The real reason(s) for the season

Following in Dinesh D’Souza’s footsteps, Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer informs us that there are (apparently) precisely four reasons why anyone would celebrate Christmas: parties, booze, presents, and Jesus.

If religion, and Christianity in particular, is responsible for the bulk of this world’s woes as some claim, then why would they commemorate the birth of its founder? I guess it’s the parties, the booze and the presents.

I think Pastor Scott is either forgetting a few things, or else he is reluctant to admit that non-Christians might have reasons for participating in the festivities too. Reasons like family, tradition, and celebrating the human spirit of peace, charity, and togetherness. Perhaps he’s forgetting that non-Christians have been celebrating the mid-winter season for a lot longer than the Christians have been parking their holy day there in hopes of appropriating the credit for the celebration. Or maybe he just wants a chance to renew the traditional Christian insinuation that all non-Christians are selfish drunkards reveling in debauchery.

Well Pastor Scott, let me just wish you, in the best traditions that custom has associated with the season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year anyway.

 
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2 Responses to “The real reason(s) for the season”

  1. PalMD Says:

    It’s also rather circular reasoning. “Christianity must be good because Christians like it”.

  2. prazzie Says:

    Hmm. “…why would they commemorate the birth of its founder?” If he is referring to Jesus Christ, then he might be interested to know that he’s got the wrong date if he was hoping to celebrate the birthday of that particular Jew. As for us atheists commemorating the birth of the founder of Christianity, well, some of us don’t consider Jesus to have been the founder. If he even existed, I think of him more as Paul’s puppet.

    For the pastor’s information, I consider the Christians to be commemorating pagan traditions and commend them for upholding these ancient rituals to this day.

    Professor, you kindly suggest the the pastor is being forgetful. I would be less kind and point out that the vast majority of these people never knew the facts in the first place.