While evangelical leader and founder of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization Rev. Franklin Graham is claiming that America is waging a "war on Christmas," a Christian advocacy group has sent legal memos to over 13,000 U.S. school districts reminding administrators that freedom of Christmas expression is constitutional.
Graham, the 62-year-old son of world-famous evangelical Billy Graham, wrote in the December issue of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's Decision Magazine that over "the last few decades" social culture in America has become increasingly intolerant toward Christianity, and the Christmas spirit, although millions of Americans celebrate the birth of Christ every year.
"Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas," Graham wrote. "That's because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas — it's about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It's the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made." more >>
The Satanic Temple group has for the first time won the right to showcase its holiday display, featuring Satan descending into hell, at the Florida Capitol this year.
The Department of Management Services approved this week the applications of five groups looking to set up a display for the holiday season, Tallahassee Democrat reported on Wednesday.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argued that "state officials simply can't get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are 'offensive' and must be banned." more >>
Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
Even though the Disney Channel's website, over the Thanksgiving weekend, asked children to submit a post stating what they're thankful for, a 10-year-old girl from North Carolina was blocked from submitting her thanks to "God."
As Lilly Anderson was surfing the Disney Channel website this past Sunday, which also happened to be her 10th birthday, she came across a question posed by the website asking her to post what she was thankful for. She felt strongly that she wanted to give thanks to God, since she believes that God is the reason why she has everything she owns.
When she typed and submitted her initial response of "God, my family, my church and my friends," Lilly received a response back from the website's automated moderating system stating in red letters: "Please be nice!" more >>
It turns out you can give thanks for a lot of different folks on the Disney Channel website – but you can't thank God.
I received a Facebook message on Sunday from Julie Anderson, of Angier, North Carolina; a town located about 30 miles from Raleigh. Julie was writing to tell me about her daughter, Lilly.
Lilly celebrated her 10th birthday on Sunday. After church and a delicious lunch at the Golden Corral, the Andersons headed home – and Lilly made a beeline for the computer. more >>
On Tuesday, former NBA star Charles Barkley offered his opinion about the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
"The true story came out from the grand jury testimony," Barkley told Mike Missanelli, host on Philadelphia radio station 97.5. "Key forensic evidence and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson's story," he continued. "I can't believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that's why I don't like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn't do that. They never do that when black people kill each other."
Barkley is known for being controversial. In 2013, he notably said he agreed with the verdict handed down in the George Zimmerman case after Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case, much like the Michael Brown case, divided the country and brought up the topic of race relations as well. more >>