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SBNR Daily 12-20-10: Black Hole

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‘War on Christmas’ Really A Skirmish, Scientist Claims Religious Discrimination, Muslim American Artists Bridge A Chasm…

SBNR Daily 12-20-10: Black Hole
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Today’s Teaching:

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The power of sexuality is enormous – it produces all of humanity; it is that creative force that dances through all of life.

From: A Path with Heart:
A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

By Jack Kornfield

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Today’s Meditation:

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Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole…

Spirituality Posts:

1. Sandra J. Cohen and Roger Cormier:
Growing Older: Holidays Can Create Conflicted Feelings about Spirituality

“…former Christians, people of other faiths or of no religious faith may resent or envy an all-pervading atmosphere that foists religious hymns and messages on everyone, everywhere.”

2. Jack Zaleski: ‘War on Christmas’ Really a Skirmish
“If you’re one of those folks who believes a “war on Christmas” is under way, you’ve been slurping too much holiday eggnog.”

3. Rabbi Rami Shapiro: What I Want for Christmas
“What I want for Christmas is a big foam #1 Finger…The lower we(Americans) fall in the rankings, the louder we should chant “We’re number one,” and the bigger the finger we should wave while doing so.”

Top Spirituality News:

1. The Huffington Post/RNS: Poll: U.S. Split on ‘Happy Holidays’ vs. ‘Merry Christmas’
“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.”

2. Associated Press: Scientist Alleges Religious Discrimination in Ky.
“An astronomer argues that his Christian faith and his peers’ belief that he is an evolution skeptic kept him from getting a prestigious job as the director of a new student observatory at the University of Kentucky.”

3. The New York Times: Muslim American Artists Strive to Bridge a Chasm
“At a time when Islam has been heavily politicized, many Muslim artists say they hope the arts can expand understanding of their faith among non-Muslims as well as bridge American and Islamic traditions.”

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