Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A Special Atheist Christmas
"Why believe in a god? Be good for goodness sake," says bulletin signs all over Washington D.C. sponsored by the American Humanist Association. Last week on Friday, secular progressive atheists, lead by Dan Barker, who is supposedly a former pastor, posted a sign next to a Nativity scene in Olympia, Washington Legislative Building. From the East Coast to the West Coast, from Washington D.C. to Washington state, Christ is definitely trying to be omitted from Christmas.
The sign in Olympia, Washington read: “At this season of the Winter Solstice may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
On the back of the sign, it read: “State/Church: Keep them separate.”
This caused controversy and criticism on behalf of all Christians. It stirred up some people that someone stole the sign and threw it in a ditch off the road outside of town. I think that was awesome and hilarious lol. However, the atheists are blaming the Christians for "stealing" the sign, and that Christians cannot even follow their own religion "Thou shall not steal."
Anyways, as you read this sign they posted next to the Nativity scene, the whole logic and reason behind the secular progressive atheists is clearly defiant to Christianity. Technically, it initially is a criticism to Christianity and direct assault on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The atheists argue that religiosity should not be involved in the State Legislation or Government. They debate that while Christians have their rights to celebrate "their holiday," Christians do not have the right to exclusivity in sharing their religion, the birth of Jesus Christ.
Dan Barker said, "Most people think December is for Christians and view our signs as an intrusion, when actually it's the other way around," he said. "People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the holiday from all of us humans." He says this because before Christmas became a holiday, the Romans use to celebrate a pagan festival called "Saturnalia" which commemorated the dedication of the temple of the agriculture and harvest god Saturn. Later in history, the Roman Catholic church banned the pagan festival and changed it into a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, know as Christmas today.
This is just outrageous that someone would rationalize the celebration of Christmas to worshiping and praising the "winter solstice?" That means the real meaning of the holiday is to be stoked on or about the northern sky, when the three stars in Orion's Belt align with the brightest star in the eastern sky called Sirius, to show where the Sun will rise in the morning after winter solstice, birthing the winter in the Northern Hemisphere? I think Christmas is about something "far greater" than celebrating astrology! Even though i totally respect their own beliefs, i do not agree with them at all. Talk about missing the point of the holiday! Believing that Christmas is about astronomy is sad.
As we believers get closer to the Last Days, we will see the rise of more secular progressives against Christianity, especially on Easter and Christmas. Christmas has been increasingly avoided by secularists by saying "holiday tree" replacing "Christmas tree", "winter break" replacing "Christmas break", and "holiday season" replacing "Christmas season". In 2002, Nativity scenes were banned in the New York City school district. In 2004, Merry Christmas was internationally censored or discouraged to use in government, schools, retailed stores, TV, and other public organizations. And today, in 2008 a sign was posted in next to a Nativity scene criticizing the Christian faith saying Christianity is nothing "but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
Today is the day where we need to share the real truth of Christmas.
We need to speak up to keep "Christ" in Christ-mas.
We need to share the real reason for the season.
We need to be the people who say MERRY CHRISTMAS!