A few weeks or so ago, Bill O'Reilly gave us all the giggles when he asked — and I'm paraphrasing here — "Fucking tides, how do they work?" Since that's something we all learned in the third grade, right after the lesson on igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. The moon does it, Bill. The moon.
But, his willful quest to discard intelligence in the name of God continues unfalteringly. In a new video, he answers a viewer's letter on the aforementioned idiocy:
"How'd the moon get there? How'd the sun get there? How'd it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that, and Mars doesn't have it? Venus doesn't have it? How come they don't have that? Why not? How'd it get here?
Such a flurry of rapidly repeated questions I have never heard. Questions that, I'm sure, would leave all the nine-year-old Hermione Grangers with their hands raised saying "I know, I know!" (Since, for the record, Mars has two moons. And it rotates around the same sun we do.)
To be fair, if you watch the whole video, the actual idea he's proposing isn't totally at odds with evolutionary theory — in fact, it's a compromise that some pretty high-profile scientists have made: evolution occurred, like the fossils say it did, but some deity or other is responsible for kicking the whole thing off, for causing the Big Bang and whatnot.
But it's still troubling that he has to present it as dumb polemical head-scratching, a sort of aggressive bafflement that refuses to be taught, and is more likely to leave American Tea Partiers shaking their fists that that socialist ball of cheese in the sky, than to actually try to learn something about astronomy, science, or religion.