As the arbiter of American morality, Bill O'Reilly draws from his vast trove of theological expertise. His exegesis on the divine nature of the tides rivals anything put forth by Augustine and Aquinas. Thus, it seems fitting that Fox's very own "Il Papa" had the opportunity to share his infallible opinion on the Fox generated "controversy" over a Virginia judge's suggestion that, in a long standing dispute over the posting of the 10 Commandments in a public school, six of the commandments could be excised. While the rest of the reality based world ignored this arguably strange suggestion, Fox was on it. It was discussed by the Christian choir on "The Five" and by official and only Fox clergy, Fr. Jonathan Morris. Never wasting an opportunity to express his deeply held religious views that include bashing those who aren't down with "Judeo-Christianity," Bill discussed the topic on last week's "Culture Warriors" segment during which uber Christian warrior princess, Gretchen Carlson got to work in a reference to - drum roll please - evil "political correctness" while Bill got to read the mind of the judge in question and remind us about how we're a "Judeo-Christian nation." It was all good...
Bill is a devout Catholic who hates the secularization of modern times.Thus, it wasn't surprising to see his background visual of the standardized image of the 10 Commandments which, of course, were never photographed. Below the image were the words "secular society." (Jesus wept!) Bill solemnly intoned that if you're in the Supreme Court building you'll see the admonitions from a Middle Eastern sky god otherwise known as 10 Commandments. He didn't mention that you'd also see the Code of Hammurabai, a leader who actually existed. He made the bogus claim that the US has traditionally been defined as a "Judeo-Christian" nation despite the "Treaty of Tripoli" that says otherwise. He continued his revisionist history with the comment that we base our laws on "religious tradition" despite our laws being based on the ideas of the Enlightenment and English Common Law. He reported on the judge's suggestion that the admonitions be edited.
Carlson joked that "Moses fainted" at the thought of six Commandments being reduced. She reported that the ACLU fee ls that the posting of the commandments, in a display of historical documents, is still religious in nature and hence unconstitutional. Former Judge Jeanine Pirro joked that editing would be"blasphemous." Bill suggested that if the judge is an atheist he wouldn't care. He asked if the argument about the historical display was valid "because we are a Judeo-Christian tradition." After Judge Pirro said that it was OK because of it's inclusion in the display, Bill referenced inclusive holiday symbols which, word to Bill, are on public property and not schools.
Jesus' very special BFF and former Miss America, Gretchen Carlson asserted that this is a "Judeo-Christian document from the Old Testament" so, "other than atheists, who would be offended." Bill responded that it's "offending the ACLU" who, according to Bill, are atheists "who don't want any of this." (In the McCarthy years, so beloved by Bill, the ACLU was castigated as the "ACLJew" - now they've become evil atheists.) Carlson said - drum roll please - that the judge is "pandering to political correctness" and whined about how we, as a society, have come to a point where the "we're going to get rid of four of the commandments." Bill said that we "can't read the judge's mind." He then gave us another history lesson about how it's not about the commandments but about the "ACLU claiming we are not a Judeo-Christian country...that was never the intent of the Founders." (The Founders were secular deists who wanted to avoid the theocratic clergy overreach that had roiled Europe for centuries. There is NO mention of God in the Constitution.) Bill and his two live krewe then bantered about how, as the commandments were given to a Jew before Christianity was "invented" (blasphemy alert), the issue isn't about Christianity. Gretch continued to blither about political correctness.
Bill, who said that "we can't read the judge's mind" then read his mind: "He did this -- he did this to be in your face to every religious person in the country. That's why this guy did it. He's not an idiot Urbanski. He said, you know what, I'm going to tweak all those stupid believers. I don't have any respect for them. I'm going to say this." He "bet" that the editing won't take place because "This was a provocation directed at people of faith, another example of our secular system going "f you" we don't have any respect for you, that's what it is." Pirro noted that "they would bend over backwards" if it didn't involve Christians. (Hey Judge, Jews and Muslims aren't trying to force their beliefs in public schools!) Bill said that "it's not Christianity." (Really?)
I know that Bill thinks he's quite the historian what with that book about Lincoln. What he doesn't seem to know is that folks of "Judeo" heritage, don't buy the "Judeo-Christian" thing. But it is a popular phrase in the Christian religious right so I get why Bill uses it. And one more thought - One hopes that Bill's claim about how this judge is telling Christians to go fuck themselves won't result in the usual Christian death threats and harassment that ensue from Bill's fatwas cuz that's not very "Judeo-Christian." But funny, without actually saying the words, Bill O'Reilly says fuck you, on a nightly basis, to anybody with whom he disagrees!