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Grinches, be warned

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The following is from the December 8, 2010, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Professor William Lawrence, dean of SMU's Perkins School of Theology, provided expertise for this story.

December 9, 2010

By SAM HODGES
The Dallas Morning News

First Baptist Church of Dallas is making a list this Christmas, and lots of people will be checking it.

The Rev. Robert Jeffress, the church's pastor, announced Tuesday the launch of www.GrinchAlert.com. There people can post on a "naughty" list the names of businesses that aren't acknowledging Christmas through store displays, advertising and greetings to customers.

"Too many businesses have bowed down to political correctness," Jeffress said. "I thought this would be a fun way to call out businesses that are refusing to celebrate Christmas." . . .

The website brought swift criticism from William Lawrence , dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

"The appropriate thing for Christians to do at this time of year is to find new and more effective ways to extend the love and peace of the season to others, not to insist that such enterprises as commercial businesses put up Christmas trees," Lawrence said.

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