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Old 12-14-2004, 06:29 PM   #1
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Shoud atheists celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our saviour (hence CHRISTmas).

I was just thinking for laughs, aren't atheists being hypocritical when they celebrate christmas and easter?
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Nope, because Christmas is a long part of my familys traditions and we celebrate it as a family, nor do I have any problem with Christmas being associated with Christ.
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Actually Christmas and Easter are pagan celebrations.

And who are you to judge what others celebrate? How about everyone play nice. Thanks.
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Merry Xmas

and to all the sun whorshipers

a Happy New Year
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I disagree, while their origins are definitely pagan the celebrations themselves are not and are entwined with Christianity.

P.S. Your "saviour" not mine.
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while their origins are definitely pagan the celebrations themselves are not and are entwined with Christianity.

I agree, the current celebrations are Christian.

PS If Athiests do or don't celebrate Christmas and/or Easter its entirely up to them. Live and let live
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The majority of the world hasn't celebrated Christmas in that way(a Christian holiday honoring Christ) in at least a hundred years. This is the retailer's holiday. It's about two things: Being with your family and giving each other presents.
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Indeed, except when uppity bastards begin to demand that Christmas becomes Holiday celebrations and everything Christian must be removed - that really ticks me off, we should have pride in our traditions; would the Westerners who post here expect that everything Islamic be hidden away when we are in an Islamic country lest we be offended.
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The majority of the world hasn't celebrated Christmas in that way(a Christian holiday honoring Christ) in at least a hundred years. This is the retailer's holiday. It's about two things: Being with your family and giving each other presents.


You hit it right on the nail namkuR.
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You hit it right on the nail namkuR.
Pity the nail was banging th efoot in your mouth.

MILLIONS celebrate them from a religious perspective.
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i celebrate the economy going round. so long as its not on too much credit.

which it always is. so, yes, i am a hypocrite.

and the fact that most people, for a few days, seem somewhat happy.
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Pity the nail was banging th efoot in your mouth.

MILLIONS celebrate them from a religious perspective.
Has anyone welcomed you to FYM yet?

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Old 12-14-2004, 07:19 PM   #13
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I'm more agnostic than atheistic, but I'll answer anyway. And my answer is...(drumroll please)...if they want to. Christmas can be celebrated in a completely religious way, a completely secular way, or a combination of the two (I doubt all that many people in the US anyway, celebrate Christmas in a completely religious way). I don't think it is necessarily a religious holiday to everyone now (at least in the US) -- to me that was forfeit when it became a federal holiday -- and so it can be celebrated by anyone who wishes, and in whatever manner.
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my muslim neighbours celebrate christmas.

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Christmas Eve is all about the night Christ is born. So if you don't believe in God, then what are you celebrating?

Are you celebrating because everyone else is doing it? Isn't being an atheist all about going against the current and "not following blindly what others swear is true?"

I don't know, I think it's pretty hypocritical of atheists to celebrate it.
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I am celebrating being around friends and family with a fine brandy. It is hardly hypocrisy to enjoy these things and not believing is hardly a case of trying to excercise individuaity or seperate thought from believers, it almost seems as it you think that people don't believe because you do which is self centered, in the best possible way of course.
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Christmas Eve is all about the night Christ is born. So if you don't believe in God, then what are you celebrating?

Are you celebrating because everyone else is doing it? Isn't being an atheist all about going against the current and "not following blindly what others swear is true?"

I don't know, I think it's pretty hypocritical of atheists to celebrate it.
I don't celebrate the "birth of Christ", but I sure as hell celebrate the day off! Happy now?
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Christmas Eve is all about the night Christ is born. So if you don't believe in God, then what are you celebrating?

Are you celebrating because everyone else is doing it? Isn't being an atheist all about going against the current and "not following blindly what others swear is true?"

I don't know, I think it's pretty hypocritical of atheists to celebrate it.
Why do you care?
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:15 PM   #19
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It's a discussion forum, martha. If nobody cared about anything enough to discuss then it this entire site would be pointless.

Thanks for that blank post, by the way, nice way of contributing to the thread. 4 words, 1 post, nothing to say.
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I'll bite then BrownEyedBoy. If Christ died for our sins, did he die for only some of us or all of us? In other words did he die even for those without faith? Faith doesn't change fact. He either did or he didn't. Nothing will change that. If you believe some people who don't have this faith, don't have the right to celebrate Christmas at all, then you're in your own way denying he died for us all.
I dont know if I am explaining this properly. It's one of those crosseyed points.

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