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 editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • 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.

  • 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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