24th December 2010

“Christmas is now a festival shared and enjoyed by the majority of the non-religious community, focused around positive messages of love, caring, and goodwill. While the stories presented in churches throughout Advent may well be much-loved and traditional, with no extraordinary evidence backing up the extraordinary claims they describe, we must see them as just that – much loved and traditional stories.”

Emma Bryce

7 Responses to “24th December 2010”

  1. The Heretic Says:

    I agree completely!! What started out as a pagan festival, is still in the eyes of many, regardless of how the church tried to adopt it for its own.

  2. tech Says:

    I celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth in this season. That’s what makes it such a joyous season for me.It’s not a time for picking holes in a tradition.Allow each person to celebrate in their own way without the criticism. HAVE YOURSELVES MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. ALL THE BEST FROM tech.

  3. Simon Says:

    Hi tech

    Go to


    Choose BBC 2 and look up “Carols from Kings”.

    It’s a wonderful Carol service that’s broadcast every Christmas Eve here.

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

    Merry Christmas

  4. Dan Says:

    Happy Festivus – what a wonderful time to give gifts from the heart to those you love.

  5. Doubting Thomas Says:


  6. Brent Says:

    Sorry Emma, but I can no more celebrate the birth of Christ (regardless of the dates or whether he existed) than I could celebrate the birth of his most infamous follower, Adolf Hitler. I don’t care how much they secularize it, the birth of Hitler’s inspiration, not to mention the man who inspired the Inquisition, the Crusades, witch trials, bigotry, homophobia, and dozens of other societal ills will never be something I consider appropriate to celebrate.

    The fact that you, and dozens of other atheists, humanists, and freethinkers desire to participate is a testimony to the effectiveness of the Christian public relations machine as well as the power of peer pressure, because I see nothing at all to love about the Jesus story – not the admiration for wandering beggars and con men, the approval of adultery (because Jesus was the result of an affair, not the offspring of Mary and her husband, even if the affair was with a so-called “holy spirit”), the fanaticism of Jesus, or the cruelty of crucifixion.

    Celebrate Festivus, Winter Solstice, or make up your own holiday, I don’t care – but don’t ask me to celebrate Christmas!

  7. tech Says:

    OK OK Brent we won’t ask.