In Elwood City, PA, a nativity scene is being moved from the municipal building to a church because the Freedom From Religion Foundation (based in Wisconsin) sent a letter pointing out that it's a violation of church/state separation for local government to sponsor religious displays. People in Elwood City aren't happy about this and neither is Bill O'Reilly.
Bill O'Reilly, 2009
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Why? Because the nativity display has been in front of the municipal building of Elwood City for fifty years. Many Christians are under the impression that where they've been privileged long enough, those privileges become rights.
There's no legal basis for that argument, but it doesn't stop them from trying to make it over and over. Even Bill O'Reilly is trying to make it, though that doesn't seem to matter as much to him as saying that atheists are going to hell for defending church/state separation in this case.
Lis Wiehl: They didn't want the lawsuit! They figured they'd lose the lawsuit.
Bill O'Reilly: They've moved it from the municipal building where it's been for 50 years to a church? So the atheists won! ... But there is no War on Christmas, ladies and gentlemen. Remember Jon Stewart? Remember Stewart said that? ...
But little Elwood City, 50 years, people are going, they're looking for it, they'll have to have little maps. Final question, and either of you can... Do the atheists in Wisconsin realize they are going to hell? It's the Christmas season; maybe we don't bring that up until January. We know Stewart's going to hell. Just kidding, man! I'm just giving him material!
Source: Media Matters
Bill O'Reilly isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he? Consider the fact that he thinks atheists have "won" because a Christian nativity scene will be displayed in front of a Christian church. Is he really so dense that he thinks atheists in particular are "winning" (and Christians are, by implication, losing) when Christians get Christian displays in front of Christian buildings?
If that's Christians "losing," what does Bill O'Reilly think it would look like if Christians were "winning"? Maybe I don't want to know the answer to that...