Glenn Beck: Gay Marriage NOT Threat To America (VIDEO)

08/12/2010 08:20 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why doesn't Glenn Beck cover gay marriage? Because he doesn't believe it's a threat to the nation.

In a conversation with Bill O'Reilly on why he avoids culture war issues, Beck admitted that he doesn't think marriage should be a political issue.

"Honestly, I think we have bigger fish to fry," Beck said. "You can argue about abortion or gay marriage or whatever all you want. The country is burning down...I don't think marriage, that the government actually has anything to do with...that is a religious right."

"Do you believe gay marriage is a threat to the country in any way?" O'Reilly asked.

"A threat to the country? No, I don't," Beck said, laughing, adding mockingly, "Will the gays come and get us?"

Beck quoted Thomas Jefferson: "If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?"

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Beck said that "as long as we're not going down the road of Canada, where it now is a problem for churches to have free speech," he doesn't care that much about the issue.

Beck said he cares most that churches "can still say, 'Hey, we oppose it, but we're not trying to kill anybody.'"