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Top 7 Scroogiest Scrooges of the Holiday Season
The Becket Fund

Who deserves a lump of coal this holiday season? Each year Becket names the most absurd affronts to Christmas and Hanukkah, listing the most outrageous offenders of holiday cheer until we reach the top bah-humbugging, grinchiest transgressor. Not only do they deserve a lump of coal, they are crowned with the great (dis)honorable Ebenezer Award.

The nation’s new education law is a major conservative triumph
Frederick M. Hess and Elizabeth English, AEI

Last week, conservatives scored a smashing educational triumph: Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill replacing the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ends the pretense that Washington bureaucrats should tell states how to judge school performance, how to intervene in schools, or which teachers are qualified.

Catholics, Evangelicals join forces to aid refugees
Inés San Martín, Crux

Catholics and Evangelicals are joining forces to create a humanitarian corridor connecting Morocco, Lebanon, and Italy in order to provide safe travel and relocation for an estimated 1,000 refugees from Africa and the Middle East threatened by war or famine.

Many Millennials see Christmas as more cultural than religious holiday
Michael Lipka, Pew Research

Millennials are less religious than older Americans and less likely to identify with a religious group, and those traits are reflected in the way they celebrate Christmas. Nine-in-ten Millennials say they take part in Christmas, but only four-in-ten say they do so mainly as a religious holiday, according to a survey we conducted in 2013.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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