Catholics Post Lincoln Tunnel Billbord to Counter Atheist Campaign

The latest salvo in the Christmas wars has landed, blocks from the New York entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has responded to a Christmas-debunking billboard sponsored by American Atheists just outside the New Jersey entrance of the tunnel by erecting one of their own at the other end.

The new billboard reads “You Know It’s Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus.” It shows a warm nativity scene, with Joseph and Mary staring lovingly down at a beatific infant Jesus lying in straw in a splash of light. “Merry Christmas from the Catholic League” appears in smaller type to the right of the image and above a Catholic League insignia.

The billboard promoting atheism went up last week along I-495. It reads “You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason!”

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, a lay civil rights organization that receives no church financing, said that an anonymous donor in Manhattan came up with the money — about $18,500 — to buy the 26-by-24-foot billboard at Dyer Avenue and 31st Street for about a month. It went up Monday afternoon.

Mr. Donohue said the billboard was not intended as “a statement against atheists or agnostics, most of whom are good people,” but as a repudiation to “aggressive, militant atheism” that he believes is growing increasingly prevalent in America.

Joseph Zwilling, the director of communications for the Archdiocese of New York, said that while the Catholic League does not speak on the Archdiocese’s behalf, he thought the billboard “articulated the reality that Catholics and Christians believe in Jesus.”

“Jesus historically lived, there’s no doubt about that,” Mr. Zwilling added. “He was a real person in a real time, and for Catholics and Christians we believe he was the son of God.”

Mr. Donohue said he thought American Atheists singled out Christianity over other religions, noting that their billboard was “not attacking Ramadan.”

“They believe in nothing, they stand for nothing, and they think we came from nothing,” he said, “so they have to crib off Christians.”

This is a blog post from the New York Times. The original story of the Atheist billbord was front page news in the NYT.

Senator Refuses to Participate in Christmas Parade With Christmas Removed

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe announced Tuesday that he will not participate in Tulsa’s Parade of Lights until organizers put “”Christ” back in the event’s title.

“Last year, the forces of political correctness removed the word ‘Christmas’ and replaced it with ‘Holiday’ instead,” the Oklahoma Republican said.

“I am deeply saddened and disappointed by this change.”

Inhofe, who served as Tulsa’s mayor from 1978 to 1984, said he had participated in the parade annually, riding horseback as his children and grandchildren watched.

“I did not do so last year, because I’m not going to ride in a Christmas parade that doesn’t recognize Christmas,” he said.

“I am hopeful that the good people of Tulsa and the city’s leadership will demand a correction to this shameful attempt to take Christ, the true reason for our celebration, out of the parade’s title. Until the parade is again named the Christmas Parade of Lights, I will not participate.”

Scheduled this year on Dec. 11, the downtown parade dates back more than 70 years

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Philly Removes Christmas From Village

It is known as a Christmas festival. For some time the event, made to look like a German Christmas Market, has been known as a “Christmas Village”. It has Christmas trees, Christmas lights and Christmas decor for sale of all kinds. But now it will be known as a “Holiday” Village because the city says there were complaints from workers and residents. “As a city of great diversity, one shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a difference of views when it comes to symbols and words,” says city spokesman Mark McDonald.

Initial news reports did not state who the complainers were. But as the story has gathered steam, so too has the heart-wrenching excuses of the name-less, face-less complainers who, even though this event is not new, felt this year was the time to complain to the City.

After all, there are also Jewish and Muslim vendors among the wooden booths that make up the Philadelphia replica of the traditional German Christmas Village, which officially opened Nov. 25.
There was also a story that reached Negrin about a little Jewish girl walking with her father who asked, Negrin said, “Dad, don’t we get a village?”

Philly is awash in complainers now. And from what we can see most want it called “Christmas” instead of “Holiday”.

UK Grocer Serves Controversy Selling Reindeer Steaks

A UK grocer is underfire for selling wild reindeer meat in its markets this holiday season. The Lidl stores have been accused of “destroying the magic of Christmas by selling dead reindeer” by the Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (VIVA!). The animal-rights group says that the reindeer are treated cruelly. They say that wild reindeer are herded with snow mobiles and helicopters, which causes the animals undue stress. They also say that 70 percent of the reindeer killed are calfs. The reindeer are sourced from Siberia, where Polar Research journal reported a decline in wild populations.

The Daily Mail reports that Lidl is the first of several grocery store chains that will offer reindeer meat during the holiday season. Lidl has defended their sales, by pointing out that the wild animals are better off in their natural habitat than livestock that’s raised in captivity. A Lidl further pointed out that the reindeer eat local aromatic herbs and grasses. The reindeer meat is served under the grocery store’s premium Deluxe label.

Venison has recently gained gourmet popularity, not only for it’s wild flavor, but also because of its lower fat content compared to beef. According to the Deer Farmer’s Information Network, venison is only 3.3 percent fat, while ground beef is 9.76 percent fat and chicken breast is 3.42 percent.

Planned Parenthood Selling Gift Certificates to Promote ‘Choice on Earth’

Alaska’s largest provider of abortions will be selling holiday gift certificates good for services including abortion in a fundraising effort during a Jewish bazaar on Sunday.

The certificates are being sold in Anchorage as part of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s effort to raise funds for their organization.

Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery said PPGNW’s efforts are meant to mock those whose faith dictates that abortion is morally wrong.

“They have a true disrespect and disdain for those who have a true faith,” he commented. Minnery believes their holiday efforts are a not-so subtle “poke in the eye” of pro-life advocates.

The Alaskan fundraiser is the latest effort in Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Christmas fundraising endeavors.

In the past, PPFA sold “Choice on Earth”-themed Christmas cards.

The cards featured a variety of designs, including two doves (one white, one gold) holding olive branches.

Other cards stated “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Planning for the New Year” while featuring white silhouettes of a parent and child on a pink background.

“Planned Parenthood has enjoyed poking Christians with sticks at Christmas, mocking the birth of Jesus with their unique holiday greeting cards,” Jill Sedlak, executive director of America’s Life League’s STOPP International, said, according to

Minnery, meanwhile, commented, “They’re riding on the coat tails of the sacred story.”

Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt had dismissed such criticisms in the past, saying their greeting cards were popular among America’s pro-choice majority for almost a decade and that they send “an inclusive seasonal message for people of all faiths.”

However, the controversy lies in the origin of the phrase “Choice on Earth.” It is a spinoff of the biblical proclamation of “Peace on Earth” when angels announced the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Pro-life groups are outraged over the use of the word “choice” to link abortion to a day which celebrates the birth of Jesus.

In 2007, PPFA seemed to have dropped the promotion of its holiday cards.

PPFA President Cecile Richards sent a 2007 holiday e-mail stating, “As I reflect upon the past year and consider the next, I can’t help but feel a sense of good will. Good will towards the women, men and families that we serve. Good will toward you, my Planned Parenthood family.”

There was no mention of the card.

However, the certificates have continued with other holiday gifts, including summer releases of “I Had an Abortion” t-shirts and holiday PPFA-themed gift certificates. An advertisement for a vasectomy certificate states, “Give the gift that stops giving … a gift certificate for a holiday vasectomy at Planned Parenthood.”

Minnery said it is offensive that Planned Parenthood would use the Christmas season to propagate the message of abortion and says it is misguided if it believes that the right to choose an abortion is as sacred to as the Christmas story.

PPGNW will be one of 35 non-organizations selling their wares with prices ranging from $5 to $30 during the Dec. 5 market, sponsored by the Congregation Beth Sholom Jewish Synagogue.

The synagogue is a recognized member of the Union for Reform Judaism. In a statement, URJ recognizes abortion as an acceptable choice in the event of rape, incest, or genetic testing that determines that a child will be born with a life-threatening disease or severe disability.

It also recognizes abortion to be a woman’s choice and states that an abortion can be performed “even as late as the moment before the head of a baby emerges from the birth canal.”

PPGNW operates five clinics in Alaska as well as clinics in Idaho and Washington. It is currently challenging an Alaskan state law set to take effect Dec. 14 mandating parent notification and approval of abortions for youths 17 and younger.

Stephanie Samuel
Christian Post Reporter

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