This should make me laugh but…
… and at first I did, but then I got angry.
I know just about every person and their dog has had a say on this topic, but I’d just like to respond publicly to Bill O’Reilly’s youtube.com video, the one he posted on January 26th this year. In this video (it’s posted below) he answers some questions which were prompted by the ignorant and downright stupid comments he made regarding the tides. I talk about the original video here. I’m going to take his argument apart piece by piece. I’m sure you have seen the piece below, and if not, watch it and cry for the ignorance in our world. It shouldn’t take long, and I know none of it is news to you, but I want to get this off my chest.
He starts the video by reading out the question posed to him by “David” of Beverly Hills, Florida. David asks:
“What do you mean when you refer to the tides when you are asked about the existence of God? Science explains the tides… the moon’s gravity pulls the oceans.”
Bill answers, in a rather hurried fashion:
“How’d the moon get there? How’d the moon get there?”
Didn’t anyone ever tell you it’s wrong to answer a question with a question? You certainly aren’t known for your manners or social etiquette, though are you? Well anyway, Bill, since you asked, the moon was created billions of years ago when an object the size of Mars struck the forming Earth, some of the debris settling back onto our planet, and the remainder drawn together by it’s own gravity came together to form the moon. Remember this is billions of years, so over time the moon appeared to smooth, as did the earth. This is plenty of time for all the rough edges to be worn down and drawn into the planet. But of course Bill, you think the universe is 6000 years old right? well I won;t be convincing you of anything with that argument, then will I?
Moving right along, Bill goes on to say this:
“Look you pinheads who attack me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the moon get there? (I already answered this above Bill, aren’t you paying attention?) How’d the sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain it to me?”
The sun huh? Wow that’s a bigger question, but yes I can explain that to you. That happened a lot longer ago. Clouds of dust and gas are responsible here. I think I’ll let Wikipedia answer this one for you. In the entry under Sun, it says:
The Sun was formed about 4.57 billion years ago when a hydrogen molecular cloud collapsed. Solar formation is dated in two ways: the Sun’s current main sequence age, determined using computer models of stellar evolution and nucleocosmochronology, is thought to be about 4.57 billion years. This is in close accord with the radiometric date of the oldest Solar System material, at 4.567 billion years ago.
So in simple terms, the sun is formed from a hydrogen gas cloud which collapsed in on itself due to gravity. With increased gravity come increased pressure, and with increased pressure come increased heat. The pressure got so high that it ignited, and a star was born. What’s that you say Bill? It came from wikipedia and everyine knows that’s all lies? And you don;t trust scientists? Well I guess I won;t be convincing you with that one either… Oh well on we go…
And he goes on:
“How come we have that, and Mars doesn’t have it? Venus doesn’t have it… How come? Why not? How’d it get here?”
How come we have a sun and a moon and Mars and Venus don’t? Well Bill, they both share the same sun as us, sorry to disappoint you there, but the moons? Well that’s easy, it’s because they are different planets who underwent a different history to Earth. They also sit at a different distance from the sun so therefore are under different pressures than the Earth is from solar radiation. And I told you how the sun and moon got there, you should start to see a pattern here Bill…
“How’d that little amoeba get there? Crawl out there? How’d it do it?”
Wait,which amoeba? And get where exactly? Crawling amoebas? Huh, well i guess you know more about amoebas than I do Bill. I think what you are getting at, but fail to actuall ask, is “how did life begin on Earth?” I suggest you do some reading, star with abiogenesis, and then get back to me. Or are you too stubborn to read something?
What’s that Bill?
“C’mon… You have an order in this universe, you have order in the universe, tide comes in, tide goes out. Ok yeah the moon does it, fine, how’d the moon get there? (Again Bill you’re not payin attention!) Who put it there? Did it just happen?”
You’re asking who put the moon there? Who? Well here’s your main problem Bill, you see, just because something happens doesn’t mean that somebody made it happen. You approach your knowledge of the universe with a preconceived idea that God did it, and that God made it happen. The problem when you do that is that you stop asking questions, and accept false information prematurely. Bill, nobody put the moon there, if you bothered to read the first part of this blog, you’d know that. It happened, but it didn’t “just” happen. There were millions of individual events that led up to the formation of the moon, not just one thing. Cause and effect Bill, it’s the basis of all things.
“Okay if we have existence, if we have life on Earth, how come they don’t have it on the other planets? Were we just lucky? Did some meteor do this? PCCCCHHHHHHHHHH!”
Bill, abiogenesis. Read it and get back to me. I wouldn’t say we’re lucky as such, but it has been a fortunate series of events. But to say that it only happened here is so narrow-minded that I really feel sorry for you Bill. There are billions of stars in our galaxy alone! Each one of them could have planets, and some of these planets are more than likely like ours! And please, stop making noises.
“C’mon, you know I see this stuff, it’s desperate. As I’ve said many times, it takes more faith to not believe and to think that this was all luck, all this human body, the intricacies of it and everything else, all luck… than it does to believe in a deity. There you go.”
Okay, Bill, so it takes more faith to learn, to critically analyse what you are told, to look at the facts presented, collaborated, falsified, improved upon and built on over centuries than it does to believe a story with no evidence ever presented up as to it’s truthfulness? It takes less faith to believe a bunch of stories written over 2000 years ago by a bunch of uneducated goat-herders than it does to believe what you are told by some of the most brilliant minds alive today? Sorry Bill, but what is your definition of faith? I think, if you look it up, it’s about trusting something without reason or evidence to do so.
I have faith in one thing Bill, and that is that no matter what anyone says, no matter how much sense they make, no matter how much evidence they have stacked in their corner, no matter what, that YOU could not be convinced otherwise. This is because you are a narrow-minded person without the ability to think critically.
Bill, the tribe has spoken.