December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays!

by Chris Randall

Normally, someone like me who is non-religious (I don't choose to use the term "atheist" because it implies actively disbelieving in something, which is in and of itself a belief) and who is decidedly left-of-center politically would be stumbling all over himself to provide a "Happy... something!" that is both completely ecumenical and entirely secular.

This is a difficult task, because you have to take in to account the "reason for the season," which (aside from the axial tilt of the planet) is essentially Judaeo-Christian in basis, plus the amalgamation of Christian, pagan, and modern inventions that comprise "Christmas," plus all the made-up recent shit (the Wiccan iteration of Yule, Kwanzaa, et al), plus real Atheists who get all prissy if you even imply that the modern version of Sinterklaas and the Baby Jesus have anything at all to do with the fact that it is late December. (I've actually heard someone utter the following phrase with righteous indignation: "First of all, Jesus was born in the summer.") Did I leave anyone out? Oh, Jews and Muslims, who have their own fucked up shit all wrapped up in words like "tradition" and what-not, but which conveniently fall close enough to the Christ Mass to cause all sorts of headaches. Cthulhu only knows what the hell goes on over in the exotic Orient.

So you know what? I just ain't gonna bother. It's Christmas. Have a good time! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and the best for your endeavors in the year to come, no matter where you are or what you believe!


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Dec.25.2011 @ 10:08 AM
Yeah, the same to you. Whereas it's questionable that it's a believe that an Atheist (like me) is not believing in any supra-natural concepts like gods, ghosts, ghouls or whatever. This seems to be an antagonism because atheism is the absence of believing. Maybe your standpoint is more of an agnosticism. However, I think it's neither the right place nor the right time to discuss something like that. I wish you and your wife Elle a happy new year as well. And some new AD plugins for all of us. :)

Dec.25.2011 @ 10:21 AM
Happy mansaquanika everyone .

Dec.25.2011 @ 12:01 PM
I believe I can fly

Dec.25.2011 @ 12:01 PM
Hey CR,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

May 2012 bring you nothing but non-fixed rate development contracts, limited Apple OS updates and reasonable support requests.

Dec.25.2011 @ 12:25 PM
Happy winter solstice to you all.

Dec.25.2011 @ 1:39 PM
An agnostic is defined as a chickenshit atheist.....but other than that ...make lots of noise and burn bright lights and maybe the sun will come back up in the sky usually seems to work but these days I have my doubts

Dec.25.2011 @ 1:42 PM
oh and btw if faith is defined as a belief in the unknowable then god must be an atheist since its impossible to have faith when you already know everything

Dec.25.2011 @ 2:34 PM
I quit caring about saying "Merry Christmas" years ago. I have Christmas lights up at my apartment. I'm going to a Christmas party in a bit. Who the hell cares.

@bcomnes: Agnostic means you have no direct knowledge of a god. Atheist means you reject specific claims of a deity, not that you actively believe there are no gods. Those are for different things, one if for belief, the other is for knowledge. Most "atheists" are bot atheist and agnostic. And, as a hardcore agnostic-atheist, I wish everyone a merry Christmas.

Dec.25.2011 @ 3:23 PM
Whatever one calls it or not, just enjoy the next few days.
Try to do some of the stuff you had queued up all year, and be happy you finally got to it :D

Dec.25.2011 @ 5:15 PM
Christmas for us means sitting around eating like pigs, giving gifts and watching movies and The Avengers christmas episode. That's our holiday and no one else gets to tell us what it means. It's really weird for anyone to get offended by "Merry Christmas" or the lack of, you don't know what it means to me and I don't know what it means to you.

Happy Christmas to all.

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