During a Tuesday segment about cheating in Atlanta schools, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly declared that “secularism” was at the core of the problem.
“Do you believe that 95 percent of kids cheat?” liberal radio host Alan Colmes asked O’Reilly.
“I would put the number about 85 probably,” O’Reilly said. “It’s about how you’re taught. Look, once the public school system embraced secularism, Moses and his crew with the Ten Commandments were banished.”
“We live in a secular society,” Colmes pointed out.
“It used to be that Judeo-Christian ethics were taught. It used to be ethics classes. No longer!” O’Reilly exclaimed. “That’s what happened.”
“So, you agree with me that this is an epidemic?” O’Reilly asked conservative radio host Monica Crowley.
“I think it’s getting worse,” Crowley remarked. “I think with the proliferation of media, too, you get an echo chamber where kids out there, okay, see people in authority, whether it’s the president, whether it’s members of Congress, Anthony Weiner or Barack Obama saying I’m going to cut the deficit my first term and blows it out of control. Or if they see O.J Simpson walking away committing a double homicide, getting away with it, Casey Anthony. They are learning the lesson of what they see out there in the culture. They are constantly thinking, ‘Hey, I could get away with it too.’”
Watch this video from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast July 19, 2011.