Bill O’Reilly says stupid things.

Dave Silverman went on the O’Reilly Factor a couple of nights ago. O’Reilly’s fanbase must’ve participated in a poll for the most asinine topic imaginable and, between “Smurfs are waiting to steal your purse” and “There’s a war on Christmas” the latter won. So that’s what they talked about.

O’Reilly says that Christianity is not a religion, it’s a philosophy. Because the two are mutually exclusive, you see.  As Hemant said, Bill O’Reilly must be ok with churches paying taxes now.  Kiss our deficits goodbye!

Why does O’Reilly say something so flagrantly stupid?  Because this is a lie Christians must tell in order to mingle their religion with government.  Whenever “In God We Trust” on our money winds up in court it’s “How could you possibly think a phrase like ‘In God We Trust’ is religious?  Belief in god is tradition, not religion!”  Of course, these are the same people who walk out of the courtroom and say that we’re a Christian nation.  It turns out “Thou shalt not lie” only applies when you’re not lying for the political advancement of your religion.

Think “Christianity isn’t a religion” is as stupid as it could get?  Wrong!

O’Reilly: You and your merry band of fascists —

Silverman: Fascists?! Fascists.

O’Reilly: You get [Christmas] revoked!

Silverman: You called me a fascist!?

O’Reilly: Absolutely!

Silverman: I am a patriot, sir!

O’Reilly: You are a fascist.

Silverman: I am a patriot who is taking the crazy notion that everybody in this country is equal and that the government has to treat everybody fairly. That’s fascism?!

Fascists??  We need to track these villains down wherever they may hide.

Yes, atheists who don’t want religion and government to mix are now fascists.  The people wanting other Americans to live, by mandate of law, by the tenets of their religion?  Not fascist at all.

Bill O’Reilly clearly doesn’t understand tides, Christianity, or fascism.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Art Vandelay

    I hear so many people say that O’Reilly is a really smart guy but he’s just too intent on defending his own rhetoric and that makes him come off as illogical. I’m actually pretty sure he’s just an idiot though.

  • baal

    Someone pointed out on another comment thread that he made the “christinanity is a philosophy” comment with regard to the establishment of religion. He wants to duck the clause by saying the pro-christian GOV efforts are in support of the overall philosophy of christinanity and thus not the religion of christinanity . It’s likely I’m being way too generous here. At teh very least, he’s having his cake and eating it too.

  • Anne

    Christianity is a philosophy, NOT a religion? ROFLMAO. This is as good as Pat Robertson saying the earth really isn’t only 6,000 years old.

  • Dan

    I love that O’Reilly was prepared to interupt Silverman before he even started talking. “Let me ask you a question…Now, wait a minute! Why are you answering me? This is my show! No talking on my show!” Why does he even have guests who he doesn’t even pretend to listen to?

  • Krisko

    So basically anyone who has an opinion is a fascist. We are a fascist nation! We are a fascist world!

    • Artor

      No, no, no. You’re only a fascist if Bill-O doesn’t agree with you.

  • Alex

    One point got muddied in the O’Reilly video. The lawsuit in Santa Monica is over a nativity scene, not a xmas tree. I don’t think there would be a lawsuit if we were just dealing with a tree. The nativity is clearly a Christian display, regardless of the word games Bill is playing.

  • Nox

    O’reilly is a brilliant propagandist who knows the tactical value of a profoundly stupid statement.

    You’d think Silverman would be the absolute last person to be caught off guard by O’reilly saying some insane bullshit.

  • H.H.

    When O’Reilly said that Christianity is not a religion, Silverman should have just laughed in his face and said “Good luck convincing a judge of that one.” Being a matter of Constitutional Law, O’Reilly’s personal definitions are entirely irrelevant to the issue.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      Philosophies do not get tax breaks.

  • John Horstman

    But does O’Reilly know how magnets work? Blankets?

    • Baal

      I’m sure he’s just happy there is, “never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that.”

  • RuQu

    Perhaps O’Reilly isn’t actually an idiot, he just plays one on TV?

    If so, I think he stands as a warning for the consequences of long-term method acting.

  • Rob

    Re the headline, so it’s a day ending in Y?