Comment roundup 12/14.

This week’s comment comes from John Sunderman.

Amazing…so Santa Claus is not a myth?? And of course Athiests have to insult Christianity…can’t just believe in whatever it is they believe (which is pretty much nothing), Athiests have to impose their beliefs on everyone else in society–pathetic.

No, John.  The billboard categorizes Santa and Jesus both as myths.  The difference is that atheists can be consistent with our myths.  No jolly fat man rides a flying sleigh pulled by floating reindeer.  Similarly, no Canaanite dude rose from the dead and flew into the sky either.  Believing in one is just as shameful as believing in the other.

And we can believe what we believe, which is actually a lot.  I, for instance, believe most of the things on wikipedia.  We can also make us of the same rights as Christians: to vocalize our beliefs.  It’s not only the religious that get to say the other side is wrong (and often threaten us with hell right after), atheists get to do that too.

And just how do we impose our beliefs on everyone else in society?  Do we pass laws trying to restrict who Christians can marry?  Do we march into churches insisting that Sunday schools teach evolution (or try to pass laws to that effect)?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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