An Atheist Explains Why He Loves Christmas and How His Group Puts That Into Action November 28, 2015

An Atheist Explains Why He Loves Christmas and How His Group Puts That Into Action

Eric Jayne, president of Minnesota Atheists, says there’s no “War on Christmas” being waged by his group. In fact, he loves Christmas — at least the spirit of it:

… if you find yourself retorting “Merry Christmas” when the cashier at the store says “Happy Holidays,” you may think about re-examining how secure you are in your religious faith. If you have determined that you have lost confidence in your god-belief as I did many years ago, I invite you to celebrate life and the holidays with the friendly people at Minnesota Atheists. Many of us love celebrating Christmas with all of the glorious fanfare outside of the church. This includes an annual winter solstice celebration with the Humanists of Minnesota, and gift giving along with charitable donations to social-service organizations that help improve this life and this world without an army of salvation-seeking bell-ringers.

There’s already enough trouble in the world, so let’s agree to end this silly war. Whether we are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, humanist or something else I believe that we all generally wish to reduce our problems and strive for peace, love and joy — three primary elements of the Christmas spirit.

It’s not just talk, either. The group will be holding its fifth annual “Atheist War on Christmas Gift Drive” in a couple of weeks. It involves lunch at a restaurant with the cost of admission being a gift that will eventually go to “families spending time at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.”

If that’s what the War on Christmas looks like, may the battles rage on.

(Top image via Shutterstock. Bottom image via Eric Jayne)

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