Skip to comments.Atheists at Christmas: Eat, drink and be wary
Posted on 12/13/2009 9:14:32 PM PST by smokingfrog
Angie O'Neill recently moved into a new apartment complex for seniors and she's trying to make new friends. But Christmas is a tough time of year for an atheist.
"All the planned activities at this time of year revolve around the church," said O'Neill, a retiree and an atheist for decades.
O'Neill sought an escape this week, joining a group of her fellow nonbelievers for a weekly "Atheist Happy Hour" at a suburban Mexican restaurant. The group, Atheists for Human Rights, is active year-round but takes it up a notch this time of year with a Winter Solstice party, a charity drive and good attendance for the weekly gathering at Ol' Mexico.
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"What we're celebrating this year is the promise of the sun returning. That's S-U-N, not S-O-N," said Bill Weir, a retired marketing executive from Plymouth.
"Then the Christians stole it," added Marie Alena Castle of Minneapolis, the 82-year-old founder of Atheists for Human Rights and an atheist activist for two decades. It's a season of celebration for the Jewish faith as well, with Hanukkah.
Still, none of the atheists interviewed for this story expressed a wish to be left out of Christmas entirely.
"Food, we like. Presents, we like. Seeing family, we like," said Val Woelfel of St. Paul, an aspiring archaeologist. Woelfel, 47, and her boyfriend, Bjorn Larsen, 32, planned to erect a tree in their living room: "Sacred trees are an ancient custom. It's pretty, it smells nice and it's pagan," Woelfel said.
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Castle, the veteran activist, said people shouldn't cave in to the notion that Christmas belongs to Christians.
"Baby Jesus is just an excuse for a lot of people to party, anyway," Castle said. "Enjoy your friends. Eat, drink and be merry."
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the anti-church media is as the anti-church media does.
For tomorrow you die? Would that it worked that way.
Anyone who’s been in the military remembers the old saying -there are no atheists in fox holes.
Pagan isn’t the same as atheist. Tell me these Mensa members knew.
At age 47?
Sounds like a subsidized professional student -- who should be given a mop and broom and sent off to do something productive rather than having their parasitism rewarded.
I have done Posada with my Mexican American neighbors and, while I do not share their version of Christmas, it is a lot of fun and is a great celebration of Christ’s birth.
I wish my Jewish friends a happy (C)hannuk(ch)a. In fact, I have done Seder once (although I won’t sit Shiva).
Encouraging others to embrace and enjoy their celebrations, whether or not you share their particular faith, is only a “burden” and a time to be “wary” for those ready and willing to be insulted at the drop of a tree decoration.
>>For tomorrow you die? Would that it worked that way.<<
Are you sure? I mean, to die just because you ate, drank and were merry? Wow — tough standard there! ;)
Paranoid bunch, aren’t they?
“Angie O’Neill recently moved into a new apartment complex for seniors and she’s trying to make new friends. But Christmas is a tough time of year for an atheist.”
“All the planned activities at this time of year revolve around the church,” said O’Neill, a retiree and an atheist for decades.”
Yeah, it’s called freedom to worship. How about instead of whining about it, you go out and try and create your own atheist holiday?
I wouldn’t have such a problem with atheists if they weren’t always whining about how invasive religion is to them while taking steps to see it banned from public view.
Oh, come, all ye faithless, mournful and despondent,
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye, to Minnesota.
Come and behold Him, born the bane of bri-i-ights;
Oh come let us deride Him
Oh come let us deny Him
Oh come let us reject Him
Sing, choirs of atheists, sing in consternation;
Oh, sing, all ye citizens of Manhattan!
Glory to Mankind, glory in the highest;
Nay, we defy Thee, born this pagan morning;
Jesus, to Thee be no credence givn;
Fraud of the Ages, now rednecks deceiving;
Good luck with that one, wankers.
Woelfel, 47, and her boyfriend, Bjorn Larsen, 32,
Very cute and funny!
Add about 80 IQ points, shave the legs, armpits, and moustache.
Then suspended sentence.
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