At least that's what one person noted online. I breathed a quick "pffffft," stirred by the unique ignorance of the historical significance of the day and moved on. However, in the days since, my mind has repeatedly returned to the statement and itched me in a way I have been trying to understand how to scratch.
Thanksgiving sans religion is a sentiment shared by many. The American Humanist Association weighs in, "There are so few secular holidays, let’s be thankful for this one."
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Noticeably absent were any children who, while loving their two moms or two dads, yearned for both a mom and dad.
In my new book, “The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” I devote a chapter to highlighting the stories of children of gays and lesbians who have spoken out about how redefining marriage has social costs. Their basic story is the same: Same-sex marriage denies children like them a relationship with either a mother or a father—denies them their mother or their father.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Rutgers University Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation) spoke at Rutgers University on sexual ethics. In an "anything goes" sexual culture why should we even discuss the ethics of people's "private" lives? Are sexual mores grounded in anything besides our desires? As a result of the recent turbulent upheaval of opinion and law regarding marriage are there rational answers to a public understanding of marriage? This includes two in depth academic lectures, a critical response, and public Q & A.
Humanity is inundated with a flood of fads and fascinations. At our fingertips in seconds we can find the latest movie clips, how to survive the zombie apocalypse, along with a host of other obsessions both good and evil. In this melee of entertainment one can find serious news stories as well. One that has recently gained popularity concerns the state of Indiana’s new law promoting religious tolerance. We should recognize the overlap between the serious and the entertaining. C.S. Lewis can be a guide to help to this end.
So, I'm with my family on vacation this summer and we have friends that live near Boston. We crashed their pad for a couple nights and had a nice tour of the city. It had been a while since I had been to this area not too far from where I grew up in rural New Hampshire, so it was exciting to reacquaint myself with this historic city. My children loved the U.S.S. Constitution, Bunker Hill, Quincy Market, and seeing many of the locations from the birth of our country. The Freedom Trail ends right near the Granary Burying Ground where Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams are buried and near the Massachusetts State House. However, I didn't realize that "freedom" had progressed quite so far in the Bay State. It appears that not only do the politicians and staff at the State House occasionally engage prostitutes, apparently, they openly advertise this fact and make the logistics of this illicit business a matter of public concern. They have even installed prominent signage indicating where hookers should enter the State House. At least for the "general" type of prostitute. Others, of unknown specificity, probably enter the building somewhere else as the signage says,
At this time of year, Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah (or Chanukah). The story of Hanukkah is not in the Torah or the Old Testament because it happened after the biblical period of the Jewish Holy Scriptures and before the New Testament writings. But it is one of the seven most-observed Jewish holidays along with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shavuot, Purim, and Passover.
Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. It commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C., led by the Maccabeus family after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by lighting candles in a “menorah” (specially styled candelabra) for eight days in a row because the Israelites had only enough oil to burn in the temple for one night, but God blessed them by making it last eight instead. Children often get gifts on each of those nights. This year, the holiday begins on December 16.