The absence of historical education in this country hurts me here. (points to heart)
Exhibit A: The View (see below fold)
Ow. It burns! It burns!
And don't tell me that the majority are better than The View, because you know that half of America was nodding their heads to this conversation.
Hat-tip: The equally offended Crooked Timber
How about the complete ignorance in her own religion? Last I checked, there was a lot of things before Jesus. Hint: it's called Judaism.
Sadly, though, this sort of ignorance doesn't boggle my mind anymore. It just creates an "Oh, look, ignoramuses. I've seen them before." sort of feeling.
She probably learned her history at bible school.
Let's see. Homo sapiens sapiens dates back, what 40,000 years (keep in mind, I'm an historian). Judaism dates back some 4,000 years (in a recognizable form). There was nothing before jesus? Then who did he preach to? (Sorry: Then to whom did he preach? (my mom's voice just came to me))
The scary thing is, you are correct. There were a bunch of people yelling at their TV sets. Not at the idiot saying there was nothing before jesus, but yelling at Whoopi (not that that's a bad thing, mind you) for 'disrespectin' christianity.
OK, this person is just a moron even by flat-Earth, 6-day creationist standards. How could there have been prophecies that foretold Jesus' birth (ask any Christian this time of year, then stand back) if...
Oh, forget it. There's just no cure.
I don't think anything predated christians.
A bold statement. Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, David, Solomon -- in your face!!
Apparently, this ignorance "is no longer available" but I'm pretty sure I can fill in the gaps. I don't mind missing out on the idiocy, especially with the strong signs of intelligent life I found over at Crooked Timber. Thanks.