"Happy Holidays". Bill O'Reilly and other rightwingers bitch and moan about the expression "Happy Holidays", which they insist is an insult to Christmas, for allowing other holidays, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, to be included. I find this extremely odd considering how Radical Zionist rightwingers are nowadays. Why would they object to including Jews in holiday greetings?
More to the point, however, there are TWO holidays that even Christians celebrate at this time of year, and that is what I always took "Happy Holidays" to mean, the exact equivalent of "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year". Two holidays, Mr. O'Reilly, that CHRISTIANS wish each other well on, ergo "Happy HolidayS".
Attacking Atheism. O'Reilly & Co. have had a field day also bitching and moaning about the decision of the government of the State of Washington to allow a sign conveying an atheistic message to appear alongside a nativity scene in the State Capitol Building. According to these fanatics, forcing Christianity upon the unwilling is perfectly permissible under our Constitutional scheme, even tho it is expressly forbidden by the First Amendment (made binding on state governments by the Fourteenth Amendment) but giving atheists equal time is an outrageous offense to believers. Offending atheists, however, is fine. What about that Golden Rule from Jesus? — "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Mr. O'Reilly, atheists are right, religious people are wrong, and you have no right to force your superstitions upon sane people. Religion is responsible for millions of deaths, if not even hundreds of millions. Fanatical morons insist that fine points of dogma are worth killing over, such as the split between Shia and Sunni in Islam, or Catholicism and Protestantism in Christianity; and "the faithful" feel entitled to kill nonbelievers/"infidels", as of right. YOU, the religious, are responsible for Zionism and retaliatory Islamic "terrorism". WE, the nonreligious, don't care if some idiot talks to himself and thinks he's talking to some invisible guy in the sky, or avoids black cats, or believes in ghosts. None of that has anything to do with us, as long as they don't insist WE talk to an invisible guy in the sky in public professions of "faith" (such as the Pledge of Allegiance) or demand that we kill black cats or participate in séances to speak to those ghosts they are sure exist (just like what the bizarre animated program South Park called "The Biggest Douche in the World" (John Edward) does on TV for his deluded fans).
The text of the atheistic message is gentle and benign:
The reaction of the compulsory-religion people was to remove the sign and throw it into a ditch. When it was returned to its place of honor in the State Capitol, a note was appended to remind people "Thou shalt not steal", since the very same people who constantly insist on posting the (Jewish) Ten Commandments in public buildings have no problem with violating any of them, including that pesky one about killing, to advance or, they say, "defend" their own religion from people who dare to challenge it in any regard. These people see no problem with printing "In God We Trust" on the money everyone must use, but would fly into murderous rage if the Government started printing "There Is No God" on our currency, either instead of or in addition to "In God We Trust". Equal time isn't equal, you see, and turnabout isn't fair play when doubt is more powerful than faith.
At this season of THE WINTER SOLSTICE may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.
"Archie Bunker" was right: "Faith is believing something that nobody in his right mind would believe."
(The current U.S. military death toll in Iraq, according to the website "Iraq Coalition Casualties", is 4,209 — for Israel.)
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