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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...