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Oh God

Reported by Ellen - December 6, 2004

God was a recurring theme tonight on FOX. First, there was O'Reilly, bloviating about PC holiday celebrations that avoid Christian references. Then came Newt Gingrich to talk about his new book "Winning the Future." If the O'Reilly segment was any guide, the future Gingrich wants to win is all about religious values. If it weren't so frightening to see these two adopt such holier-than-thou attitudes, it would be amusing.

O'Reilly showed his true Christian values when he complained that, essentially, those who think Christmas doesn't belong in public holiday displays should just shut up. He said, "90% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Why does a small group of progressives get a tremendous amount of power?"

Newt Gingrich really got into the Christmas spirit when he said, "The answer to judges who don't understand that America is based on the concept of one nation under God, that America is based on the idea that we were endowed by our creator is, frankly, to close their offices... Take the 9th Circuit, the five or six wackiest judges and remove them from office." In other words, agree with these two or else. Gingrich, the admitted adulterer, and O'Reilly, a likely sexual predator, seemed to equate Christmas images with true faith and spirituality.

I have yet to see O'Reilly or his ilk express any concern about the aptness of having the morally-compromised Tom DeLay remain in office or the evidence of US torturing prisoners (new story out today). Apparently, it's the show, not the substance, that counts.

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