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Bill O'Reilly Attacks Christians Who Aren't Freaking Out About Non-Existent War on Christmas

Bill get nuttier every week.

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly turns his crusade against his own people.
December 12, 2012 

Police officers in Greece defend a christmas tree. Fox News' War on Christmas has gone international.

An unlikely enemy in the War on Christmas emerged last night when four-star general Bill O’Reilly expanded the battleground into new territory: the churches of the “wimpy” pastors who haven’t stepped up to defend the holy holiday.

That’s right--O’Reilly has turned his attention away from the immoral (a.k.a. atheist) liberal media and is now attacking members of his own camp for not taking the war seriously enough.

On his Fox News show last night, O’Reilly spoke with pastor Robert Jeffress, one of the few Christmas-warmongering pastors in what they say is a sea of reformist religious leaders.

When O’Reilly asked Jeffress why so few pastors have voiced the appropriate outrage at this war on the holiday, Jeffress replied: “Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians, and that is why we are losing this culture war and I believe it’s time for pastors to say, you know, ‘I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church, I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.’”

What is that truth, you might ask? According to Jeffress, it is debunking the myth that Jesus was a non-confrontational man. Instead, Christians and their religious leaders need to stop being “wimpy” and take up the fight against the ACLU to protect their right to flood the radio stations with bell-clanging Christmas music, to demand that everyone wish them a “Merry Christmas” (for what is more wimpy than a mere “Happy Holidays”?), to worship Jesus and one-day-only 50-percent-off sales on every street corner across America. To, in short, celebrate Christmas!

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-O’Reilly should stop his war on Alban Arth(u)an.  Ó Raghallaigh in the past would support him

The Druid Wheel of the Year

 

Samhuinn (Hallowe'en)

Alban Arth(u)an – Light of Winter / Light of Arthur (Winter Solstice)

Imbolc – festival of Brigit, goddess of poetry, healing & smithcraft

Alban Eilir – Light of Spring / Spring Equinox

Beltane (May Day)

Alban Hefin – Light of Summer

Lughnasadh (Lammas)

Alban Elfed – Light of Autumn / Autumn Equinox

The Yule Goat, (Swedish julbock, Finnish joulupukki, Norwegian julebukk) is one of the oldest Scandinavian Christmas symbols. Its origin is the legend about the Thundergod Thor who rode in the sky in a wagon pulled by two goats. An old custom was for young people to dress up in goat skins and go from house to house and sing and perform simple plays. They were rewarded with food and drink. The Yule Goat at one time also brought Yule gifts. This character was later replaced with "jultomten" (Santa Claus).

I like the circle of the Druid's year, as it is clearly illustrates the circle of life and attaches the relevant ages to the relevant season of the year. early Spring - birth and early childhood, late Spring- late childhood, early Summer -early youth and the awakening of lovers, Summer - early Adulthood and the desire to express themselves and their ideals, Autumn- adulthood and family, Early Winter -old Age with Winter being death. 

Helps you to understand the reasons of the why and the wherefore's of their celebrations!! It also helps you to understand the mind of the Celts and the way they placed attachments of the abstract with the concrete. 

At least it is in part based on the reality of life. =)

It's creative correlation of observations.
Stuff you can make reliable predictions on.
Helpful stuff.

The only authority JC was confrontational with, was the Levites. Not the Roman occupiers! 

It's the most wondrous and magical time of year!

It's the most wondrous and magical time of year!
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Basically the entire world is stunning right now.

Basically the entire world is stunning right now.

Zurich, Switzerland is lovely.

Zurich, Switzerland is lovely.
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Baltimore is INSANE:

Baltimore is INSANE:
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Here's charming Copenhagen, with its emblematic Danish red hearts:

Here's charming Copenhagen, with its emblematic Danish red hearts:
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Even the neon swan lights look refined.

Even the neon swan lights look refined.
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Victoria, British Columbia panorama!

Victoria, British Columbia panorama!

Here's a GIANT TEDDY BEAR in Hong Kong:

Here's a GIANT TEDDY BEAR in Hong Kong:
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New York is perfect as usual.

New York is perfect as usual.
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São Paulo looks totally confusing and awesome:

São Paulo looks totally confusing and awesome:
Source: andresato1973

Salt Lake City and its beautiful beauty:

Salt Lake City and its beautiful beauty:
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Chester, England's lovely monochrome lights:

Chester, England's lovely monochrome lights:
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Frankfurt, Germany:

Frankfurt, Germany:
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Summer festivities in Perth, Australia:

Summer festivities in Perth, Australia:
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Winderemere, FL:

Winderemere, FL:
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London!

London!
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More London:

More London:
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London is seriously awesome you guys.

London is seriously awesome you guys.

They even have a Jack Daniels barrel tree!

They even have a Jack Daniels barrel tree!
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They are making everyone else look bad now.

They are making everyone else look bad now.
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London is seriously KILLING IT.

London is seriously KILLING IT.
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Eye spasming Rizal, Philippines

Eye spasming Rizal, Philippines

Hamburg's dainty holiday square:

Hamburg's dainty holiday square:
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Sunny South Africa!

Sunny South Africa!
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Washington DC:

Washington DC:
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This tunnel of lights in Tokyo is way too trippy.

This tunnel of lights in Tokyo is way too trippy.

Orchard Road, Singapore has this cute arch thing:

Orchard Road, Singapore has this cute arch thing:
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Stockholm with its perfect minimalism:

Stockholm with its perfect minimalism:
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Arkansas is baffling.

Arkansas is baffling.
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Disney World!

Disney World!
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Holidays on the sea in Japan:

Holidays on the sea in Japan:
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Graceful Budapest:

Graceful Budapest:
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And Champs-Élysées in Paris, amazing year after year.

And Champs-Élysées in Paris, amazing year after year.
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The Real Saint Nick was a lot like Bill O'Reilly - makes sense, I guess

Adam C. English, the author of a new book on St. Nicholas, describes the man as an "every saint" who appealed to the common Christian:

Many saints are biblical saints, or they're usually remembered because they were martyred or they performed some tremendous miracle. But Nicholas stands out because he didn't do supernatural miracles. He wasn't martyred. He was more of a social activist, politician, businessman, lawyer, judge, and protector.

English goes on:

He also was a man of God who stood up for his faith, who challenged pagans, who was willing to confront people. Into the Middle Ages, he's depicted using the whip against Christians who have fallen astray. He may bring punishment as well as good things—to determine, in other words, whether we've been "naughty or nice." We tend to downplay this side of him—a true and faithful judge of character and someone who is standing for the faith.

“Therefore the people wander like sheep, oppressed for lack of a shepherd.” (Zechariah 10:2 NIV)

It’s easy to forget the purpose of Christmas. This time of year we have so many things that can get in the way: commercialism, traditions, even family and church commitments.

To find the real purpose of Christmas, you have to fast forward from the shepherds, the wise men, and the dirty stable. We have to go to a statement Jesus made during his adult years about why he came: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10 NIV).

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus came to Earth to seek and save the lost.

Jesus uses three stories in the gospel of Luke to demonstrate what it means to be lost: the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. They teach us that when we’re disconnected from God, we lose:

Our direction (Parable of the Lost Sheep): The Bible says in Isaiah 53:6, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Sheep don’t intend to get lost; it’s just what they do naturally. So do we. By our own nature, we follow our own way. When we do that, we lose our way.

God’s protection (Parable of the Lost Sheep): Sheep have no natural defense system, so a sheep without a shepherd is a goner. That sounds like us. The Bible says, “Therefore the people wander like sheep, oppressed for lack of a shepherd” (Zechariah 7:2). Without a relationship with God, we’re vulnerable to stress we were never meant to have.

Our full potential (Parable of the Lost Coin): One coin can be a part of much good, but that coin has no potential if it’s lost. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!" (CEV) The potential of those who are connected to God is immeasurable; the potential that’s lost for those who do not have a relationship with God is equally immeasurable.

Our happiness (Parable of the Lost Son): After the son left his father’s care and began to go his own way, it didn’t take long for him to become miserable and lonely. There’s a lot of miserable people who are choosing to go their own way and not God’s way. Being disconnected from God will eventually ruin our happiness.

Our home in Heaven (The Parable of the Lost Son): God lets us rebel while we are here on Earth, but there are no rebels in Heaven. Preparing for the next life is the best use of this life. God gives us our way. If we want to live without him on Earth, he’ll let us live without him for eternity.

Being disconnected from God has vast, devastating, and eternal consequences. If you’re living disconnected from God, don’t wait. Connect with him today.

I may be an old goat but I sure ain't no old sheep!

Without him my happiness has not changed!

The reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus came to Earth to seek and save the lost.

Not sure about that.
I demand to see his long-form birth certificate!

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