By Tim Peacock
Speaking at Liberty University yesterday to promote her conveniently-timed book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas documenting the secular "War on Christmas," Sarah Palin warned that angry atheists armed with attorneys are out to abort Christ from Christmas.
Arguing that the United States Constitution was created for moral and religious people, Palin made the case that this country isn't for non-religious folks (that's Palin-speak for agnostics and atheists...and probably Muslims too since they never count when Tea Party patriots talk about religious liberty). “If you lose that foundation, John Adams was implicitly warning us, then we will not follow our constitution. There will be no reason to follow our constitution because it is a moral and religious people who understand that there is something greater than self, we are to live selflessly, and we are to be held accountable by our creator. So that is what our constitution is based on, so those revisionists, those in the lamestream media, especially, who would want to ignore what our founders actually thought, felt and wrote about in our charters of liberty...well, that’s why I call them the lamestream media,” she said.
Never mind the fact that Christmas was actually outlawed in parts of Pilgrim-era america due to the extreme Puritan religious beliefs at the time. As times passed, Christmas as a controversial subject fell out of fashion and by the time the American Revolution occurred the concept of Christmas wasn't widely acknowledged or celebrated. Congress was actually in session on Christmas in 1789. (For those who aren't history buffs, that would be the first Christmas our newborn nation would celebrate.) In fact, Christmas as a holiday wasn't officially recognized until June 26, 1870 (just after the Civil War) by President Ulysses S. Grant.
Throughout her speech, Palin continuously referred to Thomas Jefferson and how he'd stand side by side with her on Fox News (you know, were he alive today and not freaked out by modern technology) to help her wage battle in the never-ending "War on Christmas." In fact, she was so sure of it, she ventured to speculate what he'd say about those who don't celebrate the same faux-Christianity-consumerism-driven-holiday-madness day. "He would recognize those who would want to try to ignore that Jesus is the reason for the season, those who would want to try to abort Christ from Christmas," she said of Jefferson. "He would recognize that, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. They are not the majority of Americans."
Apparently, if you make the mistake of wishing someone a Happy Hanukkah or (heaven forbid) Happy Holidays, you're automatically an angry atheist out to destroy the baby Jesus.
"Why is it they get to claim some offense taken when they see a plastic Jewish family on somebody’s lawn – a nativity scene, that’s basically what it is right?" she continued, trying to rope the Jewish community into her War on Christmas. "Oh, they take such offense, though. They say that it physically even can hurt them and mentally it distresses them so they sue, right?" she said.
"But heaven forbid we claim any type of offense when we say, ‘Wait, you’re stripping Jesus from the reason, as the reason for the season,’ but heaven forbid we claim any type of offense. So that double standard, I think Thomas Jefferson would certainly recognize it and stand up and he wouldn’t let anybody tell him to sit down and shut up."
You see, everyone else who celebrates a different holiday in the winter months is just forgetting that we're a Christian nation that makes Jesus the "reason for the season." And you Jewish folks out there have no excuse, either! After all, that Christmas nativity scene portrays historical Jews! You can't be offended! Now put down that funny candle holder and start singing a Christmas carol.
Video of Palin's remarks is below: