For your perusal this holiday season: Continue reading
DailyKos’ resident historian R. Scott Peoples (writing as diarist Unitary Moonbat) exposes the flaws of the conservative religious claim that there’s a “War on Christmas,” and that secular liberals intend to paganize it. It turns out that many Christmas stories, symbols, and rituals were ancient pagan traditions to begin with, including the idea of a holy birth occurring at the time of the Winter Solstice (Jesus being a latecomer to a club that already included Mithra, Osiris, Apollo, Bacchus, and Adonis).
Some of this history I’m familiar with, and some is new to me. This Scriptural passage in particular surprised me: Continue reading
I’m sorry, but I’ve just heard “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” one too many times. Have people actually listened to those lyrics? Continue reading
Some time ago, the mother of one of my daughter’s classmates in elementary school approached me and asked — politely but firmly — if I wouldn’t mind telling my daughter to keep quiet about the fact that Santa Claus does not exist. Her daughter, she told me, still believed in Santa, and was getting very upset about the debates concerning his existence that were occurring around the lunch table — debates that were, apparently, being instigated by my daughter. Although I didn’t — and don’t — see any problem with kids having a healthy discussion about what’s real and what’s not real in the world, I promised this mother that my wife and I would talk to our daughter and figure out what was going on. Continue reading