Carol of the Bells (Flying Spaghetti Monster Edition)

I can’t tell which side of the mythical War on Christmas this video is on… but it’s awesome, so I’ll say ours.



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After Years of Calling It a ‘Holiday Tree,’ Rhode Island Governor Reverses Course

Rhode Island’s Governor Lincoln Chafee just can’t win.

For the past two years, he called the blue spruce erected in the State House a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

He had good reason for it:

… Chafee, an independent, said the term is in keeping with the state’s founding as a sanctuary of religious tolerance and pointed to the text of Rhode Island’s Royal Charter of 1663.

“The charter, which for the first time in the world gave ‘full liberty in religious concernments.’ Those are the words. First time in the world. It happened right here in Rhode Island,” Chafee said.

Chafee also said the State House is public building paid for by Rhode Islanders of all faiths.

Way to not exclude non-religious citizens!

But after years of taking a beating from conservative groups and Fox News Channel, I guess that whole “religious tolerance” bit is a thing of the past.

Chafee has surrendered to the populists and is now calling it a “Christmas tree”:

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Check Out How a Fox News Reporter Spins This Story About a School District ‘Confiscating’ Holiday Cards

Todd Starnes, the Fox News commentator who frequently spins stories to raise the ire of fellow conservatives, has done it again with a tale about a Georgia elementary school that “confiscates Christmas cards.”

Here’s Starnes’ version of the story:

For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms — until Monday.

When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers’ Christmas cards had been removed — under orders from the Georgia school’s administration.

Robb Kicklighter’s wife is a third grade teacher at the school. He said many teachers are disgruntled by the school’s decision to confiscate the Christmas cards.

“They took down the cards so the kids can’t see them,” he told me. “Some of the cards had the word ‘Christmas’ and some had Nativity scenes.”

Assuming that the display of cards wasn’t just limited to those professing faith in Jesus, why would the display be a big deal?

Answer: It’s not.

Starnes’ story is pure spin.

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Another Atheist Billboard Launches in Times Square: ‘Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody.’

I’m losing track of all the atheist/Creationist billboards in Times Square, but the latest salvo in the mythical War on Christmas belongs to American Atheists. Today, they’re launching a 15-second digital billboard reminding viewers that even atheists can celebrate the holiday season.

The main message reads: “Who needs Christ during Christmas? Nobody.”



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‘Natural Nativity Scene’ Goes Up in Wisconsin Capitol Building

For the third straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up a “natural nativity scene” in the Wisconsin Capitol building:



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