Christian Groups Offer Dueling (and Sometimes Conflicting) “Naughty & Nice” Lists for the Holiday Season

Last week, the American Family Association released its annual “Naughty or Nice” list. It sorted out which national chains celebrate Christmas and which ones don’t deserve your business because they ruin everything by acknowledging the existence of other human beings.

Today, Liberty Counsel released its own version of that list, the “twelfth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.”

What’s interesting is that the two groups clearly didn’t coordinate because companies that are considered Nice to one group are considered Naughty to the other (and vice versa).

For example, the AFA says this about Best Buy:

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Apparently, Evangelicals Think They’re Pro-Science and Welcoming to the LGBT Community

Warren Cole Smith write an article for the site Faith Street about the 10 things he wished everyone knew about evangelical Christians.

While most of it is pretty basic information, two items really stood out:

6. Evangelicals love LGBTQIA people.

We are not homophobes. We are homophiles. Our churches welcome LGBTQIA people with the same message we present to all others: “Come as you are… but leave transformed.”

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Former Porn Star Asia Carrera is the Latest Driver’s License Pastafarian

The former porn star known as Asia Carrera is the latest person to don a colander for her driver’s license picture.

The Pastafarian (whose license has her birth name Jessica Steinhauser but who goes by Asia Carrera-Lemmon online) said she did it in order to make a statement about religious freedom in a conservative state:

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Christian Protester Says God Made Her Invisible So She Could Disrupt a DC Interfaith Service With Muslims

When Christine Weick found out that there was going to be an interfaith service in Washington DC’s National Cathedral, she knew she had to do something against the intolerable spectacle of Christians and Muslims getting prayerful together. How did she know? The usual: “This is what God has put in my bones to do,” she explained to a few confidants.

In an interview with World Net Daily, Christine Weick, 50, said she read about the event on Drudge and became enraged, saying, “My blood began to boil as I read the comments of how this is to be such a wonderful event and how religious tolerance can, for the first time, be shown in our nation’s capital.”

Coincidentally, we’ve featured Christine Weick on this blog before. In May of this year, she was on the receiving end of a Slushie when she protested against equal rights for gay people.

In any case,

Friday’s prayer service was just beginning when Weick stood up and began walking towards the front of the cathedral shouting. “Jesus Christ died on that cross. He is the reason we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior,” she said. “We have built … allowed you your mosques in this country. Why don’t you worship in your mosques and leave our churches alone? We are a country founded on Christian principles.”


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Today, I’m Saying Goodbye to My Old Self

This is a guest post.

Many of you know me as Dave Muscato, the Public Relations Director for American Atheists.

I’m fortunate to work in a movement where we embrace the idea of coming out, regardless of your label. I’m very public about my atheism — I consider myself a firebrand atheist — but there’s another aspect of my life that I have chosen not to be open about yet. Beginning in September of last year, I began to open up to a few trusted friends, and since then I’ve let in a number of colleagues and activists, including my co-workers and Hemant. Now that the proper preparations have been made, I’m ready to take the advice I often give others when it comes to atheism and stop keeping this aspect of my life to a small group of people.

I’m coming out publicly today as a transgender woman.

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