The Secular-Christian Social Contract at Christmas

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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5 Responses to The Secular-Christian Social Contract at Christmas

  1. andrewclunn says:

    Kind of ironic that it’s so in your face and belittling of faith, when it’s all about atheists claiming to pretend to believe for a day as a peace offering. Way to self righteous for my tastes.

    • colinhutton says:

      Andrew – I think your inner serpent is dominant – (which is, however, understandable if the relatives are due in 5 minutes). I (and wife) find the carol, which is itself surely intended to be heavily ironic, very amusing. But then, being in Aus., we’re way ahead of you and the rellies have already come, been fed and gone. Merry Xmas to you and Santi.

  2. andrewclunn says:

    That said, my believer family is going to be here in 5 minutes, so got to go. Merry Christmas!

  3. Off topic, but I thought you might enjoy my recent piece, Santi:
    “Today I worked outside with others on a spontaneous project to create an outdoor stage for our New Year’s party. It’s summer solstice, the longest day. The sun was hot, the sky, cloudless. I made a salad while others prepared the evening BBQ. Recently I’ve been studying fresh social theory in between working.

    I want to share several paragraphs from my reading with you, and explain what they mean to me. Hopefully my thought process won’t be too muddy.

    Firstly, Giorgio Agamben speaks of global populations being transformed into a vast, “planetary petty bourgeoisie… in which all the old social classes are dissolved” (Agamben 1993: 62) … ”

    rest here:

  4. David Yates says:

    If only. Based on what I’ve seen lately, the ones doing most of the judging aren’t the Christians. And I wish secularists really would just “put up” with what they regard as “bull$#!t” for a few days each year. Then we wouldn’t have all this whining and complaining whenever they see a Nativity scene somewhere — or, least “tolerant” of all, the defacing of them (or worse!).
    Personally, I’d really like to know why it’s only the Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter that have all the secularists’ panties in a bunch. Obama can make a public show of celebrating — or, at the very least, in some regard recognizing — Ramadan, and we don’t hear all this ululating and kvetching. Why not? Surely it couldn’t be that all these “brave” atheists are made afraid by potential threats concerning… oh, I don’t know… videotaped beheadings, perhaps? Whereas that’s not often something one has to worry about when it comes to pestering your average Presbyterian or Lutheran.

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