Atheists Commercializing Winter Solstice

The article over at warns that atheists are gearing up for the war on Christmas by selling greeting cards and bumper stickers. They even do a great job quoting a FFRF spokesperson:

“Most people think December is strictly for Christians and view the solstice as an intrusion, when actually it’s the other way around,” Dan Barker, FFRF co-president, said in a statement. “People have been celebrating the winter solstice long before Christmas. We see Christianity as the intruder, trying to steal the natural holiday from all of us humans.”

Indeed, if you go to the FFRF website you can read their press release about “gearing up for the war on Christmas” (they’re very proud).

Well, that’s curious.

More than 500 years before Christ there was a Prophet named Isaiah. He wrote these words:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty gGod, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

That scripture, that prophecy is familiar to millions, Christian and Jew alike. It celebrates the birth of a Child, an event that was recognized and celebrated for thousands of years before it occurred.

Where does the FFRF think the traditions of Winter Solstice came from? Just what were they celebrating with Winter Solstice? Was it “reason”? Was it “logic”? Was it “science”?

No. It was none of those things.

A study of pagan history reveals the winter solstice was a period of celebrating good fortune, driving away evil spirits, paying homage to various Gods, etc.

It had nothing to do with modern godlessness.

In other words, it embraced NOTHING that constitutes the beliefs of modern atheism.

We’re not mocking those beliefs.

We just don’t think a group like the FFRF who likes to accuse Christianity of stealing icons and traditions to fall into the same trap.

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