Bill O’Reilly, well, he’s just an overheated idiot
Watching Bill O’Reilly talking-points memo this evening, he was mad at a Florida newspaper that blasphemed (or so he thought) the Virgin Mary.
The newspaper printed an editorial which took the side of a teacher in a Catholic grade school who was fired for being pregnant and unmarried. They concluded by asking if Jesus would have fired the woman, noting; “…after all, His own mother once found herself pregnant and unmarried.”
“How could they insult Mary like that?!” demanded O’Reilly. “And the elite media didn’t even cover it! If they’d insulted Islam, it would have been front-page news!” He went on to say the paper was either anti-Christian or ignorant of Christian doctrine, and that “…either is unacceptable – don’t buy their paper.”
Calm down, Bill.
Even stipulating Catholic doctrine1 that Mary never had sexual intercourse, wasn’t she nonetheless pregnant – and unmarried – at one time? Isn’t that the reason Joseph was planning to dump her, until an angel told him she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit? Only a select few were aware of the highly unusual circumstances of her pregnancy. Does it not seem likely that she related the experience to her extraordinary Son?
It is right in the Bible, and once again I wonder why the wingnuts apparently need an atheist to explain their own religion to them.
It is all part of O’Reilly’s big campaign to “save Christmas.” You know, because those awful secularists at the ACLU want to stamp out Christmas and he has to save it. Never mind that the ACLU has defended many a religious display, and only tries to stop tax-funded and government-sanctioned religious expression where it violates the First Amendment. But I guess that wouldn’t play well to the “persecuted Christian” mentality Bill O’Reilly is trying to foster among his enormous audience.
- I’m not buying any of that doctrine for a second; I think she got pregnant the same way anyone does. But that story line is the same either way; she was (1) pregnant, and (2) unmarried.