Thursday, March 21, 2013
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo
More evidence that Judeo-Christian tradition is under attack in America
Guests: Laura Ingraham

"If you watch The Factor, you know that we won the 'war on Christmas' battle. But the war on Judeo-Christian tradition continues in some public school districts, where you are not allowed to say the word 'Easter.' I know it's stupid, you know it's stupid, but it's happening. Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White house and they're trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs. For example, in China and Canada a woman can have an abortion for any reason at any time. Secular progressives want that here, but traditional forces are in opposition and SPs hate that. In Scandinavia there are laws that say you can not criticize minorities and secular progressives want laws like that here. Also, the legalization of drugs is well underway in many places and that is a secular cause. So if the far left can marginalize Santa and the Easter Bunny, if they can tell the children those symbols are obsolete and unnecessary, they set the stage for a totally secular society in the future. That's why the Easter Bunny is on the run."

The Factor asked Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham why religious Americans don't fight back against the onslaught. "People who are traditionally faithful," she surmised, "understand that society has become more secular and a lot of them are fearful. There is a lot of demonization of Christians by the secular progressives, so they feel somewhat ostracized. They may even think there is a new era of persecution toward traditional faith that we have never seen before." The Factor illustrated the problem with this example: "East Meadow on Long Island, where I grew up, is largely Christian, but the school district says you can't say 'Easter' and insults every Christian. Fifty years ago there would have been marches on that school and town meetings, but now there is nothing. People are afraid because they see traditional people like you and me get attacked."
Impact Segment
Big controversy at the University of Tennessee
Guests: Brianna Rader, Jacob Clark

The University of Tennessee's upcoming "Sex Week" includes a workshop with a "lesbian bondage expert" and a scavenger hunt for a "golden condom." The university was going to contribute about $11,000 in taxpayer money to the event, but backed down after pressure from state legislators. The Factor welcomed two UT students who are the "Sex Week" co-chairs. "This is an important educational event," maintained Brianna Rader, "but the decision has been made and it's out of our hands now." Jacob Clark also insisted that "Sex Week" is filled with valuable information for young adults. "A lot of people talk about the bondage stuff, but we'll be creative in the way we foster discussion. The educational element of our event is the most important part." The Factor gave the students some friendly advise, urging them to keep taxpayer money out of their big week.
Factor Follow Up Segment
Does Satan exist?
Guests: Christopher Ruddy, Rabbi Aryeh Spero

With many Americans watching "The Bible" on The History Channel, which includes an actor playing Satan, The Factor asked two theologians whether the devil actually exists. "There is an active God and there is also an active evil principal that we might call the devil," stated professor Christopher Ruddy. "This is an angel who was created good but fell through his own free will and is now a presence of evil in the world. We are free to resist evil and in that sense we're responsible." Rabbi Aryeh Spero put forth a Jewish interpretation of evil. "We don't believe in an actual devil, but we believe that at the time of creation God unleashed a force of evil and within people there is a constant struggle between our good inclinations and some of our unsavory inclinations. I believe that people who choose tremendous evil do end up in a Hell."
Are We Crazy Segment
Shocking video shows mom encouraging her teen daugther to pummel another girl
Guests: Dr. Wendy Walsh, Dr. Bonny Forrest

A woman in New York State has been arrested for encouraging her 15-year-old daughter to give another girl a beatdown. Mental health experts Wendy Walsh and Bonnie Forrest opined on the epidemic of parents behaving badly. "Parents are stressed," Forrest said, "and they resort to strategies to try to fix the situation in the moment instead of thinking about the long term. It takes time to develop social skills and problem-solving, but we don't have that time and we resort to hitting and doing these terrible things." Walsh complained that many parents fall into one of two extremes. "There is a lot of 'jellyfish parenting' with really loose boundaries, but at the other end there are 'brick wall parents' who are very strict. We've come to the conclusion that corporal punishment doesn't work, but when parents take away the spanking they have no other tools or parenting skills." The Factor theorized that bad parenting is getting worse: "I know parents who use drugs in front of their children, who take their children to terrible movies. I think a lot of parents are trying to buy the affection and cooperation of their children."
Kelly File Segment
Megyn Kelly on President Obama's choice for Secretary of Labor
Guests: Megyn Kelly

Many conservatives are upset because President Obama has nominated Tom Perez to be Secretary of Labor. Fox News anchor and attorney Megyn Kelly laid out the objections to the choice. "President Obama's critics say this is unnecessarily divisive," she said, "because it would be hard to get somebody farther to the left than Mr. Perez. Some Senators are threatening to block his nomination because he's been 'a radical's radical.'" Kelly also reported on the progress of Jessica's Law in two holdout states. "It's looking good in Jersey, there will be a bill in May or June and the Governor says he will sign it. But New York is not looking good, they have not shown the appetite to do it."
Miller Time Segment
Best of Dennis Miller!

Dennis Miller
Finally, The Factor introduced a few of Dennis Miller's greatest hits. This was Miller on a propaganda video put out by North Korea's Kim Jong Un: "Why don't we send some of our domestic drones over there and smoke that b-lister next time he's doing a 'Gangnam Style' video?" Miller on President Obama's golf outing with Tiger Woods: "It's just nice to see Obama actually hook a ball behind some shrubbery and blame an actual bush for once. I don't mind if he goes golfing, I wish he would stay golfing." Miller also weighed in on Beyonce's lip-synching at the Inauguration: "The President barely pays lip service to the Constitution, so I don't mind Beyonce. I'm just glad her old man Jay-Z the interrupter didn't jump in."
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Rita Nelson, Minneapolis, MN: "Michele Bachmann had a right to say what she said about President Obama, O'Reilly. Are you the only one that can bring up the King's lifestyle?"

Eve Saint, Houston, TX: "Bachmann is correct in pointing out the incongruity of a man who hectors us about 'shared sacrifice' yet lives lavishly on the taxpayer dime."

Dewey Jones, Woodlands, TX: "O'Reilly was right. Senator Reid did exploit the Marines dying in Nevada. But Beckel was also right, Reid was talking about future cutbacks."

Nicole Anninger, Venice, FL: "I sometimes agree with Beckel. But his blatant misrepresentation of Reid's Marine comments was shocking."
Tip Of The Day
Getting what you want
Whenever you need help from someone, open with the statement, "I need your advice." That empowers them and they'll respond positively."