Fox News psychiatrist, Dr. Keith Ablow should take some time off from bashing folks like Chaz Bono and Bill Maher and do a little psych evaluation for his pal Bill O'Reilly whose overly inflated sense of self-importance and pugnacious delusions could indicate what the DSM IV, describes as a "narcissistic personality disorder." These folks have "an extreme sense of self-importance, so much so that they appear to have lost touch with reality." This includes "an inflated sense of self worth" which they require others to affirm. This inflated sense of grandiosity is reflected in O'Reilly's seeming delusion that he "kicked" the "ass" of scientist, author, and evil atheist Richard Dawkins. I'll leave the virtual diagnosis to Ablow who recently leveled charges of child abuse against the parents of a six year old rapper after they allowed the boy to do a "booty pop" rap with women in bikinis. But meanwhile - Bill O'Reilly kicked Richard Dawkins' ass? Oh, no he didn't!
In November of 2011, Bill's overly inflated ego was on display in his comment, to Deepak Chopra, that he "kicked" Dawkin's "butt." Chopra provided him with affirmation. O'Reilly's interview of Dawkins suggests that, if anything, Dawkins kicked O'Reilly's derriere. Bill, who thinks Jesus guides the tides and evolution, attempted to say that Dawkins' children's book, which celebrates reason, "mocked" God. Bill made the absurd claim that the worst regimes in history were atheist when, in reality, Christian nations were also rather nasty. (Think Inquisition and Crusades). Dawkins correctly said that these regimes were political and not religious. Bill claimed that the formation of the moon was due to "Intelligent Design," a belief system that even the Catholic Church feels is bogus. Dawkins correctly said that O'Reilly's belief that this country was founded on Judeo-Christianity was wrong
And only a few weeks ago (June 25th), O'Reilly again alluded to his mythical "ass kicking' during a discussion about how public schools are ignoring God. When his conservative guest, the Daily Caller's Michelle Fields noted that nasty atheists, like Richard Dawkins, write books aimed at children, O'Reilly said that Dawkins "got his butt kicked on this program." O'Reilly continued the delusion: "I kicked his butt all over the place because he didn't have anything, he even admitted it." STOP RIGHT HERE - Dawkins admitted nothing, to his credit. He couldn't, he could not make his case that the earth was formed in a natural way without any kind of divine intervention, He could not do it and this is supposed to be the brainiac of the secular forces. So we're glad we did that."
If O'Reilly is referring to Dawkins 2009 appearance, his version of events is very different from the reality. O'Reilly said that until scientists "figure out" what created the universe, he's "throwing in with Jesus" (why not the spaghetti monster?) which, in strictly rational terms, is filling the vacuum of the unknown with the supposed son of a late Bronze Age middle-eastern sky god. Bill also said that when science is "incomplete," the Christian view of creation should be taught in public schools. Dawkins kicked O'Reilly's butt with the comment that “just because science has a gap in it, that does not entitle you to turn to any alternatives." Bill did more ranting about the awesomeness of Jesus to which Dawkins, in another butt kick, said that Bill's thinking was "muddled." Ya think! BTW, on neither occasion did Dawkins "admit" that Bill was right.
If devout Christians have the reputation for being anti-science, Bill O'Reilly is the poster boy. But as far as "kicking" Dawkins' ass - in his dreams! Perhaps the pugnacious nature of his pugnacious of grandeur relates to his relationship with an abusive father but I'll leave that to Ablow. All I can say is that, rather than kicking Dawkins' ass, Bill provided a basis for the stereotype of Christians being anti-science and furthered his reputation as a pompous, uninformed ass.