Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Thursday brought on conservative pundit Ann Coulter to lament the lack of leadership by Christians in defending the Indiana religious freedom law altered by lawmakers on Thursday.
The Fox host opened “The O’Reilly Factor” by discussing the “war on Christianity.” He mentioned the al-Shabab attack targeting Christians an a college on Kenya on Thursday, and then noted the “verbal attacks” on Christians in the United States.
Coulter told O’Reilly to focus on the attacks on Christians in the U.S. when she joined him on the show.
“I wouldn’t put so much stress on what’s happening in other countries,” she said. “The rest of the world is a cesspool of violence and atrocities. This is the most consequential nation on earth.”
Coulter then launched into rant criticizing Christians for not pushing back against “bullies” on “the left.”
“The fact that these Christians would rather get praise from The New York Times and Nicholas Kristof by changing bedpans of Ebola patients in Nigeria, rather than stand up to The New York Times and fight against abortion and fight against these bullies — and I don’t think it’s gay bullies. As you call them, it’s secular progressives or liberals, the media,” she said. “Where are the Christians? And where are the Republicans? I’m glad this Mike Pence isn’t running for president. They are falling like toy soldiers.”
O’Reilly noted that 80 percent of Americans identify as Christians and that “the 80 percent are getting thumped.”
“These small town owners of pizzeria have more Christian courage than most Christian leaders and certainly the Republican party,” Coulter added.
O’Reilly then lamented that “there are no clerics in America — zero — who put themselves out to defend the Christian faith.”
“It is cowardice. Most people would rather risk getting Ebola than getting called a homophobe or racist,” Coulter concluded.
Watch the exchange below: