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Is the atheist campaign hurting "Saving Christmas"? On the contrary ...

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“I don’t care what you say about me, just spell my name right,” declared famous showman P.T. Barnum -- founder of what today is "The Greatest Show on Earth," the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Playwright Oscar Wilde put it another way: "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."

To quote Barnum again: "There's no such thing as bad publicity." He knew that if his show featured a new attraction that drew no reviews at all, the public wouldn't know about it  -- and the show would be a failure. Obviously, he preferred good publicity. However, he knew that bad publicity also sells tickets.

That's a lesson militant atheists apparently have forgotten. In the last week, we've seen an unprecedented campaign against Christian moviemaker Kirk Cameron's film "Saving Christmas." But the ironic thing is they are inadvertently filling theaters with moviegoers wondering what all the fuss is about.

"Saving Christmas" was originally scheduled for a limited two-week run in a few selected cities. However, with all the publicity that atheists have generated denouncing the film, it has been held over -- and is expanding to new cities.

Atheists helped spread the word by urging non-believers to log onto the Internet Movie Database website and as well as the review site Rotten Tomatoes vote "Saving Christmas" the worst movie in history.

Here's a social media post by "religion is a parasite," urging readers to vote. Notice that one follower responded with a pang of conscience, wondering if only people who had seen the movie should vote.

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The nationwide atheist campaign succeeded in stuffing the ballot box -- and suddenly all sorts of media which had ignored the film was announcing the news -- that "Saving Christmas" is the worst movie ever made.

For example, media gadfly Perez Hilton suddenly jumped into the discussion, telling his millions of followers:

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And so, something designed to hurt a godly cause has actually helped it. Interestingly enough 4,000 years ago, one of God's greatest prophets had thoughts on that topic:  Isaiah 54:17 -- "No weapon formed against you will prosper."

There's also "The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard speeches" (Jude 1:15).

And: "You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you ... Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you'" (2 Chronicles 20:17).

 

More than Christmas is saved in San Jose

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Saving Christmas took on a joyful new meaning in San Jose, California, the morning after a devastating fire turned historic Holy Cross Church into a burned-out shell. "The Rev. Firmo Mantovani and bleary-eyed members of his parish were stunned," writes Jose Rodriguez for the San Jose Mercury News,  by a "wondrous sight."

"I can't believe what I'm seeing," said 86-year-old parishioner Sam Arlotta.

"Milagro!" added Cecilia Calderon, using the Spanish word for miracle. "God loves us very much."

With Christmas only weeks away and Kirk Cameron's movie "Saving Christmas" playing only 15 minutes away at the Century 20 Oakridge theater on Blossom Hill Road, parishioners had wondered what the Yuletide had in store for them.

"Standing on Jackson Street in the city's Northside neighborhood, they gazed through a fence and the open front doors at the heavy, 10-foot-tall, Italian-made gilded wooden crucifix that somehow survived the four-alarm fire Sunday afternoon," writes Rodriguez.

"Like Arlotta and Calderon, Mantovani figured the crucifix and everything else inside the century-old church had been incinerated.

To see photos, CLICK HERE. 

San Jose fire Battalion Chief Richard Toledo couldn't explain it either. "I wish I could tell you," he told Rodriguez. "It was open to all of the elements -- the fire and smoke and the collapsing roof, and yet it's there in almost perfect shape."

Cause of the fire remains unknown, but removing the historic crucifix, the fire chief called in a crew trained to use ropes in human rescue situations.

As a grateful pastor and prayerful parishioners watched, "firefighters carefully probed the charred beams holding up the cross," reports Rodriguez. "A lone firefighter lowered a special rope from a tall fire engine ladder into the gaping hole above the altar and crucifix. Firefighters below carefully fastened the rope around the arms of the image of Jesus."

And they lowered the antique cross to the ground.

Parishioner Tino Quinones was astonished. "It doesn't look like he has any damage. It's amazing!"

The church was founded more than a century ago to serve Italian immigrants.

"The dollar amount for damages to the church -- which was insured -- was anybody's guess Monday," reported Rodriguez.

In joyful tears, parishioner Dorothy Bua approached Mantovani.

"Is there anything we can do you for you, Father?"

He answered, "I am fine.

"Just keep up the spirit."

And that's exactly the message of Cameron's movie -- now playing in theaters nationwide.  CLICK HERE for times and theaters near you.