"You're a 10-foot-tall crybaby": Bill O'Reilly destroyed by another Fox host over "War on Christianity" claims

O'Reilly complained that Christians are being "verbally killed" in the streets. John Stossel was having none of it


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Scott Eric Kaufman
April 16, 2015 12:45AM (UTC)

On "The O'Reilly Factor" last night, Bill O'Reilly tried to browbeat Fox Business host John Stossel for claiming that Christianity is not under attack in America today -- needless to say, it did not go as O'Reilly planned.

Stossel came out swinging, acknowledging that while there are some issues that Christians can legitimately complain about, when it comes to O'Reilly's "War on Christianity," the Fox host is "just a 10-foot-tall crybaby." After noting that Christians are not being killed on the streets of America for professing their faith, O'Reilly could only reply, "No, not yet."

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Not ever, according to Stossel, but O'Reilly was having none of it, insisting that Christians "are being verbally killed."

"So what?" an exasperated Stossel shot back. "Eighty-three percent of the country identifies as Christian," he continued, before adding that if there's any truth to their being "a War on Christianity," the Christians have clearly won.

"It's not a matter of winning," O'Reilly replied, "it's a matter of respect." After listing some of the battles he's led in this war -- against department stores that asked employees to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," for example -- he railed against the "secularists" who claim "religion is bad" because it stands in the way of "unfettered abortion," gay marriage, and legalized marijuana.

Stossel, who identifies as a secularist, replied that he doesn't think access to "unfettered abortions" is really a plank in the secular agenda. O'Reilly countered that if that's true, then secularists need to stop being mean to religious people, especially when it comes to one particular word.

"Don't say we're 'bigots' because we oppose gay marriage," he said, "or because we want some limitations on abortion, and don't want tax money [spent on it]. Don't do that!"

Watch the entire exchange via Media Matters for America below.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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