Archive for December 25th, 2009

County Rescinds Christmas Ban

County Rescinds Christmas Ban

An order to remove angels and stars from Christmas trees in all government buildings in one California county has been rescinded following the uproar that ensued over the decision. Acting County Administrator Chris Thomas in Sonoma County informed the heads of all 26 county departments to disregard his previous order, which was made in response to the complaint of a disabled atheist veteran.

Volcano Forces Thousands to Evacuate on Christmas

Volcano Forces Thousands to Evacuate on Christmas

Tens of thousands of Filipinos celebrated Christmas in temporary evacuations centers Friday after having fled their homes in fear of a major volcanic eruption. With the alert level for the Philippines’ Mayon volcano at the second-highest stage, more than 40,000 evacuees had to stay away from their homes and settle for a Christmas in crowded gymnasiums and schools.

December 25 and the Origin of Christmas

December 25 and the Origin of Christmas

Was December 25 just a pagan holiday Christians took for their own religious holiday? Is there any reason to believe December 25 might really be the birthday of Jesus Christ? Some historians, including early church fathers, think there is a good case for December 25 as the actual date for the first Christmas.

The real war front is at home

The real war front is at home

Christmas 2009 and our nation is still at war. Afghanistan? Iraq? Yes, of course. But the war’s front is here at home. The war we are having with ourselves.