The Atheologist

Theology is the study of theism; Atheology is the study of atheism. I am The Atheologist. Why don’t Atheists embrace religion when the vast majority of humans do? Why are Atheists regarded by most of society as thugs, rabble, vermin and generally naughty people. The Atheologist will attempt to seek out the true answers to these and many more questions by using logical assumptions, interviews with people of all faiths and really, really good research. The Atheologist wants to know.

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  • Wednesday, December 14, 2005

    Is There A War On Christmas?

    Is there a war on Christmas? The Atheologist has been hearing about it from a variety of news sources and Christian groups. Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, John Gibson, not to mention James Dobson, and Jerry Falwell all report Christmas is under assault by the Secularist Humanists, Atheists, homosexuals, liberals and anyone who even acknowledges that there are other holidays that share the month of December with Christmas. Bill O’reilly was recently quoted as saying:

    "You can be sure that I will be looking into the workings of Virgin Mobile and their agenda in creating the new holiday of Chrismahanukwanzakah, It was bad enough that they mock the first name of our lords mother by using it in their company name, but this Chrismahanukwanzakah crap is going too far. I believe a boycott may be in the works."

    And now the Atheologist has heard of some unusual Christmas displays that seem to support the allegations of this war on our country’s most sacred holiday.
    One such display in New York City depicts Santa Claus as a blood spattered slasher holding a knife in one hand and a severed doll’s head with blood gushing from its eyes, while another in Oklahoma City, features old Saint Nick, a reindeer, a sleigh and crime scene tape. Santa is face-down with an arrow in his back. The Atheologist is sorry to report that in neither of these displays was The Blood Count anywhere to be found.
    The Raving Atheist website quoted a concerned Christian:

    "Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of a sweet baby, sent to earth to be beaten, whipped, scourged and impaled on a cross with rough spikes splintering the bones of his hands and feet," said Donna Rossi, the mother of two. "Why are they trying to destroy the meaning of the holiday by exposing our kids to brutal executions involving mythical characters?"

    Will this war on Christmas escalate to other sacred Christian celebrations or will it end here when those who are waging the war see that they cannot win it because as Bob Dylan once said, “If God's on our side, He'll stop the next war”.

    The Atheologist


    Blogger The Morningstar said...

    I would be very surprised to learn that the Mary claimed to be the mother of jesus would have been called virgin, it would be an odd first name. Unfortunately this is the sort of claptrap espoused by religious fundamentalists who don't have the intelligence or imagination to look beyond the supernatural.

    11:42:00 AM  
    Blogger The Atheologist said...

    the morningstar,

    You may also be very surprised to learn that “Lord” is also sometimes used as a first name, as in - Lord Jesus, Lord Krishna and Lord Of The Rings

    3:27:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Where in the Bible are any Democratic principles even mentioned? Why is God or Jesus never mentioned in the US constitution? Why would Thomas Jefferson say, “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law” or why would Thomas Paine say , “The age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system”."

    Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson were the two main authors of the Constitution?!

    Neither of them was a delegate to the convention which drafted the document or was an "author" in any other reasonable understanding of the term. Jefferson was a primary author of the Declaration of Independence, but was not even in the United States while the Constitution was being written. Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer, not a politician.

    The primary author of the Constitution (if the work product of a committee can be said to have a primary author) was James Madison.

    8:56:00 PM  
    Blogger The Atheologist said...

    Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous,
    I believe you commented to the wrong post, but anyway, I checked the transcript of the conversation that I had with Reverend Lynn and I found that although I did not actually misquote him, my editing of what he had said did tend to misrepresent what he was saying.
    Thank you for pointing that out.

    What he actually said was, Why would Thomas Jefferson say, “Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law” or why would Thomas Paine say, “The age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system”. These were two of our great founding fathers. And then we have James Madison who said, “Ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption, all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects” and Benjamin Franklin, "I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies." Would two of the main authors of our constitution say things like that if they were using Christian principles as a framework for our country?

    Thanks again anonymous, I updated my post to correct the error.

    The Atheologist

    2:57:00 PM  

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