FL - Dr. Jerry Falwell announced today that he is urging thousands of pastors and churches to join Liberty Counsel's "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign." For the past 50 years, Dr. Falwell has been the pastor of the 24,000 member Thomas Road Baptist Church. He is also Chancellor of Liberty University, the largest evangelical university in the world.
In his weekly "Falwell Confidential" sent to a half million subscribers, including tens of thousands of pastors, Dr. Falwell stated: "I am calling upon thousands of pastors and churches to join Liberty Counsel's 'Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.' We must draw a line in the sand and resist bullying tactics of the ACLU and others who intimidate school and government officials by spreading misinformation about Christmas. Celebrating Christmas is constitutional."
Thomas Road Baptist Church is sponsoring local newspaper ads promoting the Christmas Campaign. The ads, which are available in different sizes, point out that celebrating Christmas is still legal in schools, on public property and in private businesses. The ads also offer free legal assistance by Liberty Counsel to individuals facing persecution for celebrating Christmas. Liberty Counsel provides a free educational legal memo, with a pledge to be the "Friend" to those entities which do not discriminate against Christmas and a "Foe" to those that do.
The idea for church participation in the "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign" began last year when the largest church in Alaska, Anchorage Baptist Temple, pastored by Dr. Jerry Prevo, launched the
Campaign in Alaska by running newspaper ads. Commenting on the Campaign, Dr. Prevo stated: "The ads were a greater success than I had ever imagined. We received an outpouring of community support, and best of all, the preemptive measures resulted in not one incident of religious discrimination. I would encourage every pastor and church to participate."
We are thrilled to see so many pastors and churches promoting the Christmas Campaign. For too many years we have remained silent while the ACLU and others like them have played the role of the Grinch. We will no longer remain silent. We have no intention of letting misinformation chase our religious liberty or our religious heritage from the public marketplace. It's time to set the record straight - Christmas is constitutional.
Earlier this year Liberty Counsel announced that thousands of public school teachers and administrators, who are members of Christian Educators Association International, are also joining the "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign."