Straight out of Rupert Murdoch’s ass, we give you War on Christmas … 2012!!
Bill O’Reilly has officially upped the ante on crazy right out of the gate by declaring this year that Christianity is not a religion, but a philosophy, thus circumventing all of that pesky “freedom of religion” stuff we so commonly have to deal with when considering, well, any other belief system. By doing this, he concludes that having Christmas displays up complete with nativity scenes on public property without allowing others alongside it doesn’t violate the First Amendment anymore.
I remember getting rear ended a few years back (this is relevant; bear with me). When I got out of the car to survey the damage, the woman who hit me got out of her car and immediately declared, “You backed into me!!”
I was so stunned by the complete denial of reality that I literally had nothing to say for a moment. I got photos of her license plate so when she drove off, the police were able to pay her a little visit later on … but I will never forget that moment of utter shock at someone so desperate to shift the blame to someone else that they’ll say anything – no matter how absurd – to do it.
Whatever would we do without Fox News and people like Bill-O … who continue to try an deny and distort reality when they don’t like what they see?
On his show Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused American Atheists president David Silverman of being a “fascists” who wanted to banish Christmas from the United States.
During the contentious interview, O’Reilly insisted that Christmas displays in public buildings were not a constitutional issue because Christianity is not a religion.
“It is a fact that Christianity is not a religion, it is a philosophy,” the Fox News host declared confidently. “If the government was saying that the Methodist religion deserves a special place in the public square, I would be on your side.”
So Christianity is a philosophy, not a religion. Two questions, then:
- What core beliefs tie all denominations of Christianity together? Hint: it has something to do with the guy whose name comprises the first six letters of your “philosophy”. Who was he again?
- If Christianity is – and always has been – a philosophy … every single church owes the government some serious back taxes, plus late fees and penalties. Hell, with the amount of dough coming in, we could wipe out the debt, solve our homeless problem, and make sure no one ever goes hungry again.
Come to think of it, I think I agree with Bill. Let’s make Christianity a philosophy! But let’s make its status retroactive.
Silverman said he would be just as upset if a public figure promoted atheism.
“Jesus Christ,” O’Reilly said, then apologized. He added that Christmas trees had nothing to do with Christianity and were a secular symbol.
Silverman responded that he was not against Christmas celebrations per se, he was only against the government favoring Christianity over other religions.
O’Reilly said Silverman’s views were “insane” and that he should get his “merry band of fascists” together to “re-vote” on Christmas being a federal holiday. After Silverman objected to being called a fascist, O’Reilly again reiterated the point by saying he was a fascist because he wanted to banish Christmas.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not too crazy about either one of those guys … I’ll almost never take O’Reilly’s side on anything but I’ve never been able to warm up to Silverman. I think what did it was his involvement in those billboards a while back …
… yeah, those are the ones. Seriously, why? I mean, I don’t necessarily disagree with them, but putting this kind of inflammatory stuff up for the general believing public to see tells them that not only do we believe differently than they do, but we think they’re idiots as well.
Way to gain allies. WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS DUMB COME JOIN US INSTEAD.
It’s also a tad too late to complain about having Christmas trees in the public square. Maybe that makes me a bad atheist, but the Christmas holiday – at least in this country – has one foot in the religious world and the other in the secular world. You can refer to the holiday in any combination or proportion of either element based on your own beliefs and celebrate what’s best for you along with everyone else. It’s a time to relax, take time off from work, get in touch with family, and eat an unreasonable amount of food. I celebrate it, and I also have no problem calling it Christmas. That’s not the big deal.
Now, if this same public square were to put up the Ten Commandments and declare that they are the cornerstone of our judicial system and moral code, then I’ll have a problem. We have to pick our battles here … and the first step is to make sure there are enough people who support our cause.