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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...