Apparently, Bill O’Reilly is torn between two memes: his Christmas victimhood and Christmas machismo. Tonight, the machismo prevailed. As guest Bernard Goldberg challenged O’Reilly over the very existence of a War on Christmas, “General” O’Reilly cited victory after victory and announced, “We just won!”
Goldberg told O’Reilly, “I don’t think there is a war on Christmas. I think it’s a catchy phrase but that’s about all.” He said he doesn’t understand why Christians get “so worked up” over it. “Almost all of us wish you nothing but the merriest of merry Christmases,” Goldberg added.
O’Reilly, however, countered that there are “a couple of things in play and you can’t ignore them.” He said, in all seriousness:
Nine years ago when we started this reportage on Christmas, there were orders given by some major corporations in America to their employees forbidding them – forbidding them! – from saying “Merry Christmas.” We outed those companies. They reversed the policy. So today, everybody – as far as we know, any employee can say “Merry Christmas” to anybody they want. And they can say “happy holiday,” they can say, “winter solstice,” “here comes the sun,” …whatever they want. So that one was fought and won.
Then the ACLU… spent an enormous amount of money trying to terrorize certain school districts into browbeating the public schools: "You can’t have Christmas carols, or you can’t have a Christmas wreath or a Christmas candle or a menorah or whatever it may be." We’ve beaten those back. They’ve lost almost every one in the courts.
Then the State of Rhode Island …last year said, “No more Christmas tree. Holiday tree (instead).” …This season, the governor, Chafee, reversed.
All of those things happened because we – we! – attacked them! We challenged them! So, therefore, it isn’t a mythical war on Christmas. It’s real and we just won!
…What would have happened …if I hadn’t taken this on and we hadn’t challenged the stores and we hadn’t challenged the ACLU? …We wouldn’t have a “Merry Christmas” greeting any more. …Not in the commerce. It wouldn’t be there.
Goldberg argued that it was just a few “outliers” that prevented anyone from saying “Merry Christmas.”
But O’Reilly insisted otherwise. “No, no, it was a big movement. Big movement! …No, they had big money behind it, Bernie. We exposed it!”
By the way, somebody really needs to let Fox Nation know that the war has been won.
So, nice try… But you haven’t won Jack, Bill.
Oh-oh, I said holiday break. Does this mean I’m going to hell? If it does at least I’ll get to see my friends again.
I hope they don’t show a picture of two gay guys hugging and kissing on Times Square. That’ll ruin the victory for BIll.