those ranty atheists

I sing along with Christmas songs, yet I am an atheist. I never questioned this, until someone questioned me about it.

So let’s back up a bit and look at other songs I like.

I sing along with songs about breaking up, even though I’m not breaking up with anyone. (No plans to, either.)

I sing about going to rehab, yet I’m only addicted to coffee. (Okay maybe Farmville a little bit too.)

I sing about yellow submarines, yet I have never lived in one.

I have belted out love for Krishna, whoever that is.

Songs about trucking. About cemeteries. Elderberry wine. Surfing. Riding a bike with no handlebars. Blue velvet. Pinball wizards.

One song about how to treat a woman makes me weep; it’s so beautiful. But learning how to treat a women isn’t really on my to-do list.

Get the idea? Stop asking atheists why they do whatever they do. They—We, like anyone else, enjoy that which is beautiful, heart-felt, and meaningful. You don’t need to agree explicitly or implicitly with a song’s lyrics to enjoy the song.

This goes for everything else. You don’t need to be Mexican to enjoy a tamale. Why can’t I have a tree and stockings on Christmas? Why can’t I say Merry Christmas? Is it reserved only for people who believe in Christ? That’s just silly. You’re being silly. Just stop.



23. December 2012 by arleigh
Categories: Uncategorized | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. Good for you! I’m surprised people would ask about that. But now that you mention it, I’m gonna go listen to some Elton John!

  2. Well said, Arleigh. I cannot imagine anyone asking you why you celebrate Christmas. That is just sad. <3

    • And the TV people (one station in particular) act like atheists hate Christmas. Some might, but I don’t. Atheists aren’t an organized group which categorically does this or feels that. We don’t get together and vote. But I do know that many Americans like the idea of separate church and state, which is processed and regurgitated (by the same news org) as the War on Christmas.

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