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Bill O'Reilly: Atheists Going to Hell for Defending Church/State Separation

By December 14, 2012

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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
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...

Comments
December 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm
(1) Deucalion says:

Bill O’Reilly should stop drinking the kool-aide… Or rather, I wish he’d go back in time to Jonestown and drink the kool-aide. He’s a worthless idiot who doesnt deserve his measely life. And the city of Elwood can go with him.

(Not the nicest guy, am I? But then, what do you expect from a guy decended from literal barbarians…)

December 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm
(2) PVversion666 says:

Bill O’Reilly is a troll who realizes what it takes to sell to the poor, god-fearing masses. He knows it’s a tool for various industries. He’s not stupid. He knows how to make money.

June 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(3) Jeanne says:

I have listed to Bill O’Reilly on You Tube a few times and I consider him a buffoon. His main tactic is to interrupt his guests, shout them down or call them names.

He seems to be insulted when atheists put up billboards, but cannot understand why atheists might be insulted by Christian billboards. This is especially true around Christmas time, when he feels that Christians only should be able to speak their mind. We cannot drive down a public highway without seeing bible quotes and threats about what will happen to non-believers.

He argued with Richard Dawkins, insisting that any gaps in scientific knowledge should be filled with what he called “alternative theories”, which actually means his religion. He thinks that is is unfair not to include religious ideas in public school science classes. Dawkins responded with “admit that science doesn’t know and do better science.”. Of course, O’Reilly is “throwing in with Jesus”, claiming that since Jesus performed all those unproven miracles, that’s enough for him.

There is no evidence that Jesus performed any miracles. To believe in miracles, one would have to believe that the laws of nature and the laws of physics were suspended on one’s favor. Since we don’t see “miracles” happening today, there is no rational reason to believe that they ever happened.

However, logic and reason are not O’Reilly’s strong points and I seriously doubt that any of his loyal listeners are deep thinkers either.

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