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O'Reilly Plays Dumb About Religious Right

Reported by Deborah - January 9, 2006

Rabbi James Rudin came on The Factor tonight to plug his book, The Baptizing Of America, and O'Reilly very respectfully acted like he had no idea what Rabbi Rudin was talking about even asking him for examples.

Rudin explained that the majority of Evangelical Christians are not trying to change America but a certain segment would like to make their interpretation of the Bible more important than the Constitution. O'Reilly told Rudin that he hasn't seen any evidence of religious right extremists having any influence at all.

Rabbi Rudin to illustrate his point spoke of the Air Force Academy's practices that exclude cadets that are Catholic, MUslim or Jewish by referring to themselves as "team Jesus" combined with other practices.

O'Reilly launched into an attack on the extreme left and the ACLU saying that they are well organized and funded by George Soros. Claiming that he had reported on the extreme Left trying to push their agenda on this Country, he asked for specific examples of the right doing the same, as if he didn't believe Rudin .

When Rudin brought up Intelligent Design as an example of how the Religious right is seeking to transform the Country, O'Reilly acted like that was off the mark saying "All they wanted is a mention." Rudin corrected him saying the group wants to discredit evolution which is more than wanting a mention.

Then O'Reilly let Rudin talk about his premise while he politely listened saying okay occasionally in an off hand and indulgent way. He offered no comments and acted totally disinterested telling viewers that they could read the book if they were interested in the topic.

comment: O'Reilly acted like Rudin was the first person to come up with this premise.Although his manners were polite and respectful, he tried to make Rudin seem like someone who was pushing an outlandish idea without merit.
What a hoot!

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