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"Oppressive, totalitarian, anti-Christian forces in this country"

Since I'm not a regularly listener of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, I miss a lot of the insane things he says. But thanks to various watchdogs, some of his craziest stuff come to light. Take for instance this bit from his December 2nd broadcast that Media Matters reported on:

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.

Looking past his mega-macho, overblown sense of self-importance and influence (like the last sentence), I think the first sentence of this quote is absurd even for Bill O'Reilly. Either Bill doesn't understand the definition of "oppressive" and "totalitarian" or he's talking about a different country than the United States. We have an openly self-professing Christian as the president of the country. We have a Congress led by self-described people of faith. We have a Supreme Court dominated by self-described people of faith. The Religious Right continually proclaims that this is a Judeo-Christian country (rewriting history to define it that way). In 2001, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 79.8% of the adult population identified themselves as Christian, 5.2% identified themselves as part of another religion and 15.0% claimed to be aethiest, agnostic or non-religious. The U.S. has more churches per capita than any other nation in the world. Our money is printed with "In God We Trust." Our pledge of allegiance includes "under God" (from the 1950s on). Each of our president's in my lifetime have ended their oath of office with "so help me God." The examples go on and on and on. How are "anti-Christian forces" oppressive and totalitarian when they are, according to the numbers, such an insignificant minority? No one has passed any laws telling Christians they can't say Merry Christmas. No one has passed any laws telling Christians they can't celebrate Christmas. No one has passed any laws banning Christmas. So how are "anti-Christian forces" oppressive and totalitarian? The short answer: they are not. It's another example of O'Reilly's uncredible, hyperbolic nonsence and why anything he says is automatically suspect because of his predisposition to ignore history and the facts, distort the truth and manufacture scandals and outrage.

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