Christmas Without Christ

Christmas is primarily a celebration of retail sales. That function shadows everything else. Christmas shopping starts in September. Then there is the traditional meal, the lights, the tree, the stockings, the cards, the decorations. None of these have any religious significance. Christians try to hog Christmas as theirs exclusively, when it belongs to everyone. You don’t have to buy into the nativity or church going. When atheists post billboards saying Who needs Christ at Christmas they are just pointing out the obvious fact that Christmas is for everyone, not just Christians and that you can participate fully in Christmas without any religious component. Christians, of course, are completely welcome to celebrate Christmas with the Jesus stories. Christians such as Sean Hannity claim such a billboard insults them. They assume everyone is Christian and the message is aimed only at them, with no other purpose than to poke them in the eye. That makes no sense. Just as Christians aim their billboards at Christians, atheists aim their billboards at atheists. Christians are high handed. They want to censor what atheists say to atheists simply because they disagree.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)