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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a proclamation yesterday not just wishing citizens who celebrate it a Merry Christmas — as any governor would do — but suggesting that Christmas was the de facto holiday for the state government, one that everyone enjoys because only Christianity matters.

Making matters worse: the Alabama state seal stamped right at the beginning.

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From Luke 2:11-14, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace, good will toward men.”

On this joyous day, we celebrate the gift of our Savior. The gift of Jesus is everlasting, and the gift He gave us so long ago, that is accessible to us, even now, is the peace we find when we have a relationship with Him.

May the gift of Christmas fill your hearts and homes with hope and peace as you engage in family traditions and reminisce of cheerful memories. I pray that during this beautiful season we’re reminded of the love we received from Jesus and extend that to our neighbors, family, and friends.

I pray you have a very Merry Christmas and may God bless each of you and the great state of Alabama.

I know I’m a broken record on this, but no other religion gets this sort of treatment. Kay Ivey isn’t reading verses from the Qur’an during Ramadan. She’s not going out of her way to do this for Jews.

This is Christian Nationalism, a reminder to everyone in her state that Christianity is the official religion. This isn’t a personal wish as a private citizen, either. It’s a governor using state resources to urge people to adopt Christianity. It should be unacceptable. But what else do you expect from a state where alleged child molester Roy Moore is seen as a viable Republican candidate for any office he seeks?

(via Yellowhammer News. Thanks to Brian for the link)

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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