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

From: Ginger
Sent on: Sunday, November 23, 2008 7:30 PM
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. I am going to be taking vacation days that week so I won't have to go to work the next day so I understand most people can't do that. It won't be for pagan reasons, but for fairly straight forward ones- days getting longer is certainly something to celebrate not to mention that it must have been a very heartening event for our ancestors for thousands of years.
I still celebrate what is now called Christmas, but for me and my family it is purely secular.

-Ginger

--- On Sun, 11/23/08, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]>
Subject: [humanism-174] Atheists Reach Out (WSJ)
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008, 7:18 PM

Here is an article that someone (Randy?) brought with them to the dessert party.
 
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).
 
I don't give a hoot what whiny conservative Xtians say- Xmas has been a secular holiday for ages, and I've enjoyed celebrating it in traditional fashion.




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