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  • Christmas in Bethlehem: the cross banished from souvenirs

    12/23/2010 11:05:46 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Asia News ^ | 12/22/2010 | Samir Qumsieh
    This Christmas in Bethlehem, the cross has been banned from souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims in the Holy Land... Samir Qumsieh, journalist and director of the Catholic television station Al-Mahed Nativity TV in Bethlehem, said: "I want to launch a campaign to urge people not to buy these products - he says - because the removal of the cross is an intimidation against Christians, it is like saying that Jesus was never crucified. " Qumsieh points out that from 2002 to 2010 the Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped from over 18 thousand to 11 thousand people... Only 15,400 Christians...
  • The Cross is Banned in Bethlehem

    12/24/2010 8:04:43 AM PST · by massmike · 35 replies · 5+ views
    bigpeace.com ^ | 12/24/2010 | Peter Schweizer
    We are far too accustomed to thinking that the Middle East is populated only by Muslims and a few Jews. There are Christians living there, too, often beleaguered and under attack. Here are three stories that remind us during this Christmas season that life for Christians in the Holy Land during this Holy Season can be particularly perilous. First, we learn that the cross, the very symbol of Christianity, has basically been abolished from Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. “This Christmas in Bethlehem, the cross has been banned from souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims in the Holy Land. Some textile...
  • In 'The War on Christmas,' Christmas is winning

    11/22/2010 2:27:10 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 58 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 11/22/2010 | Natalie Zmuda
    For increasing number of retailers this year, no more 'Happy holidays'... NEW YORK — The War on Christmas may be in its final days. This season, merry Christmas — not happy holidays or season's greetings — will dominate retailer's marketing messages. There will be Christmas sales and Christmas trees and Christmas carols galore. That has the American Family Association, arguably one of the loudest voices advocating the use of Christmas in retailer's marketing messages over the past few years, predicting that its crusade could conclude in the next year or two. Randy Sharp, director-special projects at the AFA, said that...
  • No Christmas festivities for some Iraq Christians

    12/22/2010 4:28:35 PM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 22, 2010
    No Christmas festivities for some Iraq Christians | Reuters Dec 22, 2010 ... KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Some church leaders in Iraq have told Christians not to celebrate Christmas except with prayer after lethal attacks ...
  • Giant Christmas tree stokes tensions on Korean peninsula

    12/22/2010 5:00:45 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Giant Christmas tree stokes tensions on Korean peninsula South Korea has lit a massive steel Christmas tree that overlooks the world's most heavily armed border and is within sight of North Korea, prompting threats of attack from the communist state. 7:00AM GMT 22 Dec 2010 The lighting of the tree after a seven-year hiatus marked a pointed return to a tradition that is condemned in Pyongyang as propaganda. The provocative ceremony - which needed government permission to take place - was also a sign that President Lee Myung-bak's administration is serious about countering the North's aggression with measures of its...
  • Nina Totenberg: ‘I Was At – Forgive the Expression – a Christmas Party'

    12/21/2010 12:29:59 PM PST · by massmike · 39 replies · 1+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/21//2012 | Brent Baker
    “I was at – forgive the expression – a Christmas party,” NPR reporter Nina Totenberg interjected on Inside Washington in the weekend’s oddest cautionary separation from a common description for a common event, seemingly embarrassed to invoke any religious terminology for Christmas. She didn’t say what she’d prefer for parties this time of the year to be named. “Winter solstice party”? Just plain old “holiday party”? Or a “seasonal gathering”?
  • Secularists Assault on Christmas and Christianity

    12/21/2010 7:59:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2010 | Armstrong Williams
    One of the most effective ways to overturn a culture is not to take it on directly, but to undermine it gradually. If you carry out a full-frontal assault on majority opinion, people become alarmed and fight back. But when you do it slowly, step-by-step, you can make your destruction look harmless... even reasonable. That's exactly what's happening in this country. For the past half century, there has been a slow but unrelenting attack on the Christian foundations of the United States. The evidence is beyond dispute. First, secularists took prayer out of the public schools, because it "promoted religion...
  • After National Outcry, Fed Reverses Anti-Christian Bank Decision in OK

    12/18/2010 6:52:19 AM PST · by VRWCTexan · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 18, 2010 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The Federal Reserve has reversed its decision that originally forced a small Oklahoma bank to remove from its premises and website Bible verses, crosses, and Christmas buttons. The reversal occurred after national outcry and a letter from two Oklahoma lawmakers who charged that the decision may be unconstitutional.
  • War on Christmas comes to Oklahoma bank as feds order removal of crosses

    12/18/2010 7:49:39 AM PST · by FredJake · 16 replies · 1+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 12/17/2010 | Joe Newby
    It's that time of year - snow on the ground, Christmas trees being decorated, shoppers angling for the best deals and the annual repeat of classic films like "Miracle on 34th Street". It's also the time of year when government grinches and ACLU attorneys are on the prowl for anything that might suggest a religious meaning to the Christmas holiday. After all, it is only the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and these all-knowing and all-caring bureaucrats and lawyers want to protect us from anything that might cause offense. Earlier this week, Federal regulators ordered a bank...
  • Study: Christmas Trees Make Those Who Don’t Celebrate Holiday Feel Excluded

    12/20/2010 12:53:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 111 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News New York ^ | 12/20/2010
    (NewsCore) - So much for a holly, jolly Christmas. A newly released study found that Christmas tree displays can “harm the emotional well-being” of those who do not celebrate the holiday. Researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University (SFU) studied the psychological effect that Christmas displays have by asking test participants to work in a room that either contained a Christmas tree or did not. The results showed that for those participants who did not celebrate the holiday, being in a room with a Christmas tree made them feel less sure of themselves. The result was the opposite for those who...
  • Christmas trees 'make non-Christians feel excluded'

    12/20/2010 7:52:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Christmas trees 'make non-Christians feel excluded' Christmas trees should be removed from public places to avoid making non-Christians feel “excluded”, scientists have suggested By Andy Bloxham 11:43AM GMT 20 Dec 2010 Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada, found non-Christians feel less self-assured and have fewer positive feelings if a Christmas tree was in the room. The scientists conducted the study using 77 Christians and 57 non-believers, including Buddhists and Sikhs. The participants did not know the survey was about Christmas, and were asked to fill in questions about themselves both when a 12-inch Christmas tree was in the room...
  • Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse

    12/17/2010 10:10:01 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 88 replies · 1+ views
    KOCO.ccom ^ | UPDATED: 10:18 am CST December 17, 2010 | Editors
    Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say "Merry Christmas, God With Us." were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank's Internet site also had to be taken down. “I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious symbols they want to display,” said Amy Weierman, a Perkins resident. Specifically, the feds believed,...
  • Atheists edge out Christians in free-speech battle

    12/17/2010 10:23:20 AM PST · by Baladas · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2010 | Robert McCartney
    In ancient Rome, the contest was Christians vs. lions. In Loudoun County today, it's Christians vs. atheists. This year, the atheists came out on top. Unlike in Rome, neither side ate the other. But the passions still run strong in what's becoming an annual competition each December for 10 precious spots on the lawn of the historic county courthouse in Leesburg, where the rivals get a chance to publicly promote their philosophies. One side celebrates the birth of Jesus with Nativity scenes and a Christmas tree. The other marks the winter solstice with banners and signs praising reason, denouncing religion...
  • Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse

    12/17/2010 8:53:25 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 43 replies
    KOCO.com ^ | December 16, 2010
    Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse Federal Examiners Say Religious Decoration Inappropriate PERKINS, Okla. -- A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won’t let it keep religious signs and symbols on display. Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say "Merry Christmas, God With Us." were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the...
  • Red Cross bans Christmas in UK to avoid offending Muslims

    12/17/2010 4:19:54 AM PST · by massmike · 30 replies · 1+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/17/2010 | n/a
    Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross in its fundraising shops in the United Kingdom. That's according to a report in the UK newspaper, the Daily Mail. Staff at the shops have reportedly been ordered to take down decoration and to remove any other signs related to Christmas because it could offend Muslims.
  • Video: An Atheist Christmas Coloring Book

    12/16/2010 7:38:14 AM PST · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Rick Marazzini of MindPosts appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss his new “Atheist Christmas Coloring Book” that he made especially for those who can’t stand the ‘War on Christmas’, yet aren’t Christians themselves.
  • Christmas a Humbug? You Don't Mean That, I'm Sure!

    12/14/2010 11:26:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2010 | Brian Birdnow
    he nephew of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge spoke the words above, as reported by Charles Dickens, circa 1840. Yet, today, nearly two centuries later, we are still fighting the same battle. John Bennett, a Townhall contributor, reported in these pages on Sunday about the liberals and their continued war against Christmas. This campaign reaches a crescendo every December and is joined this year, unabated. The assault is waged on many fronts: In stores, where employees are instructed to wish the customers “Happy Holidays”, in schools where the Christmas vacation has been pre-empted by the “winter break”, and in the predictable challenges...
  • O Holiday Tree, O Holiday Tree, Thy Inclusiveness Shines So Brightly

    12/14/2010 10:13:56 AM PST · by massmike · 29 replies
    grasstopsusa ^ | 12/14/2010 | Don Feder
    And lo, there came unto me glad tidings: A Christmas tree has never committed an act of terrorism – has never beheaded a hostage (or taken hostages, for that matter), has never flown a plane into a skyscraper, has never blown up anything, and has never shot and killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009. So, why can’t they just leave the Christmas tree alone? Why must the poor tree suffer a politically-correct makeover – so that no one (God forbid!) feels excluded?
  • Not allowed to say "Merry Christmas" in Shoprite. (Vanity)

    12/13/2010 3:04:15 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 76 replies
    self | December 13, 2010 | DJMacWoW
    Hubby just stopped at Shoprite in New Jersey and bought a few things. The young man at the checkout said "Happy Holiday" Husband ""What holiday would that be?" Checker "Oh any Holiday". Hubby "You're not allowed to say huh". Checker "Yeah. Not allowed to say" Hubby "Well this is America and it's Christmas" Checker very quietly "Yeah. Merry Christmas"
  • Anti-Claus is coming to Allentown

    The Lehigh Valley Humanists — an 18-month-old group of rationalists, agnostics and atheists — is bringing the so-called "anti-Claus" to speak about the sacred and secular meanings of Christmas at the Allentown Brew Works this weekend. His name is Tom Flynn. Best-known as the author of a book called "The Trouble With Christmas," he has spent nearly two decades lecturing on why the holiday celebration ought to be tamed for the sake of non-Christians who resent the annual full-scale assault of cheer. "The bloated feast demands the sacrifice of 36 million trees and causes almost 80,000 tons of discarded wrapping...
  • "War" on Christmas, and other Assorted Seasonal Amusements...

    12/07/2010 9:25:23 AM PST · by FiddlePig · 10 replies
    RedNeckoBlogger ^ | 12/7/2010 | RedNeckoBlogger
    December 7, Pearl Harbor day... so war (I 'spose) is appropriate subject matter. Among the news of the day, we have billboard ads about the nation purchased by atheists, dissing Christmas ("season for reason", as opposed to "Jesus, reason for the season"... clever those atheists). However, as an unabashed theist of the “born again Christian” variety... I find the atheist is a strange sort: he(she)often as part of their argument, rails against the "injustice" of God who does not exist, then (exclusively) claims to be of "rational and reasoned" mind! Try as I might, I can’t calculate their “math” (what...
  • Christmas decorations banned at Florida's Turnpike toll booths

    12/06/2010 12:00:55 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 6, 2010 | Bianca Prieto
    While many in Central Florida are spreading holiday cheer, one government agency has banned it: The Florida Turnpike. Holiday decorations of any kind have been banned from all toll booths along the 460 miles of toll highways run by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, which is part of the Florida Department of Transportation
  • Naughty or Nice? AFA's 2010 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas

    12/06/2010 5:10:25 AM PST · by USALiberty · 27 replies
    Based on current advertising, below is a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term "Christmas" in their advertising. We will continually update the list, so check back often. Criteria - AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was "Christmas-friendly" in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company's ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach "Christmas" shoppers. If a company has items associated with Christmas, but did not use...
  • Chase orders Southlake bank to remove Christmas tree (because it could offend people)

    12/03/2010 8:04:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 12/03/2010 | Terry Evans
    SOUTHLAKE -- Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people. Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake, had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank branch at 1700 E. Southlake Boulevard as a favor to the branch manager, who is one of his clients. The tree remained in the lobby from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Tuesday. Morales said his friend called him Wednesday to tell him the tree had to go. She later showed him an e-mail from...
  • Nutter Puts "Christmas" Back In Village After Controversy [Common Sense Trumps PC]

    12/02/2010 9:06:40 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 12/02/2010 | Catherine Lucey & Chris Brennan
    Breaking News from City Hall: Christmas is back. Mayor Nutter, after sustaining two days of controversy, wants "Christmas" back up on the signs at the entrance to the German Christmas Village at City Hall. Nutter told PhillyClout he spoke with the village organizer and the sign should be back up by tomorrow. Nutter said the decision came after "personal reflection" on the matter. "We are an international, multi-ethnic, multi-faith city," Nutter said. "I took some time to step back from all of this to think about it in a larger context." Nutter, who said he had nothing to do with...
  • Florida School Bans Christmas… And Christmas Colors

    12/02/2010 8:12:46 AM PST · by massmike · 66 replies · 3+ views
    gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com ^ | 12/02/2012 | Jim Hoft
    It begins… A Florida school not only banned Christmas but banned everything associated with Christmas including Christmas colors… Because someone might be offended.
  • War on Christmas Comes to Pennsylvania

    12/02/2010 5:55:38 AM PST · by DirtyHarryY2K · 12 replies
    Fox & Friends report on atheist liberal moonbats Whom are deeply offended by "Christmas" and demand any mention of it be abolished from the public square. Video at the link..
  • Catholics and Atheists Wage Billboard War Over Christmas

    12/01/2010 1:17:50 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 2+ views
    DNA Info ^ | November 30, 2010 | Jordan Heller
    Prompted by a billboard calling Christmas a myth, the Catholic League erected a pro-Jesus billboard Tuesday. MANHATTAN — The Catholic League, upset over an anti-Christmas billboard at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, threw a "counterpunch" at atheists Tuesday with a billboard of their own on the New York side of the tunnel.The new 26-by-24-foot billboard at Dyer Avenue and West 31st Street features a depiction of Joseph and Mary looking adoringly at baby Jesus, with the message: "You know it's real. This season, celebrate Jesus. Merry Christmas from the Catholic League," according to the Catholic League's website....
  • Let's call it the German 'Holiday' Village ("Christmas" out)

    11/30/2010 10:00:10 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 15 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | unknown | Catherine Lucey
    It's that season again, which means that for the third year in a row, the German Christmas Village has set up a cozy collection of wooden booths and tree vendors in Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall. But a few shoppers noticed something amiss yesterday on the tall metal archways signaling the entrances to the shops. The archways had just one word on top - "Village." Sounds festive, eh? Read more: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/20101130_Let_s_call_it_the_German__Holiday__Village.html?111029469=Y&submit=Vote&oid=2&mr=1&cid=8500281&pid=111029469#ixzz16mxvBYNI Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else
  • The Portland Bomber

    11/29/2010 8:10:39 AM PST · by bray · 17 replies · 1+ views
    examiner ^ | 11/29/10 | bray
    I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the LOVE of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Rom 15:30 There was one person at the Portland Christmas Tree lighting who understood the spiritual importance that Christmas Tree lighting represented. When Mohamed Osman Mohamud shouted Allah Akbar and pushed the button on his fake bomb expecting to blow up thousands of Infidels he was attacking the one real enemy of Islam, Jesus Christ. Never mind Pioneer Square in Portland has outlawed any mention of Christ or even the name Holiday,...
  • Atheist billboard near Lincoln Tunnel scheduled to stay up in time for Christmas

    11/28/2010 1:57:45 PM PST · by NYer · 53 replies · 1+ views
    NJ.com ^ | November 27, 2010
    Photo of a billboard that has been posted on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel calling Christmas a myth. A billboard boasting atheism is scheduled to stay up near the Lincoln Tunnel on the New Jersey side, until at least after the Christmas season, as part of a campaign to reach out to atheists and encourage questioning certain holiday traditions, according to a report by NorthJersey.com.The message will read, "You KNOW it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason," with a silhouette background of the three wise men walking toward a manger. The campaign is sponsored by the American...
  • Atheists’ ad blitz calls Christmas a myth

    11/27/2010 9:05:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 60 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 11.26.10 | stephanie akin
    Drivers approaching the Lincoln Tunnel this holiday season will be the targets of an atheist advertisement that its sponsors describe as a strike against Christmas. A billboard sponsored by the American Atheists and posted in North Bergen, on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, reads: 'You KNOW it's a Myth. This season, celebrate REASON.' A billboard scheduled to be displayed near the New Jersey entrance to the tunnel until the end of the holidays shows a silhouetted manger scene with the message, “You KNOW it’s a Myth. This Season, Celebrate REASON.” The $20,000 campaign, sponsored by a national...
  • Dick's Sporting Goods changes tune on Christmas: AFA stops boycott

    11/22/2010 1:36:19 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/21/10 | richard sikorski
    Dick's Sporting Goods (DSG) informed the American Family Association that "Christmas" will be incorporated into their advertising starting November 28. As a result AFA has called off its boycott. "We have made significant changes from past years, when 'holiday' was the dominant theme of our advertising," Stated DSG Vice-Chairman William Columbo. He explained that the changes were already in the works before the AFA rallied boycott. Columno also apologized for not returning AFA's phone calls and letters. Dick's issued a formal statement that outlined the following: Beginning November 28 and continuing each Sunday through Christmas, Sunday newspaper inserts will read...
  • Local Christian Book Store’s Name [In Kittanning, Pa.] Called “Offensive"

    09/29/2010 9:18:07 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    The Kittanning Paper ^ | September 29, 2010 | KP NewsDesk
    HomePlace A Classified AdSubmit EditorialSubmit AnnouncementToday’s EditionAbout UsCirculationContact Us Local Christian Book Store’s Name Called “Offensive” Christian Book and Gift Shop owner Don Toy (right) told host David Croyle that his store was rejected by an advertising agency because the name “Christian” is offensive. The owner of Kittanning’s only Christian book store said he was denied advertising on a restaurant menu because the name “Christian” is offensive.Reverend Don Toy, owner of the Christian Book and Gift Shop, appeared on last night’s Talk of the Town program on Family-Life TV, to describe a national movement against Christianity that has made...
  • Barack Obama’s Latest Crackpot Claim: “Islam Has Always Been a Part of America”

    08/13/2010 10:40:50 AM PDT · by Justaham · 102 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-13-10 | Jim Hoft
    In his annual Ramadan statement released yesterday Barack Obama claimed that, “Islam has always been a a part of America.” From the White House website: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I want to extend our best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God. This is a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared. But Ramadan is also...
  • South Brunswick schools to close for two Muslim holy days

    08/10/2010 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 10, 2010 | Tom Haydon
    SOUTH BRUNSWICK — As a Muslim growing up in East Brunswick, Atiya Aftab missed classes and had to make up school work to be with her family on two important holidays: Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. As a mother of three in South Brunswick, Aftab has seen her children go through the same thing. Until now. In a decision that sent ripples of hope across the Muslim community well beyond New Jersey, the South Brunswick Board of Education has approved school closings in the...
  • Britains Gay War on Christians

    07/19/2010 4:52:06 PM PDT · by aSeattleConservative · 1 replies
    Americans for Truth About Homosexuality ^ | 7-19-10 | aSeattleConservative
    Will Obama, like U.K.’s Tony Blair, usher in ‘gay’ tyranny in the United States? Former British P.M. Tony Blair used state power to promote the acceptance of homosexuality in the U.K. He is now working to make Christianity "gay"-affirming. By Peter LaBarbera I was sent this must-watch CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) video by my friend Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association of Michigan. Glenn is backing a civil rights lawsuit by the Thomas More Law Center against Attorney Gen. Eric Holder over the new homosexuality/transsexuality–inclusive “hate crimes” law. This video deserves wide circulation as a warning to America....
  • Andrew Sullivan: The Rise And Rise of Christianism

    01/06/2010 8:44:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,126+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | January 5, 2009 | Andrew Sullivan
    In a classic parallel with Islamism and in a similar response to modernity's trials, the evangelical fusion of faith with politics is gathering pace, and rapidly re-defining conservatism as a politico-religious movement. A reader writes: I realize you rarely get to travel in true "teabagger country" but here in rural Mississippi, there is an interesting phenomenon occurring that the Brit Hume brouhaha brings into clearer focus. If you travel down any road, you will see churches popping up everywhere. I've lived here my entire life, and it used to be that each community had one church, usually Baptist, with a...
  • 19 Depressing, Crazy and Downright Awful Nativity Scenes (Photos + Videos)

    01/03/2010 2:55:25 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies · 2,359+ views
    Urlesque ^ | 12/17/09 | Michael Jordan
    You guys, whose fault is this? Seriously, who built these 19 hideous nativity scenes? Hmmm? No one is going to step forward? Babes and dude-babes, this is soooo not cool. We here at Urlesque have been bringing you nothing but nonstop kick-ass ultra good holiday coverage and now you go and do this. Did we do something to hurt your feelings? Talk to us! Someone please explain the 19 depressing, crazy and downright awful nativity scenes below!
  • Taunton second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus

    12/15/2009 6:50:21 AM PST · by Alistair Stratford IV · 70 replies · 2,983+ views
    Taunton Gazette ^ | Dec. 15, 2009
    Taunton second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus Father angered by forced psychological evaluation of boy, 8 By Gerry Tuoti, Staff Writer GateHouse News Service Posted Dec 14, 2009 @ 10:20 PM Taunton — A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross. The father said he got a call earlier this month from Maxham Elementary School informing him that his son, a second-grade student, had created a violent drawing. The image in question depicted a crucified Jesus...
  • Radical Islam’s Defiling of Christmas

    12/28/2009 10:23:37 AM PST · by IrishMike · 17 replies · 1,419+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Dec 25th, 2009 | Joe Kaufman
    Today, while Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas, radical Muslims will be gathering in Atlanta, Georgia for the beginning of their annual hatefest. The irony of this cannot be overstated, as the group sponsoring the event, ICNA, and its followers openly denounce Christians and propagate material cursing and calling for violence against Christians. ICNA or the Islamic Circle of North America was created nearly 40 years ago as the American affiliate to the terror-related Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), the Muslim Brotherhood of Pakistan. But while JI has focused the majority of its faith-based ire on Hindus, the religious groups of choice...
  • Bomb plotter: 'More like me'

    12/28/2009 7:40:20 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 14 replies · 615+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | Dec. 28, 2009 | Staff Reporters
    FAILED plane bomber Umar Abdulmutallab has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West. The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike. The reports come after The Sun revealed that cops fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners. The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen. It was there London-educated Abdulmutallab prepared for his Christmas Day bid to blow up a US jet. The British extremists in Yemen are...
  • Christmas has its crown again

    12/26/2009 11:31:49 AM PST · by caveat emptor · 9 replies · 398+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | December 23, 2009 | Rex Murphy
    It's a mildly encouraging sign of more temperate times that Christmas has taken less of a mauling this year. For a number of years, there was a predictable harvest of news stories featuring a school board, a municipality, some hypersensitive public servant calling for the banning of a Christmas tree or the elimination of certain traditional carols, or insisting on the neutral Happy Holidays. They were all essentially the same: some hypersensitive grinch complaining of being ground down, of being “offended” by the oppressive Christian cast of this most Christian of holidays.
  • (Christmas & Holiday) Decoration debate: Vague laws put municipalities in awkward position

    01/12/2009 6:56:49 PM PST · by Coleus · 848+ views
    northjersey ^ | 12.25.08 | ASHLEY KINDERGAN
    Nativity scenes made of real straw. Wise Men 2 feet tall. Menorahs bigger than a human being.   Holiday display in Teaneck. In many North Jersey municipalities, those sacred symbols can be found at the same place people get dog licenses, pay taxes and apply for building permits — town hall.  The display of religious items on public property has long been a charged discussion in American communities, and the case law governing holiday displays is still murky enough to confound local governments trying to create a festive atmosphere for residents.* Fair Lawn for years just lit a holiday tree....
  • Criminalizing Christmas Cookies, Candy Canes, and Crčches

    12/24/2009 11:12:12 AM PST · by ezfindit · 5 replies · 387+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2009 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    This year, America is receiving a subliminal holiday message that Nativity scenes pose a more imminent threat than Gitmo detainees being tried on American soil. Regardless of personal Christmas traditions, most Americans agree that the Nativity visually represents the biblical story of Jesus’s birth. Thus, controversial crčche issues are not about Christmas, but Christianity. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson said that “[t]he Bible is the cornerstone of liberty … Students’ perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.” Who could have foreseen the First Amendment becoming a secular platform to warn public schoolchildren to...
  • Shroud of Turin Not Jesus', Tomb Discovery Suggests

    12/24/2009 10:28:07 AM PST · by Salman · 42 replies · 1,667+ views
    National Geographic ^ | December 17, 2009 | Mati Milstein
    From a long-sealed cave tomb, archaeologists have excavated the only known Jesus-era burial shroud in Jerusalem, a new study says. The discovery adds to evidence that the controversial Shroud of Turin did not wrap the body of Christ, researchers say. [ snip ] The weave of the Tomb of the Shroud fabric, the new study says, casts further doubt on the Shroud of Turin as Jesus' burial cloth. The newfound shroud was something of a patchwork of simply woven linen and wool textiles, the study found. The Shroud of Turin, by contrast, is made of a single textile woven in...
  • After Complaint About a Star, an Order to Remove Religious Symbols

    12/23/2009 9:10:48 AM PST · by markomalley · 57 replies · 1,875+ views
    El Paso Inc ^ | 12/23/2009
    SAN FRANCISCO — It was the week before Christmas when Irv Sutley, a former warehouse worker, first saw the offending ornament in a government building in Sonoma County, just north of here. “I was turning around in the lobby, and I noticed the tree,” Mr. Sutley said. “And then, I noticed the angel.” Mr. Sutley, an atheist, said he then went to the office of the county Board of Supervisors. “And there was a star,” he said. Technically, neither stars nor angels belong to any particular religion. But to the mind of Mr. Sutley, 65, a veteran who has fought...
  • NJ School Reverses 'Silent Night' Ban

    12/14/2004 8:05:24 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 26 replies · 1,020+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 14, 2004 | Limbacher
    A New Jersey talk radio host has succeeded in forcing the Egg Harbor Township board of education to reverse its ban on the Christmas classic "Silent Night," which had been dropped from the school district's holiday program based a single parental complaint. Last night's 7-0 vote by the panel means that "Silent Night" can now be included in this week's Holiday Singalong at the E.H. Slaybaugh Elementary School, where the controversy first erupted. The complaining parent, an attorney who has not been publicly identified, asked that the holiday carol be dropped from the program, even though songs about other religious...
  • Albert the Green Nosed Reindeer

    12/22/2009 5:25:30 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies · 399+ views
    Albert the Green Nosed Reindeer, had a growing bank account And if you ever saw it, you would even wonder how All of the other watermelons, used to scheme in smoke filled rooms But now because of Albert, they will gain control of you Then one smoky kwanzaa eve, Barack came to say Albert with your friends on high, won't you skew the truth tonight Then all the watermelons loved him, as they shouted out with glee Albert the green nosed reindeer, you'll go down in infamy!
  • The War on Christmas: It’s a Commie Thing

    12/21/2009 8:23:31 PM PST · by jimluke01 · 20 replies · 758+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12-21-09 | Matt Barber
    Are you as annoyed as I am by that nauseatingly amorphous phrase “Happy Holidays?” You may be interested to know that the mindset behind the term precedes America’s postmodern love affair with political correctness, tracing back to good ole’ fashioned Cold War Communism (PC’s uglier big sister). Indeed, today’s secularist war on Christmas (yes, the one that, like God, many liberals deny exists) was waged, in large part, when Communists began attempting to supplant the deity of Christ (and His associated Judeo-Christian principles) with the false deity of the State. Ronald Reagan once spoke to this noteworthy historical factoid during...