Poor logic in atheists disappoints me. War on Christmas thoughts.
I'm often reminded that atheists are not impervious to exhibitions of poor critical thinking, something that the theists who visit this page may find solace in. A good friend of mine has even backed off slightly from his activism against religion to be replaced by activism for solid modes of thought because as he's seen the real problem isn't religion, but it's poor critical thinking skills. Atheism does not always equal rationality or high intelligence or ones ability to abstain from making poor assumptions. I almost feel as if I should qualify my last sentence to note that theistic belief is never rational, as you might assume our position has changed in some way.
In the last few days I have been disheartened by some of the horrible logic my fellow atheists will use to vocalize a negative opinion about our "War on Christmas." I'm reluctant to post anything further because at the heart of this matter is the error of asserting a position of ignorance, that is to say that quite a few atheists have vocalized an opinion about our War on Christmas without having any clue as to what it is, and without having researched it. It is clear, had they researched our War they would not have asserted the positions they did. Again, don't assume this means I think an informed person wont disagree, I'm stating the positions that have been asserted were invalid based on information already posted by us to the contrary. So as I say, I'm reluctant to write more, because those who will assert positions of ignorance, are likely not even reading this blog. Nevertheless I digress, and in the hope of making the information easy to access for the lazy thinkers, I will explain a little further, some of the information that was already readily available should one have chosen to research what we're up to.
First of all I should point out some of the places where we have already given quite a bit of information on the War on Christmas.
Here is a link to some of the history behind the war including Press Releases that explain that we're merely engaging in mockery. You can also download some of our on radio interviews to get a better idea.
Here is a link to a welcome letter we extend to Christians including an offer to get The God Who Wasn't There movie for free.
Now, furthermore, let me address some of the comments we've been getting:
Comment: That's a dumb name, "The War on Christmas."
Answer: It was created by Fox news anchor John Gibson. We're merely using their terminology to mock them. Read.
Comment: Christmas has nothing to do with Christ, it was stolen from previous holidays.
Answer: Yes we know. In fact, that's part of the campaign. Isn't it ironic that Christians are upset that people are saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," yet the Holiday has it's origins in a place other than Jesus. Christians can steal the holiday from the Pagans, but when we try to embrace diversity of beliefs in this country, they cry foul... how cute. Here's a video made for us illustrating that point (Christians actually denying Giftmas as their holiday!). Also, this video gives you a more historical look at Christmas origins.
Comment: Dont you think your going alittle to far with this whole war on christmas bs? I mean come on, if people want to believe that let them.
Answer: No, we're not going too far, we're likely not going far enough. If your best friend believed heroin was good for him, would you just let him believe that as he slowly killed himself? The fact remains the evidence for Jesus is lacking, even if we accept Jesus existed, the evidence for God is lacking even more so than for Jesus. If you're proposing that we should live in a world where we just believe things because we can, because we want to, then I would like to slowly distance myself from you, even though you are an atheist. Religion breeds ignorance, I can't support it. I will gladly support peoples right to believe whatever they want, but I can't support irrational beliefs themselves.
Comment: We are no different than the radical christians pushing their beliefs on people if we act like this.
Answer: Bullshit. I have no problem with people trying to get others to believe the way they do. That is the way of the world. If we didn't push our beliefs on others, we'd have no teachers, we'd have nobody passing on knowledge to each other. I hear atheists use this argument often, and I implore them to rid their vocabulary of it. Radical Christianity is not bad because it seeks to convince others of what they hold to be true, in fact you just sought to convince me of your beliefs in this email. Radical Christianity is bad because it is founded on unproven beliefs. My beliefs are founded on that which can be proven. And it's in this way, that I'll never be "as bad" as radical Christians.
Comment: It's a season of greed, a season of pride, a season of fun,. Xmas is the most sinful holiday there is, thus leave it alone
Answer: I sense this comment was meant humorously, nevertheless it's a good opportunity for me to mention something some people don't seem to be getting. Christmas itself is a HOLYday for Christians, it's not a holyday for atheists. However, should you as an atheist choose to use it as a day to gather with your family and exchange gifts, we see nothing wrong with that. Personally I don't need an excuse to be generous to my loved ones, I don't need an excuse to gather with my loved ones, and I implore you to think the same way. The "spirit of Christmas" should be everyday, for every family. Personally I'm considering going to a homeless shelter on Christmas day and helping run the kitchen.
Comment: My kids are 4 and 6 and I had to remove you from my myspace friends because your profile image says that Santa is fake. This is an important time for them, and fantasy is part of that. [paraphrased]
Answer: Ack! First of all, maybe your kids shouldn't be on your myspace profile at 4 and 6. You could have always taken us off your top friends and put us on the back list. Secondly, why are you lying to your children? Shouldn't you be leading by example? I imagine you're teaching your children the importance of honesty, do you think there's a chance they'll have a hard time reconciling your dishonesty with your claim that we should be honest? It's important to note, it's not fantasy to you, it's simply fantasy to them. How about engaging in games where you play make believe, and you are both on equal footing? You both can embrace a make believe world together, under the guise that you both know that it's just pretend. Perhaps your parents lied to you, but you can stop the lies here and now, in this generation. Your children are likely to appreciate you more if you expose the secret and instead tell them that it's you buying all the presents, it's your love and generosity that is the cause of the gifts they're receiving. If your just itching to keep Santa involved in the day, maybe you could consider doing what my friend Jake does. He tells his daughter that we are all Santa and she has to give a gift to someone else and write "from Santa" on it.