Conservative Talk show host Bill O'Reilly is well-known for his point of view when it comes to hotbed issues like gay marriage. But some of his comments on Tuesday night make one wonder if he's harboring mixed feelings on the issue. In fact, many are wondering if O'Reilly is about to come out in support of gay marriage, or perhaps even out of the closet?
It wouldn't be the first time that something similar has happened. In fact, Senator Rob Portman was a very vocal opponent to homosexuality in general, and specifically gay marriage, but then he found out his son was gay. This recently changed his mind, and made him the highest ranked Republican to support gay marriage. On Tuesday's show with O'Reilly, anchor Megyn Kelly said that she diidn't hear any arguments that were "particularly persuasive". "I agree with you 100 percent," O'Reilly said.
So, what changed the mind of Bill O'Reilly? The world may never know, but he gave a few clues on Tuesday night's broadcast. "I hate to say this, and next week I've got something that Kelly's really not going to like," O'Reilly said. He went on to almost - but not quite - appear to be advocating for gay rights. Of course, Portman's change of mind happened because of his son, but there is word yet if O'Reilly had a similar experience, or if he simply had a change of heart.
"The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals," O'Reilly said. "That's where the compelling argument is. 'We're Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.' That's a compelling argument, and to deny that, you have got to have a very strong argument on the other side. The argument on the other side hasn't been able to do anything but thump the Bible."
Like Portman, O'Reilly is at least brave enough to admit that he might have made a mistake and has publicly changed his mind. While that might not seem like much to some people, the very fact that he changed his mind after getting new information - or whatever it was that made him change his mind - deserves some respect. Anytime someone changes their mind based upon new information is commendable, and while some may criticize O'reilly for changing - both Conservatives and Liberals - the fact that he did is something that deserves respect.
More and more Republicans are going this route, as the issue becomes the main topic of conversation. There are currently over 200 Republicans in politics, in 13 states that support gay marriage. To some, this is a civil rights issue - just like when African Americans were the ones who were not receiving the same rights as everyone else, and Martin Luther King "had a dream." To others, the issues are nothing alike, but that is because they consider homosexuality as a choice and not genetic.
In fact, the issues are more similar than people realize. Most medical experts recognize that homosexuality is genetic. Just as heterosexual people do not choose which specific members of the opposite sex that they are attracted to, many homosexuals cannot feel attraction to members of the opposite sex. They are not choosing to be gay, they are just "wired" that way.
In this respect, it is very much like what skin color you happen to have. This is also not a choice, but is purely genetic. The sooner that religious people recognize that there is very little choice involved in being gay, the sooner they will have to conclude that the Bible's ban on homosexuality makes no sense whatsoever. If God created man, why would he create them attracted to members of the same sex, and then call homosexuality a sin. Of course, if you consider the Bible to be nothing more than a very old book of man's interpretation of what he thinks God's intentions are, then you have no moral dilemma.
Gabriel Legend is a political and current events contributor for Gather News. His first horror novel is coming out Summer of 2013. If you enjoy Gabriel's articles, please share them using the links below. Follow Gabriel Legend on Twitter.