Secular Humanists Bid All ‘A Merry un-Christmas’

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 Copyright 2012 Susan Stamper Brown

That “most wonderful time of the year” has arrived, and with it, most predictably, another round of attacks (yawn) by Secular Humanists doing their best to destroy the season by removing the Christ child from the crèche.

Yes, these are the same people who think goodness exists without God (with a capital “G”) and lose their free-thinking minds at courthouse displays of the Ten Commandments. Nothing against all the free thinking atheists out there, but what rational argument can be made against “Thou shalt not kill” or “Honor thy Father and Mother”?

You’d think free thinking would involve thinking outside the box a bit. It would have saved an atheist group time, money and the embarrassment of recently losing their lawsuit to remove a statue in Whitefish, Montana.  One person, out of the countless thousands having skied past the 57-year old statue over the years, found it offensive. Had a little of that “free thinking” been conjured, maybe they would come to the same conclusion the judge overseeing the case did in late November deciding the “Jesus” statue should remain because it is of a historical nature having been erected as a World War II memorial for veterans who saw a similar one in Europe during WWII.

Indeed, America’s founders separated church and state because of the tyrannical mess they escaped from and fought against, but it is a ruse to suggest God was removed in the process. Au contraire. Judeo-Christian morality is woven through the very fiber of the U.S. Constitution. The founders under-pinned our nation’s laws with morality to maintain a steady framework that has been systematically chipped away at by individuals, a tiny minority I might add, forcing the masses to conform to their own religion of worshipping themselves, i.e., “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”.

So now they are going after Charlie Brown. An atheist group is upset an Arkansas school offered students an optional, meaning not required, school field trip to see a production of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” which just happened to be showing at a local church. The November 29 letter sent to the Little Rock Arkansas School District by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center speaks to separation of church and state and complains: “The message of the play is clear: Jesus Christ is the son of God and the messiah, and the real meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the anniversary of his birth. It is completely sectarian in nature and expressly rejects any secular version of Christmas…”.

Well, duh.  The group claims they are standing up for the rights of children, but what child, after watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” has a conversion experience? But… if they do…good for them.  I’m thinking these people might need to deal with their own Christianphobia.   Charlie Brown? Come on.

The American Humanist Association’s (AHA) website unveiled its latest un-Christmas campaign, “Bias Against Atheists Is Naughty, Not Nice,” which accuses Christians of intolerance and depicts Santa Claus drafting a naughty list in the towns where the AHA claims atheists experienced discrimination because of their disbelief.

At the expense of sounding nit-picky here, on what basis would these particular free thinkers claim discrimination is wrong?  In doing so, aren’t they inadvertently acknowledging a belief in Judeo-Christian morality and a fortuitous belief in God? Check out Deuteronomy 10:17 which states God is against partiality (discrimination). Humanists say humans can be “good without God,” but fall back into the same trap about the definition of good and how they arrived at that definition.

They claim they want freedom from religion, which they already have because it is one of our founding principles. Besides, Christianity is not a religion. Never was. Never will be. It’s a relationship. A way of life.  A choice.

But freedom–from God–is another matter altogether, and that’s something they’ll have to work out with the man upstairs.

8 Responses to Secular Humanists Bid All ‘A Merry un-Christmas’

  • I have always found it interesting that most people believe that the “separation of church and state” is found in the Constitution of the United States…. It is not. the phrase ” a wall of separation” was written in a letter by Thomas Jefferson to of all things…. A CHURCH! I enjoy challenging people to try and find it in the Constitution… once they are unable, they seem to just slither away. I think that Jefferson’s intent was to encourage the church that the government would be staying out of religion, not the other way around. I find it amusing that the very people who are so offended by anything to do with religion, have no earthly idea that GOD is in fact ruler over them whether they believe it or not. I also fear that one day we too may have to answer to God, not for disbelief, but for failure to defend what our forefathers established with GODS guidance

  • Isn’t it absolutely amazing that by taking the actions they do to “separate” church and state, the atheists, socialists and agnostics have succeeded in actually uniting the powers of the state and church into a centralized police state, the very tyranny America was founded to prevent?

    Isn’t it absolutely amazing that by raising a stink that Christians discriminate that they themselves become activist in their rabid discrimination against us?

    And isn’t it absolutely amazing that in so doing they have proven that without God there is no goodness!

    The religious zealotry of the anti-religious would be amusing in its profligate idiocy if they didn’t torture and kill so many innocents in the process of making their world a safer place for themselves.

    Maybe the real reason they have such an urgency in their violence is that they deep-down understand that Jesus is returning as King and their time is running very, very short. Hallelujah!

    And a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

  • I will give Susan Brown credit for one thing. She seems to have gotten her name right. Other then that, not so much. Secular humanists like me arive at moral decisions based on reason and empathy. For example, a person suffers if a god exists or not. There is suffering in the world, and a god’s existence doesn’t take away from that. Suffering is awful and should be reduced. Does she only care about suffering and harm if a god supposedly tells her? Really? IF a god uses reason, then the god is just a means to a conclusion, no matter how logical. If morality is just a god’s whims, well, then it is just his whims. WOrthless and without foundation.

    Second as a humanist I don’t ask for the government to further anything I believe about religion, but she and others like her do. Would she be happy with kids taken to a mosque to learn about the life of Muhammad as taught by devout Muslims? Of course not, but when humanists/atheists like me object, we are called intolerant. The irony is lost on her and others like her.

    Lastly the idea that CHristianity is not a religion is absurd. Even if true, which I find highly improbable it meets easily the definition. Belief in the supernatural, belief in a deity, etc. If it is not a religion then the term religion is meaningless. All religious believers say their own religion is true, what makes you so special Ms. Brown?

    • Thanks for writing Jerome. I’m curious about a few of your comments, so if you have time, would you please answer these questions:

      How would you define atheism?

      Do you act according to what you believe (there is no God) in or what you don’t believe in (lack belief in God)?

      Do you think it is inconsistent for someone who “lacks belief” in God to work against God’s existence by attempting to show that God doesn’t exist?

      How sure are you that your atheism properly represents reality?

      How sure are you that your atheism is correct?

      How would you define what truth is?

      Why do you believe your atheism is a justifiable position to hold?

      Are you a materialist, or a physicalist, or what?

      Do you affirm or deny that atheism is a worldview? Why or why not?

      Not all atheists are antagonistic to Christianity, but for those of you who are, why the antagonism?

      If you were at one time a believer in the Christian God, what caused you to deny his existence?

      Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?

      Do you believe the world would be better off without Christianity?

      Do you believe that faith in a God or gods is a mental disorder?

      Must God be known through the scientific method?

      If you answered yes to the previous question, then how do you avoid a category mistake by requiring material evidence for an immaterial God?

      Do we have any purpose as human beings?

      If we do have purpose, can you as an atheist please explain how that purpose is determined?

      Where does morality come from?

      Are there moral absolutes?

      If there are moral absolutes, could you list a few of them?

      Do you believe there is such a thing as evil? If so, what is it?

      If you believe that the God of the Old Testament is morally bad, by what standard do you judge that he is bad?

      What would it take for you to believe in God?

      What would constitute sufficient evidence for God’s existence?

      Must this evidence be rationally based, archaeological, testable in a lab, etc. or what?

      Do you think that a society that is run by Christians or atheists would be safer? Why?

      Do you believe in free will? (free will being the ability to make choices without coersion).

      If you believe in free will do you see any problem with defending the idea that the physical brain, which is limited and subject to the neuro-chemical laws of the brain, can still produce free will choices?

      If you affirm evolution and that the universe will continue to expand forever, then do you think it is probable that given enough time, brains would evolve to the point of exceeding mere physical limitations and become free of the physical and temporal, and thereby become “deity” and not be restricted by space and time? If not, why not?

      If you answered the previous question in the affirmative, then aren’t you saying that it is probable that some sort of God exists?

  • Christianity is not a religion? That makes just as little sense as all the other mindless garbage that falls out of your brain. Ignorance is bred by religion, just read the above.

  • Our government is not supposed to favor any religion over another. Individuals are free to promote their beliefs.

  • Dear Susan,

    “Will we slow moral decline in 2013?”

    Let’s have a historical conversation about our founding fathers, and what they did to the our beautiful native peoples. How they murdered our own, and how they progressed throught the hands of time that acutally led up to the “Constitution and the Bill of RIghts”. How malicias became a necessary step to protect the few white people from their own governements, and how Christians came onto this land, under force to teach a way of life by the use of brutality, mutilation, molestation, and yes even murder. Our founding fathers and Christians took away our first nations lands, their freedeoms, their religion, food source, their children, and even language. This is, after all a big part of our American History. We don’t talk about the “truth” because it’s bad.

    On the issue of morality, lets talk about war, murder, cheating, and killing of American lives to serve a purpose of a rather larger business agenda called “the oil business”. There was nothing sacred about the fear, lies, and cheating of the American people when GW Bush our President took our country into Iraq and killed thousands upon thousands of innoscient lives under false pretenses. This too is our American History. And these are the issues of Morality that we probably need to talk about because these are the facts that this country avoids at all costs. But we know better.

    So now this “liberal” agenda which you call out as on the “moral decline”, which happens to promote and support –
    1. equal human rights,
    2. job creation, and education,
    3. closing tax loop holes on big corporations that ship jobs overseas but still collects tax benefits for their shareholders,
    4. Better living conditions for our schooles and kids K1-12
    5. Better Health Care Plans – Cheaper costs, caps.
    6. Gun Control laws which will deter the Criminals and the Insane, protect our citizens
    7. Native Rights and Treaties put back into effect
    8. Unemployment programs
    9. Planned Parent Hood – Educational resources avail. for the underprivilged
    10. Weather Relief Fund – FEMA well directed and funded
    11. Enviromnental Laws put back into place to protect all.
    12. Ending both Wars…. which cost the USA trillions in damage, and weakened our relationships with the rest of the world..

    These are just to name the few programs that our now President Obama has put his energies into, and supported which you do not, nor does the GOP. My headline would read “Will the GOP do their job,s and work for the people, instead of killing them for the 2%”?

    I am an Independant, Roman Catholic, college educated married female. I worked on Wall Street, Corporate Banking, Computer Industry, and publising for many years. I am now retired at the moment, enjoy writing and recording music and singing. I find
    it very healing after all my life experiences out there in the world. I’ve lived in 6 major cities, traveled abroud, and know a little about our American history, and how things evolved on what we call “Turtle Island” USA.
    I do believe in love, compassion for all of mankind. I think our government today represents something very interesting, and that is the majority, not a minority. I do hope that in my life time I get to see a Native American in office. Many as a matter of fact. But I do wish most of all to feel “peace” in the world before I die.

    Points of view are just that, points on a map so big sometimes we can get rather lost in our own hearts thinking the human race is bad, not good. It’s not evil vs. good, it’s more like ego vs. clarity. You have to be clear on your intent, not a sound bit for just a point of view. You are better then this you do..

    Thank you,
    Have a blessed day.
    Andrea Renee Hall

    • And let us not cherry-pick history to our liking, and may we remember there is indeed black and white, and right and wrong–not based upon human moods or conditions but rather by rules set down by our Creator.

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