Bill O'Reilly on Science: You Can't Explain the Tides

O'Reilly flubs science in debate with man behind atheist billboards

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 6, 2011 12:45 PM CST

(Newser) – Apparently, Bill O’Reilly has never heard of the moon. In a debate Tuesday with Dave Silverman, head of the American Atheist group behind this, the Fox host tried to prove the existence of God by citing the unknowable mysteries of the tides. “I’ll tell you why [religion is] not a scam, in my opinion,” he told Silverman. “Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.”

Silverman looked stunned. “Tide goes in, tide goes out?” he stuttered. O’Reilly pressed on. “The water, the tide—it comes in and it goes out. It always goes in, then it goes out. … You can’t explain that. You can’t explain it.” Of course, Raw Story points out, people who passed high school science might tell you that tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon as it orbits the earth. But Silverman had a better response: “Maybe it’s Thor up on Mount Olympus who’s making the tides go in and out." (Click for more on O'Reilly and the very high-profile interview he just landed.)

In this Oct. 27, 2008 file photo, FOX TV show host Bill O'Reilly arrives for a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman, in New York.
In this Oct. 27, 2008 file photo, FOX TV show host Bill O'Reilly arrives for a taping of the "Late Show with David Letterman," in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
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Bill O'Reilly expounds on the mysteries of the tides as he debates the head of "American Atheists."   (O'Reilly Factor)

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