Thursday, December 25, 2008

Chipping Away at Christmas

Non-Christians are seldom behind movements to have Nativity scenes pulled from public squares, Christmas carols replaced with holiday songs or "Merry Christmas" substituted with "Season's Greetings." The culprits are most often anti-Christians -- people of little or no faith who have grown tired of all the jollity and goodwill this time of year.

Most Americans Say 'Merry Christmas'

A vast majority of Americans still say “Merry Christmas” instead of the more politically correct greeting “Happy Holidays,” a recent poll shows. More than three out of four Americans (77 percent) say they greet with “Merry Christmas,” according to a Fox News poll taken Dec. 9-10. “I feel better when someone greets me in a store with ‘Merry Christmas’ because Christmas is about the birth of our Savior Jesus,” said Steve Krotoski, who leads Pray Daily America – a ministry that prays for the country everyday.

Dozens of Christmas Displays Vandalized, Pastor Assaulted

Nearly 30 acts of vandalism against Nativity scenes or Christmas displays and at least one case of physical assault against a Christian pastor have occurred over the last few weeks, according to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, which tracks many such incidents every holiday season. “When you see all these examples” of vandalism and assault, “it is shocking,” said Susan Fani, communications director for the Catholic League, a conservative civil rights organization. “And we’re saying, ‘Take a look at this – this shows an animus against Christianity.’”

Media Research Centre's Notable Quotables

The Media Research Center today announced its Best Notable Quotables of 2008: The 21st Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “won” the dubious honor of Quote of the Year for gushing over a Barack Obama speech back in February: “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often….And that is an objective assessment.”

Americans Prefer News From Web to Newspapers

The Internet has surpassed newspapers as the main source for national and international news for Americans, according to a new survey ... Forty percent said they get most of their news from the Internet, up from 24 percent in September 2007, and more than the 35 percent who cited newspapers as their main news source.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Angels Real, Say Two-Thirds of Canadians

From the tuques on our heads to the socks we wear to bed, Canadians are nothing if not practical. When it comes to believing in angels, however, a nationwide poll shows pragmatism takes a back seat to faith for fully two-thirds of adults in this country. Of the 1,022 Canadians surveyed by Ipsos Reid, 67 per cent professed belief in angels: 37 per cent with certainty, 30 per cent somewhat.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Repeat After Me: Merry Christmas!

I know there are an awful lot of efforts to expunge references to Christmas from the public square. But so long as each of us is permitted to wish friends and strangers Merry Christmas, we retain the most powerful corrective force to political correctness: Just say the words.

U.S. Teens: Violent, Unethical

More than a quarter of all U.S. teenagers think violent behavior is at least sometimes acceptable, and one in five say they behaved violently toward another person in the past year, according to a new poll. Most said self-defense (87 percent) or helping a friend (73 percent) were acceptable justifications for violence. But 34 percent said revenge was a sufficient motivation.

Shocking Study Finds Most Will Torture If Ordered

Scientists said on Friday they had replicated an experiment in which people obediently delivered painful shocks to others if encouraged to do so by authority figures. Seventy percent of volunteers continued to administer electrical shocks -- or at least they believed they were doing so -- even after an actor claimed they were painful, Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University in California found. "What we found is validation of the same argument -- if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways."