I have never really understood Bill O’Reilly and this War on Christmas thing. I mean it’s not as if we were some great actor - yet his total outrage over this totally bogus issue seems genuine.
I think I've found the answer.
O’Reilly describes the war as being against religious values and the idea of Christmas itself. He says he is defending symbols such as Santa Claus, and even the use of phrases like “Merry Christmas.” In this war, O'Reilly of course allies himself with the most totalitarian side - and the most teutonic side. While he claims to be supporting Christian values, he's secretly supporting the man who many consider the anti-Christ himself, Adolf Hitler.
And it's not just this photo: der Spiegel reminds us that
while Santa talks Peace on Earth, he’s also got his totalitarian streak: he
“knows when you've been sleeping. He knows when you're awake … Sounds a lot
like the Republicans in the
these days.” http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,451645,00.html. Plus of course all the Nazi salutes he is so fond making.
Complicating the issue further of course is that Santa is the original anti-Catholic, anti-religious symbol. He replaced a 4th century Roman Catholic Saint, Saint Nicholas.
– but it's nothing like what happened to Saint Nick - at least no one has replaced Christ with a secular imitation.
O’Reilly’s logic seems confusing: complaining of the loss of Santa Claus while bemoaning the secularization of Christmas. It might be clever. After all Hitler was not exactly a religious man. And then Christ was not all about people dying violently over play stations, nor even over their religion. And of course Hitler was a vegetarian, just like St. Francis of Assisi.
Actually, O'Reilly isn't really confusing - just really stupid.