Inside the Beltway

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DOUBLE GREETINGS

We bumped into veteran GOP operative Lyn Nofziger yesterday and asked what was new?

"Today," he replied, "I got a Christmas Card from Bill and Hillary Clinton. And the only reason I can think of is that they must have mistaken their FBI files list for their Christmas Card list."

HANDING IT TO THEM

"And this year we have had to fight the Republican-led witch hunt on Capitol Hill - the partisan hearings designed to embarrass the president and bankrupt the Democratic Party. And their plan is working."

- Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, general chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in a letter obtained by Inside the Beltway advising fellow DNC members that campaign coffers lie nearly empty.

CONFUSED CHRISTIAN Is Christianity getting a bum rap in the pages of The Washington Post?

During a month when the majority of the United States celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the most current Religion page of The Post - a newspaper that earlier this decade dismissed evangelical Christians as "poor, uneducated and easy to command" - states that emerging religions in this country have "forced" Americans to learn more about different faiths and practices.

Rotating schedules around various religious holidays "can be problematic for Americans used to a fixed-date holy day," opines the newspaper, which besides Christmas points to 13 other religious holidays in December.

"Employers have trouble understanding when Muslim workers need time off, and schoolteachers have to be reminded why Muslim children refuse to eat lunch or get a drink of water," the newspaper reports.

To educate readers, The Post cites nine emerging religions in the United States, providing a brief albeit positive description of each: Baha'i (founded 150 years ago in Persia, believers in continual prophecy), Buddhism (founded by followers of the Indian prince Siddhartha Gautama), Islam (faith that reveres Muhammad), Jainism (Indian religion that believes harming even a tiny insect can negatively affect one's karma, especially reincarnation), Judaism (one of the first monotheistic religions), Shinto (indigenous Japanese tradition that worships kami, or spirits of creation), Sikhism (originated in northern India and reveres 10 gurus from the 16th and 17th centuries), Wicca (meaning "witch," considered a nature religion), and Zoroastrianism (in the end, the world will be purified by a bath of molten metal).

As for Christianity, the Post - which again writes nothing remotely negative of the nine "growing" religions - cites a "tortured early history" and "confused theology. …