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  • Mother told to take down her Christmas lights... in case they offend her non-Christian neighbours

    12/15/2008 10:33:48 AM PST · by FTL · 56 replies · 2,229+ views ^ | 15th December 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A woman has spoken of how she was told to remove her Christmas lights by a housing association worker - in case they offended her non-Christian neighbors.
  • School choir forced to pull out of Christmas concert as carols were 'too religious'

    12/11/2008 5:18:45 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 28 replies · 709+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12th December 2008 | Andrew Levy
    A school choir was forced to withdraw from a Christmas event because organisers branded its carols 'too religious'. Around 60 children aged between seven and 11 had spent six weeks practising favourites including Once In Royal David's City and Silent Night for the Corringham Winter Festival. But they were let down at the last minute when their headteacher was informed their programme did not 'dovetail' with the festival's theme.
  • Dutch Gay Group Plans 'Pink Christmas' With Two Josephs, Two Marys

    12/08/2008 4:25:26 PM PST · by nobama08 · 24 replies · 718+ views ^ | December 8, 2008 | Associated Press
    <p>AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A Dutch gay group said Monday it has planned a "Pink Christmas" festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys.</p> <p>Other attractions in the 10-day festival include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Dec. 25.</p>
  • Atheist's Signage Targets IL Nativity Scene: Political Dialgoue or Hate Speech? Radio talk

    12/07/2008 9:38:18 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 11 replies · 541+ views ^ | December 7, 2008 | Dan Zanoza
    SNSC leaders discuss propriety of anti-Judeo-Christian message on the nationally syndicated Laurie Roth radio show Thomas Brejcha, President of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society and Daniel Zanoza, Executive Director of and Chairman of the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will guest on the nationally syndicated Laurie Roth Show [] on Monday, December 8th, from 5 - 6 P.M. Central Time. Brejcha, legal counsel for the SNSC and Zanoza will discuss the Springfield, Illinois Nativity scene which is now standing in the center of the Illinois state Capitol Rotunda. Brejcha and Zanoza will also be responding to an atheist group's...
  • Video: O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly yell at each other over atheism

    12/06/2008 6:23:38 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 9,583+ views ^ | December 5, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Surprise fireworks as FNC’s most combative anchor tries to explain the First Amendment to its most combative commentator. Good luck, Megyn! My knowledge of FA jurisprudence is rusty, but isn’t the crucial distinction between the atheism case and O’Reilly’s MLK/KKK hypothetical the fact that one of them touches on religion and the other doesn’t? The Establishment Clause prevents the state from endorsing religion over no religion, but there’s nothing in the Free Speech Clause preventing it from endorsing one non-religious viewpoint over another. The fact that MLK Day is a federal holiday doesn’t mean we have to have Klan Day,...
  • Christmas Trees Absent From University of North Carolina Libraries This Year

    12/06/2008 2:01:00 PM PST · by Baladas · 24 replies · 823+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 6, 2008 | staff
    Christmas trees that have graced the two main libraries at the University of North Carolina won't be displayed this year, after numerous complaints, The Charlotte Observer reported. The trees have stood in the lobbies of Wilson and Davis libraries at the Chapel Hill campus during December. This year, they are being kept in storage. Sarah Michalak, the associate provost for university libraries, told the newspaper that she made the decision after several years of complaints from employees and others. “We strive in our collection to have a wide variety of ideas,” she said. “It doesn't seem right to celebrate one...
  • Missing atheist sign found in Washington state

    12/06/2008 8:07:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies · 1,306+ views
    CNN ^ | December 5, 2008 | Mallory Simon
    (CNN) -- An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch. An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM in Seattle told CNN the sign was dropped off at the station by someone who found it in a ditch.
  • Atheist sign disappears from Washington state Capitol

    12/05/2008 10:25:10 AM PST · by TaraP · 68 replies · 2,098+ views
    CNN ^ | Dec 5th 2008
    I thought it would be safe," Freedom From Religion Foundation co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor told CNN. "It's always a shock when your sign is censored or stolen or mutilated. It's not something you get used to." The sign, which celebrated the winter solstice, had some residents and Christian organizations calling atheists Scrooges because they said it was attacking the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth. "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds," the sign from the Freedom From Religion Foundation said in part. The sign, which was at the Legislative Building at 6:30 a.m. PT, was...
  • “DIVERSITY” IS CODE FOR BIGOTRY ( Taking "Christ" out of Christmas )

    12/04/2008 10:32:55 AM PST · by kellynla · 40 replies · 1,342+ views
    Catholic League ^ | December 4, 2008 | staff
    Here is a sample of how diversity is being celebrated this December: · Elementary school students in Plainfield, Illinois are decorating a “Holiday” tree that represents 18 countries. · A “Holiday Revelry” will be performed at the Framingham Civic League in Massachusetts; it is a “multicultural” event that includes “PAC Sword Dancers” and “traditional” Christmas songs such as “Pat-A-Pan.” · “Winter Traditions” will be celebrated at the Fort Collins Museum in Colorado. They include “Celebrations of Light” that highlight “traditions, cultures and celebrations from across the world.” · At a high school in Ocean City, Maryland, the annual “Winter Concert”...
  • Italy: Plot to blow up Milan Cathedral

    12/04/2008 1:04:23 PM PST · by Frankusa · 63 replies · 7,835+ views
    Two Moroccans arrested in Italy yesterday wanted to blow up the Milan Cathedral on Christmas. They hoped an attack during the busy holiday would cost dozens of lives. This according to tapped phone calls, reports La Repubblica. The two belonged to an Islamic terror cell which had been followed by the Italian police already for months... Rachid Ilhami (31) and Abdelkader Ghafir (43) were arrested in Giussano, a city 25km away from Milan. The detectives gathered from tapped phone calls and confiscated computer files that the two also prepared attacks on a supermarket and a police bureau. They are arrested...
  • School cancels Christmas nativity in favour of Muslim Eid celebrations

    12/03/2008 7:07:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 1,346+ views ^ | December 3, 2008 | Nick Britten
    Greenwood Junior School sent out a letter to parents saying the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha, which takes place between December 8 and 11, meant that Muslim children would be off school. That meant planning for the traditional nativity play were shelved because the school felt it would be too difficult to run both celebrations side by side. The move has left parents furious. Janette Lynch, whose seven-year-old son Keanu attends the school, in Sneinton, Nottingham, said: "The head has a whole year to plan for Eid and so she should be able to plan for both religious festivals. "I...
  • Governor's office deluged with calls on atheist sign

    12/03/2008 5:58:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies · 1,479+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | December 3, 2008 | AP
    OLYMPIA -- An anti-religion billboard in the Washington state Capitol has started a firestorm on national television. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly had an eight-minute segment on his show Tuesday night decrying the inclusion of the atheistic billboard along with a holiday tree and a Christian nativity scene. Conservative TV personality O'Reilly called the display "political correctness gone mad" and urged viewers to call Gov. Chris Gregoire's office to complain. Gregoire spokesman Pearse Edwards says the office has been getting about 200 calls an hour, as well as e-mails. The Capitol has had a holiday tree, provided by the Association of...
  • School Cancels Traditional Christmas Play for Muslim Eid Celebrations

    12/03/2008 1:50:24 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 32 replies · 1,034+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    British parents looking to see their children in a traditional Christmas play are fuming after a school decided to cancel the performance because it conflicts with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper reported. Officials at the Greenwood Junior School in Nottingham decided to postpone the annual holiday performance because it would have been too difficult to have both the Christmas and Eid celebrations together, The Telegraph reported. But parents told The Telegraph that they were originally told the performance was canceled because Muslim children wanted to celebrate Eid with their families, making it difficult to schedule...
  • Costco says 'No' to Christmas...literally

    12/03/2008 4:02:46 AM PST · by IbJensen · 151 replies · 5,051+ views
    AFA Email | December 2, 2008 | Staff
    Costco has 520 stores nationwide. But you will not find "Christmas" in a single store. That's because Costco says it will not use the term "Christmas" on its website or in its stores. Instead, Costco is telling customers it purposely chooses to use the generic "holiday" verbiage. You know, they stock holiday gifts, not Christmas gifts. Last week, a customer wrote to Costco and asked this direct question – "Does Costco use the word 'Christmas' in your store advertising or on any signs anywhere in your stores during the Christmas season? That's a pretty simple question, yes or no." Kory...
  • No 'Christmas'? No fireworks...

    12/03/2008 3:48:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies · 1,092+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/2/2008 | Allie Martin
    An annual boat parade in one New York community lost a major sponsor when organizers refused to use the word "Christmas" in the title. Last year more than 5,000 people turned out for the annual Christmas Boat Parade in Patchogue, New York. One of the parade's key sponsors, Fireworks by Grucci, donated the fireworks for the show on the condition that the word "Christmas" be used in the parade title. fireworksHowever, city officials received one complaint, and this year dropped the word "Christmas" from the title. That caused the fireworks company to pull its support from the parade taking place...
  • Threat of ACLU lawsuit means no cross in Pontchatula

    11/30/2008 6:46:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 902+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 30, 2008
    The huge cross near Ponchatoula's downtown locomotive won't be covered with blazing white bulbs for this year's Christmas Lights Festival. Instead, a second bar has been added to display banners advertising citywide events.
  • Christmas shopping -- Find out what stores are naughty, nice (War on Christmas)

    11/24/2008 9:41:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 2,066+ views
    one news now ^ | 11/18/2008 | Charles Butts
    Liberty Counsel is already waving a green flag for Christmas and a red flag for its opponents through this year's "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign." Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who is also dean of the Liberty University Law School, has launched the sixth annual campaign to determine what stores want to take "Christ" out of Christmas. "We'll be the friend of those entities that honor Christmas and do constitutionally what they're supposed to do; and the foe of those who intentionally try to censor Christmas, whether it's in the public square or whether it's in the retail," he explains. Liberty Counsel's website...
  • Pro-Palestinian Activists Using Christmas Carols As Protest Songs

    11/17/2008 4:31:15 PM PST · by aWolverine · 5 replies · 395+ views ^ | November 17, 2008 | Kevin McCandless
    To mark the holiday season, British pro-Palestinian activists have announced plans to hold an evening of “traditional carols with untraditional lyrics” to protest Israeli policies in Bethlehem. The historic church of St. James’s in central London’s Piccadilly will host a number of Christmas carols concerts through late December. In a twist, however, two Palestinian solidarity groups sponsoring one of the events, on Nov. 26, have rewritten the lyrics to make a political statement. Palestinian Authority-controlled Bethlehem, traditionally regarded as the birthplace of Jesus, is bordered on three sides by a network of security walls and fences separating it from nearby...
  • Colorado City Considers Ban On All Religous Symbols On City Property

    11/13/2008 10:03:51 PM PST · by stevelackner · 35 replies · 1,311+ views
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | November 13, 2008 | Steven W. Lackner
    A Rabbi asked the City of Golden if he could put up a menorah near the Christmas tree and the reaction of the city is to consider banning all religous symbols. The City of Golden claims that they do not want to have any religous symbols such as the menorah on city property. City of Golen spokesman Jonathan Ashford said that "the goal here is to set guidelines. The city has had a history of having a display downtown that didn't include any kind of specific religious message or theme. We've tried to keep it neutral, very open, very inclusive."...

    11/12/2008 9:02:00 AM PST · by andrew roman · 13 replies · 558+ views ^ | 12 November 2008 | Andrew Roman
    Atheism is for sale, sort of like lasik eye surgery or the upcoming “24” two-hour movie event in a couple of weeks. If you live or work in Washington, D.C., keep an eye open, because it’s coming to a bus side near you. In what the Associated Press accurately calls the “latest combatant in the Christmas wars,” DC commuters will be asked, “Why believe in a god?” in ads that will adorn buses through December, with a catchy little tag line that suggests folks should “just be good for goodness’ sake.” Cute. I giggle here (with no disrespect intended, I...
  • 'Why Believe in a God?' Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses

    11/12/2008 5:10:22 AM PST · by metmom · 135 replies · 1,571+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars. Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday. In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.
  • 'Why Believe in a God? Just be Good' Ads Set to Run Next Week On D.C. Buses

    11/11/2008 6:05:05 PM PST · by Gordon Greene · 198 replies · 1,249+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/11/2008 | Fox News/AP
    Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday. In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas. "We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group...
  • Christmas banned in Oxford by council-owned charity (Getting an early start in the UK!)

    11/03/2008 6:09:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies · 312+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 02 Nov 2008 | Richard Savill
    A plan by a council-funded charity to ban the word Christmas from this year's festive celebrations has been criticised by religious leaders of all denominations. Oxford city council confirmed the events in the city would be renamed 'Winter Light Festival' to make them more inclusive, provoking outrage among shoppers in the city who called for a return to tradition.
  • Christmas banned on college campus

    09/16/2008 2:19:59 AM PDT · by Man50D · 10 replies · 213+ views ^ | September 15, 2008
    With a stroke of the pen, a college has eliminated Christmas from the calendar. Likewise, Easter is gone, both now being branded "end of term" breaks at Yorkshire Coast College, according to the UK's Daily Mail. The reason? Apparently school officials wanted to make sure they didn't "discriminate." "Every school and college, wherever located, is responsible for educating its learners who will live and work in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions or beliefs, ethnicities and social backgrounds," a spokeswoman for the college told the newspaper. "All employees at Yorkshire Coast College are encouraged to closely...
  • ACLU attack dogs maul student prayer

    08/30/2008 4:03:14 AM PDT · by Man50D · 18 replies · 274+ views ^ | August 29, 2008
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two high school students who say they are offended by the school's policy of allowing prayer at voluntary events and holding Christmas concerts at churches. The students, from Pace High School in Pace, Fla., are identified only as Minor I Doe and Minor II Doe in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court because they are both under 18. The complaint alleges disclosure of their names would put the students at risk of "social ostracism, economic injury, governmental retaliation … and potential physical harm." Benjamin Stevenson, staff...
  • NJ school district ban of Christmas music

    08/09/2008 4:10:36 PM PDT · by tpanther · 55 replies · 432+ views
    ANN ARBOR, MI — Today, July 31st at 10:00AM EST, a New Jersey Federal Court heard oral arguments in a legal challenge to a public school district’s policy totally banning Christmas music, including simple instrumentals without words, during year-end celebrations in its schools. The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan filed the federal lawsuit on the grounds that the school district’s ban on religious music conveys a government-sponsored message of disapproval and hostility toward religion in violation of the Establishment Clause. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center,...
  • Amsterdam Transport Company Abolishes Christmas (guess why?)

    06/05/2008 2:37:39 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 20 replies · 661+ views
    NIS News ^ | June 05 2008
    AMSTERDAM, 06/06/08 - Amsterdam municipal transport company (GVB) bus-drivers and tram personnel cannot celebrate Christmas any more. GVB is axing the event to please Muslims, newspaper de Telegraaf suggested yesterday. Personnel association VTN has been told by GVB management that "the multicultural representation of the colleagues at the Christmas party is too one-sided." Supposedly, GVB meant to say that only white GVB staffs have been attending the annual event organised by management in the past years. It has therefore halted its financial contribution to the Christmas party. "We have a limited budget and want to organise something that is intended...
  • Christmas Atheists

    01/04/2008 12:57:05 PM PST · by ECM · 102 replies · 171+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 4, 2008 12:30 PM | Michael Novak
    Over the last two weeks, leading American atheists have registered complaints about all the attention given to Christmas in the United States. These atheists have issued three challenges. First, they insist that being atheist does not mean being immoral. Second, they want other people to see that atheists are law-abiding, compassionate, and generous to others—that one does not have to be Christian or to feel “the Christmas spirit” to care for the poor and the needy. Third, they insist that monotheists have a harder time being tolerant of others than atheists do. Atheists, they think, are more humble, tolerant, and...
  • Group calls for end to Christmas Culture wars

    12/29/2007 11:27:39 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 47 replies · 195+ views ^ | 12-29-2007 | Bob Reeves
    Group calls for end to Christmas Culture wars The outrage by some people over department stores using the phrase “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is a distraction from real moral and social issues, according to a group of concerned Catholics and evangelical Christians. The group has called for a “cease-fire in the Christmas culture wars,” and challenged conservative talk-show host Bill O’Reilly and others who have lashed out against a so-called secular “War on Christmas.” In an “Open Letter to Christmas Culture Warriors” published as an advertisement in the New York Post, Washington Times and the National Catholic Reporter,...
  • What’s Behind Unreasonable “Christmas Bans”?

    12/28/2007 8:47:40 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies · 267+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 12/28/07 | Katherine Kersten
    For public school students, Christmas - as religious holidays in general - is fast becoming taboo. A memo from Intermediate District 287, a west-metro district headquartered in Plymouth, conveys the atmosphere succinctly. “In Intermediate District 287,” the memo instructs, “it is not appropriate to experience other’s [sic] religious traditions at work or school. . . . Decorating should be limited to celebration of the winter season,” with decorations confined to “snowpeople, snowflakes, skating scenes.” Prohibited images include “Santa Claus, . . . Christmas trees, wreaths, Star of David, Menorah, Buddha!, . . . and Christmas cards.” Staff must survey their...
  • York housing agency bans religious decorations (SCROOGE ALERT UPDATE)

    12/23/2007 4:58:07 AM PST · by Nextrush · 25 replies · 243+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 12/21/07 | Daina Klimanis
    In Christmases past, residents of Kingston House in West York hung a tree with Santa Clauses and decorated a common room with puzzles showing Christ in a manger. School groups and carolers came through the halls singing "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and other popular Christian hymns. But things are different this December. At Kingston House and other properties owned by the York Area Development Corporation, songs or decorations in common areas must be secular. The same policy applies to hundreds of tenants in York City's Delphia House and other apartments managed by the development...
  • Schools walk holiday line Season's symbols pose a dilemma (Barf- War on Christmas)

    12/23/2007 3:26:01 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 22 replies · 165+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 23, 2007 | By Gina Davis
    Schools walk holiday line Season's symbols pose a dilemma By Gina Davis Sun reporter December 23, 2007 Ken Shapiro doesn't seem to be a Scrooge. He says he loves the holiday lights, has a Christmas tree in his home and hangs a 9-foot wreath outside. But Shapiro, a longtime Baltimore County teacher who describes himself as a nonpracticing Jew, grows angry when he talks about one particular evergreen that is strung with multicolored lights. That's because the tree is on the grounds of Carney Elementary School - and he says it violates his religious freedom. "In this case, Carney is...
  • University mandates 'Merry ------mas' as holiday greeting

    12/21/2007 3:56:52 AM PST · by Man50D · 31 replies · 158+ views ^ | December 21, 2007
    A Midwestern university has mandated "Merry -----mas" as a holiday greeting, banning "Christ" in apparent violation of the U.S. Constitution, according to Liberty Counsel, which works to advance religious freedom and the traditional family. The events have developed at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. The controversy began when the university's director of human resources recently visited various departments and said that decorations featuring the word 'Christmas' in any areas of the university must be immediately removed," the organization said. "He also instructed the employees not to say 'Christmas' while on the job. As a result the employees cannot...
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bans the Word 'Christmas'

    12/20/2007 5:29:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 68 replies · 291+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | December 20, 2007
    Weatherford, OK – Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), has issued a disturbing policy which requires all employees to refrain from using the word "Christmas" in oral or written form. This directive was given by the university upon legal advice of the Oklahoma Attorney General, W.A. Drew Edmondson. Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to SWOSU following a complaint from a university affiliate. John Misak, the Director of Human Resources, recently visited various university departments and employee groups and informed everyone that any decorations featuring the word "Christmas" in any work or public areas of the university must be immediately removed....
  • Katherine Kersten: Reader, beware: 'Seasonal creep' threatening to break out at U

    12/20/2007 12:44:00 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 19 replies · 338+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 19, 2007 | Katherine Kersten
    For most Minnesotans, December is a festive month of merrymaking and good cheer. But at the University of Minnesota it's the most dangerous time of the year. A Dec. 5 article on the University's website, "Reevaluating seasonal office parties," sets forth the perils. Its authors, Dee Anne Bonebright of the U's Office of Human Resources and Julie Sweitzer of the Office of System Academic Administration, exhort U employees to be on their guard. The memo makes clear that the limits most of us have learned to put on our Christmas spirit in recent years -- you know, catching yourself before...
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bans The Word “Christmas” (Stupid Lawyer Alert!)

    12/20/2007 7:49:10 AM PST · by yoe · 20 replies · 325+ views
    Liberty Counsel ^ | December 20, 2007 | Staff
    Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford has issued a disturbing directive forbidding employees to say or write the word "Christmas." This directive was given by the University upon legal advice of the (Oklahoma Attorney General, W.A. Drew Edmondson). Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the University following a complaint from a University affiliate. The controversy began when the University's Director of Human Resources recently visited various departments and said that decorations featuring the word "Christmas" in any areas of the University must be immediately removed. He also instructed the employees not so say "Christmas" while on the job. As...
  • Christmas tree does not need to be renamed in Ariz. town (More anti-Christmas nonsense.)

    12/20/2007 5:20:17 AM PST · by fweingart · 10 replies · 105+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | December 14, 2007 | Staff
    Officials in town of Queen Creek remove the name of ‘Christmas’from community tree, rename it ‘holiday tree’ - QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — A reference to the name “Christmas tree” has been axed by misled officials in an Arizona town. ADF attorneys sent an informational letter to the town of Queen Creek stating that the use of the word “Christmas” does not violate the Constitution. “The American people, common sense, and the Constitution are clearly winning the war on Christmas waged by the Left. Unfortunately, the misguided belief that we must sanitize Christmas to keep from offending a small segment...
  • Pembroke Lakes Mall: No nativity scenes allowed

    12/18/2007 9:36:40 AM PST · by King of Florida · 37 replies · 577+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 18, 2007 | Jose de Wit
    Pembroke Pines - The Pembroke Lakes Mall appears to have the standard holiday decorations. There's a photo booth with a Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer theme by the food court; presents are wedged between palm trees; poinsettias rise from flower pots and combine into the shape of a Christmas tree. And next to a pair of benches in front of Dillard's, on a white-and-blue pedestal, stands a 5-foot-tall menorah. But for Len Torres, 79, of Plantation, who campaigns every holiday season to get Broward malls to include nativity scenes, that Jewish religious symbol makes Pembroke Lakes' refusal to set up a creche feel like...
  • War on 'Merry Christmas'?

    12/19/2007 3:24:33 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 157+ views
    Aiken Standard ^ | December 09, 2007 | HALEY HUGHES
    War on 'Merry Christmas'? 09, 2007 By HALEY HUGHES Staff writer What would you say if someone wished you a "Merry Christmas"? Would your response be "Merry Christmas to you, too," or would you ever so subtly correct them by throwing out the more politically correct term, "Happy Holidays"? Would you say anything at all? In an ever-increasingly PC world, it seems "Happy Holidays" is the more accepted greeting passed from person to person when the holiday season (whatever the holiday may be) arrives. The fear of offending someone by referring to Christianity's most treasured figure has driven individuals...
  • Help Sink Old Navy's Blockade (taking political correctness to the extreme)

    12/18/2007 7:51:28 AM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 40 replies · 396+ views
    American Family Association (via e-mail) | 12/18/07 | Donald E. Wildmon
    Help Sink Old Navy's Blockade Dear Craig, You would think a company that gets the vast majority of its business from Christians would be respectful of its customers. Such is true of companies that don't have an anti-Christian bias. But not at Old Navy. Old Navy has put a blockade around Christmas. Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic are owned by the same company. And all three boycott Christmas. At these stores, Christmas isn't allowed because a handful of non-Christians are offended. Old Navy doesn't want to offend non-Christians. But they sure don't worry about offending Christians. They will take...
  • VA Congressman Bobby Scott opposes Christmas resolution and SUPPORTS Ramadan resolution

    12/17/2007 7:50:03 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 18 replies · 281+ views
    Family Foundation email
    Action Alert: Bobby Scot: "Christmas, Bah Humbug!" Congressman Bobby Scott has nothing on old Ebenezer Scrooge. A resolution recognizing the significance of Christmas and the importance of the Christian faith overwhelmingly passed the House this week. The resolution recognized that "Christmas, a holiday of great significance to Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world," "Christians and Christianity have contributed greatly to the development of western civilization" and "the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that...
  • Some lawmakers oppose Christmas bill

    12/13/2007 4:08:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 385+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/13/7 | Josh Richman
    Three Bay Area House members were among nine Democrats who voted against a Republican-sponsored resolution "recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith." Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said she had opposed the bill Tuesday because using Christianity for political purposes is an affront to Christmas. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, invoked "Grinch" in saying the president's impending veto of a children's health insurance plan had him feeling anything but holiday cheer. And Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, said the holiday season "is a time to celebrate all religions and faiths," with Congress doing no more than wishing everyone good tidings. Rep....
  • Another Twisted Christmas

    12/12/2007 7:39:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 129+ views
    townhall ^ | December 7, 2007 | Brent Bozell III
    The Christmas season is upon us, which means it's that special time of year for the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State to make sure no wayward city council will allow a whiff of frankincense on government property. They must send out direct-mail fundraising letters asking "Help Us Crush a Creche at Christmas!"   The Christmas season is also that time of year when the business world implores us to consider the material as more important than the spiritual, all in the spirit of "the holidays." So we celebrate the arrival on...
  • Gap, Old Navy censor 'Christmas,' replace it with 'Holiday'

    12/12/2007 2:35:31 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 56 replies · 535+ views
    Gap, which owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, Forth & Towne and Piperlime, has become the latest politically correct retailer, intentionally censoring the use of "Christmas" in their in-store, online and printed advertising. Instead of referring to the season as Christmas, Gap instead uses the word "holiday." As hard as we tried, AFA could not find a single instance in which Gap-owned stores use the term "Christmas." Not a single time! When one Old Navy store manager was asked by AFA if the word Christmas was in his store, he answered, "We have a lot of Christmas gifts in our stores,...
  • U.S. House okays resolution recognizing Christianity, Christmas (How sad this was felt necessary!)

    12/12/2007 12:19:01 PM PST · by fweingart · 34 replies · 538+ views
    One News Now ^ | December 12, 2007 | Chad Groening
    Thanks to the efforts of an Iowa congressman, Christmas and the Christian faith are receiving the same congressional recognition afforded other religions. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) is pleased that his Christmas resolution, recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith, was able to pass on Tuesday night with bipartisan support. H. Res. 847 passed on a 372-9 vote, all "nay" votes coming from Democrats. Ten House members (nine Democratic) voted "present." The Iowa lawmaker says the resolution follows two similar bills honoring both the Hindu and the Islamic religions and their respective holidays. "Watching Congress honor Islam during Ramadan,...
  • City changes 'Christmas' festival to 'holiday' festival

    12/11/2007 5:00:12 AM PST · by fweingart · 16 replies · 178+ views ^ | December 10, 2007 | Rusty Pugh
    The Alliance Defense Fund suggests that a Michigan city has taken political correctness -- not to mention ignorance of the Constitution -- to new heights by renaming a popular festival based on a classic Christmas book. In Mount Pleasant, Michigan, "Christmas" is evidently a bad word. City officials, influenced by a school district policy that bans the word, have changed the name of the local "Dickens Christmas Festival" to "Dickens Holiday Festival." The festival is based on the popular Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. In response to the festival's renaming, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has sent a letter...
  • The Attack on Christmas 2007

    12/10/2007 1:57:18 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies · 203+ views
    Focus on the Family Action has released the latest list of retailers that are censoring Christmas...and those that are not. Click on the link to view the PDF file.....
  • Santa Von Clausewitz

    12/08/2007 11:40:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 57+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 08, 2007 | Patrick Albanese
    Carl Von Clausewitz is often quoted as saying, "War is the continuation of politics by other means". I am not nearly so frequently quoted as saying, "The war on Christmas is the continuation of political correctness by a bunch of meanies". Of course, I probably haven't been cited much for that since I just came up with it. Perhaps it will take off and help me procure a spot in Bartlett's.  That will have to wait as I focus on the very real attacks on Christmas and Santa. I offer the following stories pulled from recent events. I call them,...
  • Father laments note of intolerance in song

    12/07/2007 12:20:55 PM PST · by yorkie · 38 replies · 162+ views
    L.A. Daily News ^ | December 6, 2007 | Johnny Knight
    My two daughters came home from school the other day singing along to a popular song that the school's third grade will sing for a holiday ensemble. The song was very familiar, written by Johnny Marks and performed by Brenda Lee in 1959, and went something like "Rockin' around, the holiday tree, have a happy holiday. ..." Wait a minute. "Holiday tree"? Is there such a thing? I corrected my daughters' poor translation of the classic Christmas song, only to be harshly criticized for my ignorance that everybody doesn't celebrate Christmas, so the school had changed the words. Hold on....
  • Reason For Anti-Christmas (Vanity)

    12/06/2007 6:18:30 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 26 replies · 369+ views
    I noticed all this anti-Christmas came in the 1990s, not too long after the Soviet Union collapsed, which was on Christmas day of 1991. I am sure anti-Christmas sentiments have been always around, but they were not as vocal about it, but it seems on the increase since late 1990s and this decade. Also, Lavarentii Beria, Stalin's brutal and vile henchman, was executed on Christmas Day in 1953. The left are still very angry, bitter, and resentul about the collapse of Soviet Union and Communism in Eastern Europe. Many of them ended violently, especially Romania and Soviet Union. In fact...