October 26, 2017 – It always amazes me that when someone important is in trouble – or anyone who has done wrong – tries to lay blame on anyone else, or in this case, something else.
Bill O’Reilly usually blames the media, especially the New York Times, for his bad behavior. He blames them for “leaking” the story that he paid some $32 million to a female colleague who accused him of sexual harassment to somehow discredit him. Now, according to CNN Money news and other media, he is blaming a higher power, God.
On a recent episode of his web broadcast, “No Spin News” and reported by numerous news sources, O’Reilly stated without hesitation that he is mad at God for not protecting him from “this stuff.”
“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.”
This stuff, it appears, are the numerous allegations of sexual harassment resulting in his being fired from Fox News.
Visiting his “official” Facebook page, he wrote;
“I’m not going to run and hide because I didn’t do anything wrong. The New York Times wants to take me out of the marketplace… they know I am at a disadvantage because I cannot comment on any case that has been resolved.”
He did do something wrong. Not once or twice, but enough times that even Fox saw the evil in his actions. Additionally, there is no proof that the NYT is out to get O’Reilly “out of the marketplace.”
What O’Reilly is planning is to appear on talk shows with friendly commentators, such as Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. To stay in “friendly territory” to minimize what he has done – make payouts to multiple women who have accused him of sexual harassment.
Now you know my position of the Judo-Christian god or any god for that matter. I am an atheist, one who does not believe in gods or the supernatural. So blaming a nonentity for the foibles of one’s behavior is ludicrous. His behavior is his and his alone, and if O’Reilly does not take the blame, how can he be trusted to tell the “truth,” even if that truth is unsubstantiated lies and gossip.
I do not know which Christian god O’Reilly believes in: the god loving all-powerful, the god of prosperity, or the god of vengeance and terror. For that matter, I do not know if he is a true believer. I cannot believe most things he has said concerning this issue growing importance.
I cannot say that I have been an angel over the years. I have done things of which I am now not proud. But I am not going to blame someone or something else for my behavior. If I have sinned, I alone am to blame. I apologize to those I have hurt and ask for your forgiveness.
We have not heard the last of the Bill O’Reillys. We will hear of more and more men demeaning women in the cruelest ways imaginable. They will be men of power, of government, of media, of business and of industry. They will be names we know and those we do not. They will be men who live in gated communities and our next door neighbor.
I never had an appreciation of O’Reilly, but it has slipped to the depths. To blame God for the lack of personal protection from allegations of sexual harassment is lower than low.