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The death of Christmas and Christian churches’ failure

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2014 – The chipper greeting of “Happy Holidays!” provokes hostility every year from people who worry that secularists are out to destroy Christmas. Every holiday season brings the same hand-wringing over “X-mas,” “happy holidays,” the disappearance of crèches and Christmas trees from public spaces, and “holiday breaks” rather than “Christmas breaks” from our ...

Jonestown: The heavy price of personality cults

WASHINGTON, August, 9, 2014 — A chilling story recently flashed across the Associated Press news wire. Cremated remains of nine victims of the November 1978 mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, were found in the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, Delaware. They were among more than 900 followers ordered to commit “revolutionary suicide” by their leader (called ...

The Christian politics of Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel

OCALA, Fla., June 26, 2014 — On Tuesday, Mississippi’s Thad Cochran stunned the world by retaining his U.S. Senate seat in a primary that was vicious even by modern standards. His win, which came about through ethically questionable means, has incensed the Tea Party. Cochran relied mainly on Democratic, or at least Democratic-leaning, voters for ...