A Baptist pastor has been criticized by some in the Jewish community for putting up a sign at his church in North Palm Beach, Fla., that reads: "Christmas – easier to spell than Hanukkah." It has since been taken down.
Pastor Mike Butzberger of Lighthouse Baptist Church said, according to WPTV TV/NewsChannel 5, that he has been putting up a different slogan in front of his church every week for 15 years, aiming for something "encouraging, inspiring, informative and occasionally for the purpose of making them smile."
He revealed, however, that some did not take well to what was supposed to be a humorous message, and had asked for the sign to be taken down. more >>
Sunny Obama, the dog owned by the First Family, let his friendly and energetic personality get the best of him while greeting a toddler at the White House this week.
On Wednesday, the Portuguese water dog attended a holiday arts and crafts event hosted by Michelle Obama in the State Dining Room, which children of military families attended.
In a brief moment of disarray, a two-year-old named Ashtyn Gardner had her foot caught under a walker at the same time that she was greeted by the Obama's dog Sunny when the tot lost her balance, according to ABC News. more >>
NEW YORK – American Atheists has launched a new billboard in New York's Times Square claiming that "nobody" needs Christ during Christmas.
The 40′x40′ billboard uses motion graphics to ask "Who needs Christ during Christmas?" It then crosses out the word "Christ" and replaces it with "Nobody."
AA President David Silverman said in a statement, "This year, start a new tradition: Don't go to church. You hate it, it's boring; you probably only go because you feel guilty or obligated. Instead, spend more time with your family and friends – or volunteer. There are better uses of your time and money." more >>
The Freedom From Religion Foundation posted a "Winter Solstice" sign at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield over the weekend, arguing that there are no gods, angels, heaven or hell, and that religion "hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
The sign, which has been featured before in counter Christian displays, reads:
"At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." more >>
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia received a special delivery at the White House on Friday: an 18.5 ft Christmas tree.
The First family, including dogs Sunny and Bo but minus President Obama, welcomed the Douglas fir, which was grown in Pennsylvania, at 11 a.m. in the North Portico.
"We're honored to have it," Mrs. Obama said Friday during a brief ceremony. "This is the best part of the holiday season when our tree comes." more >>
Every year Christian rock band Switchfoot releases a special holiday package to give their fans a significant discount on merchandise for Christmas.
Most years the band will put out an exclusive album or DVD just for this occasion, and this time around fans will be able to get their hands on the Backstage EP #2, a digital followup to the first one last year.
"This year's Backstage EP was recorded in a backstage bathroom (awkward?) in Lubbock, TX. It doesn't get more 'backstage' than that! It was actually chosen for its fine acoustics, and as awkward as the recording process might have been, we think it turned out sounding pretty great. If you listen carefully, you can even hear the janitor walk in on the session. I've never seen someone leave the room so quickly," said bass player Tim Foreman. more >>