Uh, I didn't mean my anti-semitic ravings
We're here to save Christmas from the Jews
Bill O’Reilly thinks the greeting “Happy Holidays” is anti-Christian.
Or, Bill O’Reilly thinks the greeting “Happy Holidays” is common sense when addressing someone without knowing that person’s religion.
O’Reilly has taken both positions recently.
Talking to Neil Cavuto on Fox News’ “Your World” on November 30, 2005:
Then the business community says we don’t want to offend anybody, so we’re not going to say “Merry Christmas.” We’re going to say “Happy Holidays, all right? That offends millions of Christians, see? Eighty-five percent of the country calls itself Christian.
…acknowledge what it’s all about, the federal holiday of Christmas. If you don’t, then Christians start to say, “You don’t like us. You’re anti-Christian, you have an anti-Christian bias.”
Yesterday a caller to Bill O’Reilly’s radio show said he didn’t tip a waitress because she wished him “Happy Holidays.”
At first O’Reilly said that he should have tipped her and that she had no way of knowing if he’s Jewish or Muslim or whatever.
Then the caller, “Kevin” in Los Angeles, said that it’s just like the stores which say “Happy Holidays” which O’Reilly has railed against.
From Bill O’Reilly’s “The Radio Factor” of December 10, 2005:
Caller Kevin in Los Angeles: I had a very good meal, and the service was very good, etc. and then the waitress came up at the end and…gave me the check and she says “Happy Holidays” and I swear to God…I thought..”what kind of American is this?” and I gave her no tip…
O’Reilly: But why though? Why, I mean, whoa…hold on. The little waitress comes up to you and says
“Happy Holidays.” She doesn’t know whether you’re Jewish, whether you’re a Muslim, whether you’re a Budhist
or anything. So why would you be, why would you be offended by that?
Kevin: …I wanted to punch her in the face..when you go into these stores, y’know, where they don’t say…they don’t know, either whether you’re Jewish or not or anything else.
O’Reilly then realized that the caller is probably a liberal who had successfully set him up to flip-flop. O’Reilly claimed that he’s not against the greeting “Happy Holidays,” just against stores which have banned the word “Christmas.”
O’Reilly didn’t name any such stores (because there are none.)
posted by Steve @ 12:10:00 AM