As a cartoonist I understand that cartoons cannot be taken seriously. They may express a message, but they are of themselves, at the end of the day, cartoons. Now I purposely create a cartoon, and I know what I am doing. But there are those who make themselves cartoons, but don't seem to know it.
Besides claiming there is a war on religion because there are those in America who do not buy the excuse that some bigotry and the actions that may accompany it are religiously based and, so, must be allowed, there are those who look for whatever straw they can grasp at in order to whine about their mistreatment, even if those things are only in their minds.
Christians took over the Roman winter festival and some of the druidic winter solstice symbols and fashioned Christmas. They even changed the time of year that Jesus was most likely actually born, in order to do this. And then they claim there is a war on Christmas because not everyone believes the same thing about the winter solstice season.
But you can't claim to be persecuted if you can't come up with something, anything, to justify that claim. They won their war on the Saturnalia, and whine that some people may not have surrendered.
Now Bill O'Reilly, desperate for another instance of persecution, is claiming there is a war on Easter. According to him:
“Secular progressives are running wild with President Obama in the White House. They feel unchained, liberated, and they’re trying to diminish any form of religion. The goal is to marginalize religious opposition to secular programs. For example, in Canada and China a woman can have an abortion for any reason at any time. Secular progressives want that here. But traditional forces in America are in opposition. Therefore in this country, you can’t terminate a baby about to be born without a damn good reason. And if you do abort a late term baby, you could be charged with murder. SPs hate that. In Scandinavia, there are laws that say you cannot criticize minorities and if you do, you could be arrested. Secular progressives want laws like that here. Also the legalization of drugs, well under way in many places, and that is a secular cause. So, if the far left can marginalize Santa and the Easter bunny, of they can tell the children those symbols are obsolete and unnecessary, they then set the stage for a totally secular society in the future.”
Of course, as anyone who has done any research knows, laws like Bill frets about are not in the works in this country. And even as he has attempted to connect all these anti-christian attacks to President Obama, again, anyone who does the research will see that Bill and some of his allies have been fighting the War on Christmas long before Obama was elected.
Of course Bill, while complaining that some people have called the Easter egg the "spring egg", seems to be unaware that the word Easter is from of the word Austrom, the Germanic goddess of fertility, which eventually became the Anglo-Saxon Eastre. It is also a form of Ishtar (which became Eastre by way of Austrom), the goddess of Babylon who brought her dead son back from the underworld and was celebrated annually with new clothes and a morning sunrise worship ceremony.
OMG the Easter egg is all about sexy pagan godesses, and we are forcing it on children, Bill !
The early Christians, before they paganized things, called the spring festival Passover. So if you want to be technical, we should be calling it the Passover Egg and the Passover Bunny if we want to get away from paganism. But that would make us too Jewish, and those people only count if they are Israelis, and we only need Israel as a guarantee of a good ol' end time armageddon event.
So it would appear that this war might just be a ratings grabber for his television show, especially as few real Christians, you know the ones who refuse to have their faith become a political weapon, do not seem to believe Mr. O'Reilly.
But, then again, we know there is a war going on because Bill is not really alone. He has Laura Ingram on his side. She agrees with him 100%.
Now, there may be some who wonder why, if people like O'Reilly and his ally, Laura, are so off base and often overly loud, they attract such a large audience. I can't say for sure, but I do know that two of the most popular television shows of all time that are always on the air somewhere in the world, and often have annual broadcast marathons are "I Love Lucy" and "The Honeymooners" both of which have very loud buffoons as their main characters, one male, the other female. Television viewers apparently like that
Maybe there is a connection.