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After nearly 30 years of evangelical-Republican fusion, O'Reilly blames the press for inserting religion into Republican politics. Is O'Reilly drunk?
O'Reilly (introducing segment): Have y'all noticed this talk about religion in the Republican presidential race, how could you miss it. As Dennis Miller astutely pointed out last night, left-wing publications like Newsweek can't wait to headline the religion factor when it comes to Republican candidates...
O'Reilly (talking to Tony Snow): They [the press] don't want to keep Christ in Christmas. They want that outta there. But they do want to keep Jesus in the Republican primary. Now I'm not a conspiratorial kinda guy, but CNN lifts in a guy with a bible, alright, pumpin' it into the camera as you just saw; Newsweek, cover story, Holy Huckabee with his hands folded; now you know what's going on here Snow. You know what these guys [in the press] are doin'.
O'Reilly knows that many Americans are fed up with religion in politics, but the role of religion in the Iowa Republican race is a big story. Huckabee, an evangelical Christian and former minister, has surged among Iowa voters largely because of his appeal to Christian conservatives who are not comfortable with the other candidates for religious reasons. Huckabee's rise is linked directly to his religious beliefs. The press is doing its job by reporting on that. O'Reilly blames the messenger because he knows that many voters are turned off by a very real Republican-Evangelical connection, but the press did not invent this connection.
Did the press write and pay for the airing of campaign ads touting Huckabee's Christianity? Did the press tell Huckabee to suggest that Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers? Did the press tell Romney to make a speech about faith that upset even conservative pundit and FOX News regular Charles Krauthammer?
Republican strategists poisoned their own political well by injecting religion into politics. Now, O'Reilly wants his viewers to believe that the left wing administered the poison. That is a lie. As I mentioned yesterday, whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Christians are supposed to know that.