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  • North Carolina restaurant offers a 15 percent discount to pray in public

    08/01/2014 9:14:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 01, 2014
    A Winston-Salem restaurant is giving customers a 15 percent discount if they pray in public. Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem gives the discount for anyone who takes the time to appreciate their food before digging in. Although the restaurant has been offering the special for four years, a recent Facebook post featuring a receipt with the discount has gone viral, highlighting the practice. …
  • Supreme Court Upholds Freedom to Pray at Public Meetings

    05/05/2014 7:45:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The U.S. Supreme Court on May 5 upheld the practice of voluntary prayer before public meetings by a 5-4 ruling, drawing praise from those who said such prayers are a long American tradition that avoids censoring religion. “Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel David Cortman said May 5. “Speech censors should have no power to silence volunteers who pray for their communities just as the Founders did.” Cortman said the Supreme Court “affirmed that Americans are free to pray.” “In America, we tolerate a...
  • The Devil's Due: Satanic monument is inevitable

    01/16/2014 6:42:53 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 24 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | January 16, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    The Devil’s Due: Satanic monument is inevitable by Daniel Clark In Oklahoma City, a group calling itself The Satanic Temple is proposing to erect a statue of Satan in front of the State Capitol. A design they’ve submitted depicts him as a goat-headed figure with wings, seated on a throne marked with a pentagram, and ministering to two small children. The Satanic Temple claims a right to do this, based on the presence of a monument of the Ten Commandments on Capitol grounds, which the ACLU is now suing to have removed. It’s not hard to see where this is...
  • Setting forth the truth plainly: A Consideration of the Church’s Role in the Public Square

    07/25/2013 2:05:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Full Title: Setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience: A Consideration of the Church’s Role in the Public Square In the Office of Readings today we read from 2 Corinthians 4 where St. Paul well describes the work of the Church in the Public square: Setting forth the truth plainly, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God (2 Cor 4:2). Not a bad description of our posture and practice toward the secular world.Yet, that is not often the impression many take from our posture. In what I would called a...
  • Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down

    12/12/2013 7:04:32 PM PST · by annalex · 201 replies
    A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross, which honors veterans, must be removed within 90 days -- a decision that could result in the case being sent back to the U.S. Supreme Court. Burns immediately stayed his order pending an expected appeal.
  • Judge orders Mt. Soledad cross removed but allows appeals

    12/13/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by Thidwick · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m. | By Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO -- After two decades of legal and political wrangling, a federal judge Thursday ordered the cross atop Mt. Soledad removed within 90 days as a violation of the separation of church and state. But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns stayed the removal order so that those defending the cross have time to appeal. Built in 1954, the 43-foot cross is one of the most visible landmarks in San Diego. Starting in the early 1990s, plaques honoring military veterans have been placed on walls surrounding the base of the cross.
  • Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Constitutionality of NY Town's Public Prayers

    11/04/2013 11:58:11 AM PST · by Center2Right · 21 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 4, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether or not the sectarian prayers offered at a New York town's meetings are constitutional. The highest court in the land will hear an appeal from a lower court decision regarding Greece, N.Y.'s practice of having explicitly Christian prayers open town meetings. Known as Galloway v. Town of Greece, the lawsuit was filed by two residents of Greece who felt the sectarian prayers made them feel excluded from the public affairs of the town. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, the two plaintiffs, are being represented by the Washington, D.C.-based group...
  • ACLU Worried About Hancock’s Proposed Pot Ordinance (Denver, Colorado)

    10/14/2013 7:54:32 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 4 replies
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | October 13, 2013
    DENVER (CBS4) – There’s more controversy over legalized marijuana after some members of the Denver City Council want to limit open consumption. Marijuana advocates say the city may be violating the spirit of Amendment 64. Under the proposal smoking marijuana at a park or other public places could lead a fine of almost $1,000 and a year in jail. But what’s causing alarm to marijuana smokers is how Denver might be defining how much is too much in the privacy of a person’s property. People were passing out free joints in Civic Center Park last month and Denver Mayor Michael...
  • Christian Group Believes Atheists Have Right to Post Monument at Florida Courthouse

    06/03/2013 10:21:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/03/2013 | Michael Gryboski
    A member of a Christian organization that posted a Decalogue outside a Florida courthouse said an atheist group posting a monument in the same location has the right to do so. American Atheists will soon be posting what is believed to be the United States' first atheist monument on public property outside of the Bradford County Courthouse later this month. Ken Weaver, member of the Starke, Fla.-based group Community Men's Fellowship, told The Christian Post about how he feels regarding the atheist monument bench. "Simply put, while we do not agree with the 'faith' of the American Atheists that disregards...
  • The Church is Not a Closet

    01/27/2013 6:34:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Michael Brown
    There are many people today who despise conservative religious beliefs, but they are quick to say, “We don’t want to restrict your religious freedoms in any way. Just keep your beliefs in the church.” What they fail to realize is that the church is not a closet, and it is our private beliefs that fuel our public acts. Shouldn’t it be this way? President Obama claims that it was conversations he had with his daughters, coupled with his interpretation of the teaching of Jesus, that caused him to take a public stand for same-sex marriage last May. Did his supporters...
  • My considered views on religious displays on public land

    12/13/2012 10:37:05 AM PST · by Teófilo · 20 replies
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you. As you know, every year during the holiday and Christmas seasons, religion-objectors redouble their efforts at proscribing religious displays on government buildings and other common areas in our cities, towns, and villages. The mainstream media’s (MSM’s) strategy has been to declare that there is no “war on Christmas” but Bill Donohue from the Catholic League already took the MSM to task. Of course, I often share many of Bill Donohue’s observations across many other social platforms including Twitter, and it was in Twitter where I got a couple of respondents who are...
  • University of Tennessee Refuses to Ban Pre-Game Prayers

    09/20/2012 5:44:53 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 37 replies
    <p>It’s football time in Tennessee where longtime gridiron traditions are cherished – from Rocky Top to the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. At the start of every game inside the colossal Neyland Stadium, thousands of the football faithful rise to their feet, remove their hats and pause for the pre-game prayer.</p>
  • Atheists Finishing Job of 9/11 Terrorists by Tearing Down Cross Left Standing in Ground Zero Rubble

    08/24/2012 10:30:34 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 23 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/24/2012 | David Bellow
    Atheists want the Ground Zero Cross torn down from the 9/11 museum because they claim its mere existence gives them physical and mental anguish. The ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) is fighting to defend the cross in court. The Ground Zero Cross - two intersecting steal beams - is what remains from the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Now atheists want that torn down too. Sign & Share this ACLJ petition to defend the Cross against this absurd lawsuit: http://bit.ly/TOdESI
  • A huge cross looms over religious debate in tiny Indiana town

    08/06/2012 7:08:28 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2012 | Maegan Vazquez
    A 26-foot tall cross emblazoned with the message "Jesus Saves" has become the center for more First Amendment debate in Indiana. The cross stands on a public plot of land in the small Hoosier State community of Dugger, and has Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatening to sue. "It's a pretty flagrant display of the government saying 'this is a Christian town,'" Gregory Lipper, the group's senior counsel, told FoxNews.com. "Everyone gets freedom of religion ...just because Christianity is this country's religious majority doesn't mean that they get to put their thumb on the scale and use...
  • Duty and Sacrifice - Memorial Day is not about death. It is about duty.

    05/26/2012 10:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The American ^ | May 25, 2012 | Ralph Kinney Bennett
    For the majority of Americans, Memorial Day is first and foremost a three-day weekend. Time to watch the Indianapolis 500 or a baseball game; time to open the swimming pool or have a picnic. The American flag will be appropriated to embellish ads for supermarkets, department stores, car dealers, and home improvement centers. Sales on everything from garden fertilizer to bedroom furniture will be accompanied by perfunctory messages urging us to “remember those who died for our country” as we clip our coupons and make our way to the mall. The nearest most folks will get to any graveyard,...
  • Nativity scene up in Wisconsin Capitol; Atheist group upset

    12/12/2011 5:59:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-12-11 | ap
    A conservative group has set up a nativity scene at the Capitol building in Madison, and an atheists' group is seeking its own permit for an opposing display. A WISC-TV report says Wisconsin Family Action has been granted a permit to display its scene until the end of the month. The six statuettes that sit on a table depict the birth of Jesus Christ. Group spokeswoman Julaine Appling says the display is tasteful. She says there's room for a number of different voices. But the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says a nativity scene isn't appropriate for a state building....
  • Plantation to keep nativity display, despite ACLU warnings

    08/25/2011 8:18:44 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | August 24, 2011 | Lisa J. Huriash
    PLANTATION— At the height of hurricane season, city officials are looking ahead to the holidays and putting their faith in something larger than snowmen, penguins and toy soldiers. Since the Broward chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union complained – twice – about the city's "inappropriate" holiday display in Liberty Tree Park, city officials have been trying to avoid another December dilemma.
  • “Merry __________mas”

    12/27/2010 6:15:39 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    New American ^ | December 24, 2010 | Dan Fisher
    This December, on courthouse lawns and other public places across America, you’ll see decorative lights, Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, “holiday trees,” and maybe even an angel or two. The only guest who’ll probably be missing from this birthday party is the guest of honor himself. Oddly, there’s even room for elves, tin soldiers, candy canes, and sugarplums — just no room for Christ. The lunacy of celebrating a holiday called Christmas that commemorates the birth of Christ without recognizing Christ could only happen in the philosophically inconsistent but politically correct America. Think of it: You can openly celebrate Christmas...
  • Defending Religious Freedom in Full

    05/18/2010 3:08:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies · 164+ views
    National Review ^ | 5-18-10 | George Weigel
    The challenge of a generation. We have arrived at a unique moment, and just perhaps a critical moment, in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. At the time of the American Revolution, Catholics accounted for less than 1 percent of the population of the 13 colonies — a tiny population clustered primarily in my native Maryland and a few counties of Pennsylvania. Yet within a few decades of the founding, the great tides of European immigration that began to wash onto the shores of the new nation — those “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” as...
  • The Equal Pay Day Reality Check

    04/22/2010 1:55:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 470+ views
    The American ^ | April 20, 2010 | Christina Hoff Sommers
    The claim that American women as a group face systemic wage discrimination is groundless. Today is Equal Pay Day. Feminist groups and political leaders have set aside this day to protest the fact that women’s wages are, on average, 78 percent of men’s wages. “This date symbolizes how far into 2010 women must work to earn what men earned in 2009,”says the National Committee on Pay Equity. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has enlisted supporters to wear red “to represent the way the pay gap puts women ‘in the red.’” There will be rallies, speak outs, mass mailings...
  • Liberal Paranoia About Christian Conservatives

    02/25/2010 3:28:32 PM PST · by lancer256 · 7 replies · 329+ views
    davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 02/25/10 | david limbaugh
    The left's paranoia about the intersection of Christianity and the public square continues unabated. It's amazing how much they fear something that represents such a little threat to them. In his column in the British newspaper The Guardian, Northeastern University associate journalism professor Dan Kennedy rails against Republicans' "intolerance" of secularism and accuses them of representing a threat to the First Amendment. In their penchant for projection, leftists accuse conservatives and Republicans of intolerance, when in fact, their own intolerance dominates the issues of freedom of speech and religion. Liberals accuse conservatives of being theocrats, when they are the ones...
  • The Lie We Accepted

    02/05/2010 6:18:45 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 389+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 02/05/2010 | Thomas N. Tabback
    The First Amendment of our Constitution states not the words “separation of church and state,” but rather the following: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… How did this become construed to mean “separation of church and state”? By a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, in which he states: I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a...
  • Furor Erupts Over Atheist Display At State Capitol

    12/24/2009 7:49:55 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 159 replies · 3,939+ views
    CBS ^ | 12/24/09 | Adam Harrington
    A conservative activist and Illinois comptroller candidate was escorted from the Illinois State Capitol building Wednesday when he tried to remove a sign put up by an atheist group. William J. Kelly announced Tuesday that he planned to take down the sign put up by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and on Wednesday, he tried to make good on his plan. But Kelly said when he turned the sign around so it was face down, state Capitol police were quick to escort him away.
  • To be or not to be decking the halls?

    12/10/2009 6:11:00 AM PST · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2009 | James Hohmann
    The county still has no approved Nativity scene or Christmas tree, more than a week after Loudoun's Board of Supervisors reversed a committee's decision to ban public displays. The supervisors will probably change that at a special meeting Thursday by ironing out details about who can set up displays...The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the school administration building in Ashburn, an hour before a scheduled public input session on the budget. On Dec. 1, supervisors voted, 7 to 1, to allow community groups "equal access" to the grounds. A decision last month to bar any structures, religious or...
  • Leesburg Gets Scrooged No Christmas displays at the courthouse

    11/27/2009 11:10:41 AM PST · by khnyny · 29 replies · 1,070+ views
    NBCWashington.com ^ | November 27, 2009 | Matthew Stabley
    Leesburg, Virginia: Looks like the traditional Loudoun County Courthouse Christmas displays will be absent this year. For almost 50 years the Rotary Club of Leesburg has placed a Christmas tree on the courthouse grounds, Leesburg Today reported. For 20 years, Dennis and Debbie Welch has set up the courthouse nativity scene. But a new policy from the Facilities and Grounds Committee of the Loudoun County Courthouse prohibits any displays, according to Leesburg Today. Phil Rusciolelli has spearheaded the Rotary Club's Christmas tree initiative the past five years.
  • Christmas tree removed from courthouse

    11/24/2009 4:57:54 PM PST · by South40 · 24 replies · 815+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2009 | RACHANEE SRISAVASDI
    SANTA ANA – The removal of a Christmas tree from the Orange County Superior courthouse Monday has prompted a petition among court employees to have the tree – connected to a gift drive for poor children – put back. The six-foot artificial tree, which was adorned with tags seeking toy donations to 'Operation Santa Claus,' was removed Monday after a member of the public complained about the tree being in the courthouse, court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau said. "It's a public building and we have to serve the diversity of our community,'' she said. The tree had been put up in...
  • OK for 63 years, now Jesus in manger gets dumped

    10/26/2009 10:48:31 PM PDT · by bogusname · 7 replies · 684+ views
    WND ^ | October 26, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    John Satawa's family has displayed a nativity scene on a street median in Warren, Mich., virtually every Christmas season since 1945, but following an intimidating letter sent by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Satawa's county has put stop to the 63-year-old tradition. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation proclaims its purpose in the letter to the Road Commission of Macomb County was to "protect the fundamental constitutional principle of separation of church and state." But Satawa contends there's nothing unconstitutional about his privately owned and maintained Christmas display. With the help of the Thomas More Law Center, Satawa has filed...
  • Being Catholic in the Public Square: Modern Lessons from the First American Bishop

    08/22/2009 9:25:25 AM PDT · by austinrepub · 1 replies · 302+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 08-22-09 | Dr. Kevin Roberts
    Good for thought herein: This month, in 1790, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States achieved an important milestone: the installation of the first bishop, in the first American see of Baltimore. Father John Carroll’s consecration — fittingly, on the Feast of the Assumption, 1790 — marked the Church’s transition from infancy to adolescence in our country. More than being mere Catholic history trivia, Carroll’s tenure as bishop provides important lessons, especially in the realm of civic engagement, for Catholics today. But will we, the holy mother Church’s laity and clergy, continue to ignore these principles of living our...
  • PBS national board bans new religious programming, including Mass for Shut-ins

    06/18/2009 5:56:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 782+ views
    cna ^ | June 18, 2009
    Cardinal Sean O'Malley celebrates Mass on camera Arlington, Va., Jun 18, 2009 / 07:24 am (CNA).- The members of PBS’ national board have voted to ban any new religious programming from their affiliate stations, citing both concerns about “public trust” and a 25-year-old rule that has never been rigorously enforced. Anticipation of the vote already resulted in one station cancelling its Mass for Shut-Ins. The 1985 rule in question requires PBS affiliates to air only non-commercial, non-partisan and non-sectarian content. Reportedly six affiliates broadcast “sectarian” programs produced by local religious groups, such as the Mass for Shut-Ins. These affiliates...
  • Public Broadcasting Bans Religious Speech

    06/17/2009 4:27:52 PM PDT · by tcg · 18 replies · 680+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/18/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On Tuesday June 16, 2009 the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) met in its offices in Crystal City, located in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss the pressing issues they face. Top on its agenda was to consider whether it would continue airing “religious programming” or allow any more such programming to be aired on its member stations in the future. In explaining its mission on its’ own website the Corporation notes “…that PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations. PBS provides quality TV programming and related services to...
  • PBS board might pull the plug on WLAE's daily Mass

    06/15/2009 6:48:40 AM PDT · by nola61 · 15 replies · 3,595+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | June 15, 2009 3:17AM | Dave Walker
    A Public Broadcasting Service board in Washington will decide Tuesday if WLAE-Channel 32 can continue its daily live broadcast of the Catholic Mass celebrated at St. Louis Cathedral.
  • (U.S. Supreme Court) Justices to decide if vets can be honored with cross

    05/25/2009 2:42:41 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 68 replies · 4,644+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 25, 2009 | Washington Times
    Some see it as the universal symbol of sacrifice in World War I, others see it as the undisputed sign of Christianity, but it will be up to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether a 7-foot cross remains standing in a California desert to memorialize war veterans. The cross was first erected in 1934 in what is now the federally protected Mojave Desert Preserve by a group of veterans whose doctors advised them that the desert heat would help them recover from shell shock. Veterans today say this war memorial and others like it across...
  • Prayer lawsuit may be coming to end

    03/25/2009 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Journal Now ^ | March 25, 2009 | Mary Giunca
    To the Rev. Les Puryear, a prayer without Christ is not a prayer. So when Puryear, the pastor of Lewisville Baptist Church, recently offered a prayer at a meeting of the Forsyth County commissioners, he prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayer to a specific deity is at the heart of a lawsuit against Forsyth County and a controversy that has dragged on since 2006. The issue could, however, be coming toward an end. A judge could rule on the lawsuit next month. The lawsuit is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two county residents....
  • The Assault on Religion....... (dRAT agenda is the elimination of religion as a social force)

    03/03/2009 4:36:09 AM PST · by IrishMike · 25 replies · 1,049+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | March 02, 2009 | Steven D. Laib
    The proposal to reduce the income tax deduction for charitable contributions may be the first major salvo in an attempt to eliminate religion through the back door. Ever since the founding of these United States charitable organizations have played an important role in our social structure. Whether they were primarily religious or simply interested in good works, they earned a special role in making America a better nation and a better society than it would otherwise be. As a result of this, when the federal income tax went into effect in 1913 a special classification was carved out within the...
  • Court Allows Religious Monument

    02/25/2009 7:26:37 AM PST · by green iguana · 15 replies · 841+ views
    Without dissent, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that governments may accept permanent religious monuments in public parks without violating the Constitution. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., wrote for the Court in Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (07-665). Such a monument, whether government financed or privately donated, must be considered “government speech,” conveying a message that it wishes to get out about “esthetics, history, and local culture.” Four Justices filed concurring opinions, representing the views of six Justices, thus requiring their views to be taken into account in determining just when governments may put up such monuments on public property.
  • Evicting God from the Public Square

    01/11/2009 6:23:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 695+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2009 | Ken Connor
    Militant atheists are intent on evicting God from the public square in America. The latest development is a suit filed by Michael Newdow against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Pastor Rick Warren, and several others who will be participating in the upcoming Presidential inaugural ceremonies. Newdow contends that the inauguration plans violate the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Newdow complains that when Chief Justice Roberts administers the Oath of Office to President-Elect Obama and closes with the traditional "so help me God," he will be giving impermissible government sanction to the...
  • Atheists get day in court over effort to ban God from inauguration ceremony

    01/06/2009 6:07:34 PM PST · by HokieMom · 29 replies · 912+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | January 5, 2008 | Kathleen Miller
    Atheists, humanists and others seeking to keep God and religion out of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony will get their day in court. A D.C. District Court judge announced late Monday afternoon that he will hold a hearing in a lawsuit that seeks to strip all religious elements from the Jan. 20 inaugural festivities. Last week, Michael Newdow, a California lawyer, physician and well-known atheist, led 29 other plaintiffs and 11 organizations in filing a lawsuit to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the presidential oath of office and eliminate the opening and closing prayers from the inaugural...
  • Nativity scene and menorah in Central Park [Catholic League display in NYC on public property]

    12/22/2008 6:10:50 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Spero News ^ | December 18, 2008 | William Donohue
    Take note all ye cultural fascists out to annihilate Christmas: The Catholic League has a nativity scene on public property in New York City, right in Central Park. We deliberately put it on the corner of 59th and 5th so that New Yorkers taking the 5th Avenue bus downtown can’t avoid seeing it. Indeed, it’s impossible to miss. Next to it will be the world’s largest menorah, a religious symbol that some dunce lawyers still think is a secular symbol. “Every year we get a permit from the New York City Parks Department to display our life-sized crčche in Central...
  • City installs Festivus pole

    12/22/2008 11:18:02 AM PST · by chordmaster · 70 replies · 4,642+ views
    NEW HAVEN, CT - In an effort to recognize the diverse traditions of the holiday season, the City has installed a Festivus pole in the Market Street square. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. With the addition of this new holiday centerpiece, the square is now thought to be the most diverse public display of late fall holiday symbols in the country...
  • MULTICULTURAL DISPLAYS 'NEUTERING' CHRISTMAS

    12/18/2008 3:53:13 PM PST · by IbJensen · 11 replies · 518+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/18/2008 | Charlie Butts
    Christmas is being compromised in one New York town in the name of inclusivity. In the New York village of Armonk, officials have placed a menorah for the Jewish faith and the Islamic star and crescent for the Muslim faith alongside the town's Christmas tree. Bill Donahue of the Catholic League does not believe a Christmas tree correctly represents the Christian faith. Instead, he says the Christian religious symbol of this season should be a nativity scene. Last year, a Muslim resident in Armonk asked officials to display Islamic symbols so Muslims could be included in Christmas celebrations. This...
  • Islamic star and crescent join town's Christmas tree, menorah

    12/14/2008 9:42:00 AM PST · by prismsinc · 38 replies · 1,575+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12-14-08 | WorldNetDaily
    'Spirit of inclusion': 'Jesus Christ himself would have gathered everyone around him' The decision by a New York village to place the Islamic star and crescent alongside the community's official Christmas tree has a Catholic leader wondering if there are any wise men among the town's leaders. Supervisors for Armonk, N.Y. voted to display a menorah and a star and crescent at tonight's Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the town's gazebo. "We've decided to go in the direction of being all-inclusive," Supervisor Reese Berman told Associated Press. The village had added the menorah previously. Last year, town resident Asad Jilani,...
  • Buffalo:Islamic Crescent Added to Holiday Display

    12/14/2008 12:16:50 PM PST · by Islaminaction · 5 replies · 352+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Dec, 14Th 2008 | Christopher Logan
    After a Muslim complained that Islam was not being represented the town of North Castle in Buffalo has added the Islamic symbol of the crescent to the town's holiday display. The man who complained has admitted that the month of December does not always have an Islamic holiday in it.
  • Islamic star and crescent join town's Christmas tree, menorah

    12/14/2008 5:14:04 AM PST · by Man50D · 39 replies · 1,385+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 14, 2008
    The decision by a New York village to place the Islamic star and crescent alongside the community's official Christmas tree has a Catholic leader wondering if there are any wise men among the town's leaders. Supervisors for Armonk, N.Y. voted to display a menorah and a star and crescent at tonight's Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the town's gazebo. "We've decided to go in the direction of being all-inclusive," Supervisor Reese Berman told Associated Press. The village had added the menorah previously. Last year, town resident Asad Jilani, saying the Christmas season is an appropriate time to celebrate all cultures,...
  • Star and crescent joins Christmas tree, menorah

    12/13/2008 7:53:56 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 998+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2008 | JIM FITZGERALD
    ARMONK, N.Y. – When they light the town Christmas tree in Armonk on Sunday, there will be a Jewish menorah right alongside, as usual. There will also be something new this year — an Islamic crescent and star. And if there are any Buddhists or Hindus in town who want to see their symbols, the town is welcoming applications. The holiday display, sponsored by the town of North Castle, which includes the village of Armonk, is among a growing number around the country that include the symbol for Islam.
  • Choir Performs at IL Nativity Scene, Despite Presence of Offensive Atheist Sign

    12/12/2008 8:03:09 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies · 344+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | December 12, 2008 | RFFM.org NEWS
    RFFM.org News SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS -- Nearly 20 members of a choir--which calls itself the Joyful Senior Singers & Ringers--performed in the Illinois state Capitol Building on December 9th. Hailing from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Decatur, the unique group of musicians and vocalists, consisting solely of senior citizens, performed near an historic privately-sponsored Nativity scene which has been on display in Illinois' Statehouse since December 2nd. There was no official estimate, but those present said the Capitol Rotunda crowd was huge. "What a wonderful experience," said Marian Blankenship, a spokesman and member of the choir. "We didn't even use a...
  • Atheist group seeks 'special protection' for lost-and-found sign

    12/06/2008 2:15:47 PM PST · by Baladas · 23 replies · 827+ views
    KOMO staff ^ | Dec. 6, 2008 | staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial anti-religion placard was reported missing from the state Capitol Friday - then later found - and now the sign's sponsor wants the State Patrol to provide special protection for it when it is returned. The uproar came as several other groups clamored for permission to post their own holiday displays at the state Capitol. The anti-religion sign, posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., was reported missing Friday morning then was turned over to a Seattle radio station by an unidentified man at about 10 a.m. Annie Laurie Gaylor, a spokesman for...
  • Atheist Sign Joins Capitol Holiday Display This Year

    12/02/2008 2:04:46 AM PST · by Baladas · 32 replies · 1,754+ views
    KIROTV & AP ^ | December 1, 2008 | staff
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An atheistic sign is included in the state Capitol's holiday display that includes a holiday tree and a Christian nativity scene. The sign, a new addition this year, is sponsored by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The sign reads, "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." Annie Laurie Gaylor, foundation co-president, said in a prepared statement that the sign is a reminder of the "real reason for the season, the winter solstice." The solstice, on Dec. 21 this year, is the shortest day of the year. The Capitol has had a holiday...
  • Atheist sign joins nativity scene, tree at Capitol

    12/01/2008 7:42:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,482+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 1, 2008 | CURT WOODWARD
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An atheist group has unveiled an anti-religion placard in the state Capitol, joining a Christian Nativity scene and "holiday tree" on display during December. The atheists' sign was installed Monday by Washington members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national group based in Madison, Wis. With a nod to the winter solstice - the year's shortest day, occurring in late December - the placard reads, in part, "There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
  • 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.
  • TMLC asks Christians to retake the public square for Christmas

    11/25/2008 7:18:34 PM PST · by tpanther · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Christmas Wars On: Thomas More Law Center Asks Christians to Retake the Public Square for ChristmasNovember 25, 2008 ANN ARBOR, MI — For the last several years, the Thomas More Law Center, a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been successfully defending the right of Christians to display nativity scenes on public property and to celebrate Christmas in public schools. In years past and still today, the Law Center has asked thousands of supporters to go on the offensive – where there has been no nativity display before, ask the government for permission to...