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Hagee’s Christmas Sermon: ‘Don’t Like Hearing Merry Christmas? Get Out of This Christian Country’

On a Christmas sermon broadcast on Dec. 22, John Hagee told atheists and humanists that if they do not like living in a Christian nation, “you can just exercise your right to leave the country.” The televangelist, who regularly rails against non-Christians during his broadcasts, directly addressed the non-believers during his War on Christmas sermon.

“Life , liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be endangered in any way if someone says Merry Christmas,” he told the atheists and humanists that he believed may have been watching his broadcast. “This is the United States of America, which was founded by Christians on Christian principles according to the word of God.”

He further emphasized to the cheering in-house crowd that, “Contrary to what some people in Washington are saying, we are still one nation under God.”

However, Hagee’s message failed to address the fact a closer look of history reveals that the founding Christian fathers would have likely fined those offering Christmas greetings five shillings for excessive merriment if they lived in Boston in the late 1600’s and insisted on celebrating the holiday, which was seen as a sinful diversion.  In England, the Puritan Parliament’s understanding of Christmas according to God’s word actually included turning the holiday into a time of fasting and humiliation for all the excessive joy and partying of Christmas past.

In fact, among the earliest American Christians, those most likely to be offended by Hagee’s so-called “Christian prayer” of saying ‘Merry Christmas’ would have actually been the most devout, since it was those that took to the streets with drunken revelry that were seen as celebrating the holiday, not the pious.

Historical inaccuracies aside, Hagee remained resolute that the non-Christians should leave his Christian nation, or at least tune out the Christianity all around them with their late 80’s style listening device.

“If you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy To The World,’ you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer, or you can just exercise your right to leave the country,” he suggested to those offended by Christmas. “Planes are leaving every hour on the hour, get on one.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Hagee Broadcast

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