The War on Christmas… Animated

You know your cause has hit the big time when the Taiwan-based Next Media Animation studio is covering the drama.

So here’s the War on Christmas… in cartoon form:

The animation ends with the question of whether atheists are suffering from some sort of persecution complex and whether we should be more tolerant. It’s the wrong message. Atheists aren’t opposed to other people celebrating their religious holidays. It’s about whether the government should be promoting one faith over another faith and any faith over no faith. It’s about using taxpayer money to promote religion. It’s a fight that benefits everybody, not just atheists.

(Thanks to Brian for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Steven Bloomfield

    FSM shooting Ragu cracked me up!

  • Jonas Green

    American atheists aren’t opposed to the religious celebrating their own holidays, but this add was made in Taiwan, where according to the video Christmas is no longer a national holiday. That’s not the case here.

    In America, Jefferson coined the phrase ‘Separation of Church and State’ and our Constitution is explicitly secular. — But still certain holidays such as Christmas have become secular, over time. Some such as ‘Good Friday’ still have only religious meaning. There have been court cases challenging ‘Good Friday’ as state holidays.

    • Goldie Holzer

      Since I am NOT an atheist, I probably should just not respond here. But I have always said (I worked for the state for more than 30 years), that if they quit celebrating Christmas, Thanksgiving (Ok, Thanksgiving not specifically religious but it IS a day to give THANKS to God for what we have – so in that essence – it IS religious) and Easter (which Good Friday is all about – don’t get off on Easter since it is ALWAYS on a Sunday)….how many atheists or agnostics would raise hell, lol!. They would lose those holidays. No one says the atheists have to go to church on Christmas just because they are given the day off. But hey, according to the atheists’ way of thinking that all religious holidays should be treated the same…..I would not be bitching if I was given holidays off for the Jewish, Muslim, etc. holidays. That would just have given me more vacation days!

      I am keeping this light – just referencing the holiday issue (as someone said up in an earlier post about something else – it BENEFITS everyone) because I do not want to get into a battle with non-believers as it is no use. You won’t change my mind and I won’t change yours.

      • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

        Thanksgiving is a day to be grateful for what we have. There’s nothing religious about it.

        As for the other holidays, I’d love it if they weren’t official holidays. Make Christians use their precious vacation days for Christmas and Easter? Make them feel the pain of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and Eid and Diwali falling on school events, so maybe they’ll be a bit more sensitive to planning things? Oh hells yeah, lets do that.

        I’m all for holidays. They’re awesome, they’re a needed time for rest and recharging. I just don’t think explicitly religious holidays should be on the list. We can celebrate more people’s birthdays as national holidays or something instead.

  • Ida Know

    They think *atheists* “might be” suffering from a persecution complex and should learn to be more tolerant?!

    *facepalm*

  • Willy Occam

    Needs more hot CGI Taiwanese women in bikinis and nighties gratuitously placed through the video.  

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    This video makes me proud of His Holy Noodliness.

    May we all be touched by His noodly appendage this solstice season. 

  • Sindigo

    I liked it when Joseph and Mary pulled glocks. That just about sums it up.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Very entertaining – but doesn’t do a particularly good job of conveying the relevant facts.
     

  • Santiago

    That baby Jesus with the cross (or is he the angel?) scares me. The atheist with the flame thrower…priceless. Drama indeed :)

  • The Dread Pirate Rodgers

    Dancing FSM is best FSM.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    As others have noted, some important points are misrepresented or absent. Regardless, it is several orders of magnitude more enjoyable than anything I’ve seen from DarkMatter2525.

  • DougI

    If I’m fighting a war on Xmas how come I don’t get veteran’s benefits?

  • JoeBuddha

    I liked the Superman leap the Joseph character made off the courtroom steps. He just needs to work on his distance.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    That was very amusing.

  • SeekerLancer

    Funny but with a misunderstanding of what’s meant by “public displays” which is why I think we need to start saying, “displays on government property.”

  • Ryan Malone

    As an atheist with an appreciation for the weird, I have to say, I DO NOT CARE what the message of this video was. It was AWESOME. And I said it in caps so you have to believe me. By zeus, I love NMA studio.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    So I gather that the “War on Xmas” thing is now an issue in countries like Taiwan.  Is this something being disseminated internationally by USian fundies, or is “War on Xmas” some kind of Jungian archetype?

  • Fern

    I find it amusing that atheism is somehow entirely represented by /r/atheism.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Redditor, too, but /r/atheism is mostly a crash pad for new atheists and people that like memes. 


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