With enemies like him, atheists don’t need friends!
He interviewed Dave Silverman, head of the American Atheist group, debating about the organizations billboards challenging the existence of ‘god’. (see http://www.newser.com/story/106730/ny-billboard-challenges-god.html )
“I’ll tell you why [religion is] not a scam, in my opinion,” he told Silverman. “Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.”
Silverman looked stunned. “Tide goes in, tide goes out?” he stuttered. O’Reilly pressed on. “The water, the tide—it comes in and it goes out. It always goes in, then it goes out. … You can’t explain that. You can’t explain it.” Of course, Raw Story points out, people who passed high school science might tell you that tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon as it orbits the earth. But Silverman had a better response: “Maybe it’s Thor up on Mount Olympus who’s making the tides go in and out.”
Tides occur only in oceans – which are all connected – and are caused by the difference in the moon’s gravitational attraction on the side of the earth which it is opposite, and on the side closest: gravitational attraction is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the objects.