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Zombies vs. Jesus
Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly

Posted on 04/06/2013 5:56:58 AM PDT by Kaslin

On Easter Sunday evening, a TV show about good and evil aired on the History Channel -- the final installment of "The Bible" miniseries in which Jesus is executed. AMC ran the season-ending episode of "The Walking Dead" -- the series where zombies try to eat the brains of human beings. One footnote: The world might have been a better place had the zombies preemptively gotten to the guy who thought up this series in the first place.

Anyway, the zombies won. They beat Jesus in the ratings, especially among viewers ages 18 to 49.

What lesson can be derived from Jesus losing to the walking dead? Well, it proves that about 12 million Americans want to see blood and gore. Wait -- there was plenty of that in the Bible's crucifixion scenes. Maybe the zombie viewers simply wanted cheap thrills. Yeah, that's it. Cheap thrills triumphed over a spiritual experience. Cannibalism beat baptism.

Base entertainment almost always beats highbrow stuff. But watching flesh-eating zombies on Easter does put a different spin on things, does it not? I mean, how soon can we digest dismemberment on television after eating our baked ham dinner? One hour? Two?

At least Jesus was in context. The New Testament says the son of God rose from the dead on Easter. The zombies rise from the dead whenever their makeup is finished.

Honestly, I have no idea what this zombie phenomenon is all about. Way back in the 1960s, I saw the first modern zombie movie: "Night of the Living Dead." Things were creeping along OK until a little girl turned into a zombie and tried to eat her mom. At that point, my entire group decided enough was enough, and we bolted out of the theater.

But today that scene would be tame. Now zombie kids will eat their entire families if given the opportunity. Depravity doesn't even begin to cover it. Apparently, we Americans have an unending appetite for gross behavior. Pun intended.

What must Jesus think? Here he is, being nailed to the cross by smirking Romans and getting trounced by TV zombies at the same time. The prince of peace preached that we all should love our neighbors as ourselves. I do not believe that Jesus would condone eating your neighbor even if you are dead.

Many folks who like this zombie business freely admit it's a low form of entertainment. "But so what?" they say. It's fun to envision yourself outsmarting zombies, blasting them to hell with shotguns and then escaping to some tattoo parlor. I guess that's fun in some precincts.

But not for me. I threw in with Jesus even though the guy who played him looked a bit like Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Sure, I knew how the miniseries was going to end, but there are worse things you could do on Easter Sunday -- like watching man-eating zombies.

All I know is this: When Jesus appeared to the apostles after he died, thank God they did not have access to AMC.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: amc; easter; jesus; networktelevision; thewalkingdead
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1 posted on 04/06/2013 5:56:58 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Game of Thrones was the same night, right?


2 posted on 04/06/2013 5:58:27 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Kaslin

the addition to emotion is a really ominous development


3 posted on 04/06/2013 5:59:53 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6YdNmK77k


4 posted on 04/06/2013 6:00:09 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Kaslin

It could be that The Bible vs Walking Dead, was just what cable people had. AMC is on most, even the basic while the History Channel is not.


5 posted on 04/06/2013 6:01:58 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Kaslin

Someone get O’Reilly a maxi-pad, it’s his time of the month.

What a little bitch.


6 posted on 04/06/2013 6:04:14 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Kaslin

Bill O’ Reilly trying to win back “Bible Thumpers”. Sorry Bill you have been exposed as the fraud you are.


7 posted on 04/06/2013 6:05:57 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Good Lord. O’Reilly wrote this? I would be ashamed to sign my name to these jejune monstrosity.


8 posted on 04/06/2013 6:07:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: Kaslin

And this is why DVR/On Demand was invented.

Watch Jesus live, to give deference. Watch Zombies later.


9 posted on 04/06/2013 6:08:10 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: svcw

I have basic and get the HC. My daughter who is 26 chose The Walking Dead while I watched The Bible. I watched most of the series. I think The Walking Dead is the dumbest show on TV but maybe tied with The Bachelor.


10 posted on 04/06/2013 6:09:06 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

God created Norman Reedus (Darryl), so I’m sure he will be understanding in my total and undying affection for him and not mind me watching him after The Bible.

Heeeee


11 posted on 04/06/2013 6:09:28 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: vladimir998

Don’t ask me,I never heard of it. I watched Fox news, but recorded the Bible episodes and watched each episode after the recording was finished


12 posted on 04/06/2013 6:09:33 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Huh?


13 posted on 04/06/2013 6:11:19 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Lazamataz

In the old Celtic language, O’Reilly translates into “blowhard.” If it doesn’t, it should.


14 posted on 04/06/2013 6:13:06 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("The lesser of two evils is, by definition, evil." - Josh Painter)
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To: Kaslin

15 posted on 04/06/2013 6:14:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Future Snake Eater
Someone get O’Reilly a maxi-pad, it’s his time of the month.

And stick it in his mouth.

16 posted on 04/06/2013 6:19:17 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: svcw

Isn’t the Walking Dead an old movie? I remember we went to a Drive-in Movie in St Augustine, Florida back in September of 1966. The first movie they showed was Dracula and the second one was the Walking Dead. Dracula was scary enough for me, but the Walking Dead was even more so. Since that time I have refused to watch horror movies. To me horror movies are very inappropriate on Easter


17 posted on 04/06/2013 6:20:04 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Lets Roll NOW

I agree. Transparent.


18 posted on 04/06/2013 6:20:23 AM PDT by Bayou Dittohead
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To: Kaslin

DVR..JEEZ... this article is so lame. nobody I know watches broadcast anymore. Either Netflix, DVR with burn through the commercials. This is actually an indictment on how these people are so out of touch with what is actually happening in flyover country.


19 posted on 04/06/2013 6:21:17 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Kaslin

O’Reilly is pathetic.

He is writing another book, “Killing Jesus” so he believes himself the authority on the subject. He is in his “I know more than the Bible does” mode. He is writing the book at his own peril.

He mocked the Bible and the movie. It’s time for him to jump on the soapbox and preach “The Bible According To O’Reilly”. Turn him off and shut him down. His book will never enter my home, just like his other drivel.


20 posted on 04/06/2013 6:22:29 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Lets Roll NOW
Bill O’ Reilly trying to win back “Bible Thumpers”. Sorry Bill you have been exposed as the fraud you are.

That's exactly how this reads.

21 posted on 04/06/2013 6:22:50 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Kaslin

This is a stupid article—those who wanted to watch both, watched both. Not simultaneously of course, but with DVRs and numerous reruns of both shows, it’s easy to watch both. I watched both—but watched The Walking Dead on Sunday evening. So I imagine that I was counted as having watched TLD instead of The Bible—wrong!

By the way, for any of you in the market for a new home, houses in Woodbury are real cheap now.


22 posted on 04/06/2013 6:23:53 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Kaslin

Watched TWD on Sunday night and I watched “The Bible” on Monday night.


23 posted on 04/06/2013 6:36:14 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Kaslin
So, the horribly inaccurate action movie version of the Bible produced and contributed to by a bunch of limpwrists failed versus GA rednecks shooting the undead.


From where I'm standing, all is as it should be.
24 posted on 04/06/2013 6:37:17 AM PDT by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: Kaslin

I watch both. Zombies on Sunday and Jesus during the week.

Walking Dead has ended their season.


25 posted on 04/06/2013 6:43:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: House Atreides
By the way, for any of you in the market for a new home, houses in Woodbury are real cheap now.

You're missing the big disconnect, two cultures are at WAR, never to reconcile.

The Culture of Death stalks us all, The Culture of Life begs, pleads and finally screams!

Come Out of Her, You are a sacred set apart people.

King Jesus Rules!

Zombies/ Pagans are already dead.

26 posted on 04/06/2013 6:44:21 AM PDT by STD (One day closer to street justice)
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To: Kaslin

Free Republic doesn’t like O’Reilly? He’s not good enough for us?

A Mormon wasn’t good enough for Free Republic. Romney didn’t hold his mouth quite right when he prayed to Jesus. So, now we have a muslim in the WH.

Is this site for real anymore? Is there absolutely no hope for our nation?


27 posted on 04/06/2013 7:04:11 AM PDT by abclily
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To: abclily

FRee Republic has no use for liberals. If you think BOR or Romney are conservative, maybe you’re lost.

I really have to question the intelligence of anyone who hasn’t figured that out in the length of time you’ve been here.


28 posted on 04/06/2013 7:15:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TennTuxedo

Actually I’m surprised at how often the bible figures in TWD. Finding a bible with an underlined warning was a key scene in the season finale. The governor should have heeded the warning.

Herschel has led the group in prayer on several occasions.


29 posted on 04/06/2013 7:22:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
..whatever it takes to bring attention to himself, BOR will write it, say it or do it

If "The Bible" was an accurate portrayal of the real thing, then there could be an honest discussion--it wasn't--edited to sell and not to tell

In that vein the Walking Dead was probably more honest--perhaps a metaphor for the Obama socialist wasteland that's developing...

30 posted on 04/06/2013 7:28:19 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: abclily

Do I ever agree with YOU! BOR has his flaws, but he is a traditionalist and supports good causes. He bloviates and interrupts...but he is a decent man.

Those who are irritated with his Bible-Thumping phrase obviously did not ‘get’ it. He was absolutely correct in his statement. You cannot fight the gay marriage with the Bible. You must use reason in a court of law.


31 posted on 04/06/2013 7:28:36 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Kaslin

Every time this idiot puts forth an opinion I’m reminded of how glad I am I don’t allow his show in my house any longer.

He wouldn’t know the Bible from a Joel Osteen self-help manual.


32 posted on 04/06/2013 7:30:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: cripplecreek
"Actually I’m surprised at how often the bible figures in TWD. Finding a bible with an underlined warning was a key scene in the season finale. The governor should have heeded the warning.

Herschel has led the group in prayer on several occasions."

And the show doesn't put it across in a condescending manner, either...it's actually done quite fairly.

33 posted on 04/06/2013 7:33:58 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Following BOR is like following a general to the site of his next surrender.

I figured him out the last time a big amnesty fight rolled around. He spent months talking tough on border control only to change his mind the night before the vote and declaring it over. (he was wrong....again)

He’s like a gateway drug to liberalism.


34 posted on 04/06/2013 7:36:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CatherineofAragon
The Bible verse is John 5:29.

“And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, until the resurrection of damnation.”

The governor tossed the bible aside and led his crew into an ambush of walkers.
35 posted on 04/06/2013 7:38:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: abclily

Excellent point and you are so right and it is because of many in here that that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012.


36 posted on 04/06/2013 7:39:11 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: svcw

History Channel has been on basic cable since before there was an AMC.

The Bible has an immediately self limiting audience. Anybody that’s not a devout Christian is immediately not going to watch it because they’re just not interested. But people with certain high levels of devotion also won’t watch it, because they don’t want to see it altered, or might interpret it as craven images.

Zombie fiction doesn’t have that limitation. BOR is turning it into something it isn’t. Non-religious stories automatically have a broader base of appeal than religious stories.


37 posted on 04/06/2013 7:46:33 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: cripplecreek; All

For your information Bill O’Reilly never claimed to be conservative. As a matter of fact he says he is Independent and he is one of those true independents as he goes after both sides. Have you ever seen a liberal who claims to be an Independent, because he is ashamed to admit that he is a democrat. I have not


38 posted on 04/06/2013 7:47:44 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
it is because of many in here that that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012.

Yeah, the GOP is never at fault. /s
39 posted on 04/06/2013 7:48:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

BOR is a joke and he and his followers (that is what they are) can kiss my conservative ass.


40 posted on 04/06/2013 7:50:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: abclily

Liberals that pretend to be conservative aren’t good enough for me. I don’t care what party affiliation they have or what TV network they’re on. BOR is an idiot blowhard, and Romney is a socialist. I don’t want anything to do with either.


41 posted on 04/06/2013 7:50:30 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: cripplecreek

He really is. He did the same thing with homo marriage. He started out railing against it and then, well....he “evolved”, I guess.

I don’t understand how he gets such high ratings.


42 posted on 04/06/2013 7:51:21 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Kaslin

Its obvious he has not watched TWD and does not “get” it. Foolish article, this is.


43 posted on 04/06/2013 7:56:55 AM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: cripplecreek
"The governor tossed the bible aside and led his crew into an ambush of walkers."

The verse really got to him; it was borne out as perfect truth.

That scene, where he's walking past the cell door and then oozes backward to peer inside at the Bible, is a good one, LOL.

44 posted on 04/06/2013 7:57:15 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: discostu

huh? A couple of people have said that, but we do not get it on basic, we went to the next level to include BBC (Top Gear) and it was part of the package.


45 posted on 04/06/2013 8:00:43 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I tried watching it, really bad acting, stupid plot, ridiculous sets - its 30 minutes I’ll never get back.


46 posted on 04/06/2013 8:02:16 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: cripplecreek

“I really have to question the intelligence...” What a liberal argument!


47 posted on 04/06/2013 8:03:45 AM PDT by abclily
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To: Kaslin

I think you are correct.
I tried looking it up but couldn’t find anything about it, still think you are correct.


48 posted on 04/06/2013 8:05:40 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: abclily

Kinda like your liberal argument that FR doesn’t like Mormons.

That could have come right out of the mouth of Al Sharpton but you’re the “victimist” who spit it out.

It must be my so called hatred of Mormons that led me to post the daily Glenn Beck TV thread every day for a year.


49 posted on 04/06/2013 8:09:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: svcw

You’re cable company is odd. History Channel has been in the basic package for as long as it’s been around. Now they have some “spinoffs”, Military History and History International, that are in the deep cable section. But regular History is basic.


50 posted on 04/06/2013 8:11:03 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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