Former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is worried “angry atheists” want to “abort Christ from Christmas.”
When asked what Jefferson would think about the supposed “War on Christmas,” Palin said:
“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.”
Palin tried to assert 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, in fact, be on the side of Christians fighting to celebrate the holiday.
However, many would disagree with Palin’s analysis. Jefferson would probably not associate himself with the conservative and at times paranoid views of Sarah Palin and Fox News. Indeed, given the historical record, Jefferson would probably reject the notion that Christianity be forced into the public square at all.
In fact, Jefferson explicitly 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”:
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.
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