Talk Show Host Blasts Caller’s ‘Anti-Christmas’ Attitude

Published December 10, 2004, issue of December 10, 2004.
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Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly chastised a Jewish caller on his radio show who objected to “Christmas going into schools.”

The caller said he “grew up with a resentment because I felt that people were trying to convert me to Christianity.”

In response, O’Reilly, a self-described traditionalist who has suggested that much of the media is run by Jews, said that “if you are really offended, you gotta go to Israel” because America is “a predominantly Christian nation” with “a federal holiday based on the philosopher Jesus,” according to a transcript of the show posted at the Web site Media Matters.org.

“[W]e live in a country founded on Judeo- and — that’s your guys’ — Christian, that’s my guys’ philosophy,” O’Reilly said, according to the transcript. “But overwhelmingly, America is Christian. And the holiday is a federal holiday honoring the philosopher Jesus. So, you don’t wanna hear about it? Impossible. And that is an affront to the majority. You know, the majority can be insulted, too. And that’s what this anti-Christmas thing is all about.”






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