It is no secret that Bill O'Reilly is an ass of gigantic proportions.
However, in a segment on last night's O'Reilly Factor, Bill manages to
outdo his own gigantic assiness. In response to recent Republican
efforts to dismantle SNAP and the new-found Vatican's concern for the
poor, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) made a comment in a conversation
with Al Sharpton that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five
loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.”
This made Bill O' ooh so mad and he simply wasn't going to stand for
it. Letting his hatred for all things perceived as "nanny state" fly, he
graciously acknowledged that Jesus would be just fine with feeding the
poors so long as it didn't inconvenience anyone with actual money.
In a conversation with Pentecostal Pastor Joshua Dubois, Bill tries
to school the good pastor on all those alcoholics and drug addicts
picking his pocket for free food. In actuality, it was Pastor Dubois who
schooled O'Reilly. The video and juicier bits of the conversation
The problem I have, as I stated is that you’re helping one group by
hurting another group and a bigger group, and so I don’t know if Jesus
is going to be down with that.
Dubois: Jesus would be down for the poor. He would
want to make sure every single person in this country had enough food to
eat. And the bottom line is if you add up every single private
charitable dollar that feeds hungry people in this country, it’s only 10
percent of what we would need to make sure everyone has food in their
stomachs. The rest comes from the federal government.
O'Reilly: You’re making a powerful argument, but
there is one huge mistake in it. And that is that some of the people who
don’t have enough to eat, it’s their fault they don’t have enough to
eat. Particularly with their children.
If you’re an alcoholic or heroin addict or a drug addict and you
can’t hold a job, alright, and you can’t support your children — and
that’s a circumstance of millions and millions of people, not most, but a
lot, a substantial minority — then it’s your fault, you’re bringing the
havoc, that you’re asking people who may be struggling themselves to
put food on the table to give their tax money to you. And then you’re
not even going to buy food with it, you’re going to buy booze and drugs
Dubois: With all due respect, there’s a lot of
misconceptions in what you just said. The vast majority of that program
goes to elderly people, people who are disabled, 46 percent are children
and most people are working families.
O'Reilly: My parents didn’t make a lot of money and
they were able to put food on the table. I give a lot of money — and you
probably know this — to children’s charities, okay? Children who have
derelict parents. And I say, it’s not the kids’ fault so I’m going to
give the money to the kids. But I don’t give it to charities unless the
charity hands it to the kids, gets it right to the kids. So, I’m
circumventing the drugs and the alcohol and the other craziness,
Dubois: I don’t live in a derelict country. There
are some folks that have the problems that you described, but that is
not the vast majority of food stamp recipients.
I have to applaud Pastor Dubois for standing up to O'Reilly so
pointedly. O'Reilly only served to come off as the cruel, heartless
Republican he is. In his mind and in the mind of so many Republicans,
being poor is just exactly what you deserve for having the audacity to
be poor. In order to expunge his putrid soul for these uncharitable
thoughts, he must convince himself that these people are subhuman
addicts not worthy of wiping his shoes on.
I am not a Christian and I do not pretend to speak for Jesus and how
he would have felt about food stamps, but having read a great deal what
he was purported to have stood for, I'm pretty sure that Bill O'Reilly
has this exactly wrong.
Originally posted to Steveningen on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:31 AM PST.
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