O’Reilly: My ‘Jesus’ Movie Gets Bad Reviews Because Of War On Christians

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March 31, 2015 10:38 a.m.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday dismissed all criticism of his new film “Killing Jesus,” saying that the “secular-progressive left” was giving the film bad reviews because it challenged their anti-religious agenda.

“Any embrace of Christian tradition is a danger to the agenda of the left. It was easy to see that in the articles about ‘Killing Jesus,'” he said.

O’Reilly went on to call a review in the “far-left” Guardian newspaper the most “idiotic thing I have ever read in my life.” He also admonished the New York Times for directing readers to a critic who described the Gospels as “myths and legends.”

“I mean really? How insulting is that?” he said.

“There is a struggle in this country for power, for freedom, and for life-affirming behavior,” O’Reilly said. “Judeo-Christian tradition is under assault – there’s no question about that,” he said, adding that the same critics would never mock Islam.

O’Reilly declared himself proud of the film, which was based on his book of the same name, saying it the most-watched program ever on National Geographic.

He recently told CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the Holy Spirit came to him in the middle of the night and “directed” him to write “Killing Jesus,” making use of his gifts given to him by God.

“One night I just woke up and went, ‘killing Jesus.’ And I believe, because I’m a Catholic, that comes from the Holy Spirit,” O’Reilly said.

Despite O’Reilly’s insistence that the words were divinely inspired, the title was very similar to his two previous books, “Killing Lincoln,” and “Killing Kennedy,” and the subsequent “Killing Patton.”

Monday wasn’t the first time O’Reilly had shown particular sensitivity about the film.

Earlier this month, CNN reporter Tom Kludt, formerly of TPM, was denied access to National Geographic’s red carpet event for “Killing Jesus.” According to Kludt, a channel publicist referred to his “recent coverage on Bill O’Reilly.”

Business Insider brought this up to National Geographic’s senior vice president of communications, who cited space constraints at the venue.

Watch the clip, courtesy of Fox News:

h/t Raw Story

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