While hawking gaudy Christmas merchandise on his television program today, right-wing pastor Jim Bakker claimed that Christmas had been outlawed a few years ago.

The pastor said that he has been searching for Christmas ornaments that feature Jesus instead of Santa because Christmas “is the birthday of Jesus Christ” and complained that he wants to be able to buy a Christmas tree instead of a “holiday tree.”

That’s right, Bakker claims the phrase “Merry Christmas” was banned by the government “a few years ago,” but that “we all started writing” and “changed it.”

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

“But we all started writing and what did we do? We changed it. We changed it. We all worked together. You don’t have to lay down for it.”