The Humanism in Hip-Hop

Since we’re on the subject of hip-hop today, Dr. Monica Miller gave a recent Skepticon talk in which she discussed the Humanism in modern hip-hop. You can see it, paradoxically, through the God talk in the songs, where rappers even refer to themselves as God, but not a metaphysical God. (Think Kanye West‘s “Yeezus.”) Miller says this is a kind of “re-altering of authority.”



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Dutch Scrap One Anti-Blasphemy Law but Keep Another Intact

The Dutch Senate, in a 49-21 vote, agreed today to scrap a 1932 anti-blasphemy law — Article 147 of the country’s Criminal Code.



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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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If You’re Going to Question the Holiness of Christian Hip-Hop, You Might Want to Ask a Different Group of People…

If you want to have a deep, thorough conversation about the “godliness” of Christian rap and hip-hop music, here’s a suggestion for the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches: Don’t just ask a panel of older white dudes:



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Christmas is No Longer About Christ, and Everyone Should Be Grateful For It

Wendy Thomas Russell explains why the secularization of Christmas is a good thing — for Christians, too!

Would Fox News rather we secularists stopped celebrating Christmas altogether? I wonder how Sarah Palin would feel if a quarter of her family and friends stopped showing up to her annual Christmas party? I wonder how all those corporations and business owners and stock brokers would feel if we stopped spending millions of our dollars on colored lights, blow-up Santas and gifts for our loved ones every year?

No, Fox News, I won’t be putting the Christ back into my Christmas. Ever. But if my family and friends will let me, I’ll continue to lug home pine trees from the local Christmas tree lot and obscure all but the scent of those trees with a heinous number of Christmas ornaments. I’ll hang the gorgeous, envy-inducing Christmas stockings my mother knitted for each member of my family. I’ll listen to the Christmas carols my grandmother used to play on the piano when I was a child. With my husband, daughter, parents, in-laws, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends always on my mind, I’ll wrap Christmas presents and watch Christmas movies and read Christmas books and bake Christmas cookies and attend Christmas parties. I’ll do it all.

And in doing so, I will indeed “protect the heart of Christmas.” It won’t be Palin’s exact version of Christmas, of course. But it will be Christmas just the same. And it will be great.


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