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A church in Oregon has launched a web site to catalogue Christmas season attacks, exposing a country of Scrooges and Grinches.
Calvary Chapel senior pastor Denny Stahl says the church launched website a-cross-america.org to track the annual attacks, which range from silly ideas for naming your "holiday" refreshments to legal fights over nativity scenes.
There is plenty to record, too. The website has catalogued incidents such as the following:
*The commander of an American Legion Post in Marlborough, New Hampshire was told to change "Christmas tree lighting" to "Holiday tree lighting."
*The University of Tennessee warned students that any "holiday parties" should not include any references – religious or secular – to Christmas.
The "refreshment selection" should be "general," reads one suggestion from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and playing "Secret Santa" is a bad idea, too.
The annual nativity scene is a hotly debated topic, and the website records a legal fight in Brookville, Indiana as one example.
OneNewsNow reported last week that legal firm Thomas More Society is fighting legal battles across the country to ensure nativity scenes can be displayed on public properties.
Atheist groups claim the religous scenes violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Stahl says Calvary Chapel launched the website to alert Americans and communicate to them that their religious freedom is under attack.
Calvary Chapel is located in Grants Pass, Oregon.
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