Sarah Palin

Does Sarah Palin know any atheists?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for celebrities to roll out Christmas-themed items timed to cash in on America’s obsession with eggnog and twinkling lights. Among those competing for a spot beneath the tree this year, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin—rarely one to miss an opportunity to jump into the fray—has recently released a book called Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. And who exactly is she “protecting the heart of Christmas” from? Atheists are near the top of the list, apparently.

Sarah Palin, seen here campaigning with husband Todd in Lakewood, Ohio, in 2008, started her political career talking about her Christian faith but has since backed off, says biographer Stephen Mansfield. RNS file photo by Tracy Boulian/The Plain Dealer

Sarah Palin to write Christmas book

(RNS) Sarah Palin’s new book on Christmas will argue that “it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored,” she says.