Former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is worried “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.”
Speaking at Liberty University on Thursday, Palin addressed the "War on Christmas," and the "angry atheists" out to ruin the holiday for everyone else. Palin invoked the words of Founders like Thomas Jefferson -- who she said despite his writings on the separation of church and state -- would be up in arms against people attempting to "abort Christ from Christmas."
Palin said that Jefferson's message has been grossly distorted by atheists attempting to use him for their own agenda, and argued that the nation's third president would be on the side of Christians fighting to celebrate the holiday.
"Thomas Jefferson today, 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. He would recognize, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. They are not the majority of Americans."
She also complained that there is a double standard that somehow makes it okay for atheists to take offense at public displays of religion on government grounds, but religious people can't get offended when they believe "their holiday" is being undermined. Palin concluded that people should follow Jefferson's example and refuse to "sit down and shut up."
How ironic is it that Palin chose Jefferson to use in her paranoid "War on Christmas" fantasy? In reality, Jefferson very clearly rejected the superstitions and mysticism of Christianity that Palin and other conservative Christians continue to embrace...including the notion of a virgin birth, the supposed “reason for the season."
In a letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams:
"And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."
If Ms. Palin ever picks up a history book, she will likely be calling for the posthumous impeachment of Thomas Jefferson during next year's certain "War on Christmas" season.