Speaking at Liberty University Sarah Palin continued to rant about the ‘war on Christmas’ claiming that “angry atheists” are “trying to abort Christ from Christmas.”
As always she imagines that she is channeling the ghosts of the founding fathers spitting out quotes from Thomas Jefferson, which as always are taken out of context and display her lack of knowledge of the founders and their suspicion of religion.
She told the students that the Constitution was written for moral and religious people and suggested that those who are not religious cannot understand it or appreciate it. This goes along with her insinuation that if one is to be a moral person he must have a religious foundation for that morality.
“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.”
Suggesting that there is something divine about the location of Falwell’s institute of
brainwashing education she says that the fact that Jefferson spent summers at a home nearby may have been what inspired him to help write the founding documents of the nation.
“Thomas Jefferson and his thinking, I believe that much of it fundamentally came from this area, having spent his summers here, having spent influential years here, two miles away from Liberty University, man, there’s something in the water, perhaps, around here – again you are fortunate you get to taste it.”
She makes the absurd and totally false claim that “secularists” want to remove all images of Christianity from Christmas and that they will sue and win when they see someone with a Nativity scene on their front lawn. No such suit would stand a chance of succeeding if it were to be filed and no rational attorney would ever take such a case.
“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? Oh, they take such offense, though. They say that it physically even can hurt them and mentally it distresses them so they sue, right?”
Palin also says that Jefferson would agree that the atheist secularists are out to destroy the Christianity that the nation was founded on, apparently never having read anything that he wrote within the context it was written.
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814
“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus] by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.”
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Short, April 13, 1820
“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.“
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802
It would appear that Jefferson would not support Palin and her radical ideals, nor is it likely that he would imagine that there is some sort of “war on Christmas.”