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Shoppers prefer generic salutations to "Merry Christmas" from the store greeters. British Muslims who sell alcohol are threatened with 40 lashes. And meet Krampus, the anti-Santa.

Categories: Beliefs

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. Today’s format is really good. Perhaps, you might add an article number at the front. That might help us refer to items more conveniently. In any event, this present format is about the best you’ve done. Thanks.

  1. […] Secular Christmas * Forty lashes * Krampus : Tuesday's Religion News Roundup Religion News Service A man dressed as “ Krampus ,” an Austrian character that goes after bad boys and girls at Christmastime in Austria. Image by Pecold via Shutterstock. (Image source). Eight days until Christmas and a very Christmas-y roundup for you. Sorry about the scary … …Source […]

  2. […] Cathy Lynn Grossman’s latest for The Washington Post highlights the findings of PRRI’s most recent report, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service and released just yesterday, which explores Americans’ feelings toward the holiday season. For one-quarter of American adults (26 percent), Dec. 25 is simply a cultural holiday, not a religious holy day. Be sure to also check out coverage of the new report at Reuters, PBS Newshour, and Religion News Service! […]

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