Dust off the history books, folks, and put on your thinking caps, because Sarah Palin is taking us all back to school. In a conversation at Liberty University late last week, Palin continued to promote her book on the “War on Christmas.” Only this time, she brought backup—the Founding Fathers.
This isn’t the Adams or Jefferson you studied in school, however. In Palin’s version, the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence actually only cared about Christians. Never mind that scholars point to the religion of Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, as Deist, NOT Christian. Palin can’t be bothered with such details.
In fact, during the conversation at Liberty, Palin and friends threw around such sweeping statements as: “embracing Christianity over secularism always leads to greater freedom” and
the mainstream media wants to rewrite history. They don’t want you to know that our founders, and then as the years went on, those who fought slavery and wanted equal opportunity and rights for all … these would be considered the moral majority.
Then Palin got specific—riffing on the idea, if you don’t mind my paraphrase, that anyone who isn’t her brand of crazy isn’t welcome here, and never was.
John Adams wrote that our Constitution was created wholly for a moral and religious people and our Constitution would be irrelevant and impossible to follow, it would be no good, it would be inadequate, for any other people. . . . 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 (we are accountable to a Creator) … that is what our constitution is based on.
That’s why I call [the mainstream media] the ‘lamestream’—they’re wrong!
Perhaps the finest moment of the dialogue was when a panelist asked Palin what Thomas Jefferson would say about the “War on Christmas” if he were on Fox News. Palin jumps at the chance to peddle Fox, proclaiming “that’s where you’re going to get some good information, folks!” And then she answers:
He would recognize that those who try to ignore that Jesus is the reason for the season, those who want to abort Christ from Christmas, he would recognize that these are for the most part angry atheists … they are not the majority of Americans.
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, mentally distresses them so they sue, right?. . . 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.
Well, Sarah, I’m pretty sure you just claimed offense—and created some offense of your own.
Palin’s full conversation appears here, with highlights between minutes 9 and 15 ….