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I am not a Christian, but I enjoy Christmas.

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Dec. 25th, 2012 | 02:31 pm

I don't believe in the God of Abraham, or in any other God or Goddess, for that matter. Philosophically, I suppose I am closer to Buddhism than any other religion, but when it comes to myth, mysticism, and dogma, Buddhism no more rings true to me than Jesus' resurrection or Zeus giving birth out of his skull.

I do like giving and receiving gifts, and I have no problem with all of us doing that in December, especially since it more or less coincides with Hanukkah. Naturally, we should, and I do, behave generously year round, but there is pleasant a kind of unity that comes from all doing it at once.
I also like to have a yearly reunion with family, friends, festivities, and food. It doesn't bother me that it revolves around a religious holiday or three.

The commercial nature of the season bothers me less these days, 8 years after selling my last TV, and since I no longer shop at malls. I heard my first Christmas music of the year on Christmas Eve at Cafe Passe, as I printed up a couple gifts in the gallery. I actually enjoyed whistling along to the old classics.

A lot of my fellow atheists go out of their way to post degrading things about religion in general, and Christanity in particular at this time of year. This bothers me a lot more than the store clerk saying "Merry Christmas", or God Bless". The clerk says those things with a kind heart and good intentions. The malevolently anti- Christian posts are just plain mean.

I am all about exposing perversion and hypocrisy in the church, and we all know it abounds. I am all about calling out those who would impose their religion on our rights and laws. I am all about disputing and debunking the pseudo-science promulgated by the Christian Right to the detriment of our education system.

Christmas is not the time to do it. This is the time when we should focus on the best of religion, not the worst. Say "Merry Christmas" back to the clerk. It won't hurt you.

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Deborah

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from: gracegiver
date: Dec. 26th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
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yes, yes and yes.

Thank you for writing this. For the first time since my conversion to atheist have I been able to say Merry Christmas. It takes time, or it has for me anyway, to let go.

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Kevin

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from: low_delta
date: Dec. 26th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
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Well said. I agree with pretty much everything you've said.

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Glenn

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from: gev
date: Dec. 26th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
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Amen. Now to get those who believe in the War on Christmas to pull their heads out and chill.

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Cyn

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from: cynnerth
date: Dec. 26th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Dave. I agree. I like having these gatherings at the end of the year. It fits in well with the mood of endings and beginnings. End of a long year...what better time to gather with loved ones and acknowledge your love and gratitude. We can and should do that throughout the year, but reality is that it's hard to coordinate schedules. Having these holidays at this time of year helps make it happen.

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Radiant B-ing

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from: bmused
date: Dec. 27th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Hear, hear!

I thought the point of debunking religion was largely to remove a perceived source of ignorance and intolerance causing havoc in the world. Yet lately, many atheists seem to be taking on an intolerant zeal of their own. They're basically preaching the religion of no religion, actively condemning those who believe differently.

Ironic much? =cp

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