On The O'Reilly Factor tonight, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg discussed the perceived war on Christmas.

Goldberg said he agrees with O’Reilly that Christmas trees should not be called holiday trees and that an atheist ad about Christmas that’s displayed in Times Square is “needlessly offensive.”


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“But this is pretty much where our agreement ends,” Goldberg told O’Reilly. “I don’t think there is a war on Christmas. I think it’s a catchy phrase, that’s about all.” Goldberg said that there are very few non-Christians that take issue with Christmas.

O’Reilly said that nine years ago, major corporations forbid employees from saying “Merry Christmas.” He said that his show outed those companies, which then reversed their policies. He also pointed out that the ACLU has attempted to ban Christmas carols and more from schools, but it has lost nearly all of those battles. This season, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee reversed the practice of calling the statehouse spruce a “holiday tree,” now calling it a Christmas tree once again.

“It isn’t a mythical war on Christmas, it’s real, and we’ve just won,” O’Reilly said.

Goldberg said he thinks these instances are part of a larger, cultural battle between conservatives and liberals.

Watch the clip above for more.