(RNS) While more than nine out of 10 Americans say they plan to
celebrate Christmas this year, they are divided on whether businesses
should use messages like "Season's Greetings" rather than "Merry
Christmas," according to a new poll.
(RNS) It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- earlier and earlier
every year. The evergreens at Rockefeller Center and the White House
were decorated in November, radio stations started playing carols after
Halloween, and stores have been promoting Christmas sales for months.
(RNS) Nearly two years after negotiations abruptly ended over where
a Greek Orthodox church destroyed on 9/11 may rebuild, legal action has
begun against several agencies and officials involved in the Ground Zero
(RNS) Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff bilked billions of dollars
out of thousands of fellow Jews, including charities like the Elie
Wiesel Foundation and Steven Spielberg Wunderkinder Foundation.
Most Americans believe that messages about homosexuality coming from
religious institutions contribute to negative views of gays and
lesbians as well as to higher rates of suicide among gay youths, a new
Barely visible among the high-rise apartment buildings and cocktail lounges, a battered steel door in Manhattan's trendy Tribeca neighborhood leads to a basement jammed with barefoot men praying on their lunch break.