Wisconsin Legislator Asks Non-Christians to Convert for the Holidays

Wisconsin State Rep. Scott Allen had a public Christmas message for residents of his state that went far beyond what was appropriate for an elected official.

Rather than saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” and leaving it at that, Allen told Jews, atheists, Hindus, Muslims, and everyone else to consider converting to Christianity, before rattling off a handful of Bible verses:



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Taking Up Arms in the War on Christmas

John Rael didn’t get the memo about how the War on Christmas is completely fictional, so he began preparing for combat:



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Festivus Pole Vandalized Outside Washington Capitol

Earlier this week, a rainbow-colored Festivus pole went up outside the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington, where there was a Nativity scene on the property.

But this was the pole two days later:

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Can Atheists Celebrate Christmas? (Spoiler: Yes)

Can atheists celebrate Christmas?

I think the holiday has become so secularized, anyway, that the name no longer suggests you have to accept Christ’s divinity to enjoy the traditions.

That was the consensus, anyway, with the panel on a recent HuffPost Live segment I was a part of. As I said during the segment, for most people, Christmas is like playing Monopoly: We all have our own way of doing it and no one really cares what the rule book says.



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Surprising Analysis Shows the South Prefers Saying “Happy Holidays” Over “Merry Christmas”

If there’s one part of the country where you’d think people prefer saying “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays,” I’m sure most people would say the South. But an analysis of data by Andrew R. Lewis and Paul A. Djupe at Five Thirty Eight shows the opposite:



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