Appearing on Fox News' the O'Reilly
Factor Wednesday, conservative commentator Glenn Beck mocked host
Bill O'Reilly's fear of gay marriage.
On the program, O'Reilly asked Beck,
host of Fox News' Glenn Beck, why he doesn't cover social
issues more frequently.
“Why don't you do the culture warrior
stuff?” O'Reilly asked.
Beck answered that he felt
conservatives have “bigger fish to fry” and added that the
government has nothing to do with marriage. “That is a religious
right,” he argued.
O'Reilly, whose program often hits hard
at social issues, including gay rights, asked Beck if he believed gay
marriage was a threat to the country.
“A threat to the country? No, I
don't,” Beck said, laughing out loud, then added in a mocking tone,
“Will the gays come and get us?”
“I believe that Thomas Jefferson
said, 'If it neither breaks my leg, nor picks my pocket, what
difference is it to me?'” he added.
“Okay, so you don't, that's
interesting,” O'Reilly replied.
“So long as we don't go down the road
of Canada, where it is now a problem for churches to have free
speech,” Beck said.