Festivus Pole Vandalized Outside Washington Capitol

Earlier this week, a rainbow-colored Festivus pole went up outside the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington, where there was a Nativity scene on the property.

But this was the pole two days later:

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Can Atheists Celebrate Christmas? (Spoiler: Yes)

Can atheists celebrate Christmas?

I think the holiday has become so secularized, anyway, that the name no longer suggests you have to accept Christ’s divinity to enjoy the traditions.

That was the consensus, anyway, with the panel on a recent HuffPost Live segment I was a part of. As I said during the segment, for most people, Christmas is like playing Monopoly: We all have our own way of doing it and no one really cares what the rule book says.



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Surprising Analysis Shows the South Prefers Saying “Happy Holidays” Over “Merry Christmas”

If there’s one part of the country where you’d think people prefer saying “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays,” I’m sure most people would say the South. But an analysis of data by Andrew R. Lewis and Paul A. Djupe at Five Thirty Eight shows the opposite:



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Here’s How Several British Atheists Spend Christmas

Huffington Post UK spoke to several prominent atheists who belong to the British Humanist Association and asked them what they plan to do for Christmas.

To the surprise of some I’m sure, none of them said, “Christmas?! Bah, humbug!” (Though a couple came close…)

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An Illinois Atheist Group’s “Are You Good Without God?” Banner Was Vandalized

I noted earlier that the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago had put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. They did it to counter the Nativity Scene that was also on the property.

In addition to a five-foot-tall Scarlet A, there was an “Are you Good Without God? Millions are” banner from the Chicago Coalition of Reason:

Late Tuesday night, a group member noticed that someone had tampered with the banner.

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