I may have to read this book after all. Bill O’Reilly’s new auto-bloviography, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity,” contains this enlightening affirmation of the divine:
“Next time you meet an atheist, tell him or her that you know a bold, fresh guy, a barbarian who was raised in a working-class home and retains the lessons he learned there.
“Then mention to that atheist that this guy is now watched and listened to, on a daily basis, by millions of people all over the world and, to boot, sells millions of books.
“Then, while the non-believer is digesting all that, ask him or her if they still don’t believe there’s a God!”
There is so much wrong with that that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’m not even going to address his obvious narcissistic egomania because some targets are just too easy. But I will point out that the story O’Reilly tells is probably better evidence of the existence of Satan. Who else would give such an obnoxious, divisive, racist, self-absorbed, ignoramus such a prominent platform? Well, Rupert Murdoch would, but that’s just redundant.
I have to wonder, though, from his own perspective, if he is saying that the only way he could ever have risen to prominence was by an act of God? That would actually make sense. Or does he think that divinity is validated by how many morons you can attract? Or is he comparing himself to other famous demagogues with humble beginnings like, say Hitler?
Maybe O’Reilly thinks that we should all be amazed at the miracle of someone who was born into modest circumstances and later became successful. Does he think that that has never happened to anyone before him? He certainly doesn’t give any credit for proving God’s existence to anyone else with similar achievements.
Finally, does O’Reilly really believe that an Atheist confronted with the question above would respond…
“Hallelujah. I never knew that a white, American, Harvard graduate could become a TV personality and make millions of dollars screaming at people and spewing hatred for anyone that didn’t think like him. Obviously there’s a God. I’m saved. Just get me a white sheet and a shotgun and point me to the nearest church?”
I’ve heard of being born again, but does that mean you have to start over with the ignorance of an infant, behave like a baby, and believe that the whole world revolves around you?