Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin launched her media tour this week for her new book that seeks to fight the "war on Christmas" that's being waged by "angry atheists."
"Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," published Tuesday, is Palin's attempt to stop what she calls the "over-commercialization and homogenization" of Christmas.
It's not meant to be a "political lecture, in-your-face type of narrative," Palin told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, but instead a look into what the holiday really means.
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"There is an inherent link between faith and freedom, and if we are not allowed to exercise our expression of faith — whatever that faith may be — then we will be a less, less free country," she said. "Much of this has to do with the ability, the right, the opportunities to celebrate the real reason that we have Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season, and those who are so politically correct who would say, 'You can't say that anymore. You're going to get sued,' … I'm empowering people to understand that no, we have our constitutionally-protected rights to stand up and celebrate the way that we deem."
Palin, who was Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election, also sat down with Newsmax TV Monday and said Americans need to stand up for their religious freedoms when it comes to things like holiday pageants, school concerts, and public displays.
"We see story after story in the news today about the ACLU sending a letter to a local school district saying, heaven forbid you sing a traditional Christmas carol that talks about Bethlehem or anything about Jesus being the reason for the season or you're going to get sued," she told Newsmax.
"A lot of the school districts… cave because they're intimidated and they don't know… that the parents, the families, and the community have their rights to express their faith."
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