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Taking the Columbus Out of Columbus Day

(109) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 11:52 AM

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In 1934, Italian community leaders and the Knights of Columbus convinced Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to declare "Columbus Day" a federal holiday. Eighty years later, many are asking, "If we'd known then what we know now, would we still honor a...

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Oy Vey Maria! The Virgin Birth as Mistake, Marketing, and Major Distraction

(31) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:16 PM

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There really is something about Mary.

Catholics aren't the only ones who harbor a measure of devotion to Jesus' mother that can sometimes border on the fanatic. But Mary can be a bit of problem. From the church's doctrinal expectations about believing...

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Even St. Valentine Was for Marriage Equality

(43) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 3:48 PM

One of the legends surrounding the saint whose day we recognize as Valentine's Day was that he was a priest who defied Roman law.

As the story goes, there was enough Imperial anxiety about the readiness of the Roman Legion that the Emperor implemented a new policy to increase...

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