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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Merry Christmas? Not In Nazareth, Mr. Trump

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Nazareth, a Muslim-majority city in Israel where Christians believe Jesus was raised, has officially canceled its Christmas celebrations this year.

Mayor Ali Salam cited U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as the reason for the cancellation.

“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said at a Thursday press conference. “The decision has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”

Newsweek reports that the cancellation will impact the local economy “severely,” as tens of thousands of people usually travel to the town during the Christmas season for the festivities.…

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No Virginia — There Is No ‘War On Christmas’!

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The mythical war on Christmas probably ended last year, when bizarrely, Fox News sent its staff a Season’s Greetings holiday card, effectively abandoning its decade-long battle-cry of “Merry Christmas.” After a concession like that, what’s left to debate? Still, we’re not too far removed from this ridiculous right-wing conspiracy to avoid a recap. The debate began in 2005, largely fueled by the conservative shock-jocks of talk radio, and escalated as they made enemies out of everything from Starbucks coffee cups to the Obamas’ annual December card. Depending on your views, saying “Happy Holidays” is either a considerate acknowledgment of American religious diversity or an attack against Christianity.…

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Theological Scholar Explains Shocking Reason Trump Supporters Celebrated Armageddon At Florida Rally

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

In a Pensacola, Florida rally Friday evening, Republican state Senator Doug Broxson suggested to supporters of Donald Trump that the president’s controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may usher in the biblical end times.

“Now, I don’t know about you, but when I heard about Jerusalem — where the king of kings [applause] where our soon coming king is coming back to Jerusalem, it is because President Trump declared Jerusalem to be capital of Israel,” Broxson said. The crowd cheered.

Theological scholar Diana Butler Bass wrote a Twitter thread explaining the link between recognition of Jerusalem, evangelical Christians and the apocalypse.…

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