‘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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India’s Ayodhya, a Holy City, Is ‘a Living Hell’ Due to Violent Crime by Hindu Priests and Their Followers

Ayodhya is one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities in India. It is the birthplace of Lord Rama, and the setting of the epic folk tale Ramayana.

It also happens to be the scene of persistent, brutal gun violence between various factions of holy men.



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God Remains Inexplicably Deaf to Rick Santorum’s Prayers (Again): ‘The Christmas Candle’ Bombs at the Box Office

Max Lucado is a Texas preacher and writer with 80 million books in print, including Just Like Jesus and When God Whispers Your Name.

Rick Santorum is the über-Catholic former Senator from Pennsylvania who, after losing his bid for re-election in 2006, made a failed presidential run, and then announced he would start a film company to make good old-fashioned, pro-Christian, family-friendly fare. He’s on record as calling Hollywood “the devil’s playground.”

Let’s see if these two were made for each other. (No, not that way.) Santorum produced a treacly Hallmark-meets-Dickens period movie, in theaters now, based on Lucado’s The Christmas Candle.

Here’s the trailer:

The critics have shown themselves somewhere between lukewarm and ice cold.

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