I'm going to make a bold statement. Are you ready? Just this: there is no war on Christmas. I can think of no single non-story in recent years that's been more hyped, propped up, blown out of proportion -- and generally driven by a handful of individuals with agendas -- than the claims of widespread grinchery [sic] currently making the rounds on cable news, to wit: Fox News.
Have there been some instances of school districts making questionable judgment calls in their well-meaning efforts to be inclusive? No doubt. But the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and John Gibson are taking relatively isolated incidents and portraying them as part of a nefarious, widespread, coordinated campaign.
Naturally, Mr. Gibson has a book to promote on the subject. And Hannity and O'Reilly? I suppose it can be difficult filling all those hours on radio on television. The question is: where will they aim their demagoguery after the New Year? We'll just have to wait and see.
A wise person once said that we must be vigilant in protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority. I think a lot of the people who make a practice of constantly railing against 'judicial activists' overruling the 'will of the people' are not familiar with the concept. Or they simply don't care.
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city," Robertson said Thursday on his Christian Broadcasting Network's700 Club.
Later in the day yesterday, Robertson released a statement in which he said he was merely attempting to point out that "our spiritual actions have consequences."
"God is tolerant and loving," Robertson said. "But we can't keep sticking our finger in his eye forever."
Robertson: "If they have future problems in Dover, I recommend they call on Charles Darwin. Maybe he can help them." -------- I used to wonder whether Pat Robertson was mentally unstable, or merely an asshole. I also used to wonder whether he actually believed all of the hateful shit he regularly spews, or whether he's merely an opportunist, simply out to make money.
A friend of mine once smartly remarked that he must actually believe it, as there are lots of far easier ways to earn a living. I tend to agree.
Now I just wonder whether anyone takes him seriously? I certainly don't consider him a minister of grace.
Firstly, it defined 'sexual content' as "anything from discussions about sex to scenes involving everything from kissing to intercourse."
Secondly, the authors "examined a sample of a week's worth of programming on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, PBS, Lifetime, TNT, USA Network and HBO."
Among other things, I wonder whether they made any kind of separate delineation for cable only, or at least for pay cable (i.e., HBO) -- or even for each of the respective aforementioned networks -- comparing the individual numbers to the results as a whole. If not, I don't see how this study provides any real insight. --------