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11/17/2017 01:41 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2017

Jim Bakker Claims 'Merry Christmas' Was Outlawed

Televangelist fires a new salvo in the "War on Christmas."

Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker claims the phrase “Merry Christmas” had been banned by the government. 

Now, he says, it’s only legal because Christians fought to bring it back. 

“They outlawed ‘Merry Christmas’ a few years ago and you know it,” he said on his show on Thursday. “You couldn’t even say ’Merry Christmas’ at Walmart and the Walmart greeters told me they weren’t allowed to say it.”

Bakker claimed “we all started writing” and “changed it.”

Walmart made headlines in 2005, when greeters were told to say “happy holidays,” a policy the company reversed the following year.

However, the phrase “Merry Christmas” was not outlawed, as Bakker said. 

In his latest incarnation, Bakker hawks survivalist food and other doomsday prepper supplies to help Christians survive a predicted “tribulation.” 

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