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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A Look at the Grisly Side of Traditional Christmas Myths

It’s all fun and games until someone gets eaten, beaten, or sacrificed.

Christmas is a time that should inspire togetherness and, if we consult the traditional Christmas myths… well, absolute terror. Depending on which stories you credit, the holiday is less a joyous celebration and more the reign of cannibals, monsters, and blood sacrifice (oh my!).

A lot of the horrific aspects were likely designed to elicit good behavior. There are rewards — Santa will bring toys to all the good kids! — but the punishments go so much further than the familiar coal in the stockings.

For instance, there’s the holiday goat-demon Krampus.



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“Reason’s Greetings” Banner Vandalized in Boston

On Sunday, members of the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts put up a fairly innocuous banner in the Boston Common area:

Rangers took it down the following day, even though the atheists had a permit, so the group put it back up on Tuesday.

Then, on Wednesday, they saw that it had been slashed:



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Somalia and Brunei Have Banned Public Christmas Celebrations

You want to know what a War on Christmas looks like?

Then stop focusing on what they’re selling at Starbucks and look at what’s happening in Muslim-majority Somalia:



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