The Secular Traditions of Christmas

Stephanie Rona walked through the beautiful secular traditions of Christmas and how, even in our country’s history, it has been possible to celebrate it without Christ. It begins at the 1:10 mark:

I was pleasantly surprised by the bit at the 1:42 mark.

(via Houston Oasis)

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Dave Silverman Defends Atheist Billboard Against Sean Hannity’s Whining

By now, you’re all probably very sick of hearing Fox News and “War on Christmas” stories… too bad. The War is on for another two weeks.

Last night, American Atheists’ Dave Silverman appeared in-studio to go head-to-head-to-head with Sean Hannity and Todd Starnes — which, according to Fox News math, is fair-and-balanced — and did a fantastic job:



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‘Keep Saturn in Saturnalia’ Billboard Counters Christian Sign in New Jersey Town

On Thursday, a familiar sign returned to the town of Pitman, New Jersey:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation explains:

“Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” is the message that went up Dec. 12 on the billboard located off West Holly Avenue a mile east of Lambs Road in Pitman, about 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia.

The billboard will be up for a month and is meant to counter the “Keep Christ in Christmas” display by the Knights of Columbus that the borough seems to think is appreciated by persons of non-Christian religions and those who follow no creed at all.


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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (Megyn Kelly): Jon Stewart Skewers Fox News’ Caucasian Persuasion

In his inimitable way, Jon Stewart takes on Fox News’ obsession with keeping Santa and Jesus as white as the driven snow. The best line is by Jessica Williams, the Daily Show‘s “Senior Christmas Historical Accuracy Correspondent”:

Santa is white. That’s just a fact. It’s Miracle on 34th Street, not Miracle on 134th Street.

Can’t argue with that. Merry White Christmas, everyone!

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South Carolina Air Force Base Removes Nativity Scene

Thanks to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the mythical War on Christmas has some soldiers helping out this year. Last week at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, a nativity scene was taken down after complaints, just before the annual tree lighting.

Mikey Weinstein, president of the MRFF, said they got complaints from Air Force personnel and contacted the Pentagon. After the call from the Pentagon, the display was removed in two hours and fifteen minutes. He cited Air Force Instruction 1-1, Section 2.11 as reason for the removal:

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