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Archive for December, 2013

-Trayvon Martin Replaces Jesus in Church Nativity Scene?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

                                               (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Frankly this reminds me of some of the atheist attempts to hijack Christmas but it actually is brought to us by Claremont United Methodist Church in California. In the church’s nativity display this year the baby Jesus was replaced by a depiction of a wounded Trayvon Martin. Here’s the story from […]

-Iraq: 34 Christians Killed in Bomb Attacks on Christmas

Friday, December 27th, 2013

                           (Map of Iraq: Wikipedia) It was another bloody Christmas for Christians in Bagdad, Iraq. At least 34 were killed in bomb attacks on Christmas Day according to Reuters: At least 34 people were killed in three bombings in Christian areas of Baghdad on Wednesday, including a car bomb that exploded as worshippers were leaving […]

-Utah: A Bad Week for Traditional Marriage

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

        (LDS Temple: Wikipedia) On back to back Fridays federal judges ruled against traditional marriage in Utah. First a federal judge on December 13 declared that state’s criminalization of polygamy was unconstitutional. While state and church authorities were still reeling from that decision, 7 days later (Dec. 20) another Federal judge opened the door for […]

-SBC’s GuideStone Gets Injunction Against HHS Abortifacient Mandate

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

            ( SBC logo: Wikipedia) The provider of health insurance for several hundred ministries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention received an injunction on Friday (Dec. 20) against the Obama administration’s HHS contraceptive and abortifacient mandate. Here’s the story from the Baptist Press: Federal District Judge Timothy DeGiusti issued a preliminary injunction Dec. 20 against […]

-School Takes Baby Jesus Out of ‘Silent Night’?

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Here’s a rendition of the traditional Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ done by a school choir with all references to Baby Jesus and the virgin Mary removed. Here’s the story from the Blaze: A Long Island, N.Y., school district has apologized after it came under fire following a fifth grade choir’s removal of some key lyrics […]

-Poll: Vast Majority of Americans Believe ‘Jesus Christ Was Born to a Virgin’

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

                                  (Birth of Jesus: Wikipedia) In a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center,  Americans were asked about their views about Christmas and the virgin birth of Jesus. Here is one of the leading questions along with the overwhelming results: “Do you believe that Jesus Christ was born to a virgin, or don’t you believe […]

-Which Do Americans Prefer: ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

                              (Photo credit: SaltGeorge) Do Americans prefer to be greeted with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’? One survey claims that ‘Happy Holidays’ is the winner. Found in this article from the Blaze: The Public Religion Research Institute released new survey results today, which indicate that more Americans are actually more supportive of the benign and […]

-Iraqi Christians Are Afraid to Celebrate Christmas

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

    (Iraqi Prime Minister in the Flag: Truthout.org) Christians in Iraq are now afraid to openly celebrate Christmas in 2013. Read this report from ASSIST News Service: “Violence-Weary Iraqi Christians Can’t Celebrate Christmas in Peace” Response: There was a time when there were over one million Christians in Iraq and they were free to decorate […]

-Federal Judge: Utah’s Law Criminalizing Polygamy is Unconstitutional

Monday, December 16th, 2013

                  ( ‘Sister Wives’ TV Series: Wikipedia) A federal Judge has ruled that Utah’s law which criminalizes polygamy is unconstitutional. This does not mean that polygamy is now ‘legally’ recognized  in Utah only that there will no longer be a penalty for multiple people to live together in some kind of committed relationships. Here’s the […]

-Church of England: Homophobia No but Traditional Marriage Yes

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

                              (Canterbury Cathedral: Wikipedia) The Church of England plans to ‘Repent’ of Homophobia, but nevertheless contends that the traditional church teaching on marriage Is not ‘homophobic.’ Here’s the story from the Christian Post: The Church of England said it would "repent" for its previous homophobia in a major new report on human sexuality, but rejected […]