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The Morning News: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Bradenton Herald: Minister Decries FFA’s Attack on Muslim Show (Sojo Mention)
The Florida Family Association has vehemently attacked the show, “All-American Muslim,” a reality show on TLC that follows several Muslim families in Dearborn, Mich. The Florida Family Association has also asked all major retailers to pull their ads from the show, effectively pushing for its cancellation.
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Patheos: Blessed Are the Christmas-Makers (JW Mention)
I’ve noticed a movement afoot among Christians to take back Christmas. No, I’m not talking about the perennial braying over secular America’s “war on Christmas” from those offended by “holiday” trees. (If you want to know what I think about that war on Christmas, read Sojourners’ Jim Wallis’s take on it. That pretty much sums it up for me.)
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God Discussion: Alabama Churches Ask for Repeal of Tough Immigration Law (Sojo Mention)
Some of Alabama's church leaders are asking the governor to repeal the state's immigration law.  In a letter to the governor, they wrote that short of repeal, they pray that the governor will work toward revisions in what they say is an unjust and unfair law.
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Huffington Post: Rob Bell’s Parting Epistle to Mars Hill (Sojo Mention)
Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached Sunday to thousands in the converted strip mall that has housed the "Jesus community" for a decade.
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Huffington Post: Luke 2:1-20: The “Real” War on Christmas?
Our culture today is full of laments about the Christmas holiday. Some bemoan the ever earlier advent of the season. Doesn't it seem that Christmas decorations line the aisles of stores earlier and earlier every year? Doesn't it seem that Christmas songs are piped into elevators earlier and earlier every year?
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Christianity Today: How to Think about Social Networking in Churches
The benefits of social networking are many but require judicious and responsible use to be enjoyed. When done well, social networking can enhance the fellowship of the church by providing congregants a window into each other's lives. It can mobilize congregants to serve their neighbors and enhance the church's mission by embedding the community of church relationships in the broader community.
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Slate: Romney, Gingrich Tied in New National Polls
More polls, hooray!
Two new national polls show that Newt Gingrich is now more or less tied with Mitt Romney atop the field of GOP presidential contenders. Third place in both belongs to Ron Paul, who is threatening to cause political chaos in Iowa next month.
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CNN: Obama, Boehner Square Off in Payroll Tax Fight
The congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut became a showdown Tuesday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. After the Republican-controlled House passed a measure calling for more negotiations, Boehner made public a letter to Obama that urged him to order the Senate back from its holiday break to take part in further talks.
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CNN: What’s Behind Obama’s Rising Poll Numbers?
The gridlock and partisanship that threatens to ruin Christmas in Washington could be an election year gift for President Barack Obama's campaign.
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New York Times: The Anti-Gingrich Ground Game
While Newt Gingrich’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination have stepped up their attacks on the former House speaker via the airwaves, they are also sharpening their criticism of Mr. Gingrich in fliers and other materials being distributed in Iowa.
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CNN: Poll: Paul in Top Spot in Iowa GOP Battle
With 13 days to go until the Iowa caucuses, a new poll indicates that Rep. Ron Paul of Texas sits atop the field of Republican presidential candidates in the state that holds the first contest in the primary and caucus calendar.
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