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Christmas Spirit – The Reason Of The Season: Day 19

I am often saddened, yet  not surprised, by the lack of good spirits during this season. Yes, I’m atheist but I still love December and the holiday and festivities. For years I was unable to purchase much for my kids and family, but I have worked my tail off and finally, this year, I am able to give more than normal – and it makes me so delightfully happy. But there are moments when my happiness is marred by the stinky attitude I have to come into contact with during this month.

Last week, I took my kids shopping – at a mall – I never go to malls – not a fan. But, they saved their own money (they work once a month at gymnastics meets) and they had lists and a budget set for shopping this year.

#ProudMama

We had a great time! We stopped for a quick bite at the food court’s Subway. It was wretched. My 10 yo daughter even mentioned that the girl must hate her job. The only thing she said to us was, “What you want?” and, “What you want on it?” It was just…. not nice.

Oh well. We all have bad days.

What saddens me the most is the people who claim to be forgiving, non-judgmental, and loving… and proving the opposite.

For instance:

Ah, yes… this is called being non-judgmental.

 

Who says Christian don’t fight in the name of their god?

 

Personal fave – I’m a good Christian and I forgive you, but I will make you hurt.

Merry Hypocrisy To All!

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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The Gall! The Reason Of The Season: Day 11

It’s funny to me how we are being disrespectful by wishing everyone joy during this month – how dare we be so insensitive to the re-imagined, retelling of many other ancient traditions. How do we possibly live with ourselves – spreading goodwill and cheer simply because we want to be and not because we are “called” to be?

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Virgins! The Reason Of The Season: Day 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Linus Knows – The Reason Of The Season: Day 3

My co-actor, James (funny, brutal, and quick) , brought in this comic that he found online. He said I may enjoy it given my… *cough* beliefs. It’s a slightly different speech from the one in the movie ;)

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Oh Tannenbaum!! The Reason Of The Season: Day 2

I’ve often wondered if pine trees’ feelings get hurt – you know that ones we use for Christmas (or Joshmas ;) )

Maybe I took Ferngully too literally.

For years I’ve enjoyed real trees in my house during December. They smell good, they all have unique character, and I love nothing more than finding pine needles hiding in my couch or behind furniture in summertime.

I love Christmas trees. Do you think they are as offended as the guy in the video about being called “Holiday” trees?

Far be it for anyone to be inclusive. Why do people like this guy completely disregard ALL other holidays being celebrated during the month of December. Even if we take out all religious holidays (except Christmas) we are left with New Years Eve – which is a pretty big one. But to say, “Happy Holidays” or “Holiday Tree” is in NO way a WAR ON CHRISTMAS. I’m not offended by Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanza. Why is using the term “Holiday” so offensive to Christians? Holiday is used to include everyone and all holidays – From World AIDS Day through New Year’s Eve.

How pompous do you have to be to believe you are the only group of people celebrating something this month?

Well, Mr. John Timothy Leydan, your precious “Christmas” Tree originates – not with Jesus – but with Pagans and Druids. But you knew that, right?

Long before Christianity, ancient people held great belief that plants and trees that remained green all year round had special meaning.. and powers. They decorated with evergreen boughs over their doors and windows and in many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.

The evergreen tree was an ancient symbol of life in the midst of winter.

You see, before science and the understanding of why these plants and trees remained so lush through harsh winters, when nothing else was fruitful or green, ancient people believed many a thing that we now know to be untrue.

The longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 or 22, is what we call the Winter Solstice. Many ancient people, believing the sun was actually a god, thought winter came each year because that sun god was sick and weak. The evergreen was a reminder of what was to come, when the other plants and trees would grow again, that their sun god will begin to become stronger and bring back bounty and harvest.

Ancient Egyptians: 

They worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.

Early Romans:

Celebrated Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The solstice meant soon farms and orchards would be green and fruitful again. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs.

Druids:

These priests of the ancient Celts, decorated their temples with evergreens as a symbol of everlasting life.


Scandinavian Vikings:

Evergreens, mistletoe, is associated with the the Norse sun-god, Balder.

By the by, found this in the bible:

Jeremiah 10:2-8

2 thus saith Jehovah, Learn not the way of the nations, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the nations are dismayed at them.  3 For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.  4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.  5 They are like a palm-tree, of turned work, and speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.  6 There is none like unto thee, O Jehovah; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.  7 Who should not fear thee, O King of the nations? for to thee doth it appertain; forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their royal estate, there is none like unto thee.  8 But they are together brutish and foolish: the instruction of idols! it is but a stock.

Wait a minute… you mean… cutting a tree to decorate used to be… bad? Because it was from the pagans…

All in all, it’s safe to say that the “Christmas” Tree was a re-packaged idea (along with many other symbols and traditions) to help convert  individuals, cultures, symbols, and traditions to Christianity. Clever Christians. #sarcasm

I hope that Mr.  John Timothy Leydan can get the pine needles out his panties long enough to realize a couple things:

1. Happy Holidays and a Holiday Tree isn’t so much politically correct as it is inclusive. Whereas, claiming sole ownership of  the December holidays is exclusive and douchey.

2. The Christmas Tree isn’t an original Christian idea, symbol, or tradition. However, claiming ideas as your own and dismissing the actual history of something is a long practiced Christian tradition.

Can’t wait to put up my Holiday Tree this year!

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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Merry Anointing Oil! The Reason Of The Season Series: Day 1

We have all seen, read, and/or heard the Christian version of  “The Reason For The Season”. Unfortunately, and humorously, the biblical man, Yahu’shuah bar Yosef (aka Jesus) isn’t the original reason for the season. One could say that his myth was extremely good at piggy back riding, since so many people have been convinced that he is the originator of the modern Christmas season – even though the traditions are borrowed, stolen, and hijacked from many ancient beliefs.  Heck, Christ isn’t even his last name! Christians IMPLORE everyone to put CHRIST back into Christmas – and it’s not even his name.

WEIRD.

Yahu’shuah (translates to Joshua… not Jesus) was believed, by some, to be the Messiah, which in Hebrew (moschiach) means “the anointed one”. The Greek word for the oil used to anoint someone is “khrisma”, and the person so anointed is “Khristos” in Greek, “Christus” in Latin, and “Christ” in English. Had he been considered someone deserving of anointing, he would have been called Joshua the Anointed, or Jesus the Christ.

Often, people believe that because Jesus was the “anointed one” he was the Messiah. Not true – as being anointed was not solely reserved for the Messiah. Other people who were anointed were Kings, High Priests, and prophets. And, in special circumstances, sick people would be anointed to help in the healing process.

So, if some peeps want to be closer to their god and “his” holiday, I propose a name change to Yahu’shuahmis – or anglicized (for easy pronunciation for ‘Mericans) Joshmas.

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The Reason Of The Season is a new series that will take place from December 1 – December 25. I, like many non-theists and non-Christians, love the holiday season. I love taking the this chilly time of year to remind the people I love how much I love and adore them, to help and give to those less fortunate, and feel the innocent hope of when I was a child. This series is an effort to educate many on tradition and history as well as an opportunity to share why I love this time of year and the traditions we use and have created in our family.

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I Want To Marry Him Or Vote For Him… But Instead I Will Thank Him

This video has been making the rounds again on social media – with good reason. Zach Wahls, a 19 year old engineering student raised by a lesbian couple, gives a moving, inspired, and… let’s face it… kickass speech to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa. Although the speech and vote was early February of 2011 – the sentiment still needs to be heard – REALLY heard.

 

My favorite quote – at the end:

The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.

Why we have to vote on basic human rights is beyond me to begin with. I guess equality has limits on the basics – like cable. And if I have to hear another person say, “But the Bible says…” I may actually slap someone. If you want to “throw” an antique book at this, I may have to bring out a few other choice antique atrocities, “Well, the Bible also says…” to include how to properly keep slaves and why women should be quiet.

Sometimes the book is literal (the “good” stuff) and the rest is being “taken out of context” (everything else).

I am proud to be of the same species as this guy… thank you, Zach Wahls, for being a good person of great character. And thanks to your parents who raised you and instilled character far greater than those who believe they have the monopoly on determining  other people’s basic human rights.

** The House voted 62-37 to pass House Joint Resolution 6, but the Senate WILL NOT vote on this issue this year because the Democrats still hold a slim majority in the Senate–1 seat. That means that Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will not be holding a vote on this issue. Iowa Press has more details. **

 

Modern Bigotry in Action

On November 2, 2011, Senate Bill 0137 (2011, Michigan) was passed. It’s also called “Matt’s Safe School Law”

Please, hold your applause.

There is a part stating the legislation “does not prohibit First Amendment rights, and “does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil, or a pupil’s parent or guardian.” 

*dumbfounded*

Wait…

What?

So… if they can prove they bully BECAUSE of moral or religious belief… it’s… okay?

This is 2011… right?

The Detroit News reports that Senate Dems tried to add language that would specifically prohibit bullying on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, etc., but was not successful.

Also, a revision of the bill has also taken out “cyberbullying,” limiting the jurisdiction to school and telecomunications.

Many people are upset, including myself. The reason we pulled my son out of traditional school and began homeschooling was because of bullying. Why aren’t adults in charge taking this seriously? Why is religious belief STILL untouchable? How many more kids have to live in emotional and/or physical agony or even die because of this bullying behavior?

Why is religion getting a pass?

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) gave an emotional speech reprimanding the Republicans for “explicitly outlining how to get away with bullying”

 

“A blueprint for bullying.”

Matt’s father, Kevin Epling, posted on his Facebook after the state senate vote on Wednesday. “I am ashamed that this could be Michigan’s bill on anti-bullying,” wrote Epling. “For years the line [from Republicans] has been ‘no protected classes,’ and the first thing they throw in…was a very protected class, and limited them from repercussions of their own actions.”

I’m ashamed of Michigan.

I’m embarrassed.

I’m infuriated.

Freedom of Religion does not mean you can torture someone else and blame it on your religion.

Will the Muslim students who call Christian students infidels and torment them regularly be protected under this law?

Doubtful.

To give your opinion or show support, send emails to SenGWhitmer@senate.michigan.gov or letters to P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, Mich., 48909-7536.

‘Cause You Gotta Have FaithaFaithaFaith aaah

Bees

We’ve been busy as bees around here. I know my 10 followers eagerly await our next post.

Barring any inexplicable explosions or conversion to religion, I shall have something up tomorrow.

Patience is a virtue… Except when it’s not.

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