During Thursday's White House National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, President Barack Obama suggested the teachings of Jesus Christ are reflected in all faiths.
Obama, who was accompanied by his family, called Americans and the world to share the "spirit of compassion," adding, "That's the message of the child whose birth families like mine celebrate on Christmas — a prince born in a stable who taught us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves; and that we are our brothers' keeper and our sisters' keepers; that we should feed the hungry, visit the sick, welcome the stranger.
"These are the lessons of Jesus Christ," Obama declared. "But they're also the bedrock values of all faiths — values to be cherished and embraced not only during the holidays, but to be practiced in our daily lives." more >>
There is nothing holy about Christmas, according to gospel music singing Pastor Donnie McClurkin.
"We have to stop looking for the accoutrements that come with the holiday. There's nothing holy about the day," McClurkin said during an interview posted to Periscope on Friday. "We look for all the the accoutrements — the lights, the gifts, the ability to provide opulent stuff for our children. That's never what Jesus wanted for us."
McClurkin, the 56-year-old senior pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York — who's also a Grammy Award winning gospel singer — is in Lagos, Nigeria, for the 10th annual event called "The Experience." The event brings ministers and singers together from around the world to speak about their faith and McClurkin did just that when he was questioned about what to tell people struggle during the Christmas season. more >>
Russell Wilson is taking a play from his R&B star girlfriend Ciara Harris' book and singing a duet with her to spread cheer at the Seattle Children's Hospital.
Wilson, the 27-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback, frequently visits sick children at the hospital and started bringing his 30-year-old singer girlfriend along earlier this year. On Tuesday, the pair visited one young boy and sang the spanish Christmas tune "Feliz Navidad" along with him.
"@DangeRussWilson and I Singing ¡Feliz Navidad! With This Sweet Angel Louis. His Little Whisper Is So Cute," Ciara wrote, posting an Instagram video of the experience. "Us, Well ... We're Doing The Best We Can. HaHa #HappyHolidays #GivingTuesday #WeWantToWishYouAMerryChtistmas." more >>
An atheist group based in Wisconsin has erected a nativity scene that involves a copy of the U.S. Constitution in place of the baby Jesus on public property in Indiana.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation placed the display earlier this week at the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville following a failed effort to remove a manger scene.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement released last week that she and her organization preferred no displays at the courthouse. more >>
A pastor in Tennessee has launched a witnessing campaign to get approximately 25,000 yard signs with the message "Christmas is all about Jesus" distributed statewide.
Pastor Jimmy Terry of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Clarksville has in past Christmas seasons distributed these yard signs on a local scale, but this year's goal is to reach out to the entire state.
A sheriff in Georgia has posted a sign on government property that tells people who are offended by phrases like "In God We Trust" and "Merry Christmas" to leave the area.
Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley posted the controversial sign last week just outside of the sheriff's office and it has garnered national attention since then.
"WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust [.] We Salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you … LEAVE!" reads the sign. more >>