‘Militant Atheist’ Erects Festivus Pole Near Nativity Scene in Florida Capitol

BY TYLER O’NEIL , CP REPORTER

The Festivus pole, a relic from the 1990s NBC sitcom “Seinfeld,” made an appearance in the Florida Capitol on Tuesday, after a self-described “militant atheist” received permission to set it up near a Nativity scene.

“A Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole is a symbol of ridiculousness,” Chaz Stephens, editor in chief of South Florida advocacy blog MAOS (My Acts of Sedition), told The Christian Post on Tuesday. He set up the pole, not to celebrate a 1990s holiday, but to protest the Nativity scene and other religious monuments set up in public spaces.

“It’s a made up holiday from the 1990s, but it’s a symbol of separation of church and state, in my mind,” Stephens explained… FULL STORY

Radio Shack Censors Word ‘Christmas;’ American Family Association Calls for Boycott, Issues ‘Scrooge Alert’

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(Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith)

(Photo: Reuters/Robert Galbraith)

AFA Calling for One-Month Boycott of Electronics Chain and Its ‘Holiday’ Deals, ‘Holiday’ Kickoff and ‘Holiday’ Gift Guide

TUPELO, Miss. — Looking for the Christmas spirit this shopping season? It isn’t found at Radio Shack. They seem more like Ebenezer Scrooge, says the American Family Association, (AFA,www.afa.net) because Radio Shack has eliminated the words that portray the reason for the season and have degraded Christmas in their stores by making the celebration of Christ’s birth a generic, bland and unholy imposter of the true meaning of Christmas.

American Family Association is calling for a limited one-month boycott of the Radio Shack chain over the company’s censorship of the word “Christmas.”

For years, Radio Shack has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of repeated requests from AFA to do the same.

For proof, visit www.radioshack.com and type “Christmas” in the search bar. As of today, the website brings up zero results.

“Radio Shack is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple,” said American Family Association President, Tim Wildmon. “Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores. Until Radio Shack proves it recognizes Christmas by using it in their newspaper, radio and television advertising or in-store signage, American Family Association will continue to promote this boycott.”

Instead, at Radio Shack, consumers will find “holiday” deals, “holiday” kickoff, “holiday” cash and a “holiday” gift guide, but they won’t find “Christmas” anywhere.

“AFA has successfully influenced almost all of the nation’s largest retailers to embrace the use of Christmas in their advertising,” Wildmon continued, “but at Radio Shack, it’s ‘Bah, Humbug!’”

Shoppers can take action to encourage Radio Shack to use “Christmas” in its advertising and signage through several steps:

SIGN: Sign the Boycott Radio Shack Pledge. AFA will regularly update Radio Shack on how many people have signed the pledge.
CALL: Follow up your signature with a phone call to the Radio Shack corporate office at (817) 415-3011, option 0. Let them know you are serious about taking your business elsewhere.
POST: On Facebook, leave a comment on Radio Shack’s Facebook page for an immediate impact that will get their attention.
CONTACT: Connect with the local Radio Shack in your area, and politely let the manager know that you won’t be shopping there this Christmas season. Ask the manager to pass your comments along to the corporate office.
American Family Association recently released its 2013 list of Naughty or Nice retailers, letting shoppers know which are “For Christmas” and which are “Against Christmas.” AFA noted nearly 60 stores who either tell shoppers to have a “Merry Christmas,” use “Christmas” on a regular basis or recognize Christmas in some other way. The list also calls out 11 retailers that may use “Christmas” sparingly in a single or unique product description, but as a company, does not recognize it.

For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net

From the desk of Alex Murashko.

Atheist Activists Threaten to Sue Public Schools Over Participation in Samaritan’s Purse Toys to Needy Children International Project: Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

BY KATHERINE WEBER, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

A humanist organization is threatening lawsuits against two public schools for their participation in Operation Christmas Child, a project of evangelist Franklin Graham’s international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse that seeks to deliver Christmas toys to needy children throughout the world.

The American Humanist Association recently sent letters to two public elementary schools, one in South Carolina and one in Colorado, threatening legal action if they continue participating in Operation Christmas Child, which delivers thousands of shoe boxes stuffed with gifts to needy children throughout the world every year during the holidays. Along with containing small gifts, the shoe boxes also include a small note inviting recipients to join in Christianity. The American Humanist Organization argues that Operation Christmas Child’s commitment to “[sharing] the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ” means that public schools in the U.S. should not participate in the program.

In its letter sent to East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., the humanist association accuses the school of “promoting student participation” in the Operation Christmas Child program by encouraging students to assemble shoeboxes and donate money. According to the humanist organization, East Point Academy has been involved with Operation Christmas Child since 2011.

“Because the purpose and effect of Operation Christmas Child is to induce impoverished children to convert to Christianity, the school’s promotion of this program violates the Constitution. The school must immediately suspend its unconstitutional participation in Operation Christmas Child,” the letter states. FULL STORY

NY’s Stony Brook University Will No Longer Observe Jewish, Christian Holidays

Stony Brook says by ending a practice that “honors only some religions,” it is aligning itself with other major research universities and leveling the playing field.

“We believe this provides two essential things – a sound educational calendar and at the same time an equal level of respect for all religions and faiths,” said Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Charles Robbins, according to New York-based newspaper Newsday.

NY University Will No Longer Observe Jewish, Christian Holidays FULL STORY: http://www.christianpost.com/news/ny-university-will-no-longer-observe-jewish-christian-holidays-71976/

Congressmen: No ‘Merry Christmas’ Emails Allowed

WASHINGTON, D.C., CP – Members of the House of Representatives have been told they are not allowed to wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” via the mail.

The Congressional Franking Commission, which reviews congressional mail to determine if it can be paid for with tax dollars, issued a rule saying that no holiday greetings, including the traditional Christmas greeting, may be stated in official mail.

FULL STORY: http://www.christianpost.com/news/reps-banned-from-saying-merry-christmas-in-official-letters-65227/

Atheists Want Texas Courthouse Nativity Scene Down

The constitutional legality of the nativity scene displayed on the lawn at Henderson County Courthouse in east Texas being is being contested by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and atheist group based in Madison, Wis…

Full story: http://www.christianpost.com/news/is-texas-nativity-scene-ground-zero-for-the-war-on-christmas-64552/

No prayer at 9/11 ceremony? Evangelical leader: ‘This is not who we are’

“The problem with this is, because of his singular decision, this ceremony isn’t really going to be representative of America. It’s going to be exclusionary, secularist only, and we are one of the most religious countries in the world. So, the bottom line is, this is not how we were founded. This is not who we are.

This is a national time of mourning and healing. I think it is particularly offensive to explicitly exclude any religious expression.” – Joel C. Hunter, who is a White House spiritual adviser, on NYC mayor’s decision to exclude prayer from the 10th anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

story link: http://www.christianpost.com/news/wh-spiritual-advisor-mayors-decision-to-forbid-prayer-at-9-11-ceremony-un-american-54946/