I know, putting Bill O'Reilly and "tease" in the same sentence is truly gag worthy. But snark aside, it isn't surprising to see that America's culture warrior in chief and Catholic role model Bill O'Reilly jump on board the newest outrage from the right wing church of the perpetually outraged; i.e. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell's commentary about having US presidents swear on a book that's full of holy whoop ass. Yesterday, official Fox chaplain and Roger Ailes clergy mouthpiece, Fr. Jonathan Morris, preached the TOTALLY BOGUS Fox propaganda message that the evil, librul O'Donnell is calling for eliminating the bible at presidential inaugurations - a book that not all presidents have used and a book from which Thomas Jefferson excised all the miracles. And not to be outdone, it looks like Bill, as reported on the Fox News Insider, will doing more of the same in his upcoming segment about "banning the bible from the inauguration!" Wo-hoo!!!
You know what to expect if the tease starts off with "a move to ban the bible from the inauguration" and the question of whether the "media will cover the controversy." But here's the thing - LAWRENCE O'DONNELL DIDN'T SAY THAT. He was just engaging in a conversation which is not even in the ballpark with accusing an abortion doctor of being a "killer" - an accusation that earned Bill O'Reilly a "Courage Award" from a hate group. O'Donnell made the perfectly valid point that in a society that is increasingly attuned to gay and women's rights, the bible condemns homosexuality and isn't too enamoured of women. He made the point that Michelle Obama, who will be holding the bible, is a descendant of slaves and the Bible does not condemn slavery. He snarked that having Obama swear on his children would be more meaningful than swearing on a book that recommends burning prostitutes.
He, clearly, did not call for eliminating the bible at inaugurations. But for O'Reilly, this is a perfect opportunity to push his patented propaganda about 1) evil librul media 2) evil secular progressives who are trying to throw God under the bus 3) the demise of traditional values. Am I missing anything? And of course, it's a great opportunity for pro-life Bill to engage in the kind of personal attack that he specializes in so that his nice pro-life audience can engage in the harassment and threats that they specialize in after an O'Reilly fatwa.
But we do look forward to hearing Bill's bloviation which, if couched in terms of a bible "ban," would be just more of Bill's bullshit as well as yet another personal attack. Meanwhile I'm waiting on Bill's correction of his data on Hawaii being the number one state for food stamps. I'm not holding my breath!!!!
And, of course, there’s that little thing about “the mote and the beam” from Matthew 7:1-5 or Luke 6:37-42. Perhaps BillO might consider removing the beam from his eye before commenting on the mote in O’Donnell’s.
Gotta keep some schtick going until the War On Easter.