While the holiday season (ewww, I said a dirty word) is behind us, Bill O'Reilly just can't quit his Christmas crusade. His weekly column offers advice on which countries are best for those nasty "secular progressives" who "want to diminish the birth of Jesus in the public square." (Meanwhile, Bill has no problem with the crass commercialization of his main man's b'day!) The article is classic Bill O'Reilly bullshit, laden with projections, inaccuracies, and not so thinly veiled attacks against those who don't subscribe to his rigidly archaic views. But the pièce de résistance is some unintended irony at the end of the article where O'Reilly, the prince of personal destruction, wishes for peace. As the "Church Lady" would say, "now isn't that special."
Bill starts off with the claim that "far left bloggers are still bemoaning the fact that Newsweek Magazine proclaimed folks who respect the traditions of the Christmas holiday "won" the battle against secular-progressives who want to diminish the birth of Jesus in the public square." Bill doesn't identify who these "far left bloggers" are.
Reality Check - The Newsweek article says nothing about a "win" by those who "respect tradition." Rather, it reports that the so called War on Christmas "cultural flashpoint" has slid "into oblivion" except for - wait for it - Bill O'Reilly. They do note that some "Christian soliders" say that "their side won" and that "the battle over the December holidays gradually became the stuff of social-media memes, Onion parodies, and Daily Show takedown."
Bill then provided some travel tips for those who hate the Baby Jesus. He claimed that North Korea threatened bad consequences if Christmas lights were lit within view of the border. After stating that North Korea is a place where Christians can be "tortured or executed," he added, "that sounds like Rhode Island right now."
Reality Check - according to the source which Bill used to claim that those who worship Jesus are tortured and killed, "dozens, if not hundreds, of Christian missionaries operate inside the country." According to Fox News, North Korea objected to South Korea's lighting of a Christmas tree tower - not lights along the border. And despite Bill's "joke" about RI, no churches have been closed and no clergy have been frog marched off to gulags. Christmas was celebrated in a state founded on religious tolerance, a concept alien to the theocracy loving Fox media mullah. And note to Bill - there were plenty of Cheches and Christmas trees at the RI State House.
Bill recommended that the evil Christmas haters go to Saudi Arabia where "several dozen Christmas trees imported from Holland were seized by Saudi authorities, hacked to pieces, and then sent back to the Netherlands." This little nugget is from a 2004 AP article which reports that the above statement was told to customers of a florist - so anecdotal? Maybe!
As a devout and macho Catholic blowhard, who sees himself as kicking ass, Bill projected his religious machismo onto his Catholic homie, the Pope. In recommending Cuba as a secularist destination, he wrote that, in Cuba, there had been a ban on Christmas "until the Pope told them to knock it off." O'Reilly claimed "most Cubans are Christians."
Reality Check - There is no evidence to suggest that Castro was taking orders from the Pope. Rather, in advance of a Papal visit, Castro lifted the ban on religious celebration of Christmas. Bill is wrong about the religious affiliation of Cubans as 60% of the population were baptized Catholic but only 5% actively practice the religion.
Bill concludes his "satire" with this comment: "As Yoko Ono is fond of saying, let's give peace a chance (and, by extension, drop the whining about Christmas)."
Excuse me?! It's not secularists who are forbidding folks to say Merry Christmas, it's Bill O'Reilly's goon squad who are mandating it! It's Bill O'Reilly and his American Taliban pals who don't respect the diverse views of those who do have a problem with what are, in some cases, unconstitutional intrusions of Christianity into the public square. Bill O'Reilly has spent how many years complaining about a non-existent War on Christmas - so who's doing the whining? And rather than whine about holiday trees and atheist billboards, maybe Bill should listen to the words of the RI head of the Council of Churches (heretic Protestant, I know), Rev. Donald Anderson, who said that “with all of the poverty, hunger and injustice that surround us, do we really believe that Jesus would have us spend all this time and energy around what we call a tree? Do we truly think that the Jesus of the Gospels cares what we call a tree?” (Obviously Bill thinks so)
Bill O'Reilly giving peace a chance - As If!!!!!
Re — Len T’s use of “a bunch of ten dollar words to convey a two cent idea”:
The charge is valid, but the price is vastly inflated. :)