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Sarah Palin at Liberty University on 12/4/2013 (Screenshot)
While on tour promoting her new Christmas-themed book Good Tidings and Great Joy, Tea Party icon Sarah Palin stopped at Liberty University, on Wednesday, where she spoke to an enormous audience about the so-called “war on Christmas.”
In typical fashion, the event was highlighted by a number of Palin’s crazy, colloquialism-laced outbursts about America being a Christian nation (or whatever).
“The message of Christmas is a message of real hope,” Palin said, “not the hopey-changey-dopey stuff you hear coming out of Washington, but real hope in our Lord, and our foundation in this country, being the Judeo-Christian faith, that helps provide, really, all the foundation in our charters of liberty, in our Constitution, [and] our Declaration of Independence.”
She went on to rant about Americans who want to “abort Christ from Christmas,” saying that they’re “angry atheists armed with an attorney,” and are offended by seeing “a plastic Jewish family on somebody’s lawn — a nativity scene, that’s basically what it is, right?”
On-stage with Palin, was Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. — son of the late televangelist whose right-wing claims to fame included blaming 9/11 on “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays, and the lesbians…the A.C.L.U., [and] People for the American Way,” whose wickedness, he suggested, had incurred God’s wrath.
One of the funnier (and more embarrassing) moments of Palin’s speech was her off-the-cuff comment about Fox News. ”Thank you for advertising on Fox News, by the way, Liberty University, thank you,” Palin said, “that’s where you’re gonna get some good information, folks.” Despite being in the conservative belly of the beast, that last bit elicited laughter from the audience. Apparently, even right-wing Liberty University students are aware of Fox News’ level of (cough) journalistic standards.
Sarah Palin talks atheists and Christmas at Liberty University, (12/4/2013):