say?

 

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:07 PM

9. thanks bill, good news.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:11 PM

10. Even worse they are ignoring Bill O'Reilly

who only thinks he's god!

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:15 PM

11. I don't believe in witchcraft and spells

Unless they are in an MMO. That's what organize religion teaches - is that if you a "blessed one" you receive miracles.

You make a beautiful life by doing good things, not by spouting off as though you believe the religion of the week, or the "faith" of the week.

Feel free to pray for me while I believe this. I'll benefit from the prayer if it is ever proved true, and you can benefit from the practice. Better yet, practice the real tenets of religion, which were always guidelines of how to be a good person, not a textbook on how to dominate others through self-righteousness.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:20 PM

12. My kids started school in Austria, and every school day with a prayer:

Lieber Gott, Steh mir bei, dass ich brav und fleissig sei.

Which means:

Dear God, Stand by me so that I will be well-behaved and hard-working.

Great prayer -- from the teacher's point of view.

I don't think it hurt my kids one bit, but that prayer was clearly about control -- not a bad thing in a classroom of seven-year-olds.

And that is what O'Reilly is about -- wanting to control others or more accurately, wanting to push other people around.

And, of course, the average age and education of his viewers -- probably around seven years old. Maybe a few nine- or ten-year-olds, but they are definitely in the minority.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 04:45 PM

13. Only 31% of 18 to 29 year-olds had doubts?

That's depressing. Even people who practice a religion usually have some doubt. To not have any would indicate a lack of thought.

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:33 PM

14. Good schools focus on the teachable. nt

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:48 PM

15. That's fine. God's ignoring BillO. Satan, however, is QUITE interested.

 

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Response to pokerfan (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 06:56 PM

17. Kids don't get the same messages? Like blacks are inferior? Or Jim Crow laws are okay?

Those were religious messages in his growing days. Or how about that women should submit to their husbands? Another religious message of that era.

There are a whole lot of "messages" from that day and age that should NEVER have been socially acceptable - but they were and I'm damn glad that time is behind us.

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