The Christmas Spirit – 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. Today’s piece is from 2012 and deals with the War on Christmas, and whether or not the word “Christmas” offends those who don’t celebrate. Make sure you’re subscribed to O’Reilly’s weekly email newsletter – click here to subscribe.


From 20 December 2012:


Anyone who is offended by public Christmas demonstrations needs to see a psychiatrist. Are we clear about this? You are mad if the sight of baby Jesus arouses anger or sadness in you. Get help.

Which brings us to the governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. He recently told me on national television why he won’t use the word “Christmas” when describing the state Christmas tree. The idea is that the word can offend non-Christians. The governor calls the state-purchased symbol a “party tree”.

My response to the governor was that by excluding the word “Christmas,” it could offend 73% of Americans who call themselves Christians, not to mention the 2.2 billion Christians worldwide. Chafee was upset when he heard it, but got no response.

And then the governor did a very interesting thing: he announced the turning on of the “holiday tree” in Providence a full 30 minutes before the cable was connected. Very few Rhode Islanders knew about the tree’s lighting because it was done so covertly. Chafee did this because he feared the protesters would do what they did last year: sing Christmas carols to enlightenment. And we can’t have it now, can we?

Jon Stewart and his merry band of elves will tell you that the so-called “War on Christmas” is a figment of the imagination, possibly the result of indigestion after eating too much Christmas pudding. Stewart’s posture is similar to that adopted by Ebenezer Scrooge when the Ghost of Future Christmas told him he was destined for hell. I’m channeling Charles Dickens to see if the Phantom can visit Jon Stewart on Christmas Eve. I’ll let you know what happens.

There is something about the argument that there are more important things to worry about than people like Christmas. But national holiday assaults are annoying, unnecessary, and often disrespectful. I mean, that’s how bad it is in this country. A pastor in Arkansas canceled a play called “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” because a mad atheist objected to public school kids seeing him in church gardens. So Charlie, Snoopy and Linus were thrown under the bus by a Christian cleric. My goodness!

For all of you who separate church and state fans, here’s the deal. Jesus of Nazareth was a man. In fact, he was the most influential person ever born. A third of the world population has signed the Christian edict “love God and love your neighbor as yourself”. Sounds like a good thing.

Thus, when President Grant honored Jesus by signing the national holiday of Christmas into law in 1870, the nation declared that a positive message of generosity and peace was worthy of a day off. Virtually everyone was on board.

But not today. In our current state, the Thomas Moore Law Center has to sue the Christmas attacks every year. Anti-religious fanatics have posted billboards in Times Square denouncing Christmas as a “myth”. The rabid secularists harness any mention of Jesus or his nice mom and dad.

To them I say: peace on earth and hard. You don’t like the federal holiday, try to cancel it. It starts with our friend Lincoln Chafee. See how far you go with that.

And by the way, Merry Christmas everyone. You idiots too.

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