An atheist group is demanding a Florida City Hall remove its nativity display, arguing that its presence on government property is an unconstitutional union of church and state. Residents and officials in the city are fighting back, however, demanding that the display stay on City Hall premises and arguing that America needs to take back its rights to religious freedom and free speech.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation claims that earlier in December it received notification of a nativity scene on City Hall property in Chipley, Fla., nearly 90 miles west of Tallahassee. The organization, which demands the separation of church and state in the public square, then reportedly sent a letter to Chipley's government officials requesting that they remove the nativity scene.
"The Supreme Court has ruled it impermissible to place a nativity scene as the sole focus of a display on government property," the FFRF reportedly wrote in an email to Chipley Mayor Linda Cain, according to WJHG-TV. Andrew Seidel, an attorney for the FFRF, added to the local WMBB-TV that "erecting a display with a message that's central to the Christian religion can only be seen as an endorsement of that message." more >>
This hilarious and unique take to Christmas songs is sure to have you smiling for a while as the Canadian band Walk off the Earth plays "Little Drummer Boy" with the help of dogs.
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The hit A&E reality series "Duck Dynasty" will be showing its annual Christmas special on Wednesday and sneak peek previews for the episode indicate that it will be full of crazy gifts, unusual holiday meals and lots of quirky redneck traditions, including the Robertson family participating in a live Nativity scene.
The hour-long special airing at 10 p.m. E.T. will feature all of the Robertsons participating in Christmas cheer through food preparation and gift shopping, among other activities, such as gathering around to partake in a live Nativity scene. In a promotional clip for the special Christmas episode, Willie Robertson, the CEO of the family duck call business, says he doesn't want much for the holidays, but would like to add to his gun and knife collection.
"I like unique gifts that people give me as long as they're from the heart," Willie Robertson said in the episode's teaser clip, posted online. "They don't have to be expensive or anything, just something that's had some thought put into it. When I get something like that, it's pretty special. However, guns and knives are always fun." more >>
Joe Castillo is known for his incredible sand art designs. In this design, he tells the most famous story of all using just sand; the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This already beautiful story comes to life in vivid color as it is portrayed through one man's unique art form. This is a MUST SEE experience!
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. - Luke 1:35 more >>
Prince George will soon be celebrating his first Christmas with his royal family, and new details of what the newest royal can expect have been released. He will be spending the actual holiday with family at the estate of great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, but will likely be joined by his grandparents from mother Kate Middleton's side of the family.
William, Kate, and George will head to the estate of Sandringham on Christmas Eve to join the rest of their family. They will likely attend church together and the men will likely go hunting on the bountiful estate. Presents will be exchanged on Christmas Eve, per tradition, and attend church on Christmas Day before greeting all those gathered outside the church.
"Legend has it that, despite having enough money to afford luxury gifts, the royal family instead gives each other joke presents. Perhaps Prince George will get something funny from his relatives. I also think he will be inundated with gifts from the public, just as he was when he was born. He is one lucky little prince!" ABC News contributor Victoria Murphy said. more >>
An atheist group in Ellsworth, Maine, recently made a float to be shown in the town's annual Christmas parade this past weekend in an attempt to make local residents more aware of the atheist organization.
The local atheist group, known as the Downeast Humanists and Freethinkers, created a float consisting of a decorated Christmas tree to honor last Saturday's holiday parade theme, "Rock Around the Christmas Tree." The tree was reportedly decorated with natural ornaments, such as cranberries, popcorn and mussel shells. Members of the atheist group reportedly walked alongside their homemade float during the parade, passing out pamphlets that explained the Christmas tree has been used in Winter Solstice celebrations for thousands of years.
"For more than 5,000 years people have brought greenery into their homes to remind them of all the green plants that would grow again when longer days would return," the pamphlets read, according to the Bangor Daily News. "Long before the advent of Christianity, ancient Egyptians, Romans, Druids and many others had celebrations at the winter solstice." more >>