Why the Christian Right’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ Campaign Makes No Sense, Even for Them

Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress explains why the “Naughty or Nice” list put out by the Christian group American Family Association and, by extension, the “Friend or Foe” list put out by Liberty Counsel make absolutely no sense, even from a Christian perspective. (Remember: These are the lists that reward you for using the word “Christmas” in your marketing campaigns and condemn you if you don’t.)



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US Postal Service Mailer Doesn’t Mention Christmas… and the Christian Outrage Machine Lights Up

The United States Postal Service has several Christmas-themed stamps for sale right now:

… but you wouldn’t know that if you just glanced at a particular section in their latest holiday mailer:

Sarcastic or not, @RennaW‘s tweet (below) provided fodder for those looking for any sign of “intolerance” toward Christians:

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Sarah Palin Has Got the ‘War on Christmas’ Thing All Wrong

This is a guest post by Luis Granados. Granados is the director of Humanist Press.

Last week was a banner one for “War on Christmas” books. First we had Sarah Palin’s Good Tidings and Great Joy, emphatically on the “put Christ back in politician-run Christmas” side. Then came John G. Rodwan Jr.’s Holidays and Other Disasters, a wistful plea for a world where Christmas and other holidays are not rammed down people’s throats. (Disclosure: Rodwan’s book was published by Humanist Press, for which I serve as director.)

Rodwan complains at length about God experts co-opting holidays, even those as non-religious as Labor Day. If he’d been able to read Palin’s book first, though, he surely would have had something insightful to say about has-been politicians trying to resurrect their own careers by forcing their religious beliefs on the rest of us.

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War on Christmas Darling: A Joyous Song

Rocky Mountain Mike created this lovely ballad you can begin singing any day now:

(Thanks to Jessica for the link!)

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Sarah Palin: “An Angry Atheist with a Lawyer is One of the Most Powerful Persons in America”

In the past month, I’ve sent three separate emails to the company that’s publishing Sarah Palin‘s upcoming book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas hoping to get a preview copy. No one’s written back to me yet, not even to say, “Not a chance in Hell.” (I guess being on the same blog network as Palin’ daughter Bristol earned me no goodwill.)

But New York Magazine got ahold of the audiobook in advance of Tuesday’s book release and they posted a few choice excerpts, revealing to everyone what we already knew. Palin is like a lazy undergrad: Incapable of doing the slightest bit of research, fully confident in her overblown rhetoric, and unable to experience reality:



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