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Merry Freakin' Christmas!


Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., has set up a holiday display for the winter solstice, amongst other Christmas displays in Olympia, Washington.  Below is the text of the display:

At this season of THE WINTER SOLSTICE may reason prevail.  There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.  There is only our natural world.  Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.  State/Church.  KEEP THEM SEPARATE.

Well, merry freakin’ Christmas to you, too!  Do you happen to have any other lofty promulgations to declare so that the rest of us may be enlightened?

Okay…Here’s the deal.  I have no problem with other religions having a display at the local town square or courthouse, including atheism, Judaism, Catholicism, Hinduism, or whatever the religion may be.  No problem at all.  However, if you’re going to put up a display, why not make it a positive message instead of being purposely antagonistic and basically calling people slaves and/or stupid?  How about trying to work for the betterment of mankind instead of using divisive language?  That’s kind of hypocritical considering this is something that atheists have accused religion of doing for so long.

If you’re going to talk the talk, you might want to walk the walk first.


4 Responses

  1. “How about trying to work for the betterment of mankind instead of using divisive language?”

    Getting people to get rid of religion IS working for the betterment of mankind.

  2. If that’s working for the betterment of mankind then why not use more positive language instead of tearing people down? That’s the whole point of my post. It makes the atheist argument look really weak by basically calling people stupid instead of simply pointing out something more positive about the atheistic viewpoint.

  3. I’ll have to second morse on this one. I don’t see what difference it makes whether the language is sugar-coated or not. What would you have the sign read? ‘Merry Christmas, have a fantastic day, atheism is the bee’s knees – Church/State!’?

    Saying something positive about atheism is not the same thing as saying something negative about religion, and despite what proponents of the Culture of Nice would have us believe, people are allowed to say negative things if they want. Not only are they allowed to say negative things, but very often they should.

  4. That’s not the point. I’m all for them saying whatever it is they want to say. I’m not questioning their right to say it but their motivation for doing so. Whether they should or not is their business. What I’m saying is that they might get a little more sympathy from everyone involved if they restrained THEMSELVES instead of getting caught up in an argumentative attitude right off the bat. I’m sure the atheists would have a flying fit if, instead of someone putting up a nativity, instead they put up a sign saying “Christmas is about Christ, so deal with it! If you don’t believe in God, you are enslaved and your heart is hardened”. Yes, sometimes the talk needs to be straight and not sugar-coated. I obviously am all for that (just read this and some of my previous entries). 😀

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