recent piece at The Pacific Standard.
Here is a taste:
The so-called “War on Christmas” has reared its ugly head again.
Conservative Christians—most of them evangelicals—have hit the airwaves
and lecture circuits to warn their followers about the supposed threat
to the only event on the Christian calendar to have the status of a
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin visited Liberty University in
Lynchburg, Virginia, recently to promote her new book and alert
undergraduates and other assorted culture warriors to the way
“revisionists” are trying to turn December into a “winter solstice
season.” She told her audience that “protecting the heart of Christmas”
(the subtitle of her book) is “really about protecting the heart of
Leave it to Palin to use this most sacred of Christian celebrations
for political purposes by comparing its “message of hope and change” to
the “stuff you hear coming out of Washington.”At the heart of Palin’s
defense of Christmas is an understanding that the United States was
founded as, and continues to be, a Christian nation. In her talk to
Liberty students she connected the “War on Christmas” to a much larger
assault on the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage as embedded in our
history and founding documents, concluding that Christianity has made
America an “exceptional” nation.
Read the rest here.