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Hello HASD, this weekend things are still happening! & A little Ingersoll.

From: Jason F.
Sent on: Friday, December 24, 2010 11:13 AM
Hey, so this weekend we have two fun events.?

First, a bit of controversy over this one. We are participating in Libertalia's Christmas Carol Karaoke & Open Mic. There are several reasons for this. 1., We like our members to host events, and Donna (c0-owner of Libertalia) has invited every group that she is involved with to come on down and enjoy. 2., Some of us enjoy the pageantry of the season, and though it is not for everyone-we like to be diverse in programming. 3., I (jJason) was tapped by Jesse and Donna (both Libertalia's owners) to step in and help mitigate any religious extremism. I created the playlist of 50 great carols (traditional?and secular). We have some non-Jesus seasonal songs like "Baby it's cold outside," Frosty, Grandma got run over by a reindeer, I saw mommy kissing santa claus, jingle bell rock, George Michael's "Last Christmas," "Blue Christmas," "Santa Baby," "Winter Wonderland," and from The NIghtmare before Christmas.... "THIS IS HALLOWEEN!" Lastly, and Fourthly, this is an open mic. It is your opportunity to share a poem, thoughts, songs, and stand up.?

Saturday we are holding our weekly event. Bamboo is closed, but we are meeting at a member's home downtown. To find out where, please email back or call Jennifer (619)[masked] or me (jason[masked]) for address and directions. Mickey has already supplied a massive amount of good material and there still is a chance to submit more! ?(But this event at her house is fragrance free)

Also, cozy turnout at HumanLight this year... the rain didn't turn away a good time though. ?See you tonight at Libertalia, tomorrow at Coffee & Conversation and in leaving a Christmas Sermon by Robert G. Ingersoll, one of nation's great historical Humanists.


The good part of Christmas is not always Christian -- it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural.

Christianity did not come with tidings of great joy, but with a message of eternal grief. It came with the threat of everlasting torture on its lips. It meant war on earth and perdition hereafter.

It taught some good things -- the beauty of love and kindness in man. But as a torch-bearer, as a bringer of joy, it has been a failure. It has given infinite consequences to the acts of finite beings, crushing the soul with a responsibility too great for mortals to bear. It has filled the future with fear and flame, and made God the keeper of an eternal penitentiary, destined to be the home of nearly all the sons of men. Not satisfied with that, it has deprived God of the pardoning power.

And yet it may have done some good by borrowing from the Pagan world the old festival called Christmas.

Long before Christ was born the Sun-God triumphed over the powers of Darkness. About the time that we call Christmas the days begin perceptibly to lengthen. Our barbarian ancestors were worshipers of the sun, and they celebrated his victory over the hosts of night. Such a festival was natural and beautiful. The most natural of all religions is the worship of the sun. Christianity adopted this festival. It borrowed from the Pagans the best it has.

I believe in Christmas and in every day that has been set apart for joy. We in America have too much work and not enough play. We are too much like the English.

I think it was Heinrich Heine who said that he thought a blaspheming Frenchman was a more pleasing object to God than a praying Englishman. We take our joys too sadly. I am in favor of all the good free days -- the more the better.

Christmas is a good day to forgive and forget -- a good day to throw away prejudices and hatreds -- a good day to fill your heart and your house, and the hearts and houses of others, with sunshine.

Robert G. Ingersoll.

Humanist Association of San Diego
P.O. Box 3653
San Diego, CA 92163

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