• By Bill O'Reilly

    There is no question that secular progressives emboldened by the Obama presidency are trying to change this country in very significant ways. Opposed to that change are many conservatives and independent traditional Americans who see the progressive vision as destructive.

    The debate is very intense with the media pretty much always siding with the secular progressive forces. Right now many in the press are openly hostile to the conservative point of view. Therefore, traditional Americans must make their case in very persuasive ways in order to win the day.

    Two examples; First, abortion. According to a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll in 1997, not that long ago, 40 percent of Americans describe themselves as pro-life; 50 percent, half the country said they were pro- choice.

    But 14 years later, that had completely turned around; 50 percent of Americans put themselves in the pro-life category while just 42 percent say they were pro-choice.

    So how and why did that happen? Two reasons. Number one, science established that DNA is present upon conception. So the pro-abortion people can no longer say a human presence is not affected by abortion. It is. And if you destroy a human presence, you'd better have a pretty darn good reason for doing so. That is, if you want to be a civilized society.

    Second reason. Pro-life forces did not, did not link abortion to sin. They largely kept theology out of it and so we now see states like North Dakota, Arkansas, passing laws that better protect unborn babies and there would be more states that do that. That's a huge win for traditional forces in America.

    But on the gay marriage front, it's a far different story. Here's what I said to Megyn Kelly last week.

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    O'REILLY: The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. That's where the compelling argument is. We're Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else. That is a compelling argument. And to deny that, you've got to have a very strong argument on the other side.

    MEGYN KELLY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: And the argument...

    O'REILLY: And the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the bible.

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    O'REILLY: Now that analysis essentially is correct. Anti-gay marriage forces, "forces" not individuals "forces", have not seized upon one central persuasive argument like the human DNA component. And so those who oppose gay marriage are scattered all over the place and many of them are using the bible as their basis to reject homosexuals nuptials. That's a loser all day every day in our secular court system which I believe is largely hostile to religious expression.

    Now, there is a strong argument against gay marriage; that it expands marriage opportunity to just one group, gay people. That excludes all others who may want to marry under different circumstances. Also traditional marriage has been a societal stabilizer and in many states it's favored by the majority of the folks.

    So if you grant homosexuals civil union status, whereby they get the legal rights of marriage, then the states should decide the nuptials issues for themselves. Bottom line the federal government has no Constitutional authority to impose gay marriage on the nation. Now, that is a strong argument.

    And that's "The Memo."

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