On December 25th we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Since the beginning of this celebration in the U.S. people have combined this event with pre-Christian winter celebrations such what is now known as a Christmas tree, decorating the home, and exchanging gifts.
Last month in Santa Monica, in the true spirit of Christmas (not), various atheist groups complained about the 60 year tradition of church groups putting up Nativity scenes in Palisades Park. So the city council did the only thing they could —they let the atheists put up anti-Christian signs.
The desire of the atheists to have us be rational and tolerant of their lack of belief has turned them into completely intolerant and irrational people. They want us to stop all reference to God and religion and remove all religious symbols from public property. But what does that then make public property? Godless. The total lack of religion from public life is in itself the promotion of atheism.
I'm going to say this again because it is important. If there is anything you take away from this article, this is it: The removal of all mention of God, all symbols of religion and discussion of religion from public property and public discourse is in itself an action of promoting only one thing, i.e., atheism.
So why do so many Atheists get to promote their lack of beliefs but we can't promote our beliefs? And how did they get so irrational and intolerant?
I believe their irrationality has grown because of one factor: political correctness. Atheists have been around as far back as anyone can remember and always seemed to be tolerant if not silent about other’s religious expressions. But political correctness has opened the door for any group, large or small, that feels it is not in the main stream of American life to demand toleration even if their demands are themselves intolerant.
Atheists have been watching the effectiveness of political correctness and want a piece of the action. Atheists are tired of sitting on the sidelines watching us celebrate, and experience this alien emotion to them called “joy,” while they have nothing to celebrate. And it's just not fair! We have something and they don't. What we have is worth celebrating. What they have is not. They literally have NOTHING to celebrate.
So political correctness is the vehicle for atheists to compensate for the jealousy they may have always felt, but didn't know how to express. Jealousy combined with political correctness has led them to irrationally insist on forcing their “anti-beliefs” in the middle of one of our religious holidays. Why can't they promote it on their special day? I'll tell you why: because they don't have a special day. How do you celebrate nothingness and why would you? In fact, they don't have an official symbol for atheism. It's ironic that no symbol is the perfect symbol for nothingness.
So with no special day, no symbols, no beliefs, they now jealously, yet in a politically correct way, attack our special days, special symbols and special beliefs. And they have to do it on our special day because nobody would pay attention any other time. It's hard to get people to pay attention to nothing and the message of nothing.
Imagine if you and your next door neighbor had very different political views to the point of not taking to each other. And let's say tomorrow is his birthday and he's having a party with lots of friends over to the house. Would you go to the trouble to put up political signs in your yard protesting his flawed positions on his birthday for all to see? On his birthday? It wouldn't be very nice and would just make you look like an ass.
And this is what atheists are making themselves look like when they feel compelled to attack religion on religious holidays. So I have a suggestion. Why don't you Atheists get organized and pick a day that no one else is using to promote your... well, your nothing. I promise I won't waste any time countering you on your special day. Design some symbols that express Godlessness —we won't stop you from putting them on public property for your holiday. If you want to draw people to your exhibits, I suggest you make them cheery and warm. Make them thought provoking and full of hope. It's worked for us.
Naturally this means that you're going to have to think outside the box, because Godlessness isn't exactly a recipe for hope and comfort. You could stick with "This is it. It doesn't get any better and there is no future." Of course you won't be recruiting very many new lack-of-belief members that way. But just think, you would now have your own “holiday”! Instead of focusing on spoiling other people's holidays, you could focus on developing your holiday along with special activities and decorations. You could work on building the traditions of your lack of belief. You could work on teaching others the importance of Godlessness.
Of course you may not want to go down this path. Establishing yourselves as a part of the mainstream of American tradition opens you up to the intolerant and irrational wrath of political correctness. Tolerant versus intolerant, what feels better? You'll have to choose atheists: How jealous are you?
Tom Garcia is a retired Navy fighter pilot and the host of The American Hour Radio Show. He can be reached at www.TomGarcia.com