Thought of the day

Sure, I’m an atheist (because there is no evidence for any gods), but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the Christmas season. It’s a joyous time during a period when it keeps getting darker earlier and earlier, and I definitely enjoy the family Christmas party. (I, unfortunately, will not be attending it this year as I will be in Argentina on a hiking expedition to the highest peak in the Andes. Woe is me.) I even like Christmas music. And here’s the real good news: Christmas has become a largely secular holiday. Of course, it still has its Christian background, but I don’t think it’s a religious day for most people any longer; the day has begun to turn back to its pagan origin – an origin so many Christians seem so fond of ignoring, sometimes even denying, whether through ignorance or blatant dishonesty.

So I say, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Festivus, happy holidays, and all that. This really is a time for the secular and religious alike to come together to celebrate a season filled with holidays of both pagan and religious origins.

Celestial Bauble

Hubble has another great capture. This one is being called a celestial bauble. And just in time for Christmas. What a crazy coincidence, I know. (SpaceDaily thought it prudent to dumb down the article title a bit.)

Celestial Bauble

This is called SNR 0509, which means it’s a supernova remnant. It’s located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which looks a little something like this.

Large Magellanic Cloud

(None of this is here for or because of human existence, by the way.)

Silly atheist, celebrations are for religions

Oh no! Christmas is coming upon us! Me, but a lowly atheist, what am I to do?

As is well-known fact, all atheists are merely “jealous of the Yuletide season”. Isn’t it obvious? We have no Jesus. We have no God. We have no cause to celebrate anything!

So what am I suppose to do this Friday? Sure, I’ve bought presents. My brother, who I hope isn’t a regular reader at the moment, will probably be pretty psyched about his Super Nintendo (complete with Super Mario Kart). And yeah, the rest of my family will be happy to receive their gifts. And yes! I know! All my second cousins, many yet to hit double-digits in age, will glow with joy while A Christmas Story plays in the background during their present opening. And gosh darn it! It’s no secret my aunt and uncle and cousins and (older) second cousins and great aunt and great uncle and parents and brother and grandmother will all be so happy to be together to catch up and remember and reacquaint and even just see each other even though some may have seen each other just the week before. (Deep breath after that one.) But so what? There’s no Jebus!

I mean, honestly. How could I ever derive a cause to celebrate out of all that? I have no deity to worship. I have no stranger-filled church to attend. Where o where might I find reason to do anything this December 25th?

Merry Christmas

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A merry Christmas to all on this secular, federal holiday.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

Thou Shalt Not Steal

An atheist sign criticizing Christianity that was erected alongside a Nativity scene was taken from the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, on Friday and later found in a ditch.

An employee from country radio station KMPS-FM in Seattle told CNN the sign was dropped off at the station by someone who found it in a ditch.

C’mon. Disagree in harmony. I hope no atheists, agnostics, humanists, Jews, Muslims, whathaveyou do this to any Christian display – or any other display, for that matter. It’s petty and juvenile. No group deserves to have its property damaged or stolen, regardless of the justification.