Guest Voices: christmas


Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Pastor to spend Christmas in Iranian prison, imprisoned for his faith

Pressure must be placed on the Iranian regime to release Saeed Abedini, say lawyers.

By Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark  |  12:55 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christmas; pastor; Iranian prison; persecution; convert; Islam; Christianity; Jordan Sekulow; Matthew Clark; Youcef Nadarkhani; American pastor; Saeed Abedini; ACLJ;

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 12/24/2012

So this is Christmas . . .

The promise of the season remains elusive for many Christians and other persecuted groups.

By Katrina Lantos Swett  |  11:59 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Katrina Lantos Swett; Christmas; Christians; Bethlehem; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Jesus; Christ’s birth; U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; religious freedom; persecuted

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Despots, detention and an immigration Epiphany

The Wise Men symbolize a proclamation of light in the midst of darkness, says refugee advocate.

By Stacy Martin  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stacy Martin; Christmas; Jesus; Mary; Joseph; Three Wise Men; immigrants; refugees

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Twenty new little stars: Christmas and the vulnerability of children

God’s vulnerability reveals what we need to know when tragedy strikes: you are not alone, says theologian.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  11:22 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama; gun; guns; gun control; gun control; massacre; Newton; Connecticut; shoot; shooting; shootings; shooter; Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite; Sandy Hook Elementary School; politics; christmas; Jesus

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Why (or how) should Muslim Americans ‘celebrate’ Christmas?

Serving mankind is a part of a Muslim’s faith, says author.

By Faheem Younus  |  10:59 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christmas; Faheem Younus; Muslims; December; Muslim youth; Muslims; Islam; Isa; Jesus; Christianity; Merry Christmas; Happy Holidays; birth of Christ; Muslim Americans

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/24/2012

More than Santa to the troops

Pray for military stationed around the world, says a chaplain who helped troops and 9/11 survivors.

By Arthur Pace  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  christmas; christmas 2012; merry christmas; Christmas; Arthur Pace; Art pace; chaplain; military; troops; holiday; holidays

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Christmas in Vermont

Family therapist reflects on holiday tradition that cements love amid a Catholic and Jewish family.

By Marion L. Usher  |  07:14 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christmas in Vermont; Catholics; Jewish; Jews; Judaism; Christmas Eve; Vermont tradition; Christmas; families; family; Vermont; love; rituals

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Unwrap the gift of health this holiday

Nail up the mistletoe, grab a kiss or two for your health’s sake and don’t forget the love, says columnist.

By Keith Wommack  |  06:21 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Unwrap the gift of health this holiday; kisses; hugs; families; family; love; togetherness; health; National Institutes of Health; holiday season; mistletoe; medicinal; Danny Deza; love; God; spirit of Christ; Christmas season; Keith Wommack; Christian Science

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 12/11/2012

The ‘War on Christmas’: A holiday tradition for all

Atheists use this seasonal opportunity to support diversity, says secularist.

By Herb Silverman  |  06:08 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  War on Christmas; holiday tradition; Herb Silverman; Christmas; atheists; nontheists; secularists; Christians; Christmas wars; winter solstice; Jesus; holidays; religion; non-religion

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Christians need to look beyond individualism this holiday season

We forget that every facet of the Christmas story is communal and relational, says author.

By William Paul Young  |  05:05 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  William Paul Young; Christmas; holiday season; Christians; Facebook; communal; community; family; families; holiday; Christmas; The Shack; Cross Roads

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 12/11/2012

The secret to winning the Christmas wars

Maybe it’s time to put down the ammo and call a permanent truce on Christmas Eve, says author.

By Margaret Feinberg  |  02:22 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The secret to winning the Christmas wars; Margaret Feinberg; War on Christmas Is Over; war on Christmas; Christmas clashes; Happy Holidays; happy holidays; Merry Christmas; Happy Hanukkah; Happy Chanukah; Christmas; Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 12/10/2012

A holy impatience: Supreme Court must right a great wrong on marriage

Now is the time for the court to act, not wait when it takes up same-sex marriage cases, says theologian.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  01:01 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite; Advent; Christmas; same-sex marriage; gay marriage; Supreme Court; marriage equality; gay; lesbian; bisexual; transgender

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Surrounded by the magic of Christmas, can we make Hanukkah memorable?

Food can contribute to creating significant memories, says a family therapist and college professor.

By Marion L. Usher  |  10:47 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marion L. Usher; Hanukkah; Chanukah; Christmas; Festival of Lights; families; interfaith couples; interfaith families; www.JewishInterfaithCouples.com;

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Keep Santa, Easter Bunny in their place?

Do the jolly old elf and his furry friend really belong in public schools?

By Linda K. Wertheimer  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  easter, easter bunny, santa, christmas