The Freedom From Religion Foundation is gearing up for the so-called "War on Christmas" this year by promoting products to help nonbelievers celebrate the winter solstice.
"Most people think December is strictly for Christians and view the solstice as an intrusion, when actually it's the other way around," Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, said in a statement. "People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the natural holiday from all of us humans."
The Madison, Wis.-based organization said in a press release that winter solstice is "the real reason for the season." FFRF is selling, among other things, 14 varieties of winter solstice greeting cards that say things like "Reason's Greetings" and "Yes, Virginia . . . There Is No God" and more. more >>
Jars of Clay is giving away their hit song, "Fall Asleep," from new album, Inland, through a special NoiseTrade promotion that begins today to help raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines.
The proceeds from the single will go to support The Red Cross in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which is reportedly the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history.
The "Fall Asleep" video made its debut on USAToday.com and was created in the Philippines. more >>
Sarah Palin has issued an apology for her remarks regarding Pope Francis that she made in an interview earlier this week while promoting her new book.
On a Facebook post published Thursday, the former governor of Alaska wrote that "it was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis."
"I was reminding viewers that we need to do our own homework on news subjects, and I hadn't done mine yet on the Pope's recent comments as reported by the media," wrote Palin. more >>
A New York City-based candy company has launched a fundraising campaign so it may create limited edition chocolate Jesus candies to sell during the holidays.
The recently-formed Sucre Bleu candy company has launched a Kickstarter campaign, inviting donors to help them to create a "limited edition run of 500" chocolate candies that feature a 7-inch long Jesus on the cross, made out of 72 percent dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. This is the initial test run for the company, and it indicates on its Kickstarter page that it eventually wants to create chocolate figurines of culture's most revered icons, including a cream and fruit-filled Virgin Mary, and liquor-filled head of John the Baptist, and a flavor trio of baby Jesus.
"Our aim is to provoke, amuse, entertain, and compel you to blurt out: 'WTF? This is crazy, awesome, beautiful, weird AND delicious. Why would anyone make that?!'" the company, started by Pennsylvania-native Persia Tatar von Huddleston, says on its Kickstarter page. more >>
An entire town in Ohio united recently to hold an especially early Christmas celebration for a 13-year-old before he died of brain cancer. The mayor of the town, who donated a Christmas tree for the event, said at the time of the celebration that he believes God is watching over the boy.
Devin Kohlman, a 13-year-old student at Port Clinton Middle School in Port Clinton, Ohio, was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer in late October when he told his mother he would like to return from his Cincinnati hospital so that he could celebrate an early Christmas, as his chemotherapy treatment wasn't working and doctors told him he only had a few weeks to live.
For the last year I have been dreading the end of fall because I knew that it would signal the start of the Christmas season.
Christmas is always a force to be reckoned with. On a normal year, it approaches with the subtlety and restraint of a runaway locomotive. We began planning for Christmas at Fresh Life this summer and even then, when it still seemed far away, it was difficult to think about facing the world wrapped in lights, silver bells and holly. Last week, I walked into a Starbucks in New Mexico and saw eggnog latte's were on the menu and they had a big display of Advent calendars near the counter.
Ready or not, here it comes. more >>