Secularism

Supreme Court: Peace Cross Gets to Stay, But Not Because It’s ‘Secular’

“'The fact that the cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol should not blind one to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent: a symbolic resting place for ancestors who never returned home, a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their sacrifices for this Nation, and a historical landmark,' wrote Justice Samuel Alito, in the majority opinion.” - Christianity Today

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Quebec's 'secularism police' bill unites Muslim, Christians, and more

"On Sunday, Quebec's legislature passed a bill prohibiting government employees, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious clothing or accessories. The bill passed with an overwhelming 73 to 35 vote and a court challenge has already been filed." - W. Examiner

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Proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious symbols fuels fiery debate in Quebec

The measure "would prohibit civil servants, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, lawyers and other people who interact with the public from wearing religious symbols while at work. It would apply to Sikh turbans, Christian jewelry and Jewish kippahs, but the focus of the controversy has been over hijabs worn by many Muslim women in Quebec." - Fox

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It’s Norman Vincent Peale’s America

"When Oprah Winfrey touts the message of the bestselling book and video series 'The Secret' — with its core message, 'thoughts become things' — she is echoing Peale. When Donald Trump denies facts and prefers bluster, he is echoing the man who called Trump 'his greatest student of all time.'" - RNS

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"Many of the more progressive nations are not merely overlooking or ignoring their Judeo-Christian heritage, but actively destroying it."

"We have always assumed that when we give money to churches and ministries we will receive a tax receipt, but those days may soon be over for organizations that will not bow before one of society’s sacred cows." - On Living in a Post-Christian Context

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Putting the X Back in Xmas

Reposted from The Cripplegate.

I’m all for putting Christ back in Christmas. And there is no doubt that our secularized culture is working hard at surreptitiously ushering the Baby out, without losing the murky bathwater of gift-giving and commercial celebration. But I’d like to address the misinformed concern that the use of “Xmas” as a placeholder for “Christmas” is part of the conspiracy to excise Christ from his holiday.

First, Christmas is not a biblical holiday. There are no New Covenant feast days; besides communion, there is no recurring remembrance that is mandated. The Catholics came up with the Christ Mass feast, and global retailers and consumers alike hopped on the bandwagon. So, if Jesus becomes as absent to the secular mindset from Christmastime as he is from Halloween, there is no loss to the New Covenant.

Second, and this is my main point, using “X” to replace “Christ” is not necessarily an indication of anything sinister. I have used Xmas and Christmas interchangeably with a clear conscience ever since learning about the history of its usage.

Some Christians shun the use of “Xmas.”

In an interview Franklin Graham opined on behalf of evangelicalism:

For us as Christians, this is one of the most holy of the holidays, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. And for people to take Christ out of Christmas. They’re happy to say merry Xmas. Let’s just take Jesus out. And really, I think, a war against the name of Jesus Christ.”

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