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  • ACLU axes nativity, menorah (away with the manger)

    12/18/2009 3:37:41 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 632+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 12/17/2009 | Jennifer Learn-Andes
    A familiar nativity scene and menorah were removed from the Luzerne County Courthouse lawn Wednesday night because the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to get a restraining order. County Solicitor Vito DeLuca said a Pittsburgh lawyer from the ACLU contacted him Wednesday to give the county an opportunity to remove the items before it filed court action that was already in the works. The ACLU argues the displays violate the separation of church and state clause of the U.S. Constitution, DeLuca said. DeLuca said county officials opted not to spend time and money on a lawsuit – at least not...
  • Wiccan Pentacle Goes Up Next To Nativity Scene

    12/18/2007 5:09:38 AM PST · by Puppage · 165 replies · 322+ views
    WNBC.COM ^ | 12/18/2007 | Puppage
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A Wiccan pentacle has joined a controversial nativity scene at Green Bay's City Hall. The manger scene was put up by City Council President Chad Fradette, who wanted to defy an anti-religious group that was protesting another nativity scene in a nearby town. However, the Wiccans said that was an abuse of power and requested that the Wiccan symbol go up next to the nativity. "I want to see all those other faiths that we don't get an opportunity to see in Green Bay, Wis., because we are sometimes relegated to that," said Wiccan Kelly Winters....
  • Walled Nativity Scene Borders On Anti-Semitism, Jewish Leaders Say

    12/14/2007 7:25:59 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 100 replies · 2,226+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The sale of Nativity scenes with a wall running through the middle to symbolize Israel's security barrier borders on anti-Semitism, Jewish groups are saying. The Amos Trust, a British Christian charity that works with needy communities around the world, is selling the traditional Nativity sets with a political twist, noting that the wise men won't reach the stable because of the wall. The Amos Trust says its Nativity sets are made by Palestinian carpenters from olive wood from Bethlehem. Israel started building its security barrier -- a series of walls and fences -- in response to an...
  • Higher power provides for safe return of stolen Nativity Jesus

    12/28/2007 7:27:25 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 230+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | December 28, 2007 | ROCHELLE E.B. GILKEN
    WELLINGTON — In this village, Jesus has returned with the help of modern-day technology.Last year, the baby Jesus figure disappeared twice from the Nativity scene in front of the Wellington Community Center, never to be seen again. This year, the new blond, blue-eyed statue was outfitted with a GPS tracking device that monitored its every movement.The evening after Jesus' birth, the baby moved.At 6:45 a.m. Thursday, a village employee noticed that the statue was missing. Building maintenance supervisor Gus Arnold logged on to the monitoring system and saw that it was taken from the manger at 10 p.m. Wednesday.Arnold homed...
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bans the Word 'Christmas'

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

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

    12/27/2007 8:49:24 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 200+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 27, 2007 | Laura Clout
    For decades, children have enjoyed singing about the little donkey which is said to have carried the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem.   The calendar features Lord Nelson forced to wear a life jacket But one group of young singers was ordered to change the traditional lyrics of the Christmas song - because they were said to be "too religious".Instead of "Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way", the youngsters were told to sing "carry Lucy" for fear of offending non-Christians. The incident, at the school's Christmas concert, appears on a new calendar alongside 11 other examples of extreme political...
  • NBC says some find bookcase and Christmas lights offensive (Huckabee Merry Christmas)

    12/25/2007 7:38:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 161 replies · 555+ views
    NBC says some find bookcase and Christmas lights offensive Candidate wishing voters Merry Christmas upsets some folks The latest effort to spread the idea that religion has no place in the public square comes as a response to a TV spot produced by presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. I urge you to watch the two video clips I have placed in this e-mail. First, is the ad by former Governor Huckabee wishing people a Merry Christmas. Click here to watch the 30-second ad. Next, is a clip from the Today Show (Dec. 18), hosted by Meredith Vieira, on which Governor...
  • Help Sink Old Navy's Blockade (taking political correctness to the extreme)

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

    12/20/2007 10:26:49 AM PST · by Gene Eric · 6 replies · 132+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | December 20, 2007 | (no annotation)
    ANN ARBOR, MI — Persistence paid off for Frances Burke, a senior resident of Bayside, New York. For many years, the Bayside Hills Civic Association refused Burke’s request to include a nativity display in its annual holiday celebration which included a menorah and tree lighting ceremony at the public park. This year, however, Burke teamed up with the Thomas More Law Center, a national Christian public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which seeks to restore public acknowledgment of the religious significance of Christmas. As a result, for the first time in its history, the Bayside Hills...
  • The War Against Christmas: Harvard's holiday spirit .....

    12/17/2007 8:18:09 AM PST · by rface · 7 replies · 128+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | Monday, December 17, 2007 | CHRISTOPHER B. LACARIA
    For anyone who has spent any considerable amount of time on this campus, Harvard students’ knee-jerk liberalism and militant atheism, or, at least, militant hostility to religion, is more than apparent. An integral part of any misguided teenage rebellion includes perfunctorily discarding the formalities and traditions long observed in one’s family: Sunday mornings spent in church, obligatory dietary restrictions, and even a baseline belief in God. Thanks to cartoonish caricatures of Evangelicals in the media, religion immediately connotes images, in the minds of the self-styled intellectuals at Harvard, of provincialism, stupidity, and Republican Party politics—things to avoid. Yet, despite this...
  • Spokane (WA) school newsletter omits Christmas from December dates

    11/30/2007 1:41:35 PM PST · by teacherwoes · 27 replies · 312+ views
    SPOKANE, Wash. - They made a list, but they should have checked it twice. In a December newsletter to the families of elementary school students, Spokane Public Schools' list of "important dates" didn't include Christmas. Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, winter break, the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, first day of winter and Kwanzaa all made the list. But no Christmas. "It was absolutely an error of omission," district spokeswoman Terren Roloff said. "In our efforts to be inclusive, we missed the obvious." The omission drew complaints from some parents that in an age of political correctness, Christians are being overlooked...
  • The Christmas Marketing Disaster

    12/14/2007 10:48:58 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 85+ views
    TFP ^ | John Horvat II
    Quite simply, success in marketing depends upon offering the right product to the right consumer at the right time. That is not always easy since the fickle consumer is constantly changing and the marketer must be ever-ready to adjust accordingly. Thus, depending on one’s perspective, marketing has become a science, a craft or an art. The marketer has at his disposal techniques and tools since in today’s streamlined and globalized world, one mistake can translate into millions of dollars lost. Last year, Wal-Mart learned their lesson and brought back Merry Christmas while others did not. And so, the marketers employ...
  • Another Twisted Christmas

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

    12/10/2007 1:57:18 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies · 203+ views
    Focus on the Family Action has released the latest list of retailers that are censoring Christmas...and those that are not. Click on the link to view the PDF file.....
  • A new light in Chatham, Borough welcomes first-time menorah

    12/09/2007 8:01:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 222+ views
    star ledger ^ | December 02, 2007 | LESLIE KWOH
    This year, for the first time, Chatham Borough's holiday tree will be joined by a giant menorah. The borough agreed to a request for a public menorah display by Shalom Lubin, who over the years has gained approval for menorahs in neighboring Madison, Florham Park, East Hanover and Chatham Township. Lubin, a rabbi and director of the Chabad of Southeast Morris County, said word is spreading and towns are saying "hey, you have one in your town, why don't we have one in our town?" "More and more towns are realizing that in the spirit of the holiday, being inclusive...
  • Feds ban grandma's angel ornament on Christmas tree

    11/09/2007 3:44:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 35 replies · 176+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 9, 2007
    Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development officials have announced a ban on any decorations in HUD housing complexes that mention Jesus or represent religion for the Christmas season, and the American Family Association has responded with a petition drive to overturn the decision. The AFA has set up a link to allow constituents to send e-mails to the HUD secretary or President Bush expressing their objections to the policy. The issue arose at the Plant City Living Center in Plant City, Fla., where 85-year-old Mrs. Arnold was told that federal law now prohibits her from displaying anything that references...
  • The (Anti-Religious) Bigotry of the Elites

    11/14/2007 4:01:58 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 3 replies · 95+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/13/2007 | Newt Gingrich
    I got a note this week that reminded me, once again, how much the American people disagree with the Washington elite -- and how differently we would run our country if and when we get the chance. The note told the story of Mrs. Arnold, an 85-year-old grandmother living in Florida. Every year, Mrs. Arnold looks forward to a Christmas visit to her apartment building by a local Sunday school class. They have a Christmas party and place an angel at the top of the building's Christmas tree. But this year, the management of her apartment complex issued a directive:...
  • Lowe's Apologizes for 'Family Trees' in Christmas Catalog

    11/14/2007 4:30:26 AM PST · by Man50D · 128 replies · 617+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 14, 2007 | Randy Hall
    An early skirmish in this year's "War on Christmas" ended on Tuesday when the nationwide home improvement chain Lowe's apologized for referring to Christmas trees in its holiday catalog as "family trees." "That was a complete error," Maureen Rich, a spokeswoman for Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse - which serves more than 13 million customers a week in its 1,400 stores across the nation - told Cybercast News Service. "Right now, we're extremely disappointed in this breakdown in our own creative process. "We are apologizing to customers today for any confusion our holiday catalog created," Rich said. She explained that the...
  • Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

    11/15/2007 3:31:59 AM PST · by Enchante · 69 replies · 1,442+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/14/07 | AFP Staff
    SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday. Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported. One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute. "Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B...
  • Principal cancels trip to see ’Miracle on 34th Street’ ("objectionable")

    11/16/2007 9:15:01 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 32 replies · 119+ views
    http://news.bostonherald.com ^ | November 14, 2007 | Jessica Heslam
    A Winchester principal who bowed to some parents’ objections and scrubbed a seventh-grade field trip to “Miracle on 34th Street” said the classic Christmas tale is too focused on Santa Claus and doesn’t tie into the school’s curriculum. McCall Middle School Principal Evander French Jr. has axed the trip to a Dec. 19 performance of the play at the Stoneham Theatre, a Scrooge-like move that has angered parents. “The people who complained were concerned about the very narrow focus on Santa Claus,” French said yesterday... On Friday, an e-mail was sent to parents telling them the trip was canceled. French...
  • JOHNSON: It's beginning to look again like the 'War on Christmas'

    11/19/2007 6:58:30 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 78+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 17, 2007 | Bill Johnson
    Crud. Here we go again. Strap on your flak jackets - ceramic plates are not required - and load up the snowballs. We've got another "War on Christmas" raging. I know, it is simply the silliest thing. Hang on a second. Can I even write "Christmas" here? The last thing I want is to offend any non-Christian readers. But "The holiday that falls on Dec. 25" seems unwieldy. Then again, so is every battle waged in this so-called war, from displays of colored lights to "holiday" trees. It is downright stupid, too, this annual November rush to "defend" Christmas, a...
  • Nativity scene causes protest

    11/21/2007 8:09:13 AM PST · by GlennBeck08 · 42 replies · 889+ views
    WLUCTV6 ^ | 11/20/2007 | WLUCTV6
    Nativity scene causes protest A letter was filed with city to remove the nativity. Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 7:10 a.m. MENOMINEE -- A Wisconsin-based group of atheists are protesting a decision by Menominee officials to allow a nativity scene on city property. The nativity will be in the bandshell. The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a letter with the city, saying the display would violate the separation of Church and State. The Parks and Recreation Committe's approval of the bandshell display comes with the provision that non-Christians be allowed to add their symbols. Nativity scene plans reconsidered After...
  • (Rasmussen Poll) 67% Prefer Merry Christmas While 26% Opt For Happy Holidays

    11/23/2007 11:29:53 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 62 replies · 67+ views
    Rasmuseen Reports ^ | Thursday, November 22, 2007 | Rasmussen Reports
    67% Prefer Merry Christmas while 26% Opt for Happy Holidays Thursday, November 22, 2007 As the holiday season begins, 67% of American adults like stores to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” in their seasonal advertising rather than “Happy Holidays.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 26% prefer the Happy Holidays line. There is no gender gap on this question and few demographic differences. From a politically partisan perspective, 88% of Republicans prefer “Merry Christmas” while just 57% of Democrats favor the saying. Heading into Thanksgiving week, only 27% say they have begun their Christmas or holiday shopping...
  • Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, You Constitutional Quacks

    11/26/2007 8:25:29 AM PST · by Dukes Travels · 8 replies · 183+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | November 26, 2007 | Herman Cain
    Now that the 2007 end-of-year holiday season is officially underway, I want to offer some heart-felt politically insensitive expressions of happiness and well wishes. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It seems that each year another distortion or misinterpretation of the First Amendment generates another attack on our end-of-year season for thanks to God, celebration and hope. These attacks are intended to put the rest of us on the defensive about our faith, culture and history, and claim a victory for political correctness. The latest? A Washington state school district issued a memo to its teachers...
  • 'Holiday tree' or 'Christmas tree' in State Capitol? [Madison, WI]

    11/26/2007 3:49:08 PM PST · by SJackson · 41 replies · 1,867+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 11-26-07 | Hannah Young
    Another battle over separation of church and state may be on the horizon with a proposal scheduled to go in front of an Assembly committee Wednesday. The issue? What to call the tree that sits in the State Capitol during the holiday season. Currently the tree is referred to as a "holiday tree," but the resolution that will be brought to the Committee on State Affairs would rename it as the Wisconsin State Christmas Tree. Michael Schoenfield, legislative aide to Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin Rapids, who is sponsoring the resolution, said the state should refer to the tree as a...
  • County investigates sheriff for supporting Christmas

    11/27/2007 4:04:11 AM PST · by Man50D · 6 replies · 70+ views
    WorldNetdaily.com ^ | November 27, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    A county sheriff who had publicly expressed frustration with "politically correct" antagonism from secular America toward the religious foundations of Christmas now is under investigation for his thoughts, according to a county commissioner.Larimer, Colo., County Sheriff Jim Alderden's opinions were expressed in his "Bulls-Eye" website column recently. He had been prompted to write after watching the ongoing dispute in the city of Fort Collins, where a task force recommended white lights, as well as neutral and non-religious decorations such as snowflakes, snowmen, snowballs, ice skates, skis, penguins and polar bears for this time of year. "Penguins? This is dangerous territory....
  • 'Twas the Month Before Christmas!

    11/26/2007 8:11:31 PM PST · by topher · 12 replies · 46+ views
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    'Twas the month before Christmas when all through our land, Not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand. Why the PC Police had taken away, The reason for Christmas - no one could say. The children were told by their schools not to sing, About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things. It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say December 25th is just a " Holiday ". Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it! CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod...
  • A very politically correct Christmas

    11/27/2007 8:43:48 AM PST · by BigFinn · 4 replies · 76+ views
    Email | 11/27/07 | Email
    "Merry Christmas" Twas the month before Christmas When all through our land, Not a Christian was praying Nor taking a stand. Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away, The reason for Christmas - no one could say. The children were told by their schools not to sing, About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things. It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say December 25th is just a ' Holiday '. Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it! CDs from Madonna, an X...
  • MSU removes Christmas tree after complaint from Jewish professor

    11/29/2007 8:41:43 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 119 replies · 231+ views
    KY3.com ^ | Nov 29, 2007
    SPRINGFIELD -- A Missouri State University department head took down a 20-foot Christmas tree (not the one in the photo) after a diversity official reported a complaint that it was insensitive to other religions. As a result, MSU officials are meeting Friday to discuss appropriate holiday decorations
  • Stores that do NOT Ban Christmas

    11/29/2007 6:24:31 PM PST · by E-Mat · 56 replies · 928+ views
    AFA ^ | 11/29/07 | E-Mat
    I get all these AFA alerts about stores that ban Christmas. How about a list or a link to a list of shopping alternatives who do not ban Christmas? Here's a few examples of web sites who were not so ashamed to allow the word Christmas to appear on their front page. (Searching the page for text does not always work, e.g. Starbucks mentions Christmas on their front page, but it's in an image.): http://www.gifts.com/ http://www.walmart.com/ http://www.target.com/ (Surpise!) http://www.ftd.com/ http://www.lenox.com/ http://www.winebasket.com http://www.starbucks.com/
  • Missouri State reverses decision to remove Christmas tree

    11/29/2007 7:06:55 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 305+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Nov. 29, 2007
    Missouri State University has reversed a decision to take down a 20-foot Christmas tree and will instead reinstall it along with symbols from other religions, the university said today. The tree had been removed from Strong Hall on the university’s campus on Monday, after a Jewish faculty member complained that it showed a “lack of sensitivity” to other religions. But the tree will be reinstalled along with symbols from other religions... “We decided this is the right thing to do, and I am glad there was widespread agreement about it,” Missouri State President Michael Nietzel said in a statement. The...
  • Battling Hate Crimes Against Christmas

    12/02/2007 10:48:44 AM PST · by Gene Eric · 3 replies · 110+ views
    Frontiers of Freedom ^ | November 30, 2007 | Bonnie Alba
    Those few U.S. citizens who can’t stand the thought or public expression of “Merry Christmas” or any other symbol of Christmas are taking up the annual banner of their War against “the reason for the season.” These misguided citizens can’t stand to see the Nativity on public property. It offends them. In the name of the misinterpreted First Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union gladly pursues the War in court. School Administrators and school boards struggle with renaming the annual “Christmas” concert to the benign “Holiday” or “Winter” Concert. Ditto for Christmas trees and class parties; for Christmas cards and...
  • Christmas causes global warming (turn off those lights - or don't you care about the planet?)

    12/06/2007 6:04:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies · 429+ views
    Ely News ^ | 12/06/07 | KENT HARPER
    Christmas causes global warmingBy KENT HARPER Can you believe it? People all over town are lavishing their homes, inside and out, with Christmas lights and electric-powered inflatables. Hasn't anybody heard about global warming? You can't go anywhere without seeing additional, energy-guzzling lights strung on street posts, fences, gates, eaves or around windows like festive cobwebs. Ely is small and may not be contributing much to global warming. But this is going on all over the world. Even non-Christian countries are being sucked into this Christmas, energy orgy. And that energy has to come from somewhere and the emissions go straight...
  • Father laments note of intolerance in song

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

    12/07/2007 11:39:59 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 100 replies · 323+ views
    Liberty Counsel targets K-Mart, Sears for refusing to use 'Christmas' in ads Allie Martin OneNewsNow.com December 7, 2007 A Christian law firm is targeting two retail giants after they offended Christians with their advertising. Officials at Liberty Counsel say K-Mart and Sears have renamed "Christmas trees" to "holiday trees" in their advertising. According to Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, a ministry supporter asked K-Mart why it took the action. "A representative from Sears Holding Corporation, which owns K-Mart as well, wrote back and said that Sears is a diverse company and it did not want to offend any of its...
  • Red Bull pulls nativity ad

    12/04/2007 8:38:41 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 155+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2007
    An angry Italian priest has persuaded soft drinks company Red Bull to withdraw an advertisement setting its product in a nativity scene on the grounds it is disrespectful to Christianity. Father Marco Damanti, from Sicily, wrote to the makers of the caffeinated energy drink denouncing their commercial as "a blasphemous act" and said on Monday he had received a prompt reply promising to remove it from Italian television.The advert depicted four wise men, instead of three, visiting Mary and the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The fourth wise man bore a can of the soft drink."The image of the sacred family...
  • City officials in Michigan change Dickens Christmas Festival to Dickens Holiday Festival

    12/04/2007 5:58:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 417+ views
    adf ^ | December 04, 2007
    City officials in Michigan change Dickens Christmas Festival to Dickens Holiday Festival ADF attorneys send letter providing information to officials in Mount Pleasant on the constitutionality of using the word “Christmas” for its Dickens festival  MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund sent a letter Monday to city officials in Mount Pleasant explaining the constitutionality of using the word “Christmas” for its Dickens festival.  City officials changed the name of its Dickens Christmas Festival to “Dickens Holiday Festival” in its advertising materials to be sent to a local school district after the school district enacted a...
  • Room at the rotunda: ADF attorneys ensure nativity can be displayed in Wash. State Capitol building

    12/04/2007 2:14:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 151+ views
    adf ^ | October 17, 2007
    A man barred from placing a nativity scene in the Washington State Capitol rotunda last year will no longer face opposition from state officials.  ADF attorneys filed a lawsuit last year after state officials denied the request but allowed a menorah and a “holiday tree” to be displayed.  The parties settled the suit, allowing Ron Wesselius to display a nativity scene on behalf of citizens who celebrate Christmas.   “It’s incredible to think that Americans have to think twice about whether it is OK to celebrate Christmas in public,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Byron Babione.  “Just as it is constitutional...
  • Colorado city considers ban on red and green Christmas lights

    11/20/2007 6:13:12 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 79 replies · 423+ views
    A Colorado city is considering a plan that one attorney calls the epitome of the war against Christmas. Tonight, the Fort Collins City Council will meet and decide the fate of a task force report that urges the city to decorate with white lights, winter symbols not traditionally associated with any particular holiday, and unadorned garlands of greenery. City staffers are also encouraged to remove ornaments or stars from trees and red ribbons from wreaths. Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, says the task force is seriously misguided. "I think it's absolutely ridiculous that anyone would consider banning red and...
  • Now letters to Santa come with a clause, New rules to donate gifts at the post office

    11/22/2007 12:26:09 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 6,084+ views
    star ledger ^ | November 20, 2007 | JUDY PEET
    For more than 80 years, the U.S. Postal Service was one of Santa's biggest helpers, but modern life has taken a toll on the relationship. What used to be Operation Santa -- a heartwarming tradition of postal workers and volunteers fulfilling the Christmas wishes of thousands of needy children -- is now: "Operation Santa Letter Adoption" Individual or Third Party agreement with indemnity clause. In other words, St. Nick lawyered up. Perhaps nowhere will the change be more obvious than at the Newark post office, where 20,000 gifts were delivered to needy Newark children last Christmas through Operation Santa. In...
  • Just in Time for Christmas - Canadian Broadcaster Floats Show on How Christ Didn't Really Exist

    12/01/2007 5:01:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 296+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 30, 2007 | Hilary White
    Canada's government funded National Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has offered its annual Christmas season refutation of Christianity, this year in the form of a documentary entitled, "The Pagan Christ" based on the book of the same name by popular Canadian liberal "theologian" Tom Harpur. The CBC webpage for the documentary asks, "So, what if it could be proven that Jesus never existed? What if there was evidence that every word of the New Testament - the cornerstone of Christianity - is based on myth and metaphor?" The idea was popularized by radical feminist and lesbian writers like the self-styled "witch" Miriam...
  • The Christmas-Crushing Movie "The Golden Compass"

    11/30/2007 8:06:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 123 replies · 347+ views
    human events ^ | 11/09/2007 | L. Brent Bozell III
    As the movie studios gear up for a big Christmas movie season, one trailer that looks like a blockbuster is "The Golden Compass," which must be trying to cash in on the "Narnia" movies. It has flashy special-effect polar bears in armor and a young heroic damsel in distress facing off against evil forces. The casting is top-notch, led by Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, the current star spy in the James Bond movies. But buyer beware: Narnia it's not. It's the anti-Narnia. Instead of a Christian allegory, it's an anti-Christian allegory. The author of "The Golden Compass," Philip Pullman,...
  • Wal-Mart Partners with The Salvation Army to Ring in the Christmas Season

    11/30/2007 8:02:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 24 replies · 189+ views
    Wal-Mart ^ | Nov. 26, 2007
    On the heels of last season’s record-setting Red Kettle Campaign – in which $30 million was raised for The Salvation Army in red kettles outside Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations – the nation’s largest retailer announces today its continued support for the nonprofit organization this holiday season. This year, in addition to inviting red kettles back in front of its stores, Wal-Mart is hosting a flurry of other holiday activities aimed at raising even more money for those in need. These include: •    Bells Ringing Across America – For the second year, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates are participating in...
  • Christmas Censors Are Out In Force

    11/27/2007 10:52:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 472+ views
    catholic league ^ | November 27, 2007 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on efforts to censor Christmas: “We haven’t hit December yet and already the politically correct police are out in force trying to censor Christmas. Here’s a sample: · For 75 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce sponsored the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade.’ When it refused to sponsor the parade this year, the L.A. City Council took over, renaming it the ‘Hollywood Santa Parade.’ · The Department of Housing and Urban Development has censored Christmas religious symbols from its housing complexes. · No Christmas decorations are allowed on school buses in parts of Vermont. ·...
  • Survey: Most prefer 'Merry Christmas'

    11/24/2007 1:31:58 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2007 | By Cheryl Wetzstein
    Retailers shouldn't be shy about wishing customers a "Merry Christmas." A new survey found that 67 percent of American adults prefer the holiday-specific greeting in seasonal advertising, while only 26 percent want to see "Happy Holidays." There wasn't a gender gap in the answers: Both men and women like seeing "Merry Christmas" in store windows, according to Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, an independent polling company. But from a political perspective, there was a sleighful of difference: 88 percent of Republicans wanted to see "Merry Christmas," while just 57 percent of Democrats favored it. Scott Krugman, a spokesman for...
  • A year later, Gap continues to censor Christmas

    11/27/2007 2:03:00 PM PST · by Heartofsong83 · 241 replies · 629+ views
    AFA ActionAlert ^ | 11/27/07 | Donald E. Wildman
    A year later, Gap continues to censor Christmas At Gap, the score is "holiday" 172 and "Christmas" 3 At Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, Christmas hardly exists. For these three companies, all owned by Gap, the only items listed as having anything to do with Christmas were a pair of boxer shorts and a child's sleepwear set. Last year, when Gap also censored Christmas, we contacted the company. The company refused to change their policy of censoring Christmas. This year the company has continued their practice of censoring Christmas from their stores and promotions. The only conclusion one can...
  • NYC Schools Deny Christians Parity: Holiday Display Policy Favors Jews And Muslims

    11/22/2007 7:54:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 47 replies · 167+ views
    catholic league ^ | November 21, 2007 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented today on the Catholic League’s on-going complaint with the New York City Board of Education regarding the display of crèches in the schools: “On October 24, I wrote to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein asking to meet with him regarding the City’s discriminatory holiday policy. ‘There is no constitutional prohibition, or court ruling,’ I said, ‘that disallows the display of nativity scenes in the New York City public schools.’ I am now in receipt of a letter from John DeMicoli of the Department of Education responding for the Chancellor. It is embarrassing to read.“Mr. DeMicoli...
  • Mrs. Fields bans Christmas from their products (AFA email)

    10/12/2007 8:04:11 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 133 replies · 4,326+ views
    American Family Association | 10-12-07
    Mrs. Fields has become the first company to ban Christmas from their products and promotion for this year. When Diane H. of Michigan called Mrs. Fields and asked to speak with a supervisor in customer service about why they banned Christmas, the supervisor told Diane that they do not offer anything with Merry Christmas because they don't want to offend anyone. Take a look at Mrs. Fields Holiday Gift Preview by clicking here. In the "search" bar, type in the word "Christmas." But don't expect to find any reference to Christmas. (If you do, it has been added since...