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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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Bad teaching and academic freedom
"Imagine if a public high school teacher came into class every day and insisted the students believe in God. That teacher would be sanctioned right after the media and the ACLU crucified him or her. Yet teachers that push atheism, anti-American hatred and other ideological positions are running wild. Dr. James Corbett has been filling his history classroom in California with far-left propaganda for 19 years. He was taped telling students that religion is 'irrational,' and conservatives want women to stay "barefoot and pregnant.' All over America this kind of garbage is going on. Well, enough's enough! The Factor's campaign in 2008 is to expose this and hold schools accountable. This country can not allow employees of the state to impose religion or anti-religion on school kids. No longer are loony teachers going to get a pass; they'll be dealt with here if they violate the rights of students. We hope 2008 will be a good year for most Americans, but it will not be a good year for irresponsible teachers. Trust me."

The Factor welcomed two people who disagreed with the gist of Talking Points. "There's no question," began attorney Tanya Acker, "that a lot of the speech this teacher was having in the classroom was provocative and incendiary. But it's a fantastic thing when teachers can provoke thoughtful, critical discussion. These are kids in an AP history course, they're not infants." Author John Wilson added that a lawsuit against the teacher could backfire. "It's a really dangerous lawsuit because if you start to fire teachers for criticizing religion, then you'd also have to fire teachers for saying good things about religion. Teachers should be free to say religion is good or bad, and the teacher just expressed his views." But The Factor contended that denigrating religion is unconstitutional. "What Corbett did was grossly irresponsible, and this school district is going to have to pay a pile of dough because this guy violated the Constitution. This is indoctrination and you can't allow it."

News Link: Student sues teacher for comments about Christians
Which candidate don't you want to win?
According to a new poll, a whopping 40% of Americans hope to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president. Radio host Monica Crowley speculated as to why so many people find Senator Clinton objectionable. "With both Clintons the polarization comes from the question of character, or the lack thereof. There is a sense of personal corruption and hyper-ambition, that both of them would walk over their grandmother to be president. Hillary comes off as incredibly cold and calculating." Conservative author Bay Buchanan differentiated between Bush-haters and people who don't like Senator Clinton. "The people in that poll don't hate Hillary Clinton, but we don't want her as president. We think that would be bad for America and we don't want to go back to those Clinton days." But The Factor found great similarity between haters on both sides. "What Hillary Clinton and President Bush have in common is that this hatred towards them is all personal. Both of them are loathed by people on the extremes."

News Link: Hillary winning the anti-vote
Global warming vs. Christmas
The town of Great Barrington, MA voted to limit the town's "holiday lights," supposedly to help ease global warming. Factor producer Jesse Watters told The Factor what he learned when he ventured to Great Barrington to investigate. "Most people thought this was ridiculous," Watters reported. "They feel rich elitists from New York City are moving up there and imposing their ideology on this small town. There's a real disconnect between the selectmen and the regular folks." The Factor ridiculed the town's actions. "A cow belching would have more impact on global warming than the Christmas lights. This is a ruse."

News Link: Town cracks down on Christmas lights to reduce carbon footprint
Leno, Conan and Letterman returning to TV
Despite the writer's strike, most late-night talk show hosts will return to the air in January. Award-winning writer Bruce Vilanch expressed empathy for Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and David Letterman. "They're between a rock and a hard place. They're either going to put hundreds of people out of work, or they're going to honor the picket line. They've made the choice that they'd rather see their employees survive than take the moral high ground. People who don't like Jay or Conan probably see them as horrible individuals who are betraying the guild, but everybody else will probably understand."

News Link: Late night returning to TV
Debra LaFave answers parole violation
FNC legal experts Lis Wiehl and Megyn Kelly analyzed some high-profile cases, beginning with former teacher Debra LaFave, who was convicted of having sex with a 14-year old student. LaFave is now accused of violating her probation by talking about personal matters with a 17-year-old female co-worker. "Probation is a contract," Wiehl declared, "and you can't pick and choose which clauses of that contract you adhere to. This woman got a huge break, and if it had been an ugly guy he'd be sitting in jail." Kelly was far more forgiving. "This was not a material breach, it's not like she was talking to a 14-year old boy. There was no allegation she was trying to molest this girl or start a sexual relationships. I would give her a slap on the wrist." The panel turned to Duke University, where three lacrosse players - not those who were accused of rape - are suing the school and DA Mike Nifong. "They're saying they were railroaded," Kelly explained. "Their reputations were dragged through the mud, their lacrosse season was canceled, and they got publicly flogged. But this suit still seems rather weak." Wiehl agreed, adding that "these guys were never charged, so there are no damages."

News Link: LaFave back in court

News Link: 3 more Duke lax players file lawsuit
Great American Culture Quiz
Steve Doocy and Martha MacCallum met again in the Great American Culture Quiz. Among The Factor's five questions: "Donna Reed, who had her own TV sitcom, appeared in what classic Christmas film?" ... "Who came in second to George W. Bush in the 2000 Iowa caucuses?" ... "Which president was younger than JFK when he arrived in the Oval Office?" After losing a week ago, Doocy came back to register a perfect score and a runaway victory. Las Vegas oddsmakers are already looking ahead to next week, advising everyone to "take Doocy and give the points."
Who's helping, and who's hurting?
Tuesday's Patriot: Julia Roberts, who is confronting and challenging the paparazzi that stalk her and other celebrities. And the Pinhead: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who says his city may tax stores that sell sugared drinks. The Factor branded Newsom "perhaps the pinhead of the year." Nominate a Pinhead or a Patriot by sending an email to pnp@billoreilly.com.

News Link: Mayor Newsom proposes sugar tax
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
A sampling of your recent mail:

Dr. Mark Peterson, Houston, TX: "My son attended Capo Valley High and took Dr. Corbett's history class. He experienced the man's anti-Christian and anti-Republican rants and was belittled when he challenged them."

Hunter Ligon, Oklahoma City, OK: "Mr. O'Reilly, I'm a high school senior and had a very similar situation. There are many teachers who push their views on students."

Shane Snyder, Seal Beach, CA: "I love Margaret Hoover and the fact that she knows you are sensitive, Bill. Why hasn't anyone else picked up on this?"

Loretta Zimmerman, Lynch Station, VA: "Bill, why are you playing down Huckabee? Is it because you were wrong about him?"
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