Texas Pastor John Hagee is pulling no punches with atheists who like to hate on Christmas. The conservative firebrand of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio told them in a recent sermon that if they don't like when people celebrate Christmas, they can always "leave the country."
"To all humanists and atheists listening to this telecast -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be in danger in any way if someone says 'Merry Christmas' around you," began Hagee in a 1 and a half minute clip of his message posted on YouTube.
"Someone will argue 'well, it's a Christian prayer.' Yes, it is. And this is the United States of America that was founded by Christians on Christian principles, according to the word of God. Contrary to what some people are saying, we are still one nation under God," continued Hagee.
"And then the humanists argue, 'well what about the atheist?' My response is what about them? No one is asking you to be baptized in the site of a manger. No one is going to pass the collection plate," he said.
"If you pass a manger scene and someone is singing 'Joy to the World' you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer or you can just exercise your right to leave the country. Planes are leaving every hour on the hour get on one," he noted at the end of the clip.
The Christian Post reached out to Hagee's Cornerstone Church for comment on Monday but did not get a response at the time this story was published.