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Another year, another war on CHRISTmas; The disrespect and worse, we don’t like to cover, but you need to know.

December 28, 2010

As America Celebrates Christmas, Rev. Franklin Graham Says Secular ‘War’ Rages Against Christians

Friday, 24 Dec 2010 03:58 PM

By David A. Patten and Kathleen Walter

As Americans gather with their families to celebrate Christmas, the Rev. Franklin Graham decries the continuing cultural “war” against Christ and his believers.

The campaign against Christianity rages “not just in America, but in many countries around the world,” the noted evangelist and son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham declares during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV.

Also during his Christmas message to America via Newsmax, Graham reveals that his inspirational father fully intends to return to the pulpit. The last time the elder Graham preached was in July 2006, during a revival at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. But Franklin says his father’s joy during the Christmas season remains undiminished.

“My father loves Christmas because we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and my father, his entire life has been about sharing this wonderful message of God’s love for the world,” he says.

That love is lost on much of the world, Franklin says. “Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ,” he says. “And Christians around the world want to celebrate that. And yet the secularists are wanting to take Christ out of our society, take him out of any public event.”

Graham also strongly chastised the U.S. military, which has restricted Christians displays of faith.

“Chaplains in the United States military are not allowed to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Isn’t that a shame that a chaplain in the Christian faith is not allowed to pray in the name of Christ? So yes, there is a war, no question about it.”

Franklin Graham himself has felt the sting of the hostility, when Pentagon officials excluded him from participation in this year’s National Day of Prayer event, citing his controversial comments about the dangers of radical Islam.

Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, also heads Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization that distributes Christmas presents to 8 million children in 110 countries.

“Christmas is about God’s son, Jesus Christ, coming to this earth,” he says. “The Bible says that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosover believeth on him shouldn’t perish, but have eternal life. Christmas is about God’s love. And that hasn’t changed.”

However, Graham acknowledges, Christmas has become increasingly commercialized.

“We spend a lot of time going to stores or shopping, giving gifts, exchanging gifts. But we do that because we are reminded of the greatest gift that has been given, and that is God giving his son to take our sins . . . He can come into each and every heart that invites him. And so Christmas is about God’s love for us.”

As for his world-renowned father, Graham says: “My father at 92 still has the desire to preach. And he’s hoping to preach one more time this next year. And we’re working to get him to hopefully get him enough strength where he can do that.”

Billy Graham still shares “God’s love with everyone who will listen,” Franklin says. But the elder Graham, whose sermons have been viewed in person by an estimated 215 million people, deeply misses his wife, Ruth, who died in June 2007.

“He misses my mother, and she was such a big part of his life,” the younger Graham tells Newsmax. “She passed away three years ago. And he knows that it won’t be long that he will join her in heaven in the presence of almighty God.”

Other highlights from Franklin Graham’s Newsmax interview:

 

Historian Kidd: Obama Pushes US to Secularism

Saturday, 25 Dec 2010 08:07 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Kathleen Walter

President Barack Obama has made misstatements that propel speculation he is pushing the United States toward a secular state instead of one founded on religious principles, history professor and author Thomas Kidd tells Newsmax.TV. The impression rises partly from gaffes such as misquoting the Declaration of Independence, Kidd said in the exclusive interview.

Obama recently dropped the word “creator” from the line, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” said Kidd, a history professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

A month ago, Obama told an audience in Indonesia that the U.S. motto is E. Pluribus Unum (out of many, one), Kidd said, when it is, in fact, “In God We Trust.”

“This has fueled a concern that many people have that President Obama is at least quietly trying to construe America as a secular nation instead of a nation based on important religious principles like the idea that all men are created equal,” Kidd said. “That principle is, I think, the most important idea that comes out of the American Revolution, and it is an explicitly religious principle, even though it’s a very general religious principle, and I don’t think it’s something that we should give up intentionally or unintentionally.”

He expressed concern that the Obama administration is trying to be too politically correct, at the expense of the nation’s identity.

“There is a potential there for real alienation of many faithful Christians, and I think Jews, too, who may believe that his administration is trying to turn our country away from its traditional commitment to a Judeo-Christian faith,” said Kidd, who is co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.

Obama must be careful not to contribute to the mood or give the impression that he is part of a secular activist movement trying to remove religion from the public square, said Kidd, author of “God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution.”

That movement is particularly active at Christmas time, Kidd said.

“Today, there is a strong atheist or at least secularist presence within the left, and I think there is definitely an agenda by some of these far left groups who want to take religion completely out of American life, and that definitely was not the vision of the Founders,” he said.

The Christmas holiday has become highly commercialized and distant from the true meaning of God’s giving his son for human salvation, Kidd said.

“I think again the Founders had a much quieter, less commercial, version of Christmas that in these times can be very appealing,” he said.

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BLACK POWER/RADICAL MUSLIMS AND CONVERTS, HERE IN AMERICA, SPREADING THEIR DANGEROUS MESSAGE; AND OUR AMAZEMENT IN HOW THEY GET A FREE PASS FROM THE LEFT IN THIS COUNTRY NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE US. JUST LOOK AT THEIR MESSAGE!

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We’ve already seen British Muslims calling Christmas evil.  Now add this to the mix. Perhaps they are mad and lashing out because they prefer to live in the Islamic Sharia State of Oklahoma and that ain’t gonna happen.

Here’s a decent transcription of the group’s message:

“God hates Christmas.”

“The white man has set up laws where the faggots and lesbians have rights, and parades.”

“The white man is against nature, and we prove that out of scripture.”

“The white man is in power now because he is a thief and a murderer.”

“God hates America, and he will destroy it.”

“The white man has never taught you about God. He lied, and told you he was God.”

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An Angry Anti-Christmas at School
By L. Brent Bozell III
The metaphor “the War on Christmas” can be mocked — as if Santa and his reindeer are dodging anti-aircraft fire. But many of our public schools have church-and-state sensitivity police with an alarming degree of Santaphobia. Anyone who’s attended a school’s “winter concert” in December with no traditional Christmas music – not even “Frosty the Snowman” – knows the drill. The vast Christian majority (which funds the public schools) is told that school is no place to celebrate one’s religion, even in its most watered-down and secularized forms. Consider two real-life stories of Scrooge-like school administrators…

Scrapping School Religious Holidays Solves Nothing
Brad O’Leary:

In a recent column for USA Today, Boston University religion professor Stephen Prothero argues that public schools should do away with giving students’ days off for religious holidays because honoring Christian holidays in this manner is unfair to other religions. … more

Yeah and you might as well do away with the Pledge of Allegiance while your at it right, Oh, one Brookline, Mass school is already doing that, requiring parents to sign permission slips for their kids to say the pledge!

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NPR’s Totenberg Laments ‘Christmas’ Comment

Newsmax

NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg took political correctness to new heights when she actually apologized on-air for using the word “Christmas.”

During an appearance on the Dec. 19 edition of the TV news show “Inside Washington,” Totenberg said: “We just passed this huge tax cut in part because business said, you know, we have to plan, we have to know what kind of tax cuts we have. Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don’t know how much money they’ve got and for what. And I was at — forgive the expression — a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this.”

The Mediaite website observed: “Maybe in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, [do] NPR employees, just to be safe, apologize for anything in advance?”

NPR fired Williams after he made what was viewed as a politically incorrect statement about Muslims, saying he gets “nervous” when he sees people in “Muslim garb” on an airplane.

The NewsBusters website observed that Totenberg was “seemingly embarrassed to invoke any religious terminology for Christmas. She didn’t say what she’d prefer parties this time of year to be named. Winter solstice party?”

Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly has been an outspoken opponent of what he calls the “war” on Christmas, saying in 2005 that “it’s all part of the secular progressive agenda . . . to get Christianity and spirituality and Judaism out of the public square.”

He also said: “I don’t believe most people who aren’t Christian are offended by the words ‘Merry Christmas.’ I think those people are nuts.”

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The ACLU’s Unholy War on Catholic Hospitals

by Michelle Malkin

Ho, ho, ho! Just in time for Christmas, the American Civil Liberties Union has launched a new salvo against people of faith. Even as billions around the world celebrate the birth of Christ, joyless, abortion-obsessed secularists never take a holiday. ++ Read More

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Liberal Feminist Joy Behar’s mocking secular Christmas card, milking her “The View” walk-off in protest of Bill O‘Reilly for all it’s worth. She goes so far as to photoshop a picture of her and O’Reilly on the card. As O’Reilly would say, Joy – your a dope.

The card‘s message mirrors the cover’s satire:

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Rapper Snoop Dogg Re-Tells and Changes Classic Christmas Tale

Another monument to the idiocy gene prevelent in Hollywood, Rap and DC. Snoop “I’m Not As Smart As” a Dog. A role model for black youth (God help us). Killing cops and bangin ho’s isn’t enough, gotta degrade Christmas too. (Oh and a note to Pepsi, we’re all done drinking you!)

Have you ever awoke on Christmas Day and wanted to hear ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” retold with a cursing Santa, Pepsi Max, and backup dancers? Well now your hypothetical dream has come true, as rapper Snoop Dogg has put together a new version of the classic Christmas tale:

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THESE FOOLS CAN CALL THEMSELVES A BAPTIST CHURCH ALL THEY WANT, BUT IN REALITY THEY ARE NOTHING MORE THAN AN EVIL CULT; DISGUSTING, DISPICABLE, DUPING THE DUMB, GAMING THE GULLIBLE, BRAINWASHING THESE POOR KIDS, AND SPREADING THEIR VILE MESSAGES. THEY ARE “NOT” CHRISTIANS, THEY DO NOT RESPRESENT OUR VALUES IN ANY WAY, AND WE THEREFORE DETEST THEM AND WHOLLY REJECT THEM. 

 

 

“Santa Claus will take you to hell, yo!”

Read More »

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World Jihadist Issues Christmas Warning: We Will ‘Turn Your Blood Into Rivers’

  • Posted on December 25, 2010

Fresh attacks on Christians mar Christmas The jihad-monitoring group SITE has released a translation of a jihadist warning that countries celebrating Christmas will be bombed this year and suffer major casualties. The threat was issued in a videotaped message.

AFP reports:

The recording, titled “The Zero Hour has arrived” and directed to “the unbeliever and Christian countries celebrating Christmas,” lasts one minute, three seconds and bears the voice of a member of the Shumukh al-Islam forum, said the US-based monitor.

The speaker, according to SITE, said that failure to heed warnings to cease bloodshed in Muslim countries would result in attacks.

“Your (Christmas) fireworks will act as an alarm for the time of our devices to blow up — devices that we, not Santa Claus, are going to offer to you as gifts, to turn your night into day and your blood into rivers,” he said in a translation provided by SITE.

The threat, coming from a single individual on a forum reportedly linked to the Al-Qaeda network, is reminiscent of last year’s failed Christmas bombing of a US airliner by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who wore explosives stitched to his underwear, in a plot attributed to Al-Qaeda.

It also comes amid Nigeria’s warning that Al-Qaeda-linked militants were likely planning attacks during the Christmas holiday, and the accidental death of a suicide bomber in Stockholm two weeks ago who apparently intended to kill Christmas shoppers.

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‘Christmas is evil’: Muslim group launches poster campaign against festive period

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:43 AM on 23rd December 2010 

Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil.

Organisers plan to put up thousands of placards around the UK claiming the season of goodwill is responsible for rape, teenage pregnancies, abortion, promiscuity, crime and paedophilia.

They hope the campaign will help ‘destroy Christmas’ in this country and lead to Britons converting to Islam instead.

Outrage: The poster that has appeared in the Tower Hamlets area hitting out at the festive period

More on this disgusting Outrage:

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM, BECAUSE WELL – SO IS THE THREAT OF ISLAM, AND AS FOR THIS PROBLEM – IT’S ACTUALLY MUCH WORSE AND GOES WAY BEYOND JUST A MATTER OF P.C.

 

APTOPIX Mideast Israel Palestinians Christmas 

 

Christians “live in constant feeling of fear and uncertainty” in the Holy Land.

“because of the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in the Palestinian territories.”

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Christmas Bomb Plot – UK: Nine Men Charged, Allegedly Planned to Blow Up American Embassy

FSM: Global Islamism Watch, The Editor

Before Christmas, the arrest of 12 men in Britain led to embarrassment for James Clapper. Now, it is claimed that the men planned to attack the U.S. Embassy in London.

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Nigeria Roiled Again by Muslim-Christian Clashes
(CNSNews.com)
 – The season of good will brought little to celebrate in a city straddling Nigeria’s religious fault line, where Muslim-Christian clashes continued Sunday following a series of deadly bombings on Christmas Eve.

  MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of armed men attacked the church on Christmas Eve, dragging the pastor out of his home and shooting him to death. Two young men from the choir who were rehearsing for a late-night carol service also were slain.

The group of about 30 attackers armed with guns and knives also killed two people who were passing by Victory Baptist Church. The assailants only left after setting the church and pastor’s house ablaze.

At the opposite end of the city, Rev. Haskanda Jessu with the Church of Christ in Nigeria said that three men attacked his church an hour later, killing a 60-year-old security guard.

At least 38 people died over the holiday weekend in attacks across Nigeria, including the six killed at the churches in the country’s north by suspected members of a radical Muslim sect. In central Nigeria, 32 died in a series of bomb blasts. Two of the bombs went off near a large market where people were doing last-minute Christmas shopping. A third hit a mainly Christian area of Jos.

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Philippines Explosion 

 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A bomb exploded during Christmas Day Mass at a chapel in the volatile southern Philippines, wounding a priest and 10 churchgoers.

The device was hidden in a ventilation window near the ceiling of the chapel, investigators recovered parts of a cell phone they believe detonated the device.

The island is a stronghold of al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants. All of the wounded were civilians.

more…

  

 

KHAR, Pakistan (AP) — A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives-laden vest in a crowded aid distribution center in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 41 people and wounding dozens waiting for food stamps, officials said.

The bomb hit the main city in Bajur, a region near the Afghan border where the military has twice declared victory over Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents. It also came a day after some 150 militants killed 11 soldiers in a coordinated assault in a neighboring region where the army also has carried out operations.

Christmas Weekend: Muslim Radicals Kill Dozens of Nigerian Christians Scott Baker

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Being Nice Hasn’t Protected Sweden

Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman

No matter how nice a nation tries to be, there will always be some who would wish to destroy it, be they leftists, subversives, or just vicious Islamists…

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And now lest not forget, the “Athiests are at it again segment”

Special Report

Merry Christmas, Richard Dawkins

By on 12.25.10 @ 1:03PM

New Yorkers and New Jerseyans were recently greeted by a festive Christmas billboard near the Lincoln Tunnel, which read: “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason.”

What might “celebrating reason” look like? Sitting around the dining room table, looking into your children’s curious eyes, and regaling them with the nihilism of Friedrich Nietzsche? Telling them not to bother with cookies and milk because Santa Claus isn’t coming?  Reading them the latest Christopher Hitchens column as you tuck them into bed? What unspeakable joy!

An exaggeration? Maybe. However, what is not exaggerated is the puzzling effort by some atheists every Christmas season to ruin it for everybody else. Worse, they usually drag science into the discussion. This year, all I want for Christmas is for atheists to stop sullying the good name of science by associating it with anti-religious bigotry masquerading as reason.

The New Atheists claim to worship at the altar of pure, sweet reason, but they often make public announcements that are anything but reasonable. The most common claim is that science disproves the existence of God, and perhaps the second most common claim is that the world is becoming increasingly secular and no longer needs religion. Unfortunately for them, both statements are demonstrably false.

New Atheism is really the hijacking of science. People like Richard Dawkins and Peter Atkins believe science alone explains the existence of the universe. Therefore, all the foolish people who buy into the concept of God are ignorant simpletons. Evolution and the Big Bang constitute everything important you need to know about the universe, morality, and life itself.

Sadly, this posture betrays a breathtaking ignorance of philosophy and theology. The tools and theories of science are beautifully equipped to answer, “How?” while the ideas of philosophy and religion are beautifully equipped to answer, “Why?” The Big Bang and evolution explain how we got here, but that is about it. Religion explains why we are here and what we are supposed to do about it.

Dawkins and company fashionably claim that organized religion is declining in a world that is becoming increasingly modernized. This is certainly true in some places around the world. In western Europe, most notably the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, the role of the church in society has largely taken a back seat to secularism. But while this is true for a few isolated pockets around the world, it is manifestly untrue almost everywhere else.

In his book What’s So Great About Christianity?, Dinesh D’Souza tackles the “modernization-leads-to-secularization” claim head-on: “The thesis would predict that America would be the most secular society in the world. In fact, America is the most religious country in the Western world.” He then goes on to describe the explosion of religious movements around the world, such as Christianity in China, Islam in Turkey, and Hinduism in India. These countries are simultaneously embracing technological advancement and traditional religion. Throughout much of the world, religious resurgence is occurring despite humanity’s ceaseless march toward progress.

It will be a great day when we can all celebrate our faith (or lack thereof) during the holiday season without being harassed by those with whom we disagree. However you plan on celebrating this year, be it under a Christmas tree, beside a Menorah, or simply around a table with friends and family, may it be a time for peace, joy, and reflection. 

And whatever you do, please, keep science out of it.




 

Bruce Kesler

Why is it that so many people seem afraid to even mention Christmas nowadays? What happened to traditions of faith and culture?

Dec 25, 2010 02:07 pm | TomT

In 1897, Francis Pharcellus penned a famous response to eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon confirming the existence of Santa Claus. In light of the many recent attacks by anti-Christian and atheist groups on God, Jesus Christ and the Bible, I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit the piece and update it for our time. There’s no telling how many children have driven by a billboard that denounces Christianity as a lie, or viewed a television ad poking fun at their faith.

The Blandness of Current Christmases

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