Posts tagged "Christmas"
In The News: Is Santa White? Is the Pope a Marxist? What's a Christian Hipster?

In The News: Is Santa White? Is the Pope a Marxist? What’s a Christian Hipster?

A round-up of recent religion & media news.

Passing 9/11 Health Bill Would Mean Disrespecting Christmas

Elissa Lerner: Last Thursday, after Senate republicans filibustered their way out of passing the Zadroga Bill, also known as the 9/11 health care bill which would provide $7.4 billion in health aid to ailing first responders, few took notice. However, on the Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart took the issue quite seriously....

Merry F—ing Xmas

Abby Ohlheiser: Depending on your perspective, The National Portrait Gallery has either ruined Christmas or World AIDS Day (December 1) this year. On Wednesday, the institution caved in to “hours” of political pressure from conservative politicians and the Catholic League and removed a 4-minute excerpt of David Wojnarowotz's piece, “Fire in my Belly” from its current exhibition...

True Religion: Not Just Jeans

Elissa Lerner: A new study by business and management professors at Duke, NYU and Tel Aviv University analyzes the relationship between religiosity and brand loyalty. Their argument, which boils down to less religion = more brand loyalty, and vice versa, could prove useful for companies as we approach the ever-precipitating Christmas...

Stop the War on Easter Now!

12 January 2006 Do you feel more or less persecuted than last year? Georgia Republican state representativesplay to their constituencies, with some after-the-fact Christmas- (and possibly Easter) saving legislation, on behalf of “persecuted Christians.”

Declaration of Christmas War

07 December 2005 Beyond Belief Media, under the leadership of “atheist Christian” blogger/director Brian Flemming, has announced that it will fill the much-publicized role of the anti-Christmas Grinch, dispatching guerilla “street teams” to public Christmas-themed events — from nativity scenes to pageants — to distribute copies of Beyond Belief’s skeptical documentary, “The God Who Wasn’t...

Daily Links 20 December 2004

Don’t Bum to the Monks Thailand’s National Buddhism Office has proposed that Thai cigarette packs carry an additional consumer warning, that “‘Donating cigarettes to monks is a sin.’” If the Wall Ain’t Broke Florida State Senator Daniel Webster said last week that he is “exploring the possibility” of proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal Florida’s separation of church...

Daily Links December 06 2004

“When the holy mother sizzle is the only sound you hear” Golden Palace, the casino that bought the “Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich” for $28,000, is capitalizing on its purchase with a “Make Your Own Sandwich” option (“Your Face Here”), and a signature song (to the tune of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”), “It’s Virgin...

Good Intentions

Buried in the Christmas edition of The New York Times was a story that might be characterized as the religion reporter’s version of the “last man in town who can whittle worth a damn” genre: “Commune to Close, After Years of Strife and Striving.” As a representative of the category, Sarah Kershaw‘s report isn’t bad; Kershaw tells the...

Mel Gibson, Meet Will Farrell

Christiany Today‘s Ted Olson provides a fascinating array of responses to Elf, the controversial new film adaptation of the Christmas story critics fear will set off a wave of anti-Elven violence. Oops — wrong Christian holiday on film. But Elf, the new Will Farrell family comedy, is mildly controversial. One Christian critic gripes that the film contains “a wink at inebriation.” But if the laffs are loud,...