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I'm An Atheist That Celebrates Christmas
By: Sour  |  February 28, 2010

What. Logical fallacies are being flagged, probably.

Basically, what happens is this. I'm an atheist. Back in my freshmen year of High School, I got bulled a lot by this group of super-Christians- beat up, had slander thrown about, had my vision impaired (not bullshit). At the time I was Roman Catholic with no idea what the fuck that meant. Seriously, I never considered religion to be a big deal. This Roman Catholic thing is the very reason I got bullied so severely at the time. To quote them, I was "praising the wrong Jesus."

I was unaware that there were multiple Jesi to worship, guys.

In my thinking time, I took the reasoning that God is an all-powerful, omnipotent, and benevolent being that loves all of his creations and rolled with it. I took this reasoning, and combined the assholes- we'll just call the super-Christians that now- with the idea that God is this thing I described a sentence ago. God created these assholes who made direct attacks on my person over his human incarnation (Uncle Ruckus: PRAAIISE White Jesus!). Therefore, God is either an all-powerful omnipotent ASSHOLE who laughs at my suffering, or he's a benevolent moron that isn't omnipotent.

But both of these lead to the same thing- he's not the God that I was taught to worship (defined as: love unconditionally) . With this in hand, I broke away from the constraints of religion as a raging atheist.

I don't pick fights over religion though. That is some whiny stupid shit to fight about. You respect my lack of a God, and I'll respect the fact that you worship either an asshole or a retard. And giggle later. Otherwise, we've got a fucking problem.

This means that I won't be coming out of the closet as an atheist. I'm not hiding the fact. It's already out there, but I just haven't been confronted about it. So either, they aren't paying attention to the fact that I shudder about going to church on Sundays, or my family just doesn't give a rat's ass.

But I still celebrate Christmas. I still say Merry Christmas (fuck Happy Holidays), and I still participate in the blessing at Christmas dinner. I still sit at church on Christmas Eve when my family chooses to go. As uncomfortable as it makes me feel sometimes, I still do it for my family.


Fuck you.

There are two Christmases to celebrate. One is the Christian holiday which we are most famiilar with. The other Christmas, the one I celebrate, the one that takes place on the same day as the one you recognize as the day Jesus was born (or killed, I don't care to remember) is the day where my family gets together to celebrate the fact that we're alive, the day that companies take the time to market their shit for mass profits for. It's not about presents, it's not about Jesus, it's not about God.

It's about the family. And that is the best Christmas to celebrate. Sure, we get presents- I still get presents even though I'm an atheist, and I still give presents even though I'm an atheist.

That the atheist part has no fucking bearing on Christmas is the point I'm trying to make here.

My atheist Christmas is the best Christmas of all.

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