I'm 2/3's with you. I'd give you another percentage for agreeing that people should know that we are around but I can't figure the math on that one. I don't agree with challenging the church signs or even nativity scenes and the like. Church signs are usually pretty comical and only serve to discourage anyone from attending those churches unless they already are entrenched in bogus beliefs. It's a pointless excercise on their end and it would be useless for us to challenge it. Nativity scenes and the like, those are just ideas of Christmas comfort for most people. Same as Santa Claus. It's the type of thing that will fade on it's own (although Santa Claus can stay). Instead of bringing on unwanted and unnecessary heat for the petty religious crap that we see, we should focus just on being out and in public. Once others know that there are a whole bunch of non believers out there, that is the best way to turn the tide. Really, most people already don't take the Bible at it's word and secretly doubt the whole issue. They are just too ashamed/cowardly to take the step outside of the religious box. Just showing that there is a healthy community is the best way. P.S. Try some New Belgium Tripple if you'd like a quality beer.
A church near me has a "living" manger scene at Christmas. Since we have a semblance of Winter they use a doll for the Infant, all other characters are human or statuary. They have a loud narration of the "story" which can be heard up and down the block. People do show up to watch this even though it has been going on for decades.
OMFG we have that here, only it's like- get this- AN ENTIRE SET UP! Like, they have farm animals, and a Mary and Joseph and Jesus and you go on a tour in a wagon.
It's called " A Walk Through Bethelehem." They make a killing too, $10 a head for that bullshit, and it goes on from thanks giving to Dec 23rd.
LOL pretty much. It's so weird. They have Mary, Joseph, and Jesus at the very end, and there are towns people,etc, and the Wise Men lead the way. Absolutely awful.
I think you nailed it.
Hey! Wonderful. I didn't know Bill Gates was an atheist. :)