If it is the holiday season it is time for Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly to revive his charge that secular progressives have declared war on Christmas, but interestingly while hyping Dick Morris’ book, O’Reilly declared that it would make a great, “Christmas/holiday/ Hanukkah book.” Has Bill-O abandoned the war on Christmas?
This all started back in 2005, when O’Reilly claimed that progressives were at war with Christmas as a part of their larger agenda, “See, I think its all part of the secular progressive agenda to get Christianity and spirituality and Judaism out of the public square. Because if you look at what happened in Western Europe and Canada, if you can get religion out, then you can pass secular progressive programs like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage, because the objection to those things is religious- based, usually.”
O’Reilly has faithfully stuck with his war on Christmas claims for the past four years. Keep in mind that his whole theory is based around the idea that progressives are trying to replace the phrase Merry Christmas with the phrase Happy Holidays. However O’Reilly seems to be cracking under the strain of being on the sole defender, of Christmas based on what he said during Wednesday’s program.
O’Reilly said, “The top story tonight now reaction from Dick Morris the author of the big bestselling book Catastrophe which makes a great Christmas/holiday/Hanukkah book/gift whatever.”
Whatever?!?! Bill, you are the defender of Christmas. You are at war, man. There can be no whatever involved when the entire fate of our republic rests on your shoulders. Could it be that Bill-O has given up the fight? Who will save America from all the liberals whose lips say Merry Christmas, but their eyes say Happy Holidays? Bill, you have to get back on the horse and show us that the best way to defend Christmas is to be intolerant of other points of view.
Before anyone freaks out and thinks that I have lost my mind, let me say that I am just having a bit of fun here. It does make me wonder though if O’Reilly has finally given up on his war on Christmas nonsense. Since Glenn Beck has shown up on FNC, and shown O’Reilly the real meaning of crazy, he toned it down quite a bit.
In fact, O’Reilly has farmed out the war on Christmas duties to Fox Business and John Stossel:
According to Crooks and Liars, Bill-O told Stossel, “But my point is, that I thought it was fascist — fascism, which offends a libertarian like you — for a CEO or a store manager to tell their employees, ‘You better not say Merry Christmas’ — even though the reason we’re selling stuff is because of Christmas. Isn’t that fascism?”
I guess O’Reilly is only trying to keep up with the right wing times. Since the culture wars appear to be over, Bill is having to re brand the war on Christmas as a part of the right wing’s war against fascism. I wonder if Stossel had any idea he was going to get saddled with the war on Christmas when joined FNC?