Christmas is coming and atheists are at it again


Atheists are at it again this year, plastering billboards and the sides of buses in cities across the country with their very own sayings of the season. "No god? . . . No problem!" "Be good for goodness' sake." "Millions are good without God." And, "Yes, Virginia . . . there is no God."

The executive director of the American Humanist Association offers an explanation for the campaigns: "We don't intend to rain on anyone's parade, but secular people celebrate the holidays, too, and we're just trying to reach out to our people." It's a fascinating phenomenon, really. It's as though nonbelievers somehow feel threatened by all the religious references they see around them at this time of year. No, wait. That can't be. Multi-colored lights, brightly decorated stores, secular holiday music blasting through malls, and Santas with reindeer on front lawns have nothing to do with religion. What's really at work here?

In an interview for Salvo magazine, Dinesh D'Souza, discussed atheism and why he believes atheists are becoming more vocal:

"[I]f you truly believe that there is no proof for God, then you're not going to bother with the matter. You're just going to live your life as if God isn't there.

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"I don't believe in unicorns, so I just go about my life as if there are no unicorns. You'll notice that I haven't written any books called The End of the Unicorn, Unicorns Are Not Great, or The Unicorn Delusion, and I don't spend my time obsessing about unicorns. What I'm getting at is that you have these people out there who don't believe that God exists, but who are actively attempting to eliminate religion from society, setting up atheist video shows, and having atheist conferences. There has to be more going on here than mere unbelief."

D'Souza doesn't believe most atheists specifically reject Christian theology. He thinks it's Christian morality they find objectionable because it's threatening:

"The atheist looks at all of Christianity's 'thou shalt nots'---homosexuality is bad; divorce is bad; adultery is bad; premarital sex is bad---and then looks at his own life and says, 'If these things are really bad, then I'm a bad guy. But I'm not a bad guy; I'm a great guy. I must thus reinterpret or (preferably) abolish all of these accusatory teachings that are putting me in a bad light.'"

If atheists care enough to try and counter Christmas, maybe, like the Grinch who tried to steal it, they just need to see true Christian love and charity in action. How about an invitation to Christmas dinner?

Marcia Segelstein
Marcia Segelstein


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