Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight.
Plenty of action in this evening's broadcast, beginning with the Talking Points memo.
God under siege in America. The ruling that the words "one nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional is foolish and will be overturned, mark my words.
But the larger question is, why is America's history being attacked? There's no question that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian law, and a belief that all men are created equal with certain rights given to them by their Creator. That is what the Declaration of Independence says point-blank, and that's why we're not a part of Great Britain.
The founding fathers wanted to create a more perfect union, so they put into the constitution that the government could not impose a specific religion on anyone. But there was no mention that the term "God" should be banned from public displays. Indeed, the Continental Congress opened its sessions with a prayer.
But now we have judges who feel they're God, that they know more than the founding fathers, that they have the right to intrude on America's history. Thank God those judges are not on the Supreme Court, which in 1983 ruled the state of Nebraska could open its legislative sessions with a prayer because, quote, "the use of prayer is embedded in the nation's history and tradition, and that the establishment clause does not always bar a state regulating conduct simply because it harmonizes with religious concerns."
Now, the antireligion people despise that ruling, but it is absolutely correct. The ruling by Chief Justice Warren Burger goes on to state, quote, "Because of the principles upon which the nation has developed, religion has become part of the fabric of society," unquote.
And that is absolutely true. According to a survey taken by the Pew organization, 87 percent of Americans say that religion is important part of their lives. Just 12 percent say it is not.
Of course, minority thought must be protected in this country, but there is no danger to anyone reciting a pledge that says, "one nation, under God." That's offensive to you, don't say it. But don't intrude on the history of this country because you don't like the concept of God. That is tyrannical and unacceptable, even in a place like San Francisco where these pinheaded judges practice.
The "under God" reference was inserted into the pledge by Congress in 1954 to distinguish the USA from its atheistic enemies, the Soviet Union and Communist China.
Once again, the message is that America was founded on the principle that all men are free because that's the way the Creator intended it to be.
Americans who object to that fact are either ignorant of history or so steeped in hatred for theism that their emotions rule. Either way, they are wrong and will be proven so.
And that's the memo. It will be posted on our Web site.
The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day."
A British theater company is touring the USA this summer with the play, The Hunchback of Notre Dame based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Only they will not be calling it "the hunchback." Now it's The Bell Ringer of Notre Dame." You guessed it. The company didn't want to offend anybody. So what we have is a bell ringer with a hunchback, unless there's surgery before the play. I know some bell ringers who are truly resentful that their backs aren't hunched. They think it might be ridiculous.
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