Media Mashup: December 16, 2015

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The Washington Post analyzes the attacks on people praying in public. “[T]he No. 1 problem with prayer shaming is that it misunderstands the purpose of prayer. As any prayerful person will tell you, God isn’t a wish-granting genie. People don’t pray because they expect God to make their lives — or the world — perfect. They make requests, sure, but they understand that God might have different plans. Mostly they pray for God to influence them, not the other way around.

“So, it makes little sense to stop praying because the results aren’t always good; that’s not the point.”

Bring Christmas Back Into Schools

Americans continue to strongly support the celebration of Christmas in public schools.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 76% of American Adults believe Christmas should be celebrated in public schools. Just 15% disagree.

Also little changed from previous surveys is the 54% of Americans who say there’s not enough religion in the public schools. Just 12% say there’s too much religion in public schools, while 27% say the level of religion in schools is about right.

Among adults with school-age children at home, 82% favor celebrating Christmas in public schools, and 61% believe there should be more religion in those schools.

Support for more religion in school appears to mostly concern Christianity. In March, 96% of Americans felt Christmas should be observed in schools while 75% said the same of Easter.

Rock ‘N’ Roll

In an example of blatant self-promotion, I have to report that my rock ‘n’ roll band from the 1960s has been chosen for induction into the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hame of Fame.
Here is a story about our election a few years back to South Dakota’s hall, including some of our recordings.…/associate-professor-harper-earns-pl…

Here is my book that loosely follows those years with the band.…/…/0761853324

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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