November 2006

Merry Christmas OR Happy Holidays?

by Steve Ray on November 30, 2006

The Naughty And Nice List – Which Companies are Allowing a "Merry Christmas"

ORALANDO, FL, November 27, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As part of the Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, Liberty Counsel has created a "Naughty and Nice" checklist (available online in pdf or MSWord) which catalogs retailers who either censor or recognize Christmas. The list was compiled from information gathered by Liberty Counsel supporters.

Partial "Naughty List"

Lowe's – Employees cannot say "Merry Christmas" to customers. Lowe's corporate advised that only when customers initiate a "Merry Christmas" greeting can employees respond in kind.
Toys 'R' Us – "Holidays" are in, "Merry Christmas" is out.
Banana Republic – Web site has "Holiday Gift Guide" with no mention of Christmas.
Bed Bath & Beyond - No mention of any holidays.
Barnes & Noble - Web site says "Gift Guide," "Holiday gift baskets," "Holiday sled," "Holiday delivery," but no Christmas. Stores not allowed to put up Christmas trees, and employees are not allowed to say "Merry Christmas."
Best Buy – Web site says "Unique gifts for the season," "Holiday gift ideas." Spokesperson said the use of "Merry Christmas" is disrespectful.
Dick's Sporting Goods – Web site says "gifts" and has images, but no mention of Christmas.
Eddie Bauer – Customer service would not recognize Christmas, they "don't want to offend Jews, those who celebrate Kwanza and those who have no religious preference."
Gap – "Holiday Survival Guide" with no mention of Christmas.
Home Depot – Web site says "Holiday Store" and "Holiday Lighting" and only at bottom of site says "Make your Christmas decorations complete." Stores have "Holiday Home Accents."
K-Mart – Selling "Holiday trees" and "Holiday wreaths."

Partial "Nice List"

Dillard's – Advertises "Christmas Catalog."
JC Penney – Web site has "Christmas Shipping Countdown."
Joann Fabrics – Offers Christmas and Holiday fabrics.
Kohl's - Christmas is all over TV, print and radio ads.
L.L. Bean – Advertises and distributes "Christmas Catalog."
Linens 'N Things – Has a "Christmas Shop" and "Christmas Checklist."
Macy's – "Merry Christmas!" on its home page.
Michaels – Web site has a Christmas section.
M&M-Mars Candies – Will have red and green candies with pictures of Christmas trees and angels among other images.
Target – Web site says "Christmas Decor," although the physical store has "Holiday entertaining." TV ad says "Merry Christmas."
Wal-Mart – Has a "Christmas Shop," plays Christmas carols, and employees can say "Merry Christmas."

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, commented: "Every consumer should make a list and check it twice, stop patronizing retailers which are naughty and shop at those which are nice. Retailers which seek to profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist should realize they have offended the vast majority of Americans who enjoy Christmas. Customers have a choice and they will not patronize corporate Scrooges."

Naughty and Nice List in PDF format
http://lc.org/helpsavechristmas/naughty_nice2006.pdf

Naughty and Nice List in MSWord format
http://lc.org/helpsavechristmas/naughty_nice2006.doc

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Pretty Darn Cool Music Machine

by Steve Ray on November 28, 2006

I don't think this machine is real — it's computer generated but it is pretty fun to watch and listen too. Click here.

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Searching the Word on Relevant Radio

by Steve Ray on November 28, 2006

book_rock_01.jpg PeterVideo_t.jpgSteve joins Chuck Neff on Searching the Word  on Relevant Radio today at 1 PM EST  to discuss "Peter and the Papacy."

For Steve's three books on the Papacy, or for his DVD "Peter, Keeper of the Keys", click on the images.

For Steve's talk "Peter: the Rock, the Keys & the Chair," click here.  For the Amazon link to History of the Church by Eusebius, click here. For my book Crossing the Tiber, click here. For lots of good free info on the Catholic faith, click here.

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Speaking at St. John Neumann’s Parish

November 28, 2006

TUESDAY, November 28, 2006    Steve will give a short talk on the Holy Land — and how we know the Holy Sites are authentic and why is holy ground holy? This will also be an informational meeting at St. John Neumann Catholic Church for those interested in visiting the Holy Land with us, Teresa Tomeo, [...]

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“David & Solomon” Wins Platinum

November 27, 2006

“Earlier this year our documentary on David & Solomon: Expanding the Kingdom won Platinum (1st place) in the Telly Awards for Religious Documentary.   Now we are informed that David & Solomon also just won a Platinum Award (1st) in the Marcom Creative Awards. The MarCom Creative Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding achievement [...]

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On Catholic Answers Live tonight

November 27, 2006

 Steve will join Jerry Usher on Catholic Answers Live tonight to discuss "The Creeds: What They Are and Why We Need Them." To listen to the archived show, click here. For all Steve's appearances on Catholic Answers Live, click here. For Steve's new books on the Creeds, click on the images.

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Follow the Pope through Turkey

November 26, 2006

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 26, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Introduction to the missal that Benedict XVI will follow during his trip to Turkey this week, appears on ZENIT's Web page at: www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=98872. For a delightful Novena Prayer for the Pope as he travels in Turkey, click here.

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Ready to Cross the Tiber

November 26, 2006

Just received this e-mail today: "I got Crossing the Tiber in the mail today and could not put it down. For so many years I was fed anti-catholic material that bred only fear and predjudice in me. Growing up in the Seventh-day Adventist church was a struggle in trying to understand how to love others [...]

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Would Today’s Reformed & Presbyterians Agree?

November 25, 2006

Jean Calvin, father of the multiple Reformed & Presbyterian denominations, said: "Persons who persist in the superstitions of the Roman Antichrist [Catholicism] . . . deserve to be repressed by the sword." Harkness, Georgia, John Calvin: The Man and His EthicsNY: Abingdon Press, NY, 1931

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Mowing Down Christians

November 25, 2006

In writing the script for my next documentary Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith, I came across the famous line from Tertullian in its context. Amazing brothers and sisters who preceeded us in the Truth of Christ. "But, carry on, good officials; you will become much better in the eyes of the people if you [...]

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Time for a Christmas Riddle

November 24, 2006

Take a look at the alphabet below and see if you can figure out the famous Christmas Carol hidden within. If you have trouble, write me. ABCDEFGHIJK MNOPQRSTUVWXYZ By the way (bad joke here), what do elves learn in 1st Grade? They learn the Elf-abet.

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Scroll Through the Isaiah Dead Sea Scroll

November 22, 2006

Scroll Through the Isaiah Scroll November 1, 2006 The Israel Museum has put online the Great Isaiah Scroll, one of the longest and best-preserved of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Viewers can “unroll” the entire text on their screens and zoom in to see passages up close. This is a great site for anyone interested in [...]

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Relevant Radio Show on the Bible

November 22, 2006

Writings & Studies on the Bible by Steve Ray Welcome to Listeners of Relevant Radio Ecumenical Bible Study Electronic Bible Study Bible Translations are not all created equal Tough Questions for "Bible Christians" We Need the Church to Study the Bible For much more like the above, click here For my book Crossing the Tiber, click [...]

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Interview on the Security Fence

November 20, 2006

20-Nov-2006 Islamic Jihad leader says the Security fence is an "obstacle to the resistance" (Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies) Provided as an informational service Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah has publicly admitted that Israel's security fence is a significant obstacle to the Palestinian terrorist organizations. "If it weren't there," [...]

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Absent from the Body = Present with the Lord?

November 19, 2006

I realize now – that as a Protestant — I misquoted the Bible when challenging Catholics about Purgatory. Catholics taught that there was a “transition” between earth and heaven—a place or state of final purification called Purgatory. “But how can there be a Purgatory?” I asked. “Doesn’t St. Paul teaches that ‘to be absent from the body is to [...]

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“For All” or “For Many” — in the Mass?

November 19, 2006

Pro multis means "for many," Vatican rules Vatican, Nov. 18 (CWNews.com) – The Vatican has ruled that the phrase pro multis should be rendered as "for many" in all new translations of the Eucharistic Prayer, CWN has learned. For the full article, click here. Canon Lawyer Ed Peters comments: While the hoopla surrounding Rome’s correction [...]

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