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January 26, 2020

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“O, Christmas Tree”: Religion in the Public Square
Last Featured: 12/19/2005

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With every holiday season, communities across the nation pull out their holiday decorations: trees, crèches, Christmas lights and Hanukah menorahs. Christmas concerts, parades and plays are scheduled at schools and at community centers, some with local clergy leading “non-denominational” prayers. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we talk about freedom of religion and the wall of separation between church and state. How far can government go to limit holiday celebrations?

All I want for Christmas...
Justice Talking solicited year-end wishes from a number of leading public figures. Their responses are presented here.

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The Official Kwanzaa Website
Focus on the Family - Christmas Reclaimed
A Muslim's Survival Guide to Christmas
Jews and the American Public Square
The Rutherford Institute
Renew America - America without Jesus
American Atheists
In Search of Grace: A Religious Outsider's Journey Across America's Landscape of Faith
by Kristin Hahn
Religion on Trial: How Supreme Court Trends Threaten Freedom of Conscience in America
by Phillip E. Hammond
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
by Richard Neuhaus
The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey
by Roger Highfield
The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought
by John Gibson
Freedom of Religion
Intelligent Design: Scientific Inquiry or Religious Indoctrination?
Pulpits and Politics: The Role of Religion in Elections