O'Reilly is so all fired up that everyone doesn't celebrate Christmas that he's now making threats:
I am not going to let oppressive, totalitarian, anti-Christian forces in this country diminish and denigrate the holiday and the celebration. I am not going to let it happen. I'm gonna use all the power that I have on radio and television to bring horror into the world of people who are trying to do that. And we have succeeded. You know we've succeeded. They are on the run in corporations, in the media, everywhere. They are on the run, because I will put their face and their name on television, and I will talk about them on the radio if they do it. There is no reason on this earth that all of us cannot celebrate a public holiday devoted to generosity, peace, and love together. There is no reason on the earth that we can't do that. So we are going to do it. And anyone who tries to stop us from doing it is gonna face me.Have you ever heard anything so inane?
Never mind that saying "Happy Holidays" does not exclude Christmas -- it merely includes other holidays, like New Year's Day.
Maybe his problem is that it honors holidays celebrated by non-white, non-Christian people who just happen to constitute the majority of this world of ours. Even including those people in well wishes during this holiday season -- when nearly every culture and every religion has some sort of holiday -- seems to be too much for our Foxy goon.
If Christians can't impose their religious holidays on everyone else, not just in federal holiday recognition but in having the words spilling off of every person's lips, well then Christians are being oppressed, doncha know?
Just don't tell Bill that Christmas was coopted from pagan traditions. Don't tell him that Santa Claus is really Kris Kringle, a pagan figure. Don't tell him that the Christmas tree is from a pagan tradition.
Don't tell him that the message of Peace and Hope and Love goes down a lot better when spittle isn't flying from his lips and veins on his forehead aren't throbbing. Don't tell him that it's probably not all that celebratory of Jesus' legacy to celebrate his birth with hate and rage and intolerance. Don't tell him that banging his fist on the desk isn't proper percussion for Christmas carols.
Oh wait! That's right. You can't tell him anything anyways! Never mind.
Fox News knows it never hurts to have a real-life Scrooge on in primetime during the holidays. Somehow I don't see good ol' Bill buying anyone any goose dinner.
Poor Bill. That chain he's building must be pretty heavy.
[via Lindsay Beyerstein at Peek]