On Groundhog Day: What Do Punxsutawney Phil and the Prophet Simeon Have in Common?

Groundhog Day 2005, taken by Aaron Silvers (Wikimedia Commons)

Wherever you live, chances are you've seen Punxsutawney Phil on your TV screen today, looking nonplussed and sleepy and fat.  Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day, and the oversized rodent woke from his winter nap and popped out of his hole to see his shadow, so--the legend goes--we'll have six more weeks of winter.  It's a cute little story and it's fun to play along, even though we're getting hungry for spring.  But how did the custom begin? Punxsutawney Phil has his origins in the New Test … [Read more...]

Jesus the Palestinian? Kidnapping the Christ for Political Theater

This Christmas, Palestinian Authority officials are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and claiming him as a fellow Palestinian--even though the state of Palestine did not exist at the time of Christ.  He is, they claim, their first martyr. According to WorldNetDaily:Last week, for example, PA President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “We celebrate the birth of Jesus, a Palestinian messenger of love, justice and peace.” Palestinian Media Watch notes that Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islami … [Read more...]

An Astronaut’s Christmas Eve Message from Space

On Dec. 24, 1968, our nation was in strife.  The war in Vietnam had divided and demoralized the nation; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated; and the Zodiac Killer was on the loose. A nation in need of healing listened as the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read the creation story from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.  Astronaut Frank Borman, aboard the Apollo spacecraft, closed with a greeting to Americ … [Read more...]