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  • 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 · 30 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...