Okay Bill, I know you’ve got to make your paycheck count, but you don’t have to go back to trying to be the Fox News crazy guy now that Glenn Beck is gone. With Beck going off the deep end on a daily basis, for a while, you became at times a voice of reason in a sea of hyperbole and fear-mongering. And now it looks like you’re back in that comfortable old chair. That comfortable old crazy guy chair that bought the extra wing on your house.
Bill O’Reilly sternly criticized the media for describing Anders Behring-Breivik, the man who has admitted to committing the mass killings in Norway, as a Christian, saying that such a thing was “impossible.”
O’Reilly singled out the New York Times, which called Breivik a “Christian extremist” in an article. Breivik also referred to himself as a Christian, as did the Norwegian police, and his 1,500 page manifesto has been described as coming from a Christian perspective. In the manifesto, he writes that he does not have a “personal,” religious relationship with Christ, believes in Christianity “as a cultural, social, identity and moral platform,” which he says “makes [me] Christian.”
To O’Reilly, though, it was “impossible” that Breivik is a Christian.
“No one believing in Jesus commits mass murder,” he said. “The man might have called himself a Christian on the net, but he is certainly not of that faith…we can find no evidence, none, that this killer practiced Christianity in any way.”
He said that the reason the media was calling Breivik a Christian was because “the left wants you to believe that fundamentalists Christians are a threat just like crazy jihadists are.” O’Reilly called this notion “dishonest and insane,” saying that no government was backing Breivik’s ideology.
Do even have to? Okay.
Do you realize that you’ve just echoed the same argument that Muslims have been shouting for years regarding terrorists that are extremist Muslim? The same argument that most conservative commentators have called bullshit?
The man considers himself a Christian, and identifies strongly as such. That’s relevant information. Are fundamentalist Christians just as much of a threat as Muslim terrorists? The ones who slaughter dozens and dozens of people are. Not all of them.
No government has to back your ideology to be a terrorist. That’s just dishonest and insane.
I know that you know, and Beck knows and Limbaugh knows that this is all just entertainment, but there’s lots of people that take it seriously, because you act as if people should take it seriously. Glenn Beck, who shouted “Hitler Stalin Commie Nazi terrorist destroying America and all of the civilized world!” to Obama and other Democrats suddenly found himself agreeing with and supporting a mass murderer, saying that multiculturalism and immigration are indeed bad, putting himself on the side of the guy that just recently was standing atop a pile of teenage corpses. Do you really want to even to get close to Glenn Beck’s rhetoric?
Between this and the absolutely laughable coverage of the News of the World scandals, maybe Fox should just take a break from the news for a while. You’ve got some smart people, but maybe it’s just time to chill out for a bit, take a breather and come back when you’re not all cross-eyed and drunk on hypocrisy.