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Re: Re: [humanism-174] Atheists Reach Out (WSJ)

From: Ray V
Sent on: Monday, November 24, 2008 11:31 AM

>As to alternative holidays
>This year I am going to stay up all night winter solstice to celebrate making it through the longest night of the year. …

>Good article... but I'm not so keen on this "HumanLight" holiday, though it seems nice. This is the first I've heard of it.  
>My conviction is that Freethinkers should feel free to celebrate (or not celebrate) any holiday, in any way they wish. I don't really see a need for a separate holiday for the nonreligious (though Solstice >makes some sense 'cause its directly tied to the natural world).

>-Mark Tiborsky


The Solstice holiday idea IS important to our movement.  If we only stand for the negation of religion and all the related traditions we will be at a distinct disadvantage particularly with regard to children.  We need to offer a positive, fun and hopeful alternative.  If the last eight years are have taught me anything it’s that human beings are psychologically driven at a ratio of 75% emotional and 25% rational (and this may be too generous on the rational side.)   I’ve posted some small Solstice graphics in the photos section of the CF’s meetup site.  I’m planning on adding them to my business web site so they show up Google style on the 20th – 22nd. of December.  And of course a nice secular Christmas tree will also be there on Christmas day. 

-Ray V

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