I’m not a big fan of David Silverman, I think he plays the foxnews foil a bit too well. And that plays into the stereotype of the angry scrooge atheist. I’m not saying Silverman is that, just that his methods tend to lead in that direction.
Basically, I don’t believe in what I consider needless provocation. Having said that, I understand that to a certain degree, I have it easy, living in Canada, and especially a big city like Toronto. That being said, I can’t see most New Yorkers caring about Silverman’s war on Christmas.
With a picture of Santa Claus above another image of Jesus Christ, the sign, sponsored by New Jersey-based American Atheists, urges passersby to “Keep the Merry!” and “Dump the Myth!” Attacks on Christianity from the group have become routine, and in the bustling heart of America’s busiest city, most folks don’t even waste a shrug on the sign. But some took notice, and did not approve.
But… am I slacking? Shouldn’t I be doing something about religion. When it comes to Christmas, I think keeping an eye on separation of church and state and this is enough.
The secular December 23 holiday made its way into popular culture through George Costanza’s father, Frank, who was tired of the holidays’ commercialism. The Costanza Festivus has no decorations (“I find tinsel distracting”), and includes time-honoured rituals such as the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. And, of course, there’s the festive aluminum pole.
I’m happy to wish people a happy… whatever. And in that spirit, I have one big grievance this year, stupid dumbass blasphemy laws.
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