War on Christmas: Cue Hysteria
Why are atheists so angry! Grr, they’re so mean and grinch-like and just plan Scrooge-tastic this time of year. I mean, they’re always snotty jerkwads, but man oh man, at Christmas time, they are just insufferable. With their constant demands to be… included at the very edges of society instead of just shoved off into an abyss.
I think probably the only thing that gets under my skin more than the country being overrun by religious stupidity (see: intelligent design, abstinence only education) is the persecution complex that so many Christians seem to have. 76% of American citizens are Christian, Christmas is a Federal Holiday, and there are hundreds of hours of Christmas programming on TV. And yet, there is a war on Christmas because some people would rather not make a quarter of their potential buying market feel excluded. The whole concept of “war on Christmas” is one of the most inane and fatuous beliefs I’ve ever come across.
What about the Christmas war on everybody else? The constant bad music on the radio and in stores. The overwrought shopping extravaganza that makes it impossible for godless assholes like me to drive anywhere near a place where goods are sold.
I don’t actually hate Christmas though. I really like some of the songs, for example, this is the song that most accurately reflects my feelings towards Christmas:
And, I quite like some of the more
tacky flamboyant Christmas decorations:
Sorry, I know, I’m being a bad atheist >_<
That incredibly long lead up is just sort of background noise for a different conversation entirely, one about billboards.
The evil, bad atheists have put up a billboard with a picture of a nativity scene with the caption “You know it’s a myth, this season celebrate reason.” Well, accommodationist atheists and uptight christians, neither of whom would I declare the majority voice, seem to be really upset with it because they think the intent of it is to insult Christians.
Aside from the fact that a story of the birth of Jesus only appears in 2 gospels and they don’t even agree on many of the fine details, so calling the nativity as celebrated a myth isn’t even necessarily contradictory to Christianity, I don’t really see it as an insult to Christians. It’s more like an encouragement for atheists to be more comfortable with acknowledging that they don’t believe in Christmas. The winter holidays (yule, solstice, whatever tacky hippie name I’m too embarrassed to call it myself) aren’t just for Christians, so, if you don’t believe in Christmas, you don’t have to pretend you do.
And even if this was to be interpreted as an attack on Christianity, which I would be OK with, I’d like to just show you the kinds of billboards I have to look at all the time and then I’d like you to reconsider exactly how insensitive the atheist billboard is.
Right, so, at its worst, you could interpret the atheist billboard as saying “Christians believe myths are true”. And what do the religious say about atheists? “God is an asshole, Jesus is a pervert, and they think atheists are going to destroy America and kill us all.” If I was a Christian, I’d be way more upset by the shit religious people said.
Posted on November 27, 2010, in atheism, Posts Worth Going Back and Reading, Religion and tagged atheist, billboard, christmas, lonely jew on christmas, nativity, south park, war on christmas. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.