Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Generic Non-Denominational Winter Solstice Festival

I have a bone to pick with people who think Christmas is under attack.

Because what are they thinking? Are they seriously so unsatisfied with their lives that they have nothing better to do? Why not worry about... I don’t know... people who ARE being attacked throughout the world instead of retail stores that have decided to simply reword their intentions of good will on their signs? This idea that Christmas is under attack is one of the most asinine things I’ve ever heard. I even had to listen to Ryan’s mom (the crazy wonderful woman who said we couldn’t technically be married because I’m an atheist) complain that non Christians are celebrating Christmas.

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The truth of the matter is that non Christians have always celebrated Christmas. Christmas is a secular holiday (the fact that it’s a federal holiday proves that). People all over this country celebrate Christmas without any sort of religious connotations. When little kids run down the stairs to see what a breaking and entering fictional character brought them, with the help of flying animals and elves, the last thing on their mind is the birth of Christ.

Because lets be honest with ourselves, we don’t know that Jesus was born at all, and if he was, it definitely was at a different time of year. (It says in Luke 2:8 that on the night Jesus was born angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds in a nearby field. Most historians say that Jesus was probably born no later than October, because why the hell would shepherds be out in the field in the middle of December?) The Dec. 25th date was chosen simply to rival the popular Pagan celebrations of winter solstice and the Mithras celebration of the birth of their infant god of light.

Does that make it a pagan holiday? I don’t think so. Even though the Christians stole copied the timing, the tree, presents, and mistletoe ideas, they still had every intention of celebrating the birth of Christ. Their intention is what made it a Christian holiday. Just like my intention makes it secular. When Christians put up a tree, they aren’t doing so to worship some nature god. When I put up a tree, I am not doing so to worship some man god myth Jesus. Get my point? Brilliant I know.

What it comes down to is respect. People recognize that Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated this month and are simply trying to include everyone in their well wishes. (I think as long as the nation is 90% Christian, they should keep their mouth shut about persecution because the other ten percent, which is acually 30 million people, have just as much right to enjoy the holidays any way they like.)

Even if there was some big conspiracy to attack Christmas, how would a sign in a department store have any bearing on that? Are window displays and advertisements a necessary part of the celebration of god? Are presents an indispensable role to celebrating the birth of Jesus? I really hope the answer is no.

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I don’t think the crazies that listen to Bill O have even thought this out. For one, it’s just ludicrous. Two, there is NO proof of an actual attack on Christmas. Third, the declaration of Christmas as a religious holiday only hurts them because it would be treated like any other Christian holiday and religious holidays can not be recognized by the federal government.

So can we please more beyond this and just enjoy our time with our loved ones?

(Great article to read more about this made up claim. FOX hypes stories to claim "Christmas Under Siege.")

2 comments:

  1. We're obviously on the same wavelength on this issue. I'm so tired of whiney Christians who feel persecuted. Boo hoo. Non-Christians have been persecuted (and worse) by arrogant know-it-all Christians for hundreds of years. We celebrate Christmas not because of Christ but because it's a great winter holiday. And like you said, the Christians weren't the first to celebrate a mid-winter holiday. They pretty much hijacked it from everyone else. When you think about it, there's really not much that's original about Christianity....they copied and adopted most of their tenets from other groups.

    Anyway, I could rant for hours on the subject, but I have a feeling I'd be preaching to the choir!

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  2. i couldn't of said it better. i think the christin nutters just want to dominate our society, and claim all of america as their own. they're trying to rape us!

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