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O’Reilly Claims Conservatives Are Attacking Him Over ‘Thump The Bible’ To Diminish His Power

Bill O’Reilly has had it up to here with people piling on him, distorting his words, and ginning up a media feud over his gay marriage “thump the Bible” comments. O’Reilly brought on Megyn Kelly, who appeared with him in that now-infamous segment last week, and who tonight defended O’Reilly from his “haters” by pointing out that he has been consistent on the issue of religious liberty for years.

O’Reilly explained that the controversy is part of the overall American culture war, saying that traditionalists like himself need to make more compelling and persuasive arguments to the American public on gay marriage. He argued that conservatives are winning on abortion because they dropped the theological argument and focused on the science, and they need to do the same on gay marriage.

Kelly told O’Reilly that his words didn’t jump out at her or strike her as “prejorative,” and slammed the “haters” giving O’Reilly flak for his remarks. She threw a lot of praise his way, asking “who in the country has been more out in front when it comes to defending religious liberty than you?” Of course, Kelly clarified, “I’m not kissing your butt, this is fact.”

O’Reilly was still amazed at how many “demagogues on the right” are still angry at him over it. Kelly guessed it was likely borne from the more conservative pundits that have a “personal dislike” of O’Reilly, though O’Reilly suggested it’s more about trying to attain power. He said that they are trying to “diminish the power of the program,” making a reference to MSNBC doing that for years. He called himself a “non-ideological guy” who conservatives get upset over for not sticking to the conservative script.

Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox News:

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