Category Archives: Atheism
Like a lot of other atheists I really like christmas. I like the candles, the colors, the christmas songs (not all the dodgy lyrics), the smell of cooking and the taste of the chrismas food. I really understand that people in the northern hemisphere have been celebrating the winter solstice for a long time, long before christianity hijacked it. I’m also pleased that in Norway we still use the ancient, heden word “jul” (related to and pronounced like “yule”) for this holiday. For me christmas is an opportunity to spend time with my family, and I happen to like them all a lot.
This song by Tim Minchin describes a lot of my feelings towards christmas. I’m lucky enough to live close to my family, but gladly admit to wanting to live somewhere where drinking white wine in the sun is a more likely scenario than shuffling snow. I’d also love for my dad to still be around, we all miss him.
It’s going to take a lot to make me into a believer. Greta Christina has written this article over at AlterNet about 6 unlikely developments that could do it for her, and I thoroughly agree. The bit about having her permission to smack her over the head with the article in case of belif for any other reasons goes for me too.
I’m an atheist. It’s no secret.
This does not mean I feel I have the right to vandalize posters, display cases or anything else made by a religious organization, even though I think superstition in any form is a waste of time. I think most atheists feels the same way, you don’t destroy things that display or claim things you think are silly or offensive, you either ignore them or argue against them. The most “offensive” case I’ve read about is atheists putting up a sign at a nativity scene on a government building in the supposedly secular USA.
When it comes to posters or displays with an atheist message a lot of religious people don’t seem able to offer the same respect, at least not at Purdue University , in Detroit, in Sacramento, in Glendale, …
The atheis bus campaign has been running in several different countries. Some places they’ve had to do legal battle to be accepted on buses along the same lines as other organizations and in Germany they couldn’t find any bus companies willing to run their ads at all. The encouraging bit is of course that lots of places the ads were accepted without difficulty and did not get vandalized, I hope even more places like that will turn up. There are also other ads being run in different places, with posters on other things than buses.
In Norway we haven’t had a campaign like this. My initial feeling is that it would be no problem getting a place for them on a bus, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if someone vandalized them.
And to all the other atheists out there: