You have to laugh at this. Bill O’Reilly talks about people believing things that they *want* to believe without evidence, and how that is horribly destructive to them and people around them. But, he wants to illustrate his point by talking about theists (i.e. people who *want* to believe in God without evidence or in-spite of evidence). Oh, but he wants to justify theists beliefs while condemning “liberal extremists” for doing the same thing. (And, no, I’m not a believer in 9/11 conspiracies.)
This is so typical of right-wing radio/TV. They say “X” is bad, very bad, horrible — when liberals do it, but it’s perfectly fine when people do “X” for some cause that they actually believe in. I’m betting most right-wingers don’t even stop to think about the way these guys use double-talk.
It also raises the question of whether O’Reilly is a closet atheist — whether he believes theism is useful for societies, but fundamentally false.