Christopher Hitchens on the True Story of Christmas

Christopher Hitchens would like to teach religious people the true story of Christmas: None of the four gospels gives any notion of what time of year the supposed Nativity occurred. Only two gospels mention the virginity of Mary, and only one has any mention of a “manger.” Wise men and shepherds are likewise very unevenly [Read More...]

Being an Atheist over the Holidays

Bobbie Kirkhart is the past president of Atheist Alliance International and current president of Atheists United in California. She’s one of the nicest atheists you’ll ever meet and one of the best spokespersons for us in the media. The Los Angeles Times‘ Patt Morrison interviewed Bobbie about the holiday season and we’re treated to some [Read More...]

The True Story of Christmas

If you’d like to bone up on the facts and myths about the Christian version of the Christmas story, this (Jewish) website explains everything very nicely. For example, “How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?” Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December [Read More...]

GOP Attacks Christmas Strawman

by Jesse Galef – A bill sponsored by 19 House Republicans (including six from South Carolina, never a good sign,) wants to reaffirm that people can celebrate Christmas and mention God. I’m guessing this is in response to a gross misunderstanding of current legal concerns over displays that are government-sponsored or on government property. Via [Read More...]

Seattle Atheists Want a Sign in the Washington State Capitol Building

The Freedom From Religion Foundation put this sign up in the state Capitol building in Olympia, Washington last year: After all the controversy last year, the state government decided no displays for/against any religion would be allowed at all inside the capitol building. It was the right move. Unfortunately, they’re still allowing displays outside, on [Read More...]