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Bill O'Reilly Hears Two Messages of Unity from Factor Guests

Reported by Deborah - December 5, 2007 -

Last night Bill O'Reilly heard messages of unity from two of his guests. Alexia Kelley, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, meekly but emphatically told Bill that his war on Christmas campaign was divisive and urged him to promote a more spiritual and less materialistic message. BOR did not appreciate this suggestion which came as no shock. However, the more surprising source of a unity message came from Glenn Beck who came on to plug his book . 12/5/07

Kelley's group is trying to counter O'Reilly with their own Christmas Campaign urging more focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Here is an explanation from their website that got BOR all worked up.

"In recent years some media pundits and "culture warriors" have waged a vocal campaign against a so-called "War on Christmas." Targeting department stores, local governments and school systems for replacing Christmas with "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings," Bill O'Reilly and John Gibson of Fox News have led the charge against what they call a "secular progressive agenda" determined to drive religion out of the public square."

After Kelley told O'Reilly his campaign was too divisive and focused too much on consumerism, he was not pleased . He especially disliked Kelley's suggestion that the Christmas message should be more about helping the poor and giving rather than shopping. He sneered, " I don't think secular progressives care about the message."

O'Reilly couldn't allow anyone to tarnish his medal of honor earned in the all important battle for " Merry Christmas" rather than " Happy Holidays" so he stood firm with Kelley.

"A few years ago there was a movement to wipe out all vestiges of Christmas in the public square. If I had not done that campaign, the forces of darkness would have won. But we won, and to diminish what we did is wrong." Then he got meaner and taunted Kelley with, " How is Christmas in the land of Oz?"

Glenn Beck appeared earlier to bolster Bill's take on the NIE report and do some more cheer leading for the Bush administration policies. He backed up O'Reilly's attack on Jane Fonda and the evil left with the theory that the " Socialist indoctrination in our universities "is to blame.
Then Beck suggested that the the moderate members of left and right need to come together to fight the " extreme edges" on both sides which he claimed are polarizing the country. O'Reilly quipped that he and Beck were put in the extreme category which gave Beck a good laugh ending his unity message.

It seems that Bill O'Reilly was not interested in either message.