Tempers flare as Bill O’Reilly battles atheist over Christmas tree

In what began as a philosophical discussion over Christmas trees, emotions ran high as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly quickly clashed with David Silverman, President of American Atheists. Atheist organizations are challenging public displays of Christmas in Rhode Island and other areas of the country.

“Why are you messing around with my tradition,” O’Reilly asked. “Just leave it alone.”

Silverman said they are not messing around with anything, but instead are “stopping the government from preferring one religion over another.”

From that point, the discussion turned to the difference between a religion and a philosophy and a very heated exchange from both sides.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • https://www.facebook.com/ehlavinka Elizabeth N

    Twas the month before Christmas

    When all through our land,

    Not a Christian was praying

    Nor taking a stand.

    Why the PC Police had taken away

    The reason for Christmas – no one could say.

    The children were told by their schools not to sing

    About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

    It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say

    December 25th is just a ' Holiday'.

    Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

    Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

    CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

    Something was changing, something quite odd!

    Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

    In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

    As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

    At Lowe's the word Christmas – was no where to be found.

    At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears

    You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

    Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

    Are words that were used to intimidate me.

    Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

    On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

    At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

    To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

    And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

    Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

    The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

    The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

    So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'

    Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

    Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

    Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,

    not Happy Holiday!

    Please, all Christians join together and

    wish everyone you meet

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    Christ is The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season!

    • Pauline

      PERFECT! I must share this. I hope you don't mind. MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • http://www.ld-investigations.com Lisa

      I LOVE this – must share!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS and GOD BLESS!!! Go Bill – I LOVE your show!!!! Wish I had Silverman's address I'd send him a Christmas card everyday in December with Jesus on the front!!!!!

  • http://bizrate.com Sandy

    You go Bill !!!! Stupid little athiest!!!

    • Mary Diaz

      since when does the minority rule in this country?

    • Dane

      I guess this Silverman dude wants a judge to rule his views are moe important then the majority of the country's. Why is that? They offend me is that suppost to be ok? Merry Christmas you idiot.

  • Kaye McElroy

    As long as the majority let the minority rule we will have to put up with this. Since parents don't teach children the values and the Word of God at home, churches do not present the Word of God with the truth, they have no way of knowing what to say in school which leads to lawyers, doctors, politicians saying there is NO GOD and eliminating all mention of Christianity. If the Word of God isn't preached in the pulpits but people are lead astray, how do you expect children & adults to believe in anything. Today, church is just a place for socials. Preachers are too scared they will lose their congregations to preach the Word as Jesus told it and the apostles preached it. That is why you have so many athiest and other religions that preach hate in this world.

  • kathleen kelly

    the government does not show a preference. I respect the Jewish religion – let's just all believe in a greater power – GOD!

    So you want a menorah and i want a tree – have them both and celebrate the beauty of it all! A belief in a GOD that we all love! I live in southern Florida and everyone just seems to come together on it. We respect each others faith because we have one common belief – God!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChristmasTreeUSA Christmas Tree