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In an image tweeted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Rouhani meets with Iranian Christians  on Christmas. (Source: @HassanRouhani)

Persians Bearing Gifts: The Iranian Christmas Charm Offensive

December 27, 2013

While Iranian leaders tweet their cheery Christmas blessings to the world, Christians within the Islamic Republic face persecution for their beliefs, especially during the Christmas season.


Christmas, Americans and the Virgin Birth

December 22, 2013

A new poll by Pew Research, just in time for Christmas, shows 73 percent of Americans believe in Jesus’ virgin birth by His mother Mary. Even 32 percent of the self-professed religiously unaffiliated said they believe. White evangelicals were the most believing (97%), followed by black Protestants (94%), white Catholics (88%), Hispanic Catholics (81%) and Mainline Protestants (70%). By comparison, other polls show about one third of the British people profess belief in the Virgin Birth.

The official logo of HumanLight, the secular Humanist holiday dedicated to reason, compassion, and hope. (Source: HumanLight Committee)

Happy HumanLight!: The Nonbeliever’s Alternative to Christmas

December 15, 2013

Christmas, Hanukkah… HumanLight? Learn about the December Humanist holiday, celebrating “the positive, secular values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope for a better future.”

IRD's Christmas buttons say "Merry Christmas" in Chinese, Korean, and Urdu. 
(Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

The Language of “Merry Christmas”

December 13, 2013

The war on Christmas (and on Christianity by extension) here at home is less than a shadow of what our Christians brothers and sisters around the world are facing. And at Christmas, it is good for us to remember in addition to all of their other suffering, many are forbidden from celebrating publicly the birth of Jesus.


The Sound of Music: A Chestertonian Tale

December 11, 2013

Perhaps we associate the film with Christmas because after we have completely stripped the other 364 days in the year of any religious meaning we find ourselves without any reason to sing, and we can’t begin to fathom why someone on a lonely hillside would suddenly burst into song.

Seasonal billboard of the American Atheists. (Photo Credit: American Atheists)

What Would Santa Do?

December 7, 2013

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus…Oh sorry, it’s not Santa, it’s the American Atheists with yet another attack on Christmas.


Slap an Arian Day, or the Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra

December 6, 2013

Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” in some parts of Christendom. Even before he became the Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer…

Highlights of Christmas Messages of United Methodist Bishops

December 26, 2012

By John Lomperis (@JohnLomperis) As we are spending time with family and loved ones for the break celebrating of the birth of the Christ child, it is worth passing on some good reminders from…

Christmas Bells

December 25, 2012

By Faith McDonnell Christmas Bells And in despair, I bowed my head. “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will…

Thankful for Christmas Commercialization

December 24, 2012

By Mark Tooley (@MarkDTooley) Complaints about Christmas commercialization get tiresome. Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist D.C. office responds in a recent column with a robust defense of America’s holiday, for all its faults….

Was Baby Jesus an Illegal Immigrant?

December 23, 2011

The following article appeared in the American Spectator website and was reposted with permission. Liberal Christians are attempting to recast Jesus and his parents as illegal aliens. (Photo credit: Flickr) At Christmas time, should the Nativity story…

Away in a Manger

December 23, 2010

Paul Marshall December 23, 2010   The following article appeared on the National Review website and was reposted with permission. At Christmas, we should remember Christians who are persecuted for their faith. For Christians, Christmas commemorates…