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Christmas a pagan holiday? Yule be surprised

Christmas a pagan holiday? Yule be surprised

Why Bill O’Reilly’s defense of Christmas is secretly un-Christian

BY DANNY KENNY — Fox News talk-show personality Bill O’Reilly thinks the Holidays just won’t be the same without The Tree, Santa, the gifts of appreciation, the mistletoe and holly, etc. These are the things he claims are threatened with extinction by the so-called ‘War on Christmas.’

But I guess he doesn’t realize that these traditions he’s apparently missing from his Irish Catholic childhood are thoroughly pagan in origin, some dating back 4,000 years. Which begs the question: So, Bill, what in the name of Jesus are Yule celebrating?

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A child’s false God

My first “faith”: Catholic guilt, playing Purgatory, Priests who molested, and kissing cousins

BY MARINA GIULLIANI — Read part 1 and part 2 of this Soul’s Code exclusive from the book, Sins of my Faith

Outsiders would say I’m a serial victim of sexual abuse. I reject the word victim because I consider myself a champion and I resist being labelled at all, as such a complex experience can’t possibly be generalized.

Having said that, when I realized my stolen innocence created the havoc that became my future,
my mind raged with the minute details of experiences long forgotten. . .

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Spiritual Surf: Mary, Tiger Woods, Chanukah, Musical Healing, Bodhi Day

Immaculate Mary: fan of Luther


The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, is celebrated this week by Roman Catholics. This holy day commemorates Mary’s being conceived without original sin.  Two surprising features of the holy day?  Historically many Christians believed that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin, yet this belief was not promulgated as Catholic dogma until December 8, 1854 (fairly recent relative to the world of Catholic doctrine).  Second, while many Protestants scoff at this belief, the first advocate of the Reformation, Martin Luther, firmly believed in the immaculate conception of Mary.


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Spiritual Surf: The Virgin appears – this time, in Chocolate

Spiritual Surf: The Virgin appears – this time, in Chocolate

When a Bodega chocolate worker stopped believing in God, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to her. But the appearance didn’t come down out of the sky, as it did to Juan Diego 500 years ago. The Virgin appeared on the floor of a factory, created from the drippings of a chocolate-making machine, according to CBS. This chocolate Mary appeared a year ago today in Fountain Valley, CA.

CBS reports that the store owner turned down a $30,000 offer to buy the chocolate Virgin.

This is the newest exhibit in the ever-growing pile of food-related religious apparitions.

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