Is there a War on Christmas? Atheists Billboard in Times Square: Keep the Merry! Dump the Myth

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  • Spanish Inquisitor  On December 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Short answer:

    No.

    Long answer:

    I don’t even understand this concept War on Christmas. How does one wage a war on a holiday? What criteria indicates you’ve either won or lost the war? It’s a silly, PR campaign put out by FOX News to obtain ratings. If you buy into it, don’t you feel like you’ve been manipulated? FOX does what it does best – pit one group of people against another, with scare stories about how the “other” group is going to take away their rights. That increases eyeballs, and hence advertising. And it’s divisive. You against me. Christians against atheists. Or Christians against Muslims. Or liberals against conservatives. Or whites against blacks. It’s so hokey, and so transparent, I’m surprised most people fall for it.

    As for the billboard. So what? It’s one set of ideas. It’s one group of people trying to educate another group by getting them to think about what they are saying, hopefully to change their point of view. That’s one way we learn.

    As for the content, what’s different than all the religious billboards out there? You can’t drive down a highway, especially in rural America, without a “Jesus Saves” sign, or a quote from the Bible, or some other religious point of view plastered on a billboard. So why not an opposing point of view? This is America, the melting pot of people and ideas, right?

    And as for “Keep the Merry, Dump the Myth”, there’s a lot that can be said in favor of it. You believe that Jesus was a real person, and you’re free to believe that, but really, there’s no evidence for it. None. There is a ton of evidence that he’s a myth too, like all the Greek and Roman myths, his was simply a Hebrew myth. It was a time of mythology. Mythology is what ignorant people used to help them understand natural mysteries, those of life and earth, good and evil, drought and plenty. They didn’t understand the world around them, so they made up stories to explain the unexplainable. Jesus is just one more myth in a long history of myths. We’re smarter than that now. It’s time to dump the myth.

    Yes, it makes for nice celebrations, and pretty Christmas songs, and rituals of good will and gift giving, but really, it’s not based on any fact. Keep the myth for the fun parts, but let’s stop pretending that Jesus was real.

  • rs  On December 14, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Jesus IS very real. One day soon ever knee shall bow every tongue confess.

    • Spanish Inquisitor  On December 14, 2012 at 2:24 am

      I won’t hold my breath…

    • elogam  On December 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      RS, I usually just smile and allow S.I. to rant ad nauseum on issues of faith and religion without bothering to rebut, because as you say, “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess…” On that day, I’ll look over at S.I. and see just how verbose an argument he’ll try to make. My look will say “We were right and you were wrong.” Even if we of faith are wrong, he’ll never get to say “I told you so!” because according to him and other atheists, there’s no afterlife! It’s a win/win scenario.

      • Spanish Inquisitor  On December 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        A win/win? or a lose/lose?

  • rs  On December 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I will pray for you. There is still time now for you, but remember this, no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

    • Spanish Inquisitor  On December 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      You’ll pray for me? In other words, you’ll do nothing for me. Same difference.

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