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Archive for December, 2011

-Religion Newswriters: 2011 Top 10 Religion Stories

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

         (Image via Wikipedia) Our exploration of the top stories on religion and culture in 2011 continues. Here’s the top ten religion stories for 2011 according to a survey taken of members of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA. A professional organization of religion beat specialists: 1. The death of Osama bin Laden spurs discussions among […]

-Uganda: Islamic Radicals Attack Bishop with Acid on Christmas Eve

Friday, December 30th, 2011

           (Image via Wikipedia) KAMPALA, Uganda, December 28 (Compass Direct News) – Islamic extremists threw acid on a church leader on Christmas Eve shortly after a seven-day revival at his church, leaving him with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other. Bishop Umar Mulinde, 37, was attacked outside his […]

-Time Magazine: Top 10 Religion Stories 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

                  (Image by stevegarfield via Flickr) Here’s a link to Time Magazine’s list of top ten stories on religion in 2011. It is a strange list to say the least and some of the stories I don’t even remember. Not too surprising since religion is the least of their specialties. Also, Time has a decided […]

-Christianity Today: Top 10 News Stories of 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Here’s a link to Christianity Today’s top 10 list of stories for 2011. CT presents a whole lot of important religious news stories here with links to the originals written at the time. Here’s their criteria statement for the list: “The events, people, and debates of the past year that have shaped, or will significantly […]

-Recap on the Top Stories for Christmas 2011

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

                                                  (Image via Wikipedia) As I shopped this year in the malls and stores before Christmas I was greeted more times than in recent years with a ‘Merry Christmas’ rather than the generic ‘Happy Holidays.’ Also far more stores had signs with the ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting on them than in any recent memory. Most stores […]

-Radical Muslim Responses to Christmas

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

               (Image via Wikipedia) We have been Following the so-called ‘War on Christmas’ in America, but around the world some of the radical Muslim responses to Christmas really do rise to the level of that title. What is surprising considering the violent responses is the fact that Muslims do believe in most of the Christmas […]

-Nigeria: Dozens of Christians Killed on Christmas in Islamist Attacks

Monday, December 26th, 2011

The angel Christmas message of “peace on earth, good will toward men” was totally rejected by a group of Islamists who attacked Christian worshippers all across Nigeria on Christmas morning killing dozens and wounding hundreds. At least 5 churches were bombed on Christmas. The worse attack by far was a bombing of St. Teresa Catholic […]

-Merry Christmas 2011

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

                                                (Image via Wikipedia) Merry Christmas to you and yours and may God truly bless you this Christmas Day.   The Real Christmas Story  Last night before we tucked the Grandchildren in bed for a long winter’s night we gathered around the Tree and carried on our family Christmas Eve tradition reading about the ‘real’ […]

-‘Secret Santas’, ‘Layaway Angels’ and the Original ‘Layaway’ Christmas Gift

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

                                                    (Image via Wikipedia) The most encouraging trend this Christmas season started with this story we posted on December 9: -Secret Santa Pays for Needy Families’ Layaway Gifts at Kmart It was the heartwarming story of a ‘Secret Santa’ who paid down the layaway bills for a number of families with children at Kmart in […]

-ACLU Supports Christmas Prayer Vigil

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

                                               (Image via Wikipedia) For once, here’s a case where the ACLU is actually supporting the freedom of religion rather than trying to restrict it in the public square: “NYCLU to City and Brookfield: Accommodate Christmas Prayer Vigil in Zuccotti Park” NEW YORK — The New York Civil Liberties Union today wrote to New York […]