Happy Birthday, Jesus – Bill’s Message of the Day

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, we’re taking a look at some of O’Reilly’s best Christmas-themed columns over the years. Last year we revisited the story of Jesus of Nazareth and his importance to the world. Plus: a little background about Christmas and Christmas Eve, including President Trump who recognizes today as a federal holiday. Make sure you’re subscribed to O’Reilly’s weekly email newsletter – click here to subscribe.


From 20 December 2020:

President Ulysses S. Grant was a Christmas type. A practicing Methodist, he made December 25 a federal holiday in 1870. Since then, the birthday of Jesus the Nazarene has been an official day of rest.
And just last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that also makes Christmas Eve a federal holiday. Joy to the world! Or at least in the United States.
You will recall that a few years ago there were attacks on Christmas by secular progressives who said this: “We don’t believe in Jesus and we don’t want to see him and his parents exposed on public property. And we could sue if that happens. Plus, we don’t even want to hear the words “Merry Christmas”, so don’t say them in the workplace. Like the shops where people buy Christmas presents. We will have none of this! “

Incredibly, some bosses actually ordered employees not to say “Merry Christmas”. It would be “Happy Holidays” or something.

Enter me, your humble correspondent, who found that piece of fascism very offensive. Also, a blatant violation of the First Amendment. If I mean Merry Christmas by handing out burgers to the drive-through window, I’ll say it damn well.

Sorry for the words, Jesus.
Once I brought the controversy to the nation’s attention on television and named some of the cowardly ventures, the “Happy Holidays” mandate faded pretty quickly. But not before some far-left media attacked me. Of course, in the true spirit of Christmas, I attacked again. Wait a minute. This may be why my stocking contained a measure of coal and may have contributed to climate change.
Either way, over the years there has certainly been a sea change in returning to a traditional Christmas landscape. Yes, there are still ideological thugs who despise the baby Jesus, but most of them are now hiding in San Francisco.
So what about this Jesus? Why do most of us celebrate his birthday? Well, he was a charming guy and you know that if you read my history book, “Killing Jesus”.

Born into a community living family in the small town of Nazareth, Jesus was trained as a stonemason by his father. However, his parents soon knew their boy’s intellectual attitude was off the charts. His eloquence was on display in the local temple as he was not shy about challenging the Jewish clergy.

Eventually, the Nazarene became a cult figure who could draw thousands to hear him speak. This meant that he was a threat to the establishment and, in short, Jesus was brutally executed by the Roman authorities.

After his death, Jesus became the most famous human being in history. Today billions of people believe it is God.
In America, according to a Gallup poll, 93 percent of us celebrate Christmas even though 65 percent claim to be Christian. It fell from 78 percent in 2007, as lay people make their way.
But that Christmas thing is tough. Perhaps because it is honoring a man who has taught that your neighbor is as important as yourself and that you must love both equally.
There aren’t many drawbacks if you are a holistic human being.
So I wish you a Merry Christmas. And you might think about how a resourceless worker has dominated world culture for more than two thousand years.
No wonder anti-believers are so upset.

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