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Tag Archives: Christmas
This shouldn’t be hard. If you’re an atheist, and you greet somebody who you know is a practicing Christian, decorum would suggest that you say “merry Christmas.” If you’re a Christian, and you know you’re greeting an atheist (or a … Continue reading
___________ Magician and atheist James Randi magically levitates a holiday bird with occult powers given to him by Satan. Via James Randi at Facebook.
In the below video, Woody Allen offers some unsettling and thought-provoking responses to some questions. Owen Wilson is also interesting. _________ Allen’s resigned and melancholy answers remind me that the winter holiday season is here and that my favorite Christmas … Continue reading
The Islamist group that calls itself “Boko Haram”—northern Hausa language, meaning “Western learning is sinful”—and that blew up Catholics at a Christmas service yesterday, is described in the following manner by Reuters: The shadowy group from Nigeria’s Muslim north, blamed for … Continue reading
Because saying “Happy Holidays” to a stranger is not “taking Christ out of Christmas”; instead, it’s acknowledging the plurality of ways that late December is treated in a world in which not everyone is Christian. “Happy Holidays” is a catch-all that … Continue reading
Critical Thinking Watch: A Lot of Conservatives Still Doubt Barack Obama was Born in Honolulu, but Few Doubt Jesus was Born in Bethlehem. How Come?
Barack Obama has released his long form birth certificate showing that he was born in Honolulu, and yet many Republicans still don’t believe that President Obama was born there. Curiously, those very same Republicans, in the absence of any good … Continue reading
Something to exit Christmas 2010 with:
One’s a Christmas song, the other isn’t. But, somehow, they seem to go together. And:
ABC News is reporting a $200,000 holiday season atheist ad campaign in the United States, sponsored by the American Humanist Association. One of the group’s ads sounds particularly interesting, for it specifically targets women: One of the association’s television spots … Continue reading
Even though I’m an agnostic, I love Christmas music and Christmas movies. I must, for example, have upward of 300 Christmas songs on my iPod. And every year my family and I watch Alastair Sim as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and … Continue reading
And a plug for Platonic coherence against Richard Rorty. G.K. Chesterton (from The Everlasting Man ): Any agnostic or atheist whose childhood has known a real Christmas has ever afterwards, whether he likes it or not, an association in his … Continue reading
Contemporary post-9/11 New Atheists are so, well, sunny, aren’t they? Perhaps it’s a product of our contemporary advertising culture, but it’s hard to distinguish this American atheist bus ad from a Mentos breath mint commercial: Minty and refreshing? As an … Continue reading
This strikes me as what Christmas is like after a bit too much coffee:
The image that was on the side of the gingerbread house kit box wasn’t exactly what my three and six year old ended up making:
The far right is making a bit of hay about some of the baubles (“Images of communists and transvestites, oh my!”) on the White House Christmas tree this year, and Andrew Sullivan characterizes the feigned outrage as a form of paranoid … Continue reading
And with heartbreaking power: