O’Reilly: Christians Being ‘Verbally Killed’

Bill O’Reilly continues the “woe is me” theme of casting himself in the role of the persecuted white Christian majority, only this time John Stossel was there to put him in his place and call him a big ol’ cry baby. The conversation was rather amusing:

Self-avowed “secularist” John Stossel challenged Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, arguing that the Factor host was overstating his allegations that Christianity was under attack in the U.S.

“Your ‘war on Christianity,’ you’re just a 10-foot-tall crybaby,” Stossel told O’Reilly. “It’s not so bad. Christians aren’t being killed.”

“Not yet,” O’Reilly replied.

“Not in America, and they’re not going to be,” Stossel countered.

“They’re verbally being killed,” O’Reilly insisted. Stossel scoffed in response, asking, “So what?”

Yeah, “verbally killed.” Reasonable people call that being criticized, Bill.

“You shouldn’t be diminished because you believe a certain way,” O’Reilly told Stossel. “Aren’t you outraged by that?”

You mean like you do every day with “secular progressives,” your favorite boogeyman that is responsible for every bad thing imaginable? Are you “verbally killing” secular progressives, Bill? Or are you criticizing them? Wait, I think I know this — it’s criticism when you do it to others but verbal killing if others do it to you. How convenient for you.

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  • marcus

    If Bill is “verbally killed” does that mean he has to STFU? That means he’s verbally dead, right? Right!?!

  • Larry

    Here’s a little known fact: On Billo’s home planet, the definition of verbally is exactly that of literally.

  • John Pieret

    You shouldn’t be diminished because you believe a certain way

    You mean like the way that LGBT people and their supporters are called the minions of Satan and enemies of freedom and the “gaystapo”?

  • HappyHead

    Ah man, here I thought someone was breaking out with weirding modules from Dune or something, but it turns out he’s just complaining that people are picking on him again.


  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I’m in favor of christians being verbally smacked around – just short of killing. So, yeah, whatevs.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Remember: that fighting Billo saw in the Falklands – that was “verbal killing” too.

  • dingojack

    Let’s hope Billo doesn’t try ‘Killing us Softy with His Song’…


  • abb3w

    It’s not Christians being killed, it’s merely their arguments getting slaughtered.

  • coffeehound

    They’re verbally being killed

    Is this really a thing? I mean other than being bludgeoned to death with prepositions by Sarah Palin?

  • chilidog99

    So that wasn’t an Earthquake, it was the simultaneous detonation of hundreds of irony meters.

  • Synfandel

    Uma Thurman takes down Bill O’Reilly with her verbal samurai sword in Kill Bill, Volume 3: the Tongue Lashing.

  • scienceavenger

    “You shouldn’t be diminished because you believe a certain way,” O’Reilly told Stossel.

    Yes, yes you should, when what you believe is fucking idiotic.

  • anat

    Somebody read too much Harry Potter. And needs to realize Avada Kedavra doesn’t work outside the pages of that book series (or HP fanfic).

  • sugarfrosted

    @13 The actual spell is “Um, Bill you’ve never even been to the Falklands and here is proof.”

  • samgardner

    “You shouldn’t be diminished because you believe a certain way,” O’Reilly told Stossel.

    I have some difficulty how he could have uttered this phrase without any sense of self-awareness. Doesn’t he realize he denigrates people for how they believe all the time?

  • DataWrangler

    Hey Bill, is that anything like having a guest’s microphone turned off?

  • Hoosier X

    Doesn’t he realize he denigrates people for how they believe all the time?

    That’s not entirely true. As he usually goes after straw man statements, this should read:

    “Doesn’t he realize he denigrates people for how he says they believe all the time?”

  • Artor

    Huh. It appears that Stossel is not the complete fucking idiot he makes himself out to be. Unfortunately for him, that makes him even more culpable for the bullshit he spouts regularly. He’s almost as bad as BillO.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    “Verbally killed”

    …what the fuck? “Verbally killed.” Is that like being “partially pregnant”?

  • felidae

    When Billious is talking, I call that “verbal farting”

  • StevoR

    “Verbally killed” is that speaking literally metaphorically?

    Also brings new value to a joke dying and going down like a lead balloon – complete with verbally speaking / no, make that typographically speaking passengers!

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    “Verbal killing” means Christians are losing the argument.