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  1. City Councilman Bill Kling wants opening prayer to mirror the distribution of faiths in HuntsvilleRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | Alabama Live

    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - City Councilman Bill Kling says he wants council invocations to mirror data showing that the vast majority of churchgoing Huntsville residents identify themselves as Christians. Kling said he received angry calls and e-mails when atheist Kelly McCauley gave the invocation at the council's Sept.


  2. Hanukkah - " A beacon of lightRead the original story w/Photo

    6 hrs ago | Milford Mirror

    In the year 167 BCE the land of Israel was dominated by the Hellenic armies commanded by King Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Gradually they conquered the land up to Jerusalem, where they imposed the cult of pagan idols, spoiling the city and the Temple.


  3. J. K. Rowling, Please Stop Talking About Harry PotterRead the original story w/Photo

    6 hrs ago | Time

    This Oct. 16, 2012 file photo shows author J.K. Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book "The Casual Vacancy," at The David H. Koch Theater in New York. The author's desire to give her fans more information about her famous books only serves to illustrate their shortcomings This week, J. K. Rowling broke her silence yet again about aspects of the Harry Potter novels, announcing in a chat that there was a Jewish wizard at Hogwarts and that the school was a welcoming place for all religions, save Wicca.


  4. JK Rowling picks her favourite Harry Potter quoteRead the original story w/Photo

    8 hrs ago |

    Congratulations, you're now registered! Let us know what news and updates you want to hear about and we'll send them straight to your inbox. The author, who wrote 1,084,170 words in the seven-book series selected just 20 words from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


  5. Minority religions in the Middle East: Not just the faiths of AbrahamRead the original story w/Photo

    10 hrs ago | The Economist

    Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. By Gerard Russell.


  6. Couple 'used black magic to force 11-year-old schoolgirl into...Read the original story w/Photo

    11 hrs ago | Daily Mail

    Carolee Hickman, 64, allegedly told the schoolgirl she was a part of a powerful witches' coven and forced her to have sex with her 65-year-old husband Albert A woman posing as a witch used 'black magic' to convince an 11-year-old schoolgirl into submission before her husband repeatedly raped her, a court heard. Carolee Hickman, 64, from St Athan near Cardiff, allegedly told the schoolgirl that she was a part of a powerful witches' coven and forced her to have sex with her 65-year-old husband Albert.


  7. There are Jews at Hogwarts - but no witches, JK Rowling revealsRead the original story w/Photo

    13 hrs ago | Metro UK News

    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has revealed that there are Jewish pupils at Hogwarts - but, oddly, no members of the pagan Wiccan faith. To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there 1/2 The self-described pagans might be a touch peeved about this: as seen in the Twitter post below, some Wiccans actually believe they have magic powers in the real world.


  8. There Really Was a Saint NicholasRead the original story w/Photo

    13 hrs ago | KBIQ-FM Colorado Springs

    The year was 280 A.D. This was twenty-one years prior to the country of Armenia, Asia Minor rejecting the Persian Zoroastrian religion and becoming the first country to officially declare itself Christian; twenty-two years prior to the violent persecution of Christians by Roman Emperor Diocletian; and thirty-three years prior to Roman Emperor Constantine's grant of official toleration to the Christian religion. There lived in the region of Patara, Asia Minor, a wealthy, elderly couple who were never able to have children.


  9. Kirk Cameron, Chuck Norris, and War on ChristmasRead the original story w/Photo

    15 hrs ago | Albany Times Union

    A War on Christmas means that people are not free to worship or celebrate Christ's birth, right? Where are the storm troopers coming into churches and shutting the place down? Why use such charged language of "war" like "war on terror", "war on drugs", and now "War on Christmas"? Rumor and speculation of a "war" via talking heads does not make a War on Christmas . Gallup reports that 78% of people in this country are some type of Christian.


  10. A time for celebrationRead the original story

    17 hrs ago | Observer

    What does Christmas mean to you? Does it mean family gatherings around a tree decorated with lights and fragile ornaments? Does it mean holding your breath hoping that Santa doesn't know of the "bad" things you may have done over the past year? Or does Christmas mean something more spiritual, deeper, something that resonates with goodness and a celebration of the birth of Jesus? The very word "Christmas" has become synonymous with shopping, gift giving, hustle and bustle - and it has become a season rather than a day. This Pagan Extravaganza begins immediately after the Halloween candy is given out and the Jack-o-Lanterns are smashed.


  11. Brisket, latkes and tzimmes: Hanukkah is here againRead the original story

    20 hrs ago | The Daily Gazette

    The cause is that in 164 BC, a group of Jews led by Judah Maccabee captured the former Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had been turned into a pagan shrine by brutal King Antiochus IV. Latkes – potato pancakes – are a delicious reminder of the Hanukkah story.


  12. J.K. Rowling Confirms Jewish Character in 'Harry Potter'Read the original story w/Photo

    21 hrs ago | Hollywood Reporter

    J.K. Rowling gave Jewish Harry Potter fans an early gift for Hanukkah when she confirmed that the character of Anthony Goldstein was in fact a Jew. The question arose on Twitter when a fan asked if there were any Jewish characters, and Rowling responded directly.


  13. Who or What is Santa Claus?Read the original story w/Photo

    23 hrs ago |

    I will try to summarize in a page or so, what could take a whole book. If you do research, not to find St. Nicholas a 3rd century AD figure but that person upon whom he was based or imitated throughout history , you may be surprised.


  14. 'Pontius Pilate'-Sans Brad Pitt-Headed For Jeff Robinov's Studio 8?Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Deadline

    EXCLUSIVE : Pontius Pilate , a script by Woman On Top scribe Vera Blasi about one of the most vilified figures in history, has shaken loose from Warner Bros. Several financiers are chasing it, but I'm told the clear frontrunner is Jeff Robinov 's Studio 8 .


  15. Mistletoe and its place in tradition and medicineRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday |

    Mistletoe is one of the most interesting, controversial and misunderstood medicinal herbs. A common decoration during the holiday season, mistletoe has a long spiritual and medicinal history, particularly in Europe where mistletoe is common.


  16. Hanukkah celebration of food, light and latkesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | The Brattleboro Reformer

    Hanukkah is known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, and is best known in the wider community by the lighting of a Hannukia - or a nine-branched menorah - each of the eight nights of the festival. The holiday celebrates the re-dedication of the great Temple in Jerusalem around the year 164 BCE.


  17. Hanukka and the Bar Kochba RevoltRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Jerusalem Post

    Should we accept at face value the account of Akiva's 24,000 students dying of plague as punishment for some esoteric moral failing? Last month the notoriously irreverent television series The Jews Are Coming included a more sobering than humorous sketch satirizing Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef as he rallied his hapless troops to rebel against Rome. Of course, in reality the rebel forces under Bar Kochba were not quite the bunch of innocents huddling in a cave as portrayed in the sketch they were armed, well organized and highly effective in battle.


  18. Ancient Roman MosaicsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | RedOrbit

    Image: Workers clean the dirt off an ancient Roman mosaic as it is revealed some 13 years after it was first discovered in the ruins of a 4th century AD building, on July 1, 2009 in Lod in central Israel. The beautiful 1,700 year old mosaic floor, which is regarded as one of the most magnificent and largest ever revealed in Israel, was first uncovered in 1996 during a project to upgrade the city's sewage system.


  19. "Shut Diablo" Spell-Out at Ocean Beach + Winter Solstice Ritual to Shut DiabloRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday |

    Saturday, Dec. 20, 3:00 pm, San Francisco Ocean Beach, Winter Solstice Ritual to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Diablo Canyon on the coast near San Luis Obispo is California's last nuke and is extremely dangerous as it sits near 13 earthquake faults! It's poisoning the ocean, killing marine life for hundreds of miles. Join us on the eve of Winter Solstice as we gather to celebrate the longest night of the year.


  20. The Nazi party's guide to ChristmasRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Daily Mail

    A Nazi guide to Christmas - in which the Virgin Mary becomes German and the Archangel Gabriel is turned into an Ayran goddess - has been unearthed in an archive in the city of Dresden. As well as listing precise instructions for decorating the Christmas tree, faithful yuletide revellers were to be ordered told to ditch Christmas carols in favour of more 'Germanic' ditties extolling motherhood, harvests and nature.