Christmas Controversy & Opinion Presented by Defend Christmas, this forum covers the difficult topics of the season -- from the famed and fabled War on Christmas to church and state debates to using the star or the angel on the Christmas tree. Modern Christmas celebration has it's complications -- schools are divided, some Christmas light displays are too much, some even argue that it is better to call it a "holiday" tree. Some merchants won't even say "Merry Christmas"! Where there is controversy, there is insanity. Even in Christmas.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
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 [...]
This is just an unfortunate waste of time and taxpayers money. Why should some people care about a National Day of Prayer, when they admit they don't pray and it doesn't affect them. I am the first to admit I am not an overly religious person, I do believe in God, and Jesus, I just don't go to church any longer. This is the first time I have heard of the National Day of Prayer, and it doesn't bother me at all. I believe everyone needs prayer, or meditation, reflection, or deep thinking call it whatever you want. If they go after Christmas, the courts need to look at the FACT Christmas is not only a religious holiday, it is also very secular, I personally have known some atheists who have celebrated Christmas without religion involved. I know a Jewish family that gets a Christmas tree and opens there Hanukkah gifts on December 25. I know I am on a rant but this bothers me when an extreme minority of the population inflicts their will on the rest of society.
CM3, we miss you.
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And, truthfully, it really doesn't violate any rights... it doesn't say you MUST pray to the Judeo-Christian God... any old god will do... EVERYONE believes in SOMETHING... if you want to pray to Buddha or Allah or Manitou or just roll around in a pile of dollar bills (see? that's the "everybody worships something" part)... it's cool with me... how is that limiting anyone's free speech or forcing a particular religious view on anyone..?
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The National Day of Prayer isn't a law. It is a simple declaration. There is nothing to enforce. So fighting it as a government imposition of religion is ridiculous. NOT allowing a National Day of Prayer IS an imposition of religion -- the religion of Non-belief.