Christmas: A Plea to Evangelicals Who Evangelize Non-Christian Family Members

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserChristmas: it’s that time of year.  Joy to the World. Handel’s Messiah. Cookies and fudge. Eggnog. Shopping. Evergreen trees decked with ornaments and lights. Cards. Presents. Ugly sweaters. Family gatherings. Excited grandchildren.  Ah, the wonders of the Christmas season.But there’s one aspect of Christmas hated by non-Christians, and that’s their Evangelical relatives and friends using the holiday as an opportunity to evangelize those they deem lost and headed for hell. … [Read more...]

Can Atheists Celebrate Christmas?

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserGrowing up in an Evangelical home, I knew that Christmas was all about the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Gifts were sparse, often just two or three packages, but never far from view was the most wondrous gift of all, salvation through the atoning work of Christ on the cross. The churches I attended spent significant time each holiday season reminding congregants that Jesus was the reason for the season. Sermons against Santa Claus, consumerism, and idolatry were common, as were pleas for money to help the poor and disadvantaged. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Giving Gifts Dulls Appreciation For ‘Everlasting Gifts’?

by Melissa from Progressive Quiverfull - Reason for the SeasonEditor's note: This is another distinctive of so many Quiverfull or Fundamentalist families, the belief that celebrating holidays the way everyone else does is somehow a sin. While everyone is free in this country to do as they please in regards to holidays and religions sometimes the reasons they do it strain incredulity. Commercialism may be rampant in some holidays but there are better reasons to not participate than that. We're only a week or so from St. Patrick's Day and Easter is at the end of the month. How did your holidays change going into Quiverfull and after you've left? What do you think? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Keep Your ‘Gift’ Wrapped by Not Having Sex?

by Jessie Minassian from Lies Young Women Believe - Christmas Eve Doesn't Cut ItEditor's note: This young woman tells a tale of the time she and her sister unwrapped all of their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and how it totally ruined Christmas before going into a ham-fisted comparison of having sex before the wedding. … [Read more...]

Christmas: A Plea To Evangelicals Who Evangelize Non-Christian Family Members

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserChristmas: it’s that time of year.  Joy to the World. Handel’s Messiah. Cookies and fudge. Eggnog. Shopping. Evergreen trees decked with ornaments and lights. Cards. Presents. Ugly sweaters. Family gatherings. Excited grandchildren.  Ah, the wonders of the Christmas season.But there’s one aspect of Christmas hated by non-Christians, and that’s their Evangelical relatives and friends using the holiday as an opportunity to evangelize those they deem lost and headed for hell. … [Read more...]

How Fundamentalist Christians Ruin Christmas

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserNow that I am no longer a Christian, I really enjoy Christmas. I know this might be hard for fundamentalist Christians to believe, but I enjoy Christmas now more than I ever did when I was a card-carrying member of Club Christian®. The reason is simple. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, there were services to prepare, food drives to coördinate, and season-themed sermons to preach. Like the Easter season, Christmas was a high-stress, lots-of-work time for me. Quite frankly, I found it exhausting. Rarely did I have the time to just relax and enjoy Christmas. … [Read more...]

How Fundamentalist Christians Ruin Christmas

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser on Dec. 20, 2014Now that I am no longer a Christian, I really enjoy Christmas. I know this might be hard for some to believe, but I enjoy Christmas now more than I ever did when I was a card-carrying member of Club Christian®. The reason is simple. From Thanksgiving to New Years, there were services to prepare, food drives to coördinate, and season-themed sermons to preach. Like the Easter season, Christmas was a high stress, lots of work, time for me. Quite frankly, I found it exhausting and rarely did I have time to enjoy Christmas.And of course, Christmas was that time of year when it was my duty to … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Nancy Steals Hanukkah Day 2

by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies - Never Afraid (Day 2 of Hanukkah)Speaking up for truth in the face of danger? When has Nancy ever done that? She surely did not do it when she disposed of her African adoptees. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Make Sure You Are Not Worshipping Trees or Pumpkins?

by Michael Pearl taken from a transcript of his video 'Bible Questions with Michael Pearl' - Episode 077: What does the Bible say about celebrating Christmas or other Holidays?Saw the first Christmas commercial on television last night and figured we should examine what Michael Pearl thinks of Christmas. … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas: Open Thread

Until Thursday morn NLQ will be taking a breather to spend time with family and friends. In the meantime may we present a mega Quoting Quiverfull with links to all the ways our usual line up of pontificating fundamentalists think we should be celebrating the holiday.Plus a question to think about and post in the thread. How has the holiday season changed for you after leaving whatever former faith you were part of. Is is better? Worst? No difference? What holiday do you celebrate? … [Read more...]