You just can't make this stuff up. Well, you can if you're Bill O'Reilly. While O'Reilly's Barcalounger, Fox faith based audience might believe Bill's bloviation, anybody familiar with O'Reilly's toxic track record is sure to greet his "Tip of the Day" hypocrisy with howls of derisive laughter. As America's big propaganda pimping daddy, O'Reilly is now treating the folks to daily sagacity known as the "Tip of the Day." These tips frequently offer advice geared towards raising children such as teaching them to be kind because that's "good karma." He also provided America's kids advice on Christmas (not "holiday" or Hanukkah) gifts. Last night he advised children that rather than giving up something for Lent, they should do acts of kindness on each of the 40 days of Lent. The cognitive dissonance of Bill O'Reilly promoting kindness is quite extraordinary.
He started off by recounting how his nine year old (Bill started late into the parenting business) wanted advice on what to give up for Lent. Rather than give up something, Bill suggested that the boy do at least one act of kindness during each day of Lent and then write a short note about it. He noted that kids don't need to be Christian or religious to do this which, of course, begs the question of why they would bother, but whatever...He praised this exercise as "a great experiment" because at the end of the period, you can "talk it over"
In the interests of setting a good example as a role model, shouldn't Bill O'Reilly do the same thing? It's interesting that he downplayed the "giving-up" thing because he certainly won't be giving up his standard nasty modus operandi anytime soon. (Let's see how many times he uses the term "liberal loon" during Lent.) Guess he knows his limitations. Really, the idea of Bill O'Reilly giving spiritual advice to children is truly gag worthy. But he is looking out for us, right?
And about that Karma...???
Tip o’ the Day
“Always assume that one of your co-workers or employees may be wearing a camera or recording device when speaking with you. This can be very troubling and expensive if, like me, you tend to say innapropriate things to your female friends.
And always have a good back-up plan to smear, defame, and delegitimize any such individual who might try to publish or otherwise expose who you really are.”
“So remember urchins, the best policy……is to have enough money to buy back any such tapes before they’re made public; thereby preserving your so-called credibility, family values schtick, and blaa, blaa, blaa.” -Billdo O’Rally
So, this sounds like Bill isn’t satisfied with Church Doctrine regarding Lent. I’m not Catholic, but my understanding of Lent is that giving something up is a REQUIREMENT, not a “suggestion.” This “act of kindness” is something that would be alright with the Church IN ADDITION TO the self-deprivation act but I don’t know of any Catholic teaching that would accept a substitution.
""Say baby, put down that pipe and get my pipe up."
“I would like you to unhook your bra and let it slide down your arms. You can keep your shirt on.”
“Cup your hands under your breasts and hold them for ten seconds.”
“Off with those pants.”
“I wish I were a lesbian.” Yes, Bildo is THE MAN we want advising our children!
They said, as practicing Catholics, the act of actually giving up something is integral to the season of Lent. By all means do good works too as that is also a tenet of Lenten practices. But they think that advising a Catholic child to eschew the act of actually giving up something – especially when the child has enough understanding ask about the act – is wrong teaching and a missed opportunity by the Catholic parent.
And, I really wish BOR would quit using the word “urchins” when referring to children. I don’t know if he thinks he’s being funny using that word but, whatever the reason, it has negative connotations that really don’t apply in most cases.