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.”
The comments wereposted online by Right Wing Watch.
However, the phrase “Merry Christmas” was not outlawed, as Bakker said.
Bakker built a Christian TV, theme park and resort empire worth $180 million in the 1980s, but he resigned in shame after a sex scandal and eventually served four years in prison for fraud.
In his latest incarnation, Bakker hawks survivalist food and other doomsday prepper supplies to help Christians survive a predicted “tribulation.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.