How do you respond to: "Are you against religion?", "Are you against Christmas?"

I was asked by an Xtian if I decorated for Christmas.

When I answered "NO" - I got the questions I have heard before.

"Are you against Religion? Are you against Christmas."

(Religion is bad - so yes I am against religion)

Any of you here get these same questions? 

How do you handle them?

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Gr8 remark Dennis, hope you don't mind if I borrow it for one of my posts on

http://www2b.abc.net.au/tmb/Client/TopicList.aspx?b=87&dm=1

As I've been arguing there as goiday_myd, that the Bible is an excellent tool for producing atheists in this age of information.  There is so much knowledge available today for anybody like yourself with an open mind, that much of the Bible appears so ludicrous and entirely irrational, that it drives the reader to criticizing it rather than believing it.  Eventually producing another atheist.

So I've been collecting evidence of comments from people that have studied the Bible for the purpose of joining the ministry, but, instead became an unbeliever (agnostic or atheist).

I think this is part of the reason Richard Dawkins would like Bibles in all school libraries, so the students can see that when we state it is a ridiculous collection of stupid, naive books, we are not telling fibs.  BTW, I didn't use yr full name as the source, just DP.

If you visit that site: ABC Compass, religion series forum and think you have something to contribute, you are by all means welcome.  We would appreciate input from somebody different.  Lately there has been only a handful of people posting, since the many that left couldn't handle my blunt, rational criticism of their beliefs.

Aye M8!   :-D

You are right G'Day - read the bible critically and become Atheist.

Me too Melinda - the bible is the "Frankenstein of human guidebooks" - just love that phrase.

Thanks Dennis.  I took my parochial education very seriously, and absorbed everything they taught me.  Which was why I was prepared to reject it when the time came.

Thank you for your response Humble Pie.

Well: Against Religion: Yes, we have cognitively evolved past religion, we are into our new evolved state of wisdom and information.  Religion is a relic or fossil of our past, it's a boil on the butt of humanity and needs removing.

Against Christmas: No, it's mostly about consumerism.  It's just "Children's Day" alternative to of having "Mothers Day" and "Fathers Day".  Which is better than having "Son's Day" and "Daughter's Day", which could be embarrassing or confusing if your child was trans-gender or preferred to be gender neutral.

Though the other celebrations mentioned would be confusing in same sex partnerships as well.

My question is why don't we get days off for Mother's and Father's day to celebrate.  Though children are more important, and I'll accept holidays for any reason, don't care.

I think I'll have a holiday for not caring.  "Carefree Day"   :-D~

Thank you very much - I will think about responding this way when I get that question again.

I agree, we are evolving into a new age, one that honors reason and rational thinking while eschewing myths inherited from the Stone Age, written in the Bronze Age, colonized others in the Machine Age, and exploited producers of goods and services in the InformationAge. I don't know what this new Age will be called, but it is a definite evolution.  

Human Evolution Timeline Interactive

Urbanism       

                   Rapid Increase in Brain Size 

                          Control of fire 

                                                              Dawn of Technology 

                                                                                           Mostly Bipedal 

                                                                                                                                     Becoming bipedal 

Notice the cooling trend, and now the warming trend. Climate fluctuated over the 8 million years of human evolution. 

Joan thank you for the evolution timeline. I hope we enter an age of rational thinking.

Actually we could consider religion as a Transitional Fossil, between the "Complete Naivety" era and the "Highly Knowledgeable" era.

Yes, I think we live in a period of the death of religion and this last great battle may go on for centuries, but ultimately, religion causes so many conflicts, disputes and wars, Homo sapiens will either reject it or perish because of it. I like your term "Transitional Fossil between Complete Naivety era and Highly knowledgeable era". 

calmly answer their questions and respond to them like they are humans who err. even their questions get dumber, louder, and more vehement, maintain composure and be the bigger person. 

I have no problem with people hanging up christmas trees, saying merry christmas, or whatever it is.  I think if someone says to me "happy  hannakuh" and I'd say "happy hannukah" back just because it's not like someone is saying these things to be a dick or are trying to be inconsiderate or whatever.  I'm on another tangent. But maintain composure and be the bigger person, because most people who celebrate christmas, especially those who say that there is a war on christmas are insecure and don't know how to handle their doubts, etc. 

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