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A few weeks ago, Dave Silverman of American Atheists appeared on Bill O’Reilly‘s program to talk about AA’s billboard:

O’Reilly: I’ll tell you why [religion’s] not a scam. In my opinion, all right? Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can explain why the tide goes in…

Silverman: Tide goes in, tide goes out…?

O’Reilly: Yeah, see, the water — the tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman. It always goes in…

Silverman: Maybe it’s Thor up on Mount Olympus who’s making the tides go in and out…

O’Reilly: No no, but you can’t explain that… you can’t explain it…

A lot of people responded to this pride-in-ignorance, including Keith Olbermann and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Now, O’Reilly has responded to it himself, courtesy of the Backstage Conversation webcast for Premium Members.

And he just makes himself look like more of an idiot.

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His answer summarized: “How did the moon get there? How did the sun get there? How did that little amoeba get there?”


As if that’s a respectable answer. (Answers to the first couple questions are here and here.)

He then closes with the old canard about how it takes more faith to be an atheist than a believer.

That’s not true, of course, but it take a hell of a lot of chutzpah to claim we don’t know how our universe works when the answers are right there for anyone willing to learn.

The best comment on YouTube about this clip?

Mars: 2 moons; Jupiter 63 moons; Saturn 61 moons; Uranus 27 moons; Neptune 13 moons; Bill O’Reilly 0 brains.

(Thanks to Chris for the link!)