Former half-term governor of Alaska and current Fox News commentator Sarah Palin spoke at Liberty University's convocation on Thursday to attack atheists and promote her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, which also attacks atheists.
RawStory.com reports that Palin told Liberty University students that Thomas Jefferson would oppose "angry atheists armed with an attorney" and "those who would want to try to abort Christ from Christmas" (video below).
“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,” claimed Palin. “He would recognize that, for the most part, these are angry atheists armed with an attorney. They are not the majority of Americans.”
Palin then claimed that Thomas Jefferson would take her side in the supposed "War on Christmas" over lawn decorations, which brought applause from the Christian students.
“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?” said Palin. “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 did not mention by anyone by name who ever claimed a nativity scene would "physically hurt them."
“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,” added Palin. “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.”
According to RightWingWatch.org, The Jefferson Bible, written by Thomas Jefferson, strips away mentions of the virgin birth and angels from the Biblical Books of Matthew and Luke.