Sarah Palin coming to Mall of America to sign copies of her new "War on Christmas" book
Vice Presidential candidate-turned-unintentional punchline Sarah Palin will be signing copies of her new book at the Mall of America's Barnes & Noble store on Friday, November 22 from 6 until 8 p.m.
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The book, entitled "Good Tidings and Great Joy," explores "the traditional roots and true meaning of Christmas," according to a press release. In other words, it's about one of the gravest threats confronting our civilization today -- the "War on Christmas."
A Time Magazine piece published today hits a few of the book's "highlights":
For readers who want classic Palin, have cheer. There are plenty of references to "dopey-hopey-changey things you hear from politicians," criticisms of the Lamestream Media, digs at "cultural elites," jokes about NPR-loving liberals, mentions of the "unfolding train wreck of Obamacare" and even an allusion to death panels...
A central trope in the book is Palin's disgust and frustration at people saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." While hitting on various points about the commercialization of the holiday (it's good, it's bad, it's beside the point), she extolls businesses like Hobby Lobby that use religious imagery in advertisements and shames businesses like Target and Wal-Mart who have eschewed Christmas for more politically correct terms...
In many ways, Christmas is just the occasion for Palin's book. She argues that Christians are being reviled and marginalized in American society--and that Christian faith should be more central to culture, politics, schools and public squares. Some chapters lean heavy on the evangelism, as she recounts Biblical stories and advocates for more Christ in Christmas. "God," she writes, "is the only cure for what ails us."
The book makes no mention of Palin's future political plans, but with all her doom-and-gloom talk about the marginalization of Christianity in American society, we can't help but dream about how fun a Palin/Bradlee Dean 2016 presidential ticket would be .
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