christiannightmares:

Pat Robertson loves Tim Tebow, hates Saturday Night Live (Found at Right Wing Watch; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/14394537010/tim-tebow-christmas-card-for-more-info-click)

The only people making a big deal out of Tebow are the Christians that think everyone is picking on him. SNL makes jokes about pop culture. And its a good thing, not a bad thing, that its ok to poke fun at religion without being bombed in the US. No one cares that Tebow does this we just think its funny that he does. We think its funny that some dude thinks that his God cares more about him playing a sport than say healing terminally ill children. Its a laugh a minute with that kind of arrogance.  But who really cares about it? It hurts no one for him to do this, so why would we care? I would however like these Christians in the media to shut up about it because there is more important stuff to talk about than Tim Tebow. Move on already. No one is oppressing your or your favorite football player.

noremorse14:

YouTube: To XMAS And Beyond!

A short history about Pagan roots of Christmas and Christianity by The Thinking Atheist.

christiannightmares:

Rick Perry isn’t ashamed to admit he’s a homophobe (For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/13685943601/rick-perry-shares-a-message-about-his-christian)

What a complete tool.

christiannightmares:

Evangelist Todd Bentley beats the shit out of people for Jesus (For a related video, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/1101921761/scamvangelist-todd-bentleys-wife-jessa-recounts)

What the…?????? Assault for Jesus?

Christmas Wars & Conspiracies: Conflicts over the Meaning of Christmas Season

atheismfuckyeah:

  • What are the Christmas Wars?:
In his infamous tract “The International Jew,” Henry Ford wrote “The whole record of the Jewish opposition to Christmas, Easter and other Christian festivals, and their opposition to certain patriotic songs, shows the venom and directness of [their] attack.” The John Birch Society complained that the “Godless UN” was conspiring against Christmas. Today, conservatives claim that secularists and liberals are trying to replace Christmas. The enemy changes, but it’s still the same conspiracy story.
  • ‘Happy Holidays’ is an Anti-Christian Statement:
It is claimed that use of Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas excludes Christmas and is anti-Christian. This is nonsense. People use Happy Holidays to cover all holidays during the season, including Christmas. Christians who get upset over this aren’t seeking tolerance or respect, they are seeking privilege and status. They want others to make them feel better about themselves by treating Christianity as special and more important than other religions.
  • Why Not Just Say Merry Christmas?:
If you say Merry Christmas, you assume that the other person celebrates Christmas - often a fair bet, but not as guaranteed as it once was. As the religious pluralism of America increases, so must the sensitivity of its citizens. The fewer traditional Christians there are around, the less people can assume that everyone is celebrating the usual Christian holidays and doing the usual Christian things. It’s impolite to make assumptions about people you don’t know.
  • Christmas: Religious or Secular Holiday?:
Many Christians complain that Christmas is a religious holiday, but is treated in an inappropriately secular way in contemporary America. This has some merit, but it’s not the result of any conspiracy. Christians have been transforming it into a secular holiday by moving it out of churches and into the public, secular sphere. Pagan elements of Christmas have come to dominate its public celebration and Christian meaning has been lost.
  • Christmas as a Political Statement:
Many reactions to the decreasing importance of Christianity and Christmas are more tribal than religious. Some are turning the phrase Merry Christmas into a fetish, something done for its own sake instead of using it as a sincere greeting. It’s an aggressive statement about one’s own identity that is thrown in the face of others as a challenge or even an insult. It’s not about defending religious meaning in Christmas, but defending a religious identity and a set of traditional privileges.
  • Religious Pluralism in America:
There is no plot among atheists and liberals to take Christ out of Christmas or to eliminate Christianity from the holiday season. The truth is that the growth of religious pluralism is behind the decline in importance of Christianity and, by extension, the religious aspects of Christmas. Fewer people, including Christians, see Christmas as a time for religious observance. The current status of Christmas is a natural outgrowth of how people (mostly Christians) behave.
  • Commercial Interests and Christmas as a Commercial Enterprise:
Christmas has become more of a commercial enterprise than a religious observance - the responsibility for which lies with Christians and the free market (which conservatives usually defend). Retailers must cater to a broad public, not just Christians, which means that exclusively Christian elements of the holiday season fade into the background while aspects which appeal to everyone (usually pagan or recent elements) grow in importance. Christmas is more about Santa than Jesus today.
  • Secularization vs. De-Christianization:
Complaints about the the status of Christmas in America often focus on the secularization of America and Christmas, and it’s true that both have occurred. Lost in the rhetoric, however, is the fact that much of what is seen as secularization is really de-Christianization. The holiday season remains religious with many religions taking part, but it no longer exclusively Christian. It sounds better, though, to complain about secularization than about the loss of Christian privilege.
  • Christmas Wars and the Loss of Christian Privilege:
Conservatives’ anger is due more to the fact that Christianity no longer dominates American culture; Christmas is simply an egregious example of this trend. The “right” they say they are losing is the “right” to dominate discourse, culture, government, and society. The loss of Christmas as the focus of the holiday season and the loss of public acknowledgment of the religious elements of Christmas represent the loss of Christian privilege occurring throughout American culture.
  • What is the Real Meaning of the Christmas Season?:
The most important issue behind the debates over Christmas is what the “meaning” of Christmas is or should be. Conservatives want to return to a Golden Age when the meaning of Christmas was wholly religious, uncorrupted by pagan, commercial, or secular elements. What they seek is an illusion. There are traditional meanings and religious meanings, but no “real meaning.” The meaning of Christmas is whatever people celebrating decide to give to it.

Modern Christmas celebrations have little or nothing to do with Jesus, the Feast of the Nativity, or the Incarnation. Consider some popular Christmas traditions: erecting and decorating a tree, hanging wreaths, sending cards, drinking eggnog, giving presents, hanging mistletoe…where is Christ in all of this?

If people give it a religious meaning, it will be a religious holiday for them. If they fill the day with other meanings (gifts, family, etc.), then it will have those instead. Because the meaning of Christmas depends upon what people do with it, the only way for Christians to reclaim a religious meaning for Christmas is to personally eschew secular, pagan, and consumer activities in favor of religious ones. Give to the poor instead of to Wal-Mart. Go to church instead of a mall. Pray instead of gathering around a lit-up tree.

What they cannot do is insist that the wider culture endorse this and also shed pagan, commercial, or secular aspects of the season. They can’t turn the tide of commercialization and secularization. They might convince individual Christians to turn away from it all and focus on religious aspects of a holy day, however. If enough Christians change, perhaps the culture will as well, but the focus should be on what Christians do as individuals.

Trying to force the culture to change by attacking greetings like Happy Holidays is silly. There is something profoundly wrong with the behavior of Christians using Christmas in their Culture War against modernity.

From About.Com

Personally, I ADORE Christmas, as anyone who follows my personal blog can attest. And I’m pretty sure y’all know how strictly atheist I am, and from a strictly atheist family, too. 

The way Christmas is being turned into a political thing, the way the religious right are attempting to use it to play the martyrs and so, it’s just ridiculously pathetic, as well as annoying. 

~Mooglets

hatefulatheist:

Thank you to xnegativeandviolentx for the link for this.

Mississippi voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8,  to decide Initiative 26, commonly known as the “personhood” initiative. The initiative declares that a fertilized human egg is a person.  Initiative 26 would amend the Mississippi state constitution so that the term “person” be defined “to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof.”

This is just one of the horrendous examples of the religious right attempting to run amok in this country. This is an attempt to sneak in a provision that will effectively outlaw abortions. They know that they are unable to outlaw abortions outright but if they can change what is defined as a “person” they can make an abortion the equivalent of a murder. Not to mention how it may effect birth control, including “plan B”. This is an attack on women and the right’s of women. How can any state in this day and age stand for this type of outrage? How can something like this even make it on the ballot?

The war on women in this country needs to stop. We need to stop battling each other and looking to hold each other back and work on moving forward as a country. The United States is no longer the world power it once was, and it likely never will be again, our power is going to continue to wain as we have people continually attempting to oppress others. When will it end? When can we simply settle this subject and no longer have to endure these moronic lunatics attempting to tell women what to do with their bodies?

abaldwin360:

They need to stop barking…

abaldwin360:

They need to stop barking…

If Jesus came back again to grace us with His presence, what is the ONE thing that Christians all over the world would need before truly believing in Him?

Proof.

Well, isn’t that interesting…

- Me (via thegodlessgeneration)

Interesting indeed.

Did anyone else notice Ted got demoted from Cap’n?

Did anyone else notice Ted got demoted from Cap’n?