The Pilgrims Were Behind The Original War On Christmas

While Religious Right activists like Pat Robertson regularly rail against the terrible oppression Christians in America suffer due to the liberals’ supposed “War on Christmas,” his very own show, “The 700 Club,” reminded us today who led the original “War on Christmas” in America: the Pilgrims.

Reporter Paul Strand reported today on how the Pilgrims were “some of history's most fervent opponents of Christmas.”

In her Patheos blog yesterday, Beth Allison Barr reminded us of how the War on Christmas went down in England:

Here’s the story in brief–as related by Diane Purkiss in The English Civil War: While Charles I was fighting during the 1640s for his crown (which he would lose along with his life in 1649), an increasingly radical Parliament governed England. In the words of Purkiss, “that transhistorical killjoy a Parliamentary subcommittee” was created in 1643 to reform the Church of England. It regarded the liturgical calendar of medieval Christianity as both a symbol of Catholicism and a distraction from the Gospel. Sunday was the only holy day worth honoring. All other festivals, including Christmas, should be cancelled.

Of course, this was easier said than done. Christmas was a beloved holiday revered in Tudor England. Asking people to give up Wassailing and Twelfth Night cake, not to mention their days off work, proved nigh impossible. Many people simply ignored the parliamentary decree of the “Solemn League and Covenant” subcommittee in 1643 and refused to go to work on Christmas day. Parliament cracked down in 1644 with an ordinance enforcing the Sunday fast day instead of the usual Christmas feast; in 1645 Parliament again declared Sunday and occasional celebrations as the only recognized holidays; finally in 1647 Parliament issued an ordinance officially cancelling all Christmas and Lenten celebrations, even arresting clergy preaching Christmas day sermons.

Despite initial resistance, this “War on Christmas” almost succeeded. Purkiss argues that the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658 is what really “saved” Christmas (my apologies to Kirk Cameron’s movie last year). Although the ordinances were never fully realized–mobs forced Christmas celebrations in some areas–and even though the popularity of Edward Fisher’s 1649 defense of Christmas–which sold 6000 copies–suggests continued support for the holiday season, Purkiss argues that most people were beginning to conform “sulkily” by the 1650s. As Purkiss writes, “if the republic had lasted ten years longer, the old festive calendar would have been dead beyond recall.”

Mike Huckabee: LGBT Troops Destroying Military Morale

Earlier this month, Mike Huckabee joined American Family Radio host Dan Celia at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he was asked about the “twisted ideology” allegedly destroying the U.S. military.

Huckabee, who has previously pledged to restore Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and defended a ban on trans service members, denounced Obama administration efforts to permit open service by LGBT troops.

“The morale in our military has never been lower,” Huckabee said. “Among our service men and women, there is a great sense of discouragement because they did not sign up to be a part of a special club to try out social experiments to appease those who push for political correctness.”

Instead of focusing on keeping the country safe, Huckabee said, “there has been such a focus to making sure that we have same-sex relationships that were celebrated in the military, that we push for a complete inclusion and even the taxpayer-funded payment of transgender surgery for service persons who believe that they are another gender. I cannot imagine why we would spend a dime changing the gender of someone in the military when we have vets coming back without arms and legs that are waiting months in a VA facility, that is inexcusable.”

He then claimed that military service members shouldn’t “cook meals, build schools, make nice shelters and do the work of the Peace Corps,” since the “purpose of the United States military is to kill people and break things and to create the most awesome, feared force on the face of the earth.” Only then, he said, will America’s enemies “respect us.”

Huckabee also addressed the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, which he once again labeled an “illegal and unconstitutional” ruling that should be ignored.

He blamed President Obama for the outcome of the ruling by “congratulating them on their sexual identity and sexual preference” and having “celebrated same-sex marriage” when he called openly gay athletes Jason Collins and Michael Sam after they came out of the closet.

After criticizing Obama’s support for marriage equality along with the major corporations that “put rainbows up on their website celebrating same-sex marriage,” Huckabee said “we would not be where we are in that decision had a president not given it the cultural kind of acceptance and the authenticity and the authenticating that he did.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo Urges Military To Defy Obama On Gitmo Closure

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., sent a letter to the Joint Chiefs of Staff last month, also signed by 15 of his fellow GOP congressman, urging the military leaders to “seek appropriate legal advice before following any executive order to transfer Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) detainees to the United States.” Pompeo told the Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney yesterday that the letter was a way of telling service members that members of Congress “have their back” if they choose to defy an executive order meant to close the detention facility.

“It’s unconscionable to put our military leaders in this position, where the commander in chief asks of them something that is unlawful,” Pompeo told Gaffney. “And my intention was not to put pressure on those amazing soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, but rather to inform everyone that you can’t ask folks in the military to execute an unlawful order. And I hope that they understand that there members of Congress that have their back in the event that they choose to make a decision that comports with their duty.”



Huckabee: 'Duplicitous' And 'Irrational' Liberals Have Aligned With Islamists

During the debacle in Houston when lawyers for the city’s mayor issued and then withdrew subpoenas for the sermons of a handful of pastors who were campaigning for the repeal of a nondiscrimination ordinance, Mike Huckabee was “outraged” that “pastors would be told to turn over their sermons.” He said this “trampling of religious liberty” was a violation of the First Amendment that reminded him of the government persecution of Christians in North Korea.

Now, it seems that Huckabee has changed his tune, telling “Trunews” host and far-right conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles yesterday that the government should have no qualms about monitoring mosques because Christian pastors would have no problem turning their sermons over to the government.

He went on to say that liberals are “protective” of Muslims, insisting that the government monitoring of houses of worship is “perfectly legitimate.”

“Is the left in an alliance with Islam because they both share a common enemy, or actually two common enemies, Christianity and Israel?” Wiles then asked.

Huckabee agreed: “It’s hard for me to even get my arms around why the left is so protective of the religion of Islam, especially when the left wants to embrace homosexual rights and yet Islam would carry out the death penalty for a person who is homosexual.” (Of course, Huckabee recently addressed a summit led by a Christian pastor who advocated for the government to put gay people to death if they don’t repent).

“There is such an irrational position on the part of leftists,” he continued. “You have these positions that are supposedly so sacred to the people on the left, protecting abortion, protecting same-sex marriage, protecting homosexual rights, protecting transgenderism, well, go to Tehran and get out on the town square and make a big speech advocating transgender rights and let’s see how long you last in Tehran saying that or in Riyadh. You’re not going to live to tell about it. So it’s irrational to the point of almost being laughable that the left pretends to believe something but then everything they do is in violation of the things they claim that they believe.”

He went on to question why liberals believe it’s a “Christian responsibility” to accept Syrian refugees when they are waging war on Christmas and believe in the separation of church and state.

“It just shows how utterly duplicitous they are in all their views and what phony hypocrites they are,” he said, adding: “The left lives in la-la-land.”

Scott Lively Names Anti-Gay 'Inquisition' Advocate Theodore Shoebat Among The Anti-Gay 'Heroes' Of 2015

Earlier this week, extremist anti-gay activist Scott Lively released his list of the "Top Ten Pro-Family Heroes of 2015," highlighting anti-gay activists "who showed courage under fire or whose words and actions gave special encouragement to our movement."

As the "2015 Pro-Family Hero of the Year," Lively rewarded Brian Camenker of MassResistance with a $500 donation and urged his supporters to financially support these other "worthy organizations" to "help them in their work":

1) 2015 Pro-Family Hero of the Year
Brian Camenker, MassResistance, for consistent dogged determination, effective activism, and optimism in the face of overwhelming opposition in the most homosexual-controlled state in the union.

2) Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel, for his bold, principled defiance of the United States Supreme Court in the Obergefell “gay marriage” ruling, and his defense of conscientious objector Kim Davis who refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals in Kentucky.

3) Janet Folger, Faith 2 Action, for her tenacious “Restrain the Judges” campaign, culminating in a press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court asking Congress to remove jurisdiction over “gay marriage” from the United States Supreme Court, and for her subsequent valiant efforts to force SCOTUS to reconsider its Obergefell decision.

4) Arthur Goldberg, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) for standing firm through a terrible lawsuit brought against JONAH by the Southern Poverty Law Center claiming that offering recovery to homosexuals amounted to consumer fraud under New Jersey law.

5) Peter LaBarbera, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, for his consistently gracious and courageous cultural analysis, activism and journalism at great personal cost.

6) David Kupelian,, for his ongoing fearless publication of the truth and his newest book, “The Snapping of the American Mind.”

7) J. Matt Barber of for establishing a wonderful new medium for Christian witness and defense of the truth.

8) Diane Gramley, American Family Association of PA, for her steady, persistent and unflappable defense of family values. 

9) Dr. Michael Brown, Line of Fire Radio Ministry, for the encouragement he has provided to the movement with his fearless radio commentary and especially new book, Outlasting the Gay Revolution.

10) Dr. Don Welch: Center for Enriching Relationships, for being the first-named of three litigants against California’s SB1172 law preventing professional psychotherapists from helping gender identity confused adolescents who possess a biblical worldview.

In addition to these "heroes," Lively also provided a list of those who "deserve honorable mention" and one name, more than any other, jumped out at us: 

Rev. Franklin Graham, for his many media appearances in which he courageously articulated the truth.

Robert Reilly, for his outstanding book, “Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything.” 

Anne Paulk, executive director of Restored Hope Network for pulling the remnants of Exodus International back together and moving forward with grace, energy and truth.

Robert Oscar Lopez for his many articles, his brave stand, his amicus brief in the Obergefell case, and his book “Jephthah’s Daughters.”

Bryan Fischer and AFR radio for outstanding exposition of and defense of the truth.

Pastor Steve Branson, Village Parkway Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX for his strong public support of Master Sgt. Phillip Monk

The pastors who championed the HERO case in Houston, TX.

Dr. Steven Hotze, Conservative Republicans of Texas

Bill Wiesner,, Michigan.

Aaron and Melissa Kline, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Oregon.

Baronelle Stutzman, Arlene’s Flowers, Richland, Washington.

Jack Phillips, Masterpiece Cake Shop, Lakewood, CO.

Kim Davis, Morehead, KY.

Ed Hernandez and Mark Bonkiewicz, Nebraskans for Founders Values.

Phil Sevilla, Texas Leadership Coalition

Bradlee Dean:

David Skinner of England.

Julio Sevaro of Brazil.

Theodore Shoebat

Very Special Thanks to pro-family hero Linda Harvey of Mission America for her help in compiling this list.

Theodore Shoebat is, of course, a truly deranged anti-gay activist who has openly and repeatedly called for a"global inquisition" to force gay people to either submit to Christianity or be put to death:

Huckabee: 'Dangerous' Gun Control Laws Turn Us Into 'Total Servants Of The State'

Yesterday, Mike Huckabee spoke with “Trunews” host Rick Wiles about the massacre in San Bernardino, where he repeatedly pushed the now debunked claim that the two shooters posted praise for martyrdom and terrorism on social media.

“Trunews” was the perfect home for such speculation: Wiles himself is a master conspiracy theorist who thinks Obama is the Antichrist, a Hitler-like terrorist and “Luciferian Illuminatus” who will declare that he’s God and proved his Satanic roots when a housefly landed on him; urged people to flee the U.S. due to gay marriage, which he thinks will lead to mass deaths; and once hoped that Ebola would “solve America’s problems with atheism and homosexuality” by giving the country a “great attitude adjustment.”

When Wiles told Huckabee that liberals don’t care about the lives lost in San Bernardino, Huckabee claimed that liberals are “living in the Twilight Zone” and are only pushing stricter gun laws to allow the government to begin “controlling people” and “making people total servants of the state.”

Wiles: I don’t think the Left cares that 14 people were killed, I really don’t think they care.

Huckabee: They’re able to sock that away in a whole different dimension. It’s almost as if they’re living in the Twilight Zone. They can make a neat separation between reality and what their policies are and they don’t have to match. The reason they keep pushing for things like gun control even though gun control would not have stopped the San Bernardino killers, gun control wouldn’t have done anything to stop Sandy Hook, wouldn’t have stopped the Colorado shooter, you can go on and on.

Even though there’s no evidence whatsoever that the proposals they put forth would stop the very things they’re crying about, they keep putting it forth anyway because it’s not about protecting people, it’s not about — the real agenda, it’s about control, controlling people, making people total servants of the state and it’s a very dangerous political philosophy to adhere to.

Sarah Palin Identifies With Ben Carson's Struggle To 'Dig Into The Idiosyncrasies' Of Policy

In an interview with Newsmax’s J.D. Hayworth broadcast yesterday, former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin somewhat condescendingly praised Ben Carson’s “innocence,” which she said makes the presidential candidate “the antithesis of Hillary Clinton.”

Palin, however, seemed to identify with some of Carson’s struggles to master foreign policy issues, saying that “it is tough, jumping up there on a national stage when you hadn’t been there before to really dig into the idiosyncrasies of some of the issues the details of some of our especially foreign policy issues.” 

She added that she admires that Carson is “not letting political consultants or those around him who would ever kind of want to change his message, just not letting anybody try to shape you or mold you into something that some consultant wants you to be.”

All of this, she said, was in contrast to Clinton, who is “still trying to buffalo voters into choosing” her even though she was by President Obama’s side and “shining his boots” while he was “growing government and creating this less secure, less sovereign nation of ours, fundamentally transforming it.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 12/16/15

  • Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches: Party of Religious Liberty Botches Debate on Religion and the Constitution.
  • Imagine 2050: Maria Espinoza launches Congressional bid, seeks to bar Muslim immigration.
  • David Edwards @ Raw Story: Speaker at Trump rally: ‘I believe he was sent from God’ to stop ‘this oppression from illegal aliens’.
  • Joe Jervis: Austin Ruse: Send Money To Stop JMG.
  • Warren Throckmorton: News from the Alternative Universe: David Barton Builds Support for Ted Cruz in the Midwest.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 12/16/15

  • Franklin Graham says conservative Christians must "get out and vote" in 2016 and "elect candidates at all levels that most closely support biblical values and principles" because "this may be the most important election in our nation’s history."
  • Alan Keyes is not a fan of Donald Trump.
  • Rafael Cruz, father of GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, will soon be releasing a new book "urging people of faith to get involved in politics," presumably by voting for his son.
  • Steve Deace has half-heartedly apologized for slamming Carly Fiorina for going "full vagina" during last night's GOP debate.
  • Finally, Linda Harvey says that Christians must continue to fight gay marriage: "It's a moral imperative to refuse to honor such immorality. Christians especially have not just a right, but a duty to our children and grandchildren to lawfully resist this deviance in America."

Mohler Reminds Christians That Birth Control Started 'Sexual Misbehavior' Slippery Slope

Albert Mohler’s most recent book, “We Cannot Be Silent,” got a lot of attention for the Southern Baptist leader’s argument that Christians should boycott gay family member’s weddings. But that was just part of Mohler’s thesis, which he started with a history of “the breakdown of marriage as an institution,” including widespread contraceptive use, liberalized divorce laws and cohabitation.

In an interview with the “Christian Worldview” radio program on Saturday, Mohler went over this argument again, chastising Christians for failing to realize that the “moral revolution” that led to marriage equality started with birth control (which evangelical women use at a higher rate than the population as a whole).

“We are clearly at a very important turning point, but you have to go back to the early 20th century when sexual revolutionaries largely funded an effort to separate sex and procreation, and that was birth control,” he said. “And most Christians seem to think today that birth control was just something that came along as something of a scientific or medical development. They fail to see that it was driven by moral revolutionaries who knew that you couldn’t have a moral revolution, you especially couldn’t have a sexual revolution, unless you could separate sex and babies.”

“You know,” he said, “one kind of sexual misbehavior leads to the rationalization of another, and thus we couldn’t have the Obergefell decision that came this June, we couldn’t have the legalization of same-sex marriage, if there hadn’t been a lot of sexual revolution before we got there.”

The program’s host, David Wheaton, also asked Mohler to address his advice on Christians attending the weddings of gay friends and family members, which Mohler said they should “absolutely not” do “because to participate in a same-sex wedding in any way is uniquely to give an affirmation of it.”

“That’s the one thing Christians can’t do,” he said. “We can do our very best to be good neighbors to all people who may be around us and next to us, we should not seek to segregate ourselves. You know, we go to a Little League game, if there’s a same-sex couple who are parenting their kid who’s on the same Little League team as our kid, there’s every reason to go sit next to them in order to establish a relationship to share the gospel, but going to a wedding is the one thing we can’t do.”

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