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Christmas is for atheists, too

December 22, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jay linked to a strange letter in the Missoula Independent. Christmas is a fun subject, so let’s go. Here’s the letter in its entirety:

Well, here we are yet again, facing the approach of another Christmas holiday. A holiday full of love, happiness, joy, celebration…and rank liberal hypocrisy. Just to give some of you an historical reminder, Christmas was founded by the psuedo-pagan Roman Emperor Constantine in roughly the year 336 A.D. The holiday was set up so that Christians had a day to honor the birth of Christ. The holiday was not set up to exchange gifts, to put up Christmas lights, to put up a tree. No, the only reason Christmas exists is for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Now, what does this have to do with liberals, you may ask? Simple. First, how many times here in Missoula have we heard from neolibs who insist that creationism is “absurd,” “stupid,” and “brainwashing”? How many neolib atheists have we heard from telling us “God is dead”? Yet once a year they put up their lights, furnish their houses with a tree, and lavish themselves and their friends with gifts…all to celebrate a holiday for a savior they say “doesn’t exist” and is “evil.” So, those of you neolibs who spend such a great deal of effort throughout the year telling our children that “Christianity is evil” and proudly displaying your atheism on your sleeve, stop and consider for a moment your profound hypocrisy in this matter. If you don’t believe in or practice Christianity, then you have no business celebrating Christmas. It is that simple.

I suppose I could point out that creationism has little to do with the birth of Jesus, most liberals are Christians, etc. Plus, when the hell did we all become “neolibs?” I thought neoliberals were the jackoffs at the DLC? Anyway…

So, of course, the reason for Christmas has little to do with Jesus. The holiday was created essentially as a marketing tool; forcing pagans to give up their big solstice parties to convert to Christianity is not a good PR move. So, we have Christmas.

Plus, let’s take a look at modern Christmases. They involve traditions of largely secular or pagan origins (Santa Claus, gifts, trees, lights, etc). The philosophical message seems to be very humanistic: good will towards men, charity, etc. Of course, I also enjoy taking the whole thing as a metaphor for atheism.

So, in sum, how am I a hypocrite? I’m engaging in traditions that have little connection to Christianity. I’m celebrating a message with which I largely agree. Oh, right, there’s some kind of mythology at the base of it that some people still think is real. I suppose that guy doesn’t celebrate Halloween because he doesn’t believe ghosts return to Earth on October 31st.

Categories: Religion, Silliness
  1. December 26, 2006 at 8:41 am

    I’m not sure there was a single correct fact in that entire letter. I’m pretty sure that Christmas as we know it didn’t exist in Constantine’s Rome—at least, not according to the book I read (and I think you read, too).

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