O’Reilly’s Poor, Persecuted Ego

Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus got terrible reviews from Bible scholars and historians, who pointed out piles of false claims in it. Now they’re making a TV movie out of it and that’s getting bad reviews. O’Reilly, of course, sees this as proof that it’s “open season on Christians in America.”

Bill O’Reilly complained that he was a victim of religious discrimination because the “Killing Jesus” television movie, based on his book by the same name, received bad reviews from publications that he considers liberal.

“The truth is, it is open season on Christians in America, and faith is not held in high esteem in the halls of Manhattan media operations,” O’Reilly said…

“A movie like ‘Killing Jesus’ is a noble endeavor, even if you didn’t like it – even though some conservative folks didn’t like it, either,” O’Reilly said, promising to read negative comments from conservatives. “But to see what actually happened to a good man, Jesus, who preached loving your neighbor and loving God above all, to see how he was abused and murdered historically, right before your eyes, is a powerful use of the motion picture concept.”…

A Boston Globe review cited by O’Reilly trashed “’Killing Jesus’ (as) a shallow telling of the Jesus story, with no more distinction than you might find in the generic reenactments of some historical documentary.”…

“There is a struggle in this country for power, for freedom, and for life-affirming behavior,” O’Reilly said. “Judeo-Christian tradition is under assault – there’s no question about that.”

He said Christians are “murdered and abused” in some countries overseas, and he compared that oppression to the negative commentary some American Christians face when they venture into politics and media.

“Here in America we often see Christians marginalized, mocked, (and) portrayed as bigots and human-rights abusers,” O’Reilly said. “It’s time to push back on that. ‘Killing Jesus’ may have opened some eyes in that arena, and the left doesn’t like that at all.”

Or…you’re a shitty writer who spews lies and half-truths like you’re a bullshit cannon. I wonder if O’Reilly actually carries around a collapsible cross so he’s never without it.

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  • colnago80

    The same Billo the clown who opined that, “the tide goes in, the tide goes out, you can’t explain it”.

  • Chiroptera

    “Here in America we often see Christians marginalized, mocked, (and) portrayed as bigots and human-rights abusers,” O’Reilly said.

    Only some Christians. The ones that actually are bigots and human rights abusers.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Bill O’Reilly complained that he was a victim

    Playing the victim: a sure sign someone is a fucking bully.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Everything in the book is true. O’Reilly covering the Jerusalem riots, trial and execution at the time, and covered the whole thing live from Damascus. He personally saved his cameraman, dragging him to safety after Roman troops attacked them.

  • sharonb

    Effing excellent, Modus!

    Interwebs +1

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.criley jason the cripple

    “Here in America we often see Christians marginalized, mocked, (and) portrayed as bigots and human-rights abusers,”

    Well, you know, you could STOP being hateful bigots, and human rights abusers, and we’ll stop calling you that.

  • Jared James

    There might have been one or two minor exaggerations in his account of the attack by Roman troops. For example, when he said the Roman troops “attacked,” he meant they asked if he knew of anywhere they could get a decent cup of wine, and when he said “troops,” he meant some guy with a big nose who might have been to Italy at some point.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com holytape

    It is a little know fact but Bill O’Reilly’s ego is not actually the largest thing in the room. It’s his insecurities.

  • busterggi

    “A movie like ‘Killing Jesus’ is a noble endeavor”

    Then Hostel deserves a Nobel Prize.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The TV movie is appearing on the National Geographic channel. Shame on them.

  • John Pieret

    The truth is, it is open season on Christians in America

    Be wery, wery quiet! I’m hunting Cwistians! Hahahahah!

  • dingojack

    MO – Nope, Billo was reporting from Barium, Italia [Bari in Italy, as it’s now known] — some 1200 miles from Jerusalem…

    Dingo

  • jufulu

    He said Christians are “murdered and abused” in some countries overseas, and he compared that oppression to the negative commentary some American Christians face when they venture into politics and media.

    You can also find non-Christians being killed or being oppressed in some other countries overseas or perhaps at home. It seems that Christians get a special type of killing and oppression because, you know, God.

  • caseloweraz

    I laughed out loud at one reviewer’s observation concerning the O’Reilly book: The book also contains multiple internal contradictions, the most obvious of which is that, with stimulating originality, the authors contend that the day after Wednesday, April 4, 30 AD is Thursday, April 4 (sic), 30 AD and that the day after that is Friday, April 7, 30 AD.

    Another reviewer said he noted 133 historical errors and probably would have found more if he’d really put in some effort.

  • caseloweraz

    John Pieret: Be wery, wery quiet! I’m hunting Cwistians! Hahahahah!

    First the new Disney Bambi movie, now this! Will the Greater White Anglo-Saxon even survive?

  • dingojack

    VII a.d. Id. Apr. Vinicius & Longinus cos. [7th April, 30ce] would be a Wednesday. The Julian Calendar was in use (-2 days to covert Proleptic Gregorian to Julian).

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    Maybe all those errors are why O’Reilly introduced a new version of the book (called Killing Jesus Christ) in March 2015, with a different co-author. I’m not going to read either version; I’m just sayin’.

  • RickR

    He said Christians are “murdered and abused” in some countries overseas, and he compared that oppression to the negative commentary some American Christians face when they venture into politics and media.

    And shame on him for making that comparison.

  • thebookofdave

    I can hardly wait for the show to air, not to watch it, but just to see the look on falafel-boy’s face when he gets the ratings feedback and begins to understand how many viewers are in on the conspiracy.

  • llewelly

    I figure if David Barton can make money doing it, Bill O’Reilly can too.

  • pixiedust

    Silly me, I thought his books were novels. Seriously, I really did. Then I saw one on a library shelf in the non-fiction section. I laughed so loudly that other library patrons frowned at me.

    I’m still laughing.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Well, I’m just glad that someone finally delved into the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus. It’s been neglected for so long by churches, scholars, and the media that I’m willing to give him a pass on getting most of it wrong.

  • Suido

    @MO & Dingojack:

    To be fair, Billo did see some urns with very realistic depictions of the events.

  • dingojack

    Suido – Grecian urns?

    Dingo

  • Pianoman, Church of the Golden Retriever

    Yes, Bill, we mock people like you who also happen to be christian because of the utterly stupid things that come out of your mouth. That those utterances you make are derived from your judeo-christian logic lasangna is purely coincidental.