I complain about stupid religious people all the time so it is only fair that I get a little annoyed when an atheist is a complete jerk.
This charming fellow is understandably upset about a nativity scene set up on public land. Especially given they have nothing representing other religions. Only Christianity. Totally unconstitutional, that.
So what does he do? He posts a video of himself in a profanity laden rant that completely undermines the whole argument. Hating on Christianity (or it’s trappings) just shifts the focus to his asshole behavior rather than keeping it on the fact that you can’t put a nativity scene on public land.
It frustrates me when an atheist acts like the asshole so many people seem to believe the rest of us are because the conversation get hijacked. Nobody is talking about the separation of church and state. They are talking about a guy being a dick.
And the guy being a dick also happens to be an atheist. So the conversation becomes about how atheists are dicks rather than how this one guy is a dick and he’d be a dick no matter what he believed.
When The Dregs perform our Holiday shows, we sing a lot of inappropriate music. Songs like “Do you Have what I Have” and “I Want a Hysterectomy for Christmas” are Dregs fan favorites. So popular, in fact, that we get requests for them all year round.
But we also sing some traditional stuff every year and this year especially, I had more than one person ask me how I dealt with singing religious lyrics. It’s a fair question that comes from the knowledge that I’m not a Christian and I’m pretty darn vocal about it.
The question primarily comes from other atheists. I get it. As a non-Christian, we all get bombarded with religious music at this time of year. For every rendition of “Let is Snow,” we have to listen to eight versions of “Oh Holy Night.” We get tired of constantly being told to fall on our knees because we just don’t want to do it.
I may be an atheist but I still really love Christmas. I don’t just like it. I love it. I love the decorations (christmas lights are pretty). I love the way everyone is a little bit more cheerful this time of year. When I’m talking to people on the phone at work, they are a little more patient with issues. They are a little more pleasant and understanding.
I don’t know if it is because they are anticipating they will find a set of Indiana Jones blu-rays in their stocking or because they are super excited their savior was born in a manger over 2000 years ago. I expect the former is more common than the latter but I don’t really care.
It’s Tuesday morning and it’s Christmas and just in case you are done with your family Christmas festivities, Geeks Without God is there with you. We talked about Christmas for this weeks’ show and honestly, we all like Christmas.
We realize that makes us poor foot soldiers in the war on Christmas but so be it. We will be filled with the spirit of secular Christmas today and you can too by listening to our podcast. It’s even extra long because we spent a lot of time talking about Christmas cookies.
However you celebrate the holidays (and whatever holiday you celebrate), enjoy this week’s episode!
This week will probably be pretty light as I was out of town for much of it and, as a result, not really following the news. A few things, as always, did manage to catch my eye.
You just know that a lot of people are freaking about this guy because they think he did this because he’s a satanist or pagan or something. I’m unfamiliar with the religion that celebrates the holy day of 12-12-12 but I’m pretty sure that no matter what religion the guy follows, cutting up a 6 year old is not in the holy book.
The guy did it because he’s got a screw loose. Actually, he has a whole erector set full of loose screws. He’s the kind of crazy person who exists so other crazy people can think they are normal.
Normal people don’t carve pentagrams into their children’s backs. Normal people make their kids dinner and give them a hug and kiss before bed. I wish this guy had chosen to carve something less iconic (like a zebra) into his kid’s back. Then the comversation would be on how crazy he is – which is where we should be focused.