In the following video presentation, Dr. Duke Pesta, academic director at FreedomProject Education, encapsulates key points he made in his "Christmas Myths?" cover story in the December 24 issue of The New American.

A recent study out of Denmark appears to show a higher incidence of premature death among women who have had an abortion than for women who give birth. The study tracked a group of Danish women over a 25-year period, finding that those who had undergone a single abortion had a 45 percent higher mortality rate over that time period than those who had carried babies to full term. The death rate among women rose dramatically for subsequent abortions, with women who had two abortions having a 114 percent greater likelihood of mortality during the study period, and women with three or more abortions facing a 192 percent chance of premature death.

As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear a pair of cases that will impact the future of marriage in America. What now?

The leader of the American Humanist Association has a request for new members of Congress: Don't join the Congressional Prayer Caucus because it “discriminates against non-religious Americans.” In a letter to incoming legislators, released shortly after the November 6 elections, the group's director, Roy Speckhardt, complained that some of the over 100 members of the Caucus, founded in 2005 by Congressman Randy Forbes (R-N.C.), “have repeatedly introduced and supported legislation that we feel is unconstitutional and often favors religious institutions and individuals over non-religious institutions and individuals.”

VIDEO - In this video, The New American talks about the importance of the true and eternal capital "M" Myths, noting that "man, whether he recognizes it or not, is a mythic animal. And when we remove the eternal sense of Myth, we always and in every instance replace it with the small 'm' myths — political myths ... and ideological myths." That's what the war on Christmas is all about — effacing the real meaning of Christmas with small 'm' myths. Yet in the miracle of Christmas, Pesta also finds hope.

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