Among many conservative Catholics in Roger Ailes' stable, Bill O'Reilly and Eric Bolling, neither of whom have a problem with hate mongering, race baiting, and other toxic spew, seem to be the most willing to publicly proclaim their devout Catholicism. O'Reilly and Bolling do seem joined at the hip. Both are products of a Catholic education and both share an intense loathing of atheists. When an atheist "denigrated the name of Jesus," during a show which Bolling hosted, Bolling stopped the interview. Bolling, no fan of Muslims, once opined that atheists have no place at a baseball park. So it was no surprise that, when he hosted Friday's Factor, Bolling would condemn, as did Bill, the "mean" atheist billboard in Time Square. Bolling also suggested that the atheists behind the sign are unpatriotic because America was founded on Jesus. And in case you doubt his Christian creds, Bolling, who has hurled racist insults against the President, reminded us once again, as O'Reilly frequently does, of his religiosity. Not so great minds run in the same narrow channel?
Sitting in front of O'Reilly's patented pagan evergreen tree, with the words "War on Christmas" underneath, Bolling discussed the billboard while a photo of the egregious visual was shown. He noted that the "mean spirited message caught the Factor's attention and we wanted to know why some atheists are attacking Americans of faith." He introduced his guest, Dave Muscato, public relations director of the American Atheists who sponsored the sign. Bolling said "wow," twice and asked Muscato, "how mean can you be?"
Muscato explained that the atheists aren't "attacking anybody but just stating the facts that you don't need Christ to celebrate Christmas." He said that millions of Americans have a great Christmas without Jesus. When he correctly noted that many Christians "don't care about Jesus," Bolling went "whoa." Muscato noted that for many, Christmas is about family and not going to church. Ever the intellectual, Bolling threw in the ludicrous non-sequitor that the first part of the word Christmas is Christ and "that's what it's based on." Bolling just couldn't grasp that there are those who celebrate a secular holiday. He baselessly accused Muscato of trying to say what Christians believe in. Bolling said that what offended him the most was the word "nobody" after the question "who needs Jesus" because "a lot of people need Christ in Christmas."
Child advocate Bolling was concerned about the effect of the billboard on kids because "Christmas is about the kids." Bolling vehemtly disagreed with Muscato's comment that kids don't care about Jesus and proclaimed "I'm a practicing Catholic Christian who wants my son to care about all those things and I hope he does." Bolling wanted to know "why do you do this at Christmas time," it's mean spirited, it's mean spirited." After citing the number of Christians, he accused the atheists of "offending all these people." Muscato said he didn't care and that their group is encouraging folks to enjoy the holiday however they want to spend it.
Bolling then impugned the patriotism of the atheists with a bogus history lesson: "Don't you love America? America was founded on these beliefs. [the Puritans banned Christmas, Eric] It's in our Constitution. It's written in our Constitution." Stop right here - there is NO mention of God in our Constitution
When Muscato responded that the country was founded on separation of church and state, Bolling brought up "In God we Trust" on the currency which, as Muscato reminded him, was put there in the fifties as response to the Cold War. When Bolling tried to say that officials are sworn in on the Bible, Muscato, correctly, told him that they're free to use whatever they want. Bolling reinforced the agitprop: "This seems like a mean spirited attack on Christians" and once again reminded us of his Catholicism: "I go to church every single day at St. Patrick's Cathedral. I light candles every day. You know why, because I like it because it makes me feel good." Once again, he wanted to know why the atheists are "attacking Christmas." He repeated that the billboard is "offensive to people like you."
Thankfully, not everybody is like Bolling who doesn't seem to know what Jesus thought of the hypocrisy of public prayer. And yeah, we get it Eric, you're such a good Catholic. So next time you attack somebody, you might want to recall Jesus' admonitions about loving thy neighbor. Here's the thing - it's not all about going to church and lighting candles. You might talk the talk, but your toxic presence on the toxic Fox News sure isn't walking the walk!