Former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin lashed out at atheists when she appeared at Liberty University on December 4, 2013 to promote her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
She told students the U.S. Constitution was written by and for religious people and that nonreligious people were incapable of appreciating its principles and had no reason to follow them.
“If you lose that foundation," Palin said, "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."
Regarding church-state separation, Palin said Thomas Jefferson shared the "thinking" of present-day Liberty University, the religious college founded in 1971 by televangelist Jerry Falwell, and suggested Jefferson would stand up to atheists who want Jesus removed from the Christmas tradition.
“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,” Palin said. “Man, there’s something in the water, perhaps, around here – again you are fortunate you get to taste it.”
“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. “He would recognize that, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. 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?” she said. “Oh, they take such offense, though. They say that it physically even can hurt them and mentally it distresses them so they sue, right?”
“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,” Palin said. “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.”
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