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Environmental Group Wants to Replace Rockefeller Christmas Tree

What’s more green than a Christmas tree? Not cutting it down in the first place, says a pro-environment group petitioning Rockefeller Center to end its holiday tree-lighting ceremony. The group, Save a Giant Tree, hopes to collect 10,000 signatures to persuade Rockefeller Center management to replace the tree with artwork fashioned from recycled materials. “We want to [...]
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Forced Christmas Music Measure Dies in California

Californians apparently weren’t feeling the Christmas spirit during Merry Susan Hyatt’s five-month carol initiative signature collection effort. The measure failed Friday when the final signature count turned out to be only half a percent of the required 433,971, according to the secretary of state’s office. In all, 2,176 signatures were collected in California between Nov. 2 [...]
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Is Christmas Next?

A federal judge in Wisconsin has declared that the 50-year standing tradition of a National Day of Prayer violates the “establishment clause” of the First Amendment which creates a separation of church and state. “I understand that many may disagree with that conclusion and some may even view it as a criticism of prayer or [...]
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Illinois City to Fine Residents with Christmas Lights Still Up

Officials in an Illinois city said residents slow to take down their Christmas lights have only a little more than a week before they face possible fines. The seasonal decoration ordinance in Aurora, which took effect in 2006, states that outdoor holiday decorations may not be up more than 60 days before or after their celebrated [...]
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FFRF Mockery Prompts Candidate to Action in Illinois

The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to promote peace of the season by mocking religion — all in the name of freedom of speech. That’s their argument after a candidate for public office in Illinois tried to remove the customary atheist rant from right in front of the Christmas tree at the state capitol a [...]
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Athiest Complaint Leads to Removal of Angels, Stars from Christmas Trees

There’s no place for angels atop Christmas trees, according to one California man who successfully lobbied for the removal of religious symbols at county buildings after spotting a yuletide decoration last week. Stars and other religious emblems were ordered removed from Christmas trees in all government buildings in Sonoma County on Monday following a complaint by [...]
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US Government Uses Joseph and Mary Imaging to Promote Census

A poster showing Mary and Joseph heading to Bethlehem for a census and the birth of Jesus is raising eyebrows among some evangelicals, who consider it an inappropriate use of Christian symbolism for the headcount the government will conduct next year. The posters, created by the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), have been [...]
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Idaho Charter School Students Can’t Say Christmas at Talent Show

A Garden City (Idaho) public charter school director asked students singing in a school talent show to replace the word “Christmas” with “holiday” because of the scrutiny Nampa Classical Academy has garnered regarding the use of religious texts in the classroom. Media attention over the lawsuit Nampa Classical Academy has brought against the Idaho Public Charter [...]
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Christmas Light Regulation Turning UK Humbug

In the name of health and safety many British towns may have to forego festive lighting this holiday season. According to a report in the Telegraph stringent new regulations and huge insurance premium increases could make Christmas lights scarce. This year councils must use a pressure gauge to individually test every bolt holding a cable [...]
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Mrs. Fields Attacked for Avoiding Christmas

The American Family Association took aim at Wal Mart last year — and won. After declaring “an open mind” when it came to the use of the word “Christmas” in their advertising, Wal Mart caved and splashed “Christmas” liberally. This year, the American Family Association is targeting a more upscale outfit: Mrs. Field’s Cookies. Last [...]
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Researcher Claims Scientific Proof of Christmas Star

For centuries, historians, scientists and scholars have debated the existence of the Star of Bethlehem in the Biblical telling of Christ’s birth. Now the existence of this celebrated, yet debated, Star has been proven by Texas lawyer and professor, Rick Larson, in the documentary, “The Star of Bethlehem,” available on DVD Oct. 23 at [...]
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What We Really Want for Christmas

The votes are in — and we want high tech for Christmas this year. According to Solutions Research Group, 76% of all Americans want some sort of digital gizmo under the tree this year. Their survey of more than 1200 Americans in September 2007 shows that just about any kind of tech product easily beats [...]
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Did the City Really Steal Christmas?

It all began in the heat of summer — and by asking for permission. Ankeny, Iowa sounds like a reasonable place. Located in the heart of the Midwest, this little town of of roughly 35,000 is reportedly as American as apple pie. But these days it defends itself from anti-Christmas charges.   Dave Sanderson, a local [...]
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Michigan Court Battle, Vote Heating Up

Last winter, cowed by threats from the ACLU, the Berkley City Council in Michigan voted to remove a decades-old nativity display from city property. The council’s controversial action ignored the plea from many of this small town’s citizens to keep the display. As a result, a grassroots effort “Berkley Citizens Vote YES to [...]
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Bloggers Awaken to Wage Christmas Battle

Let the games begin. Around the world and documented in the blogosphere the war on Christmas 2007 has begun. From the UK, comes this musing about whether or not the war starts a little earlier each year. Here is a recent convert to atheism wondering if she’s selling out to Christians by celebrating Christmas. Here is a sad [...]
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Fergus Falls Debates the Christmas Tree

News that Fergus Falls will hold a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the evening after Thanksgiving Day has switched on an interesting little debate on The Journal’s web site. The topic at hand isn’t really whether the community tree lighting is a good idea. Most seem to think it is a fine plan, a [...]
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Canadian Muslims Debate Christmas

Muslims in Canada are speaking out about Christmas. And it is a subject they can hardly agree on. A Canadian mosque has warned followers that wishing someone a Merry Christmas is like congratulating a murderer, reports the Toronto Star. The e-mailed alert went out on the Khalid Bin Al-Walid mosque’s Internet message service on Christmas [...]
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Town Killing Off Christmas Charity

It is one of those “can’t see the forest thru the trees” scenarios — literally. Springettsbury Township in York County, Pennsylvania, wants to end a 20-year tradition by denying the operation of Glenn Olsen’s Christmas Tree Lot due to a new ordinance dealing with temporary use permits. Big deal, right? After all, old Glenn can [...]

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