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War on Christmas, Pope Francis, Right-Wing

The War On Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus

Aah, ’tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.”

December 28, 2016
For American Troops In Iraq, Observing Christmas Again

Déjà Vu For American Troops Observing Christmas In Iraq Again

Few soldiers thought they would be back nearly 14 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, sparking an al Qaeda-backed insurgency and throwing the country into a sectarian civil war. Yet here they are in Mosul, albeit with a fraction of the numbers and a much narrower mission.

December 25, 2016
Francis decries Christmas commercialism, urges focus on dispossessed

Francis Decries Holiday Commercialism, Urging World Focus On Dispossessed

“Let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today’s world, who are not lying in a cot caressed with the affection of a mother and father, but rather suffer the squalid mangers that devour dignity: hiding underground to escape bombardment, on the pavements of a large city, at the bottom of a boat over-laden with immigrants,” said Pope Francis in his Christmas Eve homily.

December 24, 2016

Hope Starts With Christmas

Character is revealed not by who we are when things are going our way but in the people we become when everything seems to be going wrong. Never have I been more worried about the future of our country, but I’m no quitter.

December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas: The Message From The Manger

It is a story that we can imagine transpiring in our own time, among the Central American migrants, homeless in a California border town, or among the Syrian refugees, freezing and hungry in northern Greece. The analogy is clearly lost on politicians like Trump, who not only assure us that we need not concern ourselves with their fate, but that we must coldly spurn small children for the sake of our own comfort and safety.

December 24, 2016

Christmas Coming At Speed of Light — And Dark

Invented in London, Christmas cards have assumed a somewhat different role in larger community over a vast piece of land, America. They have become a social mechanism to take stock and check in with each other, to take the measure of what has been gained — and lost.

December 25, 2015

The Simple, Clear, And Still Radical Meaning Of The Christmas Story

It is the story of a child born to a carpenter and his wife, the working class of ancient Judea, who lived under the rule of a distant dictatorial regime and its local enforcers. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were refugees.

December 24, 2015
Cleveland Ohio

Off We Go, Into The New Year

This has been a rough year in our lives, even if we harbor no personal grievance because of what is churning out there all around us. Just this once, let’s not rattle off the list. Many of us will continue to stake out our own little patches of righteousness, but this is the time of year when we should at least try to acknowledge the truth of the matter: We are all in this together.

December 24, 2015

Getting Started: 4 Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

With Christmas just a few days away, you may be rushing to finish your shopping — or just getting started on your list.

December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope, And Jesus

“War on Christmas” whiners need to drop the poor little put-upon martyr act right now. Listen: No religion gets to brand public spaces as their religious property — that includes your. Also, “war” really is hell, with blood, lifelong trauma, and death. So stop pretending you’re in one.

December 23, 2015

The Thrifty Traveler: Hotel Tips For Winter Holidays

Whether you’re spending your December getaway at a resort or a more intimate boutique establishment, there are a few things that can make the experience more streamlined.

December 12, 2015

A Calvin Coolidge Christmas In Washington

Barack Obama was once the young president with the golden voice. Now he seems like King David shorn of his harp and songs he composed to inspire his people. While I remain in his camp, sweet reason is not going to lull the NRA or ISIS.

December 11, 2015

Christian Syrians Are Seeking Asylum

When Syrians showed up at a Texas border crossing twice in one week last month amid the national debate about screening Syrian refugees, some immigration officials and lawmakers became alarmed, afraid they might be Muslim terrorists

December 8, 2015

This Week In Crazy: We Wish You A Joyous And Very Secular Late Autumn Period

It’s that non-denominational, post-Halloween, pre-New Years period again. How are you planning to celebrate the War on Christmas?

November 6, 2015

Obama Hails Troops’ Sacrifice As Afghan Milestone Nears

President Obama spent Christmas honoring troops at a Hawaii military base.

December 26, 2014

A Holiday Message To Our Readers

That ancient story celebrates the birth of a child who entered the world sheltered in a stable, whose parents were impoverished and rejected.

December 25, 2014

A Brutal Holiday Season On Cable And Social Media

American pundits have been far more naughty than nice this year.

December 25, 2014
Photo: First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh decorated for Christmas

Christmas Joy Without Piety

Why Christmas should inspire humility among the faithful.

December 25, 2014

In Iraq, Displaced Christians Gather For A Somber Christmas

The holiday provides no break in the danger to Iraqi Christians.

December 25, 2014
Security before the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 2014

Obama Glad ‘Interview’ Released, But Won’t Say If He’ll Watch Film

Find out what the president thinks of the controversial comedy.

December 25, 2014

Cartoon: Santa McConnell

Cartoon: Merry Christmas, from Mitch McConnell.

December 2, 2014

White House Christmas Ornament Features Presidential Train

By John Moritz, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — In a move that’s sure to please train enthusiasts, the 2014 Christmas ornament from the White House Historical Association will be a two-piece locomotive and rail car to commemorate the fateful last journey of President Warren G. Harding. The ornament is a model of the “Presidential Special,” which […]

June 18, 2014