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The War on Christmas - The Big Picture
Guests: Governor Lincoln Chafee

"Whenever the far left viciously attacks, you know you're on to something. Every year when we report secular progressive assaults on the traditions of Christmas, the crazy left loons begin a vitriolic campaign to diminish me and this program. No intelligent person can possibly see a secular display of Christmas as an imposition of religion. When the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lighted here in New York City last night, no one threw themselves to the ground screaming about Jesus. It was just a fun occasion! Also, you heard an atheist on this program last night saying the federal holiday of Christmas imposes religion on him. What religion would that be? Does the atheist think the government is promoting Mormonism, Lutheranism, Catholicism? After that interview the crazy website people emerged, screaming that I'm wrong and Christianity is indeed a religion. But Christianity is a philosophy; you don't have to believe Jesus is God in order to admire his view on life. If you are stone-cold dumb and don't understand the difference between an organized church and a philosophy, I can not help you. The more intelligent far left people realize that what I am telling you is absolutely correct, but many of them don't care. They want any hint of spirituality out of the public square. The secular progressives want a new America and traditional Christmas is not a part of it!"

The Factor welcomed Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, who attempted to have the state's Christmas tree called a "holiday tree" instead. "Somehow this has erupted into some kind of controversy," Chafee said, "but I did what the previous governor did, which is to call our tree a 'holiday tree.' The main thing is that it's a happy time of year, but we also have to be conscious of changing times. You generate these controversies but they should not be controversies. The tree is in a public building paid for by everybody." The Factor advised Governor Chafee that he is barking up the wrong tree: "There's a tradition to the Christmas tree that supersedes the Governor of Rhode Island, but guys like you come in and say, 'We don't want that tradition any more.' That's what tees people off. You say you want people happy, but they're not happy with you. They want you to call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree!"
Why are secular progressives trying to diminish American traditions?
Guests: Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham entered the No Spin Zone with her reaction to Governor Chafee's interview. "This is the Chafee who stole Christmas," she quipped. "This is supposed to be a time when the entire community in Providence can get together, but the people of Rhode Island think this is ridiculous. This has been going on for about five decades because traditional Christianity and the churches, for the most part, have been resisting the sexual revolution. So the secular progressives and the elites have sought to diminish traditional religion in the public square. In the interview with you, Governor Chafee did what most on the left do - rather than debating the facts, he says everyone who doesn't agree with him needs to evolve and get with the program. There is a very powerful group of elites who are very hostile to conservative Christianity."
Swedish toy company pushing gender-neutral toys
Guests: Gretchen Carlson and Jeanine Pirro

Sweden's leading toy company has a new catalogue featuring little girls brandishing toy guns and little boys with blow driers and vacuum cleaners. Culture Warriors Gretchen Carlson and Jeanine Pirro, both unarmed, reacted. "This is preposterous," Carlson pronounced. "I've been blessed to have a boy and a girl and they go to different toys instinctively. This company is trying to say there is no difference and boys and girls should like the same thing, and my fear is that this will be coming to the United States very soon." Pirro was far more supportive of the company and gender neutrality. "Some of the most famous hairdressers are men, and when I went to law school I was told that I was taking a boy's place. Some people fear that you give a child a toy that is not considered something their gender would want to play with, somehow we're promoting homosexuality."
Are the Powerball winners in for major trouble?
Guests: Steven White and Sandra Hayes

Two unidentified people will share the Powerball jackpot of $587 million, and what can they expect beyond untold riches? The Factor explored that with Sandra Hayes and Steven White, both of whom won multi-million dollar lottery jackpots. "The worst thing was the news media on my front yard," White said. "I come from a quiet background and all of a sudden I had 45 trucks parked across the street from my house. And people view you as a pariah - I've had people I've known for 25 years tell me they couldn't stand the sight of me anymore because I won and they didn't. I experience that every day." Hayes revealed that family, friends, and even complete strangers expected her to share her largess. "People came out of the woodwork and expected me to give my money away. I was getting phone calls and letters from people giving me sob stories and wanting money."
Supreme Court to consider the gay marriage issue
Guests: Megyn Kelly

Fox News anchor and attorney Megyn Kelly looked ahead to the Supreme Court's possible ruling on same-sex marriage. "I think the Supreme Court will take up at least one case," she predicted, "because there are about nine that they have to consider. Some involve Proposition 8 in California and some involve the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. But these cases aren't necessarily going to force the court to face the larger issue of same-sex marriage. The court will deal with little disputes, they're not going to do the big dispute yet." Kelly also looked south to Arkansas, where atheists are objecting because a public school wants to take its children to a production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at a local church. "I don't think this legal challenge will survive," she asserted. "Courts have already held that school assemblies with Christmas songs are legal. This isn't an endorsement of Christianity, it's an educational field trip."
The return of the Great American News Quiz!
Guests: Martha MacCallum and Steve Doocy

After resting and recuperating during election season, Martha MacCallum and Steve Doocy returned to do battle in the Great American News Quiz, this edition focusing on terrible parents. Among the questions: "Where did Michael Jackson dangle his baby over a hotel balcony?" ... "What does the tattoo on Casey Anthony's shoulder say?" Equally rusty after their long layoff, the quiz kids ended their reunion match in a dead heat.
Factor Words of the Day
Viewers sound off
Tracy Villani, Rock Hill, SC: "I should be able to publicly celebrate Christmas without atheists persecuting me."

Richard LoConto, Palmdale, CA: "I am an atheist and Mr. Silverman does not speak for me. I love Christmas because it fosters good will."

Rob Sorensen, Newark, CA: "Bill, you lost your composure with Silverman. You should have been more empathetic and fatherly toward him."

Bill Anderson, Alberta, Canada: "O'Reilly, you are wrong! Christianity is a religion, not a philosophy. Jesus is the Lord."
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