Holy crap, this might be a whole new level of the right wing just giving into their anger and panic over the fact that Americans were willing to elect a black Democrat as President twice in a row. Bill O’Reilly brought this religious crank, Robert Jeffress, on the basically argue that Obama is the opening act for the Anti-Christ. I mean, he clearly wants you to believe that Obama is basically the Anti-Christ, but he knows that argument sounds crazy. So he, uh, tries to dial it down by saying, no, he’s just the warm-up act. Of course, that still means he believes that the Anti-Christ is coming and that Obama works directly for Satan, but in nutty Christian talk, saying Obama is merely a horseman of the apocalypse instead of the big boss is taken for moderation.
The argument goes like this: Obama is conditioning people to accept a level of tyranny—at this point, O’Reilly injects some comments about Nazis that make it sound like Hitler was a minor player warming people up to the greater evil that is Obama—so that when the Anti-Christ comes, we’re too dumb from our daily beatdowns to resist. These are the three things that Jeffress cites as reasons to believe that Obama opposes freedom:
- The right to an abortion
- The right to have your health insurance cover contraception
- The right to marry someone of your own gender
Yes, if you read that carefully, you’ll notice that the three things that Jeffress cites as assaults on “freedom” are themselves actual freedoms. But they are freedoms held by women and gay people. If a woman or a gay person has a right, by conservative logic, then the right is not actually a right but instead an assault on rights. Women and gays: So evil that we can turn actual rights into assaults on freedom just by having them.
I look forward to next week, when O’Reilly brings on a guest to posit a new theory, which is that Obama is actually an evil wizard who has taken over the White House by magic in order to cast a magic spell causing the conservative white men of America to suddenly believe they like rap music, hipsters, and soccer. Hey, it’s equally plausible.