August 12, 2010

Appearing on The O'Reilly Factor Thursday, Fox News' Glenn Beck took time out of his daily habit of railing against progressives to calmly explain that the country wasn't going to be destroyed by giving marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

Beck told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly why he didn't devote airtime to the issue. "Because honestly I think we have bigger fish to fry," said Beck. "You can argue about abortion or gay marriage or whatever all you want. The country is burning down."

"But isn't that one of the reasons because we are getting away from the traditional way we used to live into this progressive [agenda]," prompted O'Reilly.

"Your country is burning down," answered Beck. "I don't think marriage, that the government actually has anything to do with what is a religious right."

"Do you believe that gay marriage is a threat to the country in any way?" asked O'Reilly.

"No, I don't," said Beck. "Will the gays come and get us?"

Beck continued, "I believe what Thomas Jefferson said. If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?"

Beck told O'Reilly that he wasn't worried about same-sex marriage rights as long as churches could choose not to perform the ritual on gays and lesbians.

While O'Reilly claims that he takes a libertarian view on gay marriage, in the past he has worried that it could lead to people marrying animals.

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