I’m astonished that it’s still an issue. Certain atheists become offended at symbols depicting the birth of Christ. Instead of making their case for atheism, they go on hateful harangues about the supposed separation of church and state. Some even demand that Santa and Christmas trees are offensive since they supposedly promote the Christian religion.
I read a comment from an agnostic recently in regard to banning depictions of Christ’s birth. He was even offended by this small-but-vocal minority. I’ve also heard members of other faiths say on call-in shows that they weren’t at all offended by people wishing them a merry Christmas. This tells me that the problem isn’t the season or the birth of the Saviour but selfish hatred that is at the heart of the issue.
These Scrooge-like people are wearing out their welcome, from what I can tell by public comments about their efforts to eradicate Christmas. If they insist on others not displaying their faith on public property or honouring the origins of the holiday, why don’t they work next Tuesday and not accept time-and-a-half for their labour. Those atheist complainers should shut up and leave people of faith to exercise it. Schools teach evolution and secular radio stations such as the CBC and NPR have atheistic science programs. Isn’t that enough anti-faith promotion for these people?
Though I don’t personally decorate my home and attend the local Christmas play, I don’t try to stop others who do both those things. People who are easily offended by somebody wishing them a merry Christmas should take a chill pill and wish others a happy holiday.
I haven’t addressed the banning of Christmas in my memoirs but I did turn my back on God for 9 years. I didn’t protest overtly Christian symbols but I did give up the activities of the season. My new How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism To Christianity memoir details how God lead me out of a cultic house church and eventually to a correct knowledge of himself. This paperback is available from Virtual Bookworm. Electronic versions are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.