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FYI + Link to Barbara Smokers Intro. to 'Our Pagan Christmas'

Sue M
sue.mayer
Group Organizer
London, GB
We are approaching the annual Babyjesusfest promotion of Christianity and excessive commercial consumption. The pressure is on for people to spend, spend, spend, competing to eat and drink until they are sick, give better and better gifts to demonstrate their comparative wealth and generosity. For thousands it will be a time of sadness and anxiety far from the warm and cosy picture, shepherds and wise men of the religious mythology.

But it is not enough to just ignore the belief in, or lip-service that is still paid to the traditional circus of Christmas as a religious event.

If we don't take the opportunity to explain the distorted versions of celebrations that should represent the historic progress of human thought as part of human evolution - from myth to reason - people will remain vulnerable to imams, priests and pastors and the promotion of religion and other belief in the supernatural.

Celebrating the end of the cold dark days of winter as the ‘wheel’ of the year turns full circle (Yuletide in Northern Europe) makes sense. It marks the beginning of a new year of warmth, light and fertility that was so important our ancient ancestors. It is far more meaningful than the fiction of the dominant Christian nativity taught in all our schools. No wonder we still have the prejudice and discrimination that comes from notions of the birth of the son of an almighty Father god.

Atheists who explain the issues and how this folk festival of fun and fertility has been hijacked for the promotion of an ascetic religion and its matching political attitudes - will be denigrated as ‘killjoys’, ‘aggressive’ & ‘militant’ and get the blame for the excessive commercialism.

Links to Xmas as a traditional folk festival and not Christian promo.

Barbara Smoker's introduction to Our Pagan Christmas by R.J. Condon

 

Sue
A former member
Post #: 138
I'm hoping that we still have our Pagan meeting on, on 20th December upstairs at Green Dragon pub, High Street, Croydon or contact me about the ones in Chelsea.
A former member
Post #: 144
If you want links to present day Paganism:
http://www.meetup.com...­
http://www.witchcraft...­
http://www.meetup.com...­
A former member
Post #: 145
& one I haven't joined as yet: http://www.meetup.com...­
Sue M
sue.mayer
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,580
Mark
I don't know why you would think that freethinkers would be likely to support paganism today. Freethought is thought without reference to supernatural beliefs and gods, even if they did include goddesses.

Paganism preceded patriarchal monotheistic religions but it is equally mythological. As were the mythical inventions, stories and beliefs of astrology and freethinkers would not I think be expected to believe in that either.
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