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Watch: Bill O'Reilly Argues with an Atheist, Says There's No Explanation But God for the Tides Going In and Out


Bill O'Reilly is very angry that Atheists are putting up signs saying that religions are a scam, and gets into it with David Silverman, President of the American Atheists Group, who asks why religious groups can put up signs telling non-believers that they are going to Hell.

O'Reilly argues that the tides, which are, of course, explained by the gravitational force of the sun and the moon combined with the Earth's rotation, have no explanation except for God.

As one YouTube commenter noted, it must be because 'earth is in the 'no spin zone.'"


(via Romo2Austin at DailyKos)

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  1. I'm a Christian, and I am often disgusted by some of the horrific things atheists say, but undoubtedly Bill O'reilly is one of the most obnoxious men on television. I don't understand how anyone can stomach an hour of him on a nightly basis. Furthermore, that atheist isn't very smart, he couldn't even explain the rising and falling of the tides. I thought atheism was a sign of greater intelligence, yet that guy couldn't explain how the gravitational forces of the moon and sun affected the tides.

    Posted by: Kayla | Jan 6, 2011 9:00:55 AM

  2. Well, Kayla, you don't have to be a scientist to be an atheist. You can just be one by realizing that believing in fairies and dwarfs and apollo and zeus is just as ridiculous as believing in virgin births and demi-gods or any of the cration myth BS that some people take as fact.
    So no. This guy has no reason to know how the tides work any more than he needs to know how his computer works when he uses it.

    Posted by: topher | Jan 6, 2011 9:10:29 AM

  3. Well, Topher, but the guest isn't simply a run of the mill atheist. He's the president of an atheist organization and he should know how to explain at least some of the *elementary* features of the natural world to counter such creationist rhetoric.

    Posted by: Arjuna | Jan 6, 2011 9:14:46 AM

  4. Exactly, Topher. Sorry Kayla, but just because one can see the considerable flaws in religious beliefs (huge contradictions and logical fallacies) doesn't mean that one actually knows anything of scientific explanations.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jan 6, 2011 9:19:18 AM


    even the ancients had an inkling about the moon's influence on the tides

    LOL he is a complete moron

    Posted by: | Jan 6, 2011 9:30:25 AM

  6. Don't bother the religious magical thinkers with logic. Love the Christian, but hate the Christianity. Praise Jeebus!

    Posted by: candide | Jan 6, 2011 9:30:41 AM

  7. @Topher Well then perhaps atheists should stop saying that people of faith are idiots. But when you constantly imply that being a Christian is an indication of lesser intelligence, I expect you to demonstrate just how much more intelligent you are as a non-believer.

    Posted by: Kayla | Jan 6, 2011 9:40:26 AM

  8. That man is a nincompoop!

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 6, 2011 9:44:37 AM

  9. Kayla, hon: 'Atheist' is not one single collectively minded entity. I don't expect all atheists to think or behave in a similar fashion any more than I expect gays or chinese or christians to think alike.
    So if you're the recipient of rude behavior from some atheist, then he/she is just a jerk and u shouldnt pay attention to him, dust your shoulders off and move on.

    It always amazes me when people generalize and demand for all atheists (gays/jews/arabs/africans,etc) to behave in a way that doesn't hurt our sensitivities in order to be accepted.

    Honey, you'll disagree with people in your lifetime. There won't ever be a mutual agreement. Deal with it.

    Posted by: topher | Jan 6, 2011 9:50:26 AM

  10. well obviously it was Silverman's perceived lack of intelligence that made FOX put him on in the first place. atheists like Dawkins or Hitchens would wipe the floor with O'Reilly and FOX would never want that.

    Posted by: EO | Jan 6, 2011 9:50:39 AM

  11. Bill's dumber than a 5th grader. The tides are caused by the Moons gravitational pull as it rotates around the earth. Or is the Farmer's Almanac a liberal publication.

    Posted by: Dutch | Jan 6, 2011 9:57:19 AM

  12. I saw this segment while channel-surfing last night and thought, wow, did somebody not take a science class in high school? Or earlier even?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 6, 2011 10:06:51 AM

  13. Once again Bill-O proves that Ignorant and Bigoted go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 6, 2011 10:16:33 AM

  14. I'm sick of the fake dichotomy between science and religion. the world would be in bad shape if the religionists' view of science were universally accepted. As to the person above--Kayla--who believes that if you don't believe in her god you must, therefore, be a scientist or have some view of science that supersedes religious belief, that's just as naive as the scientist who thinks that because evidence of a religious person's god cannot be empirically demonstrated all religious or faith experience is bogus.

    Scientists learned a long time ago that there's much more they don't know than that they do know. Every question answered raises ten that aren't.

    Neither side make convincing arguments in my estimation. I happen to be a believer, but not because of anything "the bible says" or because of scientific questions that remain unanswered. Only a fool would say that there are questions about the nature of the universe that science will never be able to answer. And only a fool would use the bible as an archeological, geological, biological, chemistry or physics text.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 6, 2011 10:38:57 AM

  15. If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?

    Posted by: matt | Jan 6, 2011 10:41:58 AM

  16. @Matt, you've just converted an atheist. praise jeebus!

    Posted by: EO | Jan 6, 2011 10:50:17 AM

  17. is it just me or did billybob say something to the effect of, "if 2% of the population are atheist then what about the other 80%!!??" not only is he a science moron, but a simple math one as well! his show should be on comedy central.

    Posted by: zt | Jan 6, 2011 10:53:25 AM

  18. He's another Bill O'Reilly argument.

    "OK, we can ALL agree that the rooster crowing makes the sun come up in the morning, BUT, WHO, if not GOD, makes the ROOSTER crow? Huh? Djever think'bout THAT?"

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 6, 2011 10:54:47 AM

  19. He's = Here's

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 6, 2011 10:55:22 AM

  20. religion is a scam! i worry about people who believe in god and wonder if they have an education!

    Posted by: jgm22 | Jan 6, 2011 11:01:28 AM

  21. And the REAL sad thing is there are a million 70+ year olds sitting at home bouncing up and down and applauding Bill-O as he barks those lies about well-known scientific facts.

    Posted by: IndyTown | Jan 6, 2011 11:10:18 AM

  22. That gravity thing really fucks Bill up too.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jan 6, 2011 11:14:01 AM

  23. I can't stomach, O'Reilly, at all... so I can't watch it, but- I'm always struck by how much 'offense' kristians take at any kind of effort by Athiests to let people see that they exist.

    Are these Kristians blind to the assault by 'religious-types' that Athiests endure on a daily basis.

    Religion is used to diminish me as a gay person- every damned day- but if as an Athiest I ever let my annoyance show, I am guilty of an 'attack' on Kristianity. Religious ppl are just exhausting.

    Posted by: pete N sfo | Jan 6, 2011 11:19:06 AM

  24. The number of non-believers is actually much higher, like 18% (which is where O'Reilly gets his 80%.) Avowed atheists are 2% while 16% are agnostic/unaffiliated, so they are non-believers as well, but just can't/won't commit fully. It's the fastest growing segment in America.

    Posted by: downtownla | Jan 6, 2011 11:33:10 AM

  25. Gulf tides go out ...

    Gulf tides come back in with oil ...

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 6, 2011 12:12:07 PM

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