November 29, 2012

Christmas "controversies" begin anew

I personally don't make much of the whole "War on Christmas" stuff that irritates so many others. Maybe it's simply because I don't encounter a lot of it. I mean, yeah -- I can understand the outrage at the silly political correctness that arises this time of the year (calling a Christmas tree and "Holiday" tree, people being "offended" when someone says to them "Merry Christmas," etc.), but then again just how prevalent is such nonsense? I dunno.

At any rate, on Bill O'Reilly's show last evening the host had on David Silverman, president of American Atheists. Silverman was surprisingly combative (a good thing when dealing with O'Reilly), and definitely gained the upper hand when O'Reilly head-scratchingly told him that "Christianity is not a religion, it's a philosophy." He said its specific denominations -- Catholicism, Methodism, etc. -- were the "religions." Now, while Bill does have a point, he's clearly parsing words and definitions. It's not unlike our former "progressive" commenter friend Perry who often claimed anti-Semitism can't mean anti-Jewish because Jews are Semites as well. C'mon. We all know what it means. This applies to O'Reilly, too.

However, I discovered right here at Colossus that Mr. Silverman is not without a silly comment history himself. Back in June of 2011 he had a problem with the proposed name of a street dedicated to 9/11 victims:

ďPeople died in 9/11, but they were all people who died, not just Christians. Heaven is a specifically Christian place. For the city to come up and say all those heroes are in heaven now, itís not appropriate.Ē

ďAll memorials for fallen heroes should celebrate the diversity of our country and should be secular in nature. These heroes might have been Jews, they might have been atheists, I donít know, but either way itís wrong for the city to say theyíre in heaven. Itís preachy.Ē

Except that ... Heaven isn't a specifically Christian place. Of course, if Silverman wants to quibble and say that "Well, it is Christians who specifically call it 'Heaven,'" then he's acting exactly as his nemesis Bill O'Reilly did last night!

UPDATE: Here's the vid of O'Reilly vs. Silverman from last night:

Posted by Hube at November 29, 2012 03:26 PM | TrackBack

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Silverman is a douche... the way he acts is the reason why people despise atheists. Didn't he also make some silly comments about Tim Tebow last year as well? Something about God "being a Broncos fan" or something like that?

Posted by: Carl at November 29, 2012 04:17 PM

Not sure. I caught the "Heaven" nonsense only b/c I saw that a visitor had checked out that old page! (Maybe Googling him after watching O'Reilly last night, maybe!)

Posted by: Hube at November 29, 2012 08:21 PM

I dislike this ANTI-CHRISTIAN (not atheist) asshat too, but yea, Bill O'Reilly was full of crap last night.

Posted by: Steven at November 30, 2012 02:50 AM