Bill O’Reilly Believes that Preachers Should be Jailed for Telling Homosexuals They’re Going to Hell (+video)

In a pathetic exchange with Fox Commentator John Stossel, Bill O’Reilly maintains that a preacher should not be allowed to tell homosexuals that they’re going to hell.

O’Reilly pontificated that “that should be against the law.” In O’Reilly’s view, preaching hell as a consequence to sin brings “intentional personal anguish” to the homosexual and he or she should be protected from such words.

Stossel weakly pushed back, suggesting that the line should be drawn at “fighting words” but O’Reilly interrupted retorting, “Well, going to Hell is pretty violent…”

O’Reilly concluded that no one should be able to “terrorize someone” because of disagreements over beliefs.


  • vietnamvet1971

    Is O’Reilly a Catholic? then that explains his response.

    • Trish P

      This is not the Catholic Church’s teaching. But, come to think of it, I don’t remember the priests’ sermons about homosexuality being against the bible teaching.

      • CSN

        There is the Church since Vatican II, and the Church which rejects tenets of Vatican II. I reject Vatican Council II as a Robber Council, and all subsequent Ordinations and episcopal consecrations after 1969. The Progressive Church is no longer Catholic.

        • reggiec

          Kind of like the Republican Party no longer supporting the Conservative principles that gave it gravitas.

    • CSN

      …no he’s a hypocrite and a Liberation Theology major.

  • MrInterpid

    O’Reilly is the original high speed spinning pinhead. He is not hard left or right. He rapidly spins everything to the center just like a toilet being flushed. God said, “If you are lukewarm I will spit you out.”

    • fatman45

      I never did like O’Reilly. I always though he was just another RINO.

      • Andy108

        Nope. He’s pretty conservative…

  • FedUpButSoonGoinUp

    Bill is the reason I no longer watch/listen to Fox news. Just one more babbling voice in the 4th branch – the propaganda branch – of our gov’t. Out of touch with half the nation, irrelevant, and unnecessary in my life.

    Jn 3:3

    • Trish P

      I agree and I’ve done the same. (Used to be a faithful watcher of lots of Fox News programs.)

    • Barry_Suxx

      I couldn’t agree more. Personally I can not tolerate anyone who always blathers their arrogance from the ‘Bully Pulpit’, whether it’s oreilly OR obummer; same difference. Both are pinnacle examples of Overbearing Ignoranuses; they BOTH know so much about SO LITTLE.

    • Vennoye

      Soooooo Bill wants to make it “against the law” for Preachers to preach what the Bible says……….
      Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
      Then Bill O’Reilly has just said he is against Preacher’s first amendment rights????? Quit watching him years ago because he was becoming more and more progressive….guess he has arrived!!

      • frawgeyz

        Think Bill was always a commie! He went any way the wind blew! Bill is a useless piece of tripe.

      • liberty49

        What do you expect from a guy that came from CBS?

  • georgev

    Bill should be jailed for sexually harassing his staff. Yea look it up it’s true . Instead he just pays them off for their silence.
    Your a turkey necked fool Bill.
    Give it a rest and go away.
    You’ve lost you credability and integrity in the news.
    You ain’t looking out for no one but yourself.
    Disappear.

    • CSN

      You’re absolutely right…this was very true and he got a free pass on it (no pun intended).

  • James

    These a** holes are
    just trying to create an uproar for 15 minutes of fame. I think we should strip
    them of opening their mouths, even to eat, as they are never factual. They have the same arrogance that all self
    believed journalist have, they think they are smarter than anyone else. They
    think that only they understand the events. In actuality they just rewrite the
    events to fit their own agenda.

  • JaniceSix

    Bill O’Reilly should shut his ignorant mouth! Obama really does not need more help in his campaign to remove America’s freedom of speech.

  • ShepDog100

    So Bill O’Reilly believes in the bible. The scriptures specifically state that homosexuality is definitely an abomination in God eyes and that they will not enter the kingdom of heaven. So there is only one place they can go. He is such a hypocrite. I never really cared for him. Never bought his books or other items from his website and never will. He has now chosen a side and if he is willing to bypass Gods laws just to pacify his audience then he has a problem.

    • Trish P

      I have bought a couple of his books. But he is really going off the deep end (especially for the last 6 months or so), so I quit watching him (also the rest of Fox news for the most part).

      • ShepDog100

        I rarely watch Fox News anymore, just because of people like him.

      • reggiec

        Fox Business channel is still worth watching. You know the one that O’Reilly probably had Glen Beck and Judge Napolitano kicked off of because they were cutting into his ratings.

  • CSN

    He also must believe Romans 1 should be removed from the Bible, as well as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the fact that the land of Sodom and Gomorrah is filled with Brimstone Pellets to this day, and nothing will grow there. There is absolutely no life, hence the words of the “Dead Sea”.

    • frawgeyz

      Billy boy knows nothing of the Bible! He has twisted it many times.

  • Linda

    OOPS, that is a side of Bill I never saw ! He usually makes good sense, but this time he is wrong. If a 18 wheeler was coming at him and someone screamed at him to get out of the street, I am sure he would appreciate it. Heaven and hell are real places and people need to be warned.

  • Linda

    Folks, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, Fox, even though not perfect is much better than the rest of the media.

  • Rich

    Hey Bill, When you arrive in Hell, won’t you wish someone had warned you? To avoid Hell, accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Catholicism won’t cut it. Saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ requires that you trust in Him as your sovereign Lord, and ask Him to forgive you for your sins, savng you. Salvation is a relationship – not a religion. I’m not intending to be mean. Rather, I’m telling you for your own good. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father, except by Me” (John 14:6)

    • CSN

      True Catholicism will cut it….Jesus said, “Unless you pray and do penance you all shall likewise perish.” He also said, “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you shall not have life in you.” He meant this literally….”My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.” Protestants think they get a free pass to go to Heaven, no matter what they’ve done, just say they believe Jesus is Savior and that takes care of it all….not so my friend. “If you love me you’ll keep my Commandments.” The Church before Martin Luther, heard Confessions, celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and saved Billions of Souls, but since the time of Luther, and since Vatican Council II, which has accepted Luther, it has gone down a spiral and is a Anti-Church. I no longer belong to that so called system of liars. I’m in the underground Catholic Church which keeps the Magisterium in place, and goes with Dogma and Doctrine since before Vatican Council II. Jesus came to save sinners, but didn’t give anyone a free pass to do anything they wanted, just as long as they say he is Savior. That makes the Ten Commandments a lie.

      • Mike Feehan

        WRONG…You obviously have no idea of Ephesians 2:8 and 2:9. We are saved by Grace, not of works, not of ourselves, it is a gift of God. Trust me, I was a former Catholic and most idiots in the Catholic Church believe that to get into heaven, one has to be a “good person”. A bunch of crap and not biblical AT ALL….Now, I’m not saying that one should go and murder or rob a bank. Good works does not equal salvation, Good works follow salvation….On several occassions, it states in the Bble that we are all sinners, NONE, NONE of us are good, all of our good works are like filthy rags to God and if you break one law, you have broken them all….See, for the most part, Catholics have NO CLUE what the BIBLE has to say about salvation. They buy into this ABSOLUTE LIE that if you are good, whatever the hell that means and if you go to confession and if you go to Mass, one is pretty much guaranteed heaven…Now, those things in and of themselves are good, but they in NO WAY guarantee one heaven because they are works based. Getting saved via Ephesians 2:8 and 2:9 does not give one LICENSE to go out and sin as stated in Romans. Essentially, for salvation, we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, not belonging to a specific church, not doing good works, etc, etc. It is JESUS + NOTHING….Sorry to inform you, but your logic is incorrect. Read Ephesians 2:8 and 2:9 about five times and then get back to me and tell me anywere in there as well as in the Bible where it says that someone’s good works guarantees them heaven….

        • CSN

          Wow…that sparked a huge answer, but you’re deluded sir with your idea of Theology, but I’ll just venture to guess you’ve never read the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, nor Story of a Soul by St. Therese of the Child Jesus, nor Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila, nor the Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, or the writings of the Mystical Theology of St. John of the Cross, so let’s just close this as “we agree to disagree.” Let Go and Let Love!

          • Mike Feehan

            No, you, like MOST CATHOLICS that I know, have no clue what the Bible says about salvation….I have read some of those writings, but they DO NOT supercede the word of the Bible….Get clue, READ EPHESIANS 2:8 AND 2:9 and tell me specifically where it says in there that we are saved by works….Jesus saves, PERIOD…No Church does, not enough good works will, etc, etc, etc…Trust me, I know all about the Catholic Church and how they think that their way is the be all end all and that everyone else is going to hell….It’s a bunch of nonsense…You might to want to stick to getting some strong and bolod church leaders who do not consistenlly cower to these politicians before you come here spewing your ignorance…I know people that have left the Catholic Church in droves and it is because they are not taught the true saving Gospel….They are giving this crap that well, if you are a good person, you are going to heaven….NONSENSE, NONE OF US ARE GOOD according to the holiness of God….You never did answer the question that I posed earlier. .Show me in the Bible where it says that we are saved by being a good person….Until you can prove that via scripture, you are just wasting your time with me..

          • CSN

            Let Go and Let Love Sir! The End! Stop the Hate mongering. I don’t “TRUST YOU” either….I’ve been a Catholic for 55 years. I don’t need a fallen away to preach to me. Let Go and Let Love Work in your soul, and read some books which I mentioned to you. You are SOLA SCRIPTURA, and I know the Church existed 200 years before the Bible, and that the Church is the sole interpreter of Sacred Scripture, not every man for himself. Stop the rhetoric and the ranting…I’m done with you sir.

          • Mike Feehan

            Read some books….I do plenty of all types of reading, but when I am looking for my answers as it relates to salvation, I don’t look to a church or a Catechism…I look to the Holy Word of God which most of you Catholics, NOT ALL, have pretty much little clue about….This isn’t about HATE, This is about conveying the TRUTH about what God has to say about salvation, not some church, bishop, priest, or Catholic document…I don’t care if you TRUST ME..I am conveying to you what the Bible says…If you got a problem with that, take it up with God….Big deal with the fact that you have been a Catholic for 55 years…You have been misguided as to what it takes to merit eternal salvation all of this time…..Pretty sad if you ask me……Again, please identify WHERE in the Bible one is saved by being a good person or by their works…….You cannot do that because IT IS not in there…..You just continue to come on here and spew your garbage towards me when all I am telling you is what is in the Bible….If you don’t read the Bible or take the Bible literally, that is your problem, not mine….

          • CSN

            Your frequently used words are: Garbage, You Catholics, Trust Me (not God), spewing. Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I’ll build my “church”, so “Church” has a lot to do with Salvation. The Word “Good” comes from the word “God”. Good-bye is a short form of God be with you, which has Catholic origins. If one is to be Good, they must be Godly, and keep the Ten Commandments. Mortal sin sends us to hell, not venial, but you put them all in the same class, so God help you sir. Mass, Sacrifice, Salvation, Penance, Repentance, Orignal, Venial and Mortal sin are not in your unseeing minds eye now that you say all sin is the same. You Catholics all teach Garbage and are evil people who are going to hell. There, I said it before you did…Let Love and Let Live sir. FINAL GOOD-BYE!

  • BenDoubleCrossed

    Bill,

    Read the 1st part of the 1st Amendment:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    What is the difference between an editorial endorsement or slanted news story and a political ad?

    “The 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – From Taking the Risk Out Of Democracy by Alex Carey

    A newspaper must at all times antagonize the selfish interests of that very class which furnishes the larger part of a newspaper’s income… The press in this country is dominated by the wealthy few…that it cannot be depended upon to give the great mass of the people that correct information concerning political, economical and social subjects which it is necessary that the mass of people Shall have in order that they vote…in the best way to protect themselves from the brutal force and chicanery of the ruling and employing classes. (E.W. Scripps).

    Media corporations are moneyed, powerful, owned by special interests and dependent on the advertising dollars of other special interests. An editorial is a marketing gimmick invented by newspapers in the 1920s to suggest to the reading public that newspaper staffs are objective and not inserting their own views into debates. But reporters are people and being subjective is inherent.

    “It is normal for all large businesses to make serious efforts to influence the news, to avoid embarrassing publicity, and to maximize sympathetic public opinion and government policies. Now they own most of the news media that they wish to influence.” – from The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian

    Following reports of serious financial abuses in the 1972 Presidential campaign, Congress amended the FECA in 1974 to set limits on contributions by individuals, political parties and PACs. But politicians exempted the commercial press, because the 1st Amendment prohibits abridging their freedom of speech and the press.

    Giant media corporations are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money influencing the political process because their political communications are said to have no value.

    But, since Watergate, campaign regulations based on the definitions of expenditure and contribution restrict the speech and press rights of every U.S. Citizen political party and organization.

    The main stream media already enjoy superior means to influence politics. To level the playing field, the language of the Press Exemption must be amended to include ‘citizens and groups’ in the unregulated class.

    Currently, only State approved media corporations are exempt from campaign laws: 2 USC 431 (9) (B) (i) exempts newspaper, broadcast and magazine corporations from the definition of contribution and expenditure. The Buckley v. Valeo decision, which upheld these reforms, effectively redefined free press as the right of media corporations!

    To restore citizens 1st Amendment rights and return the Federal Government to Constitutionally proscribed boundaries, Call your Senators and Congressman and demand they add ‘citizens and citizen’s groups’ to the language of the press exemption.

    For a short term solution, conservative groups should consider incorporating as media periodicals to circumvent most unconstitutional campaign laws, rather than applying to the IRS for non-profit status to avoid a few.

  • Nexgenesis

    THAT FOR WHICH O’REILLY KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT, HE SHOULD SAY NOTHING ABOUT. HIS ARGUMENT IS NOT WITH PREACHERS BUT WITH GOD, WHO SAY’S THAT UNLESS HOMOSEXUALS OR ANY OTHER PERSON WHO REFUSES TO ACCEPT GODS FORGIVENESS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY, WILL NOT SPEND ETERNITY IN HIS PRESENCE. IT IS THE CHOICE THAT EVERY LIVING PERSON IS CONFRONTED WITH, LIKE IT OR NOT.

  • gracentruth

    Watched O’Reilly once long ago for 2-3 minutes. Did not like him. Haven’t bothered with what he has said since. Don’t watch any lame stream media. Keep reading the Bible – we shall see. Isaiah 9:11. Peace,

  • reggiec

    If a preacher or priest as in Bill’s case tells a person that if they practice homosexuality they will go to hell; that person can repent and cease their aberrant behavior. If Bill believes otherwise he should leave the Catholic Church he constantly reminds us he belongs to. The Catholic Church calls homosexuality a sin and preachers and priests are supposed to try and save people from sin. If a person’s itty bitty fweelings get hurt in the process that is just to bad. Which is worse, some hurt feelings in life or eternity in hell?

  • Dot Pate

    Methinks O’Reilly’s slip is showing.

  • MrChicken

    Evidently Bill doesn’t believe the Bible nor does he believe in the First Amendment.

  • gretagarbo123

    I no longetr watch Bill O’Reilly and can’t understand his popularity. Years ago, I felt he was a true culture warrior. Now I find him uninformed (his shows demonstrate that he suffers from lack of research) and pathetic. He stands for nothing and he went way overboard giving Obama the benefit of the doubt. He is a buffoon in my eyes. I rarely watch Fox News anymore and if I do it’s either Sean or Greta.

  • wesjones21

    Bill O’Rilley is a NIMBY RINO. Ignore his blathering.

  • Lynn Lyons

    I don’t get the outrage… a preacher should preach and teach the Bible, but it would be wrong to get down in someone’s face and hound them that they are going to hell. Maybe it is over the top to say it should be illegal but statements that are obviously unrealistic like that, as in being able to actually prosecute getting in someone’s face, just show a passion to defend abused people. Save your passion up for more important things people.

    • pearl87

      I believe it is my right to be passionate about whatever I choose. The problem is there are so many idiots who want to tell Americans what they can say and even think. Also, the point of O’reilly’s statement is to begin to draw lines on “acceptable” speech for Christians as a means of inuring the public to outlawing Christian belief altogether.

  • pearl87

    Bill O’Reilly, you’re going to hell.

  • liberty49

    Like too many Christians today, O’Reilly thinks he can cherry-pick what parts of the Bible he will believe or abide by. The preachers are not saying homosexuality is a sin, the Bible says it is a sin. So get over it, Bill, or you too will go to hell.

  • gene613

    O’Reilly is so impressed with his Harvard diploma it has never occurred to him that he may be startlingly ignorant of the facts and reality of numerous issues.He has endowed himself the successor to the late “Professor”IRWIN COREY:”THE WORLD’S GREATEST AUTHORITY.”The difference being that Corey knew it was and is a farce.

  • maverick

    i dont watch bill and most of our political views are different and while i agree that bill over stated when he said against the law. but what the government can and SHOULD do which would be constitutionally ok would be to revoke their tax exempt status ]. i believe that anyone that speaks that way and degrades people shouldn’t be doing it on a tax exempt dime. because its not a simple disagreement over some political issue like taxes, this guy is attacking these peoples way of life and attempting to publicly shame and degrade them. also he should remember that i think the bible say’s only G.O.D should be doing the judging.

  • v steve

    There are satan worshipers in all walks of life they are wanting to go to hell right, so how could going to hell be that violent as O`Reilly says.

    Bill O`Reilly has to say that because of his jewish controllers.

    Oh btw Bill O`Reilly he who angers you controls you.
    O`Reilly falling more and more to the left caused by his controllers.

  • Nellie CA

    Bill is probably gay! He don’t want to hear about going to hell. I am a Christian but I don’t think people should get in other faces and preach to them. Pray is a very strong way to take care of this situation. Yes! Gay is a sin just like many other sins and I am not perfect and have no business condemning someone else. Pray for Bill! Preachers have the same right to freedom of speech as anyone else. Look at Jessie Jackson!!! God help him! and Obama! Pray God will take care of the super 8 working on the Amnesty!