Happy Easter, or not

Digg This So, today is once of the most celebrated Christian holidays – the day where Jesus died and rose from the dead. As a Christian, I’ve always been pretty detached from the holiday. Many fellow believers may even say that I am a hypocrite for not celebrating. So, there you have it, I don’t celebrate Easter – at least not outside of hanging out with family and/friends. No, no going to church for me… no massive prayers… no weeping at a cross I have in my front lawn.

Large in part, I agree with atheists. Easter, as well as my other Christian holidays (read, Christmas) are pagan holidays, redux, clothed in Christian garb. In today’s world, it is more of a holiday that allows Target, Walmart, and all the other stores out there just sell more merchandise. (Oh, and to get the chickens to lay more eggs – damn us and our infinite animal cruelty!!!). No, Easter is not really a Christian holiday… it is just another day for celebration. To me, if you really are a Christian, you shouldn’t have a separate and special day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. After all, the resurrection is pivotal in our religion and should be constantly remembered.

Easter BunnyFurthermore, I don’t agree with this influx of Christian evangelical missioning around Easter. So let me say this bluntly – how many people have you known to become a Christian (or even go to your church) after reading one of your pamphlets (or tracts)? If you know of one, I’d be highly surprised. I know of none. I know of many who think it is a joke, and I think it is too. All your little fliers are is a way to kill more trees. (Damn us and our infinite disregard and love for mother nature!). But maybe I am wrong and those are just sent out to get more people (who are already Christians) come to your church and celebrate. In that case, if that is your goal, then party on.

I also understand that Christians aggravate atheists. Christian holidays infuriate them. Hell, they piss me off, and I am the one that should be there celebrating! However, I cannot, for the life of me, understand why atheists put themselves in a different and separate category of righteousness when they do things like this. Now, I am totally for people knowing what they believe in. In other words, I am against complete blind faith. But to go to the church and bomb their pamphlet box and doors with your atheist tracts? Come on!

While the author says it was just “for fun” and that it was “just a joke” it doesn’t matter what she thinks she is doing, it matters what she is doing. From what I understand is that atheists hate that Christians (or all religions) are intolerant. They don’t want your religion in their face. Which I agree – everyone should have their own beliefs and doesn’t need religion shoved down their throat (another reason I don’t want politicians to even mention their beliefs or guiding light or religious affiliation). So why is it OK for an atheist to go and attempt to shove their religion (or lack of religion) down someone else’s throat? But as can be seen in the comments of the listed blog, many atheists agree and bravo her efforts. As you can see by Eric, “at some point anon, you decide to fight fire with fire.” Wait, so it is OK to go do the same thing that you are vehemently against – cramming religion (or lack of religion) down someone else’s throat? And then we later have Gratis saying, “That’s just too flippin’ funny to me. I am now imagining little gray haired ladies hyperventilating and running back to the prayer room to ask for guidance! You’ve got bigger stones than me, that’s for sure.” So now it is cool AND funny to cause grief of old ladies? And then Erik that thinks that “stealing baby Jesus’ from manger scenes and leave DVDs there” would be a “hoot.” Please. Now we are advocating theft in the name of “truth”? Sounds just like Christians going around crusading, in the name of truth. Or Muslims bombing people, for truth.

So atheists… what do you really want? Do you want everyone to be left alone – alone to believe how they wish? Tolerance on everyone’s part. Nobody pushes their religion down anyones throat and everyone comes to their own conclusion on their own. Or do you side with Dawkins in that you think that religion produces nothing good and should be banished? We all need to be atheists because religion corrupts science and holds the human race back. If it is the latter, I am scared of the world that you want. If it is the former, then please, quit using the same tactics that you despise from your Christian neighbors.

In any case, that is my thoughts on the matter. I hope everyone was able to have a nice Easter, whether you went and wept at church or you just hung out with friends and ate a filet mignon.


8 Responses to “Happy Easter, or not”

  1. 24 March 2008 at 02:48

    A pamphlet (tract) changed my life. Out of nowhere (if you believe in coincidence) I stumbled upon a tract that talked about being sure where one would spend eternity. The subject struck me, like never before, as serious. One of my best friends had died not four months before in an automobile accident. Life and death were very real to me at that point in time. I decided, based on the information in that tract, that I needed Jesus. I was seventeen.

    Oh, and lest you think I’m unique … many of my friends over the years (I’ll be conservative and say 30 years, and 100+ friends) have told me that they came to Jesus because of something that was written in a tract.

    I guess people don’t read like they used to. Case in point … I think blogs are like tracts. Blog are electronic tracts. You read about someone’s experience or point of view, and decide if “it” will affect your life. You could have a life changing experience reading a blog – you might change your politics, the direction your life is going, or who you might believe is God … or is not.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, by the way. I think you’re trying to be honest and open, and that’s a whole lot better than filet mignon!

  2. 2 gaytheistic
    24 March 2008 at 03:34

    I think that you’ll find most atheists respect the right of anyone to believe what they want and associate with whomever they wish. However, it is in the attempt to legislate religious rules into the country’s laws that there is the biggest push-back against the Christians, those who say these rules are important simply because they are “God’s laws.” (If an idea deserves to be considered for legislation, it should be for reasons not found in any holy book, but because it makes sense for our society.)

    Atheist (and most mainstream religious people) simply want our secular society back, to have a government that does not favor one religion over another or over non-religion. If that were achievable, I truly believe that the Churches would have fewer people raising a ruckus about their politics.


  3. 3 kylehuwer
    24 March 2008 at 04:08

    First of all, thanks for visiting my blog. I don’t get a whole lot of traffic, but I sure do enjoy it! :)

    Secondly, when I was writing the above piece, I was thinking that it could be misunderstood about the tract thing. You are right, people, such as yourself have read tracts and decided to take action. However, as you said, you had a life changing even that took place before that tract that made you think twice about the afterlife. I don’t think a tract in itself is going to do anything. In other words, you have to be warm to the acceptance of Jesus before a tract can make a difference.

  4. 4 kylehuwer
    24 March 2008 at 04:19

    Not too sure what to make of your name. But, I am not stereotyping here in my blog. Most, if not all, of my friends are atheists. Some of them are militant atheists, some are not. Nevertheless, I have received far more brash and unnecessary comments and actions against my religion from atheists than I have dished out as a Christian. With that said, most atheists I have met are pretty nice. However, that doesn’t mean that when you get to the topic of religion that they are nice anymore.

    A lot of them say that they don’t want to be a part of an intolerant group. Neither do I. Or a group that was part of the Crusades/Inquisition. But, I am not part of a Crusade nor an Inquisition. And, I don’t care what religion what you are. If you don’t want to be a part of my religion, then fine. I’m not going to send you atheist jokes via E-mail or make off-color comments during holidays you don’t celebrate. Or question your love of people because you don’t believe in Jesus. But, I am questioned all the time by atheists. I am told all the time that I am dumb for “not believing in science.” Which, BTW, really pisses me off because I do believe, love, and respect science. I just happen to be skeptical of that too (I am skeptical of my own religion too). I just don’t think that science proves or solves anything, and it may possibly never do either task. To me, the Bible is not all inclusive and not the book of “everything.” To me, it is a book about loving and being tolerant of others. I think the rest is just details because without loving one another (as an atheist or theist or deist) then really, how can you “love humanity” or “love god”?

    So, you say that atheists respect the right of people to believe what they believe? Well, do I just find and surround myself with [atheist] people that do not follow as you say? I agree, legislation should not be passed because “God says.” But what if a law is made, and the sponsor/writer says it is because “God told them to write it” and you happened to agree that the law was good. Would you disagree or vote against the law because it was supposedly written “by God”? If you vote against it, then you are simply in a battle to be right “against religion.” If you vote for it, then you are going against your point. Right?

  5. 5 gaytheistic
    24 March 2008 at 05:09

    (If you say gaytheistic aloud, I think you’ll understand the point better.)

    I have a couple of responses:

    I have a friend who has a Doberman Pincer, a dog breed that has a bad reputation. This dog is a real sweetheart: he enjoys playing with my Golden Retriever, gets along well with his family’s cat, and plays well with children. However, whenever my friend walks him downtown, people are leery of both the dog and my friend. Why? Because the dog is a member of a breed that has been known to cause harm.

    This particular dog has not caused harm, but people are more likely to act out of fear when the possibility of harm rises. American Christians have a reputation born from the broadcast reactionary positions on women’s reproductive rights, homosexual rights and gay marriage, stem-cell research, support of war, etc. (This is not new. When pain medicines were first made available for women during childbirth, many churches opposed it because it relieved women of the curse of Eve.)

    When you describe yourself as “Christian,” you use a word that has been defined for you by the culture. If you were to say “I’m a liberal Christian” or “progressive Christian,” you may get a different reaction. You can fault people for believing what they hear on television, but this is simply one example of our gullible nature.

    And you may want to consider that you are like my friend’s Doberman: a unique example of an open-minded Christian. You seem to prefer the company of atheists over Christians. Quite frankly, I understand that. But when you find people challenging your faith, consider that they are doing it out of fear of what faith makes you capable of. Faith most often implies behavior.

    And as for the law, if I were in the legislature and a law were proposed that made sense from a secular point of view, I would support it. It doesn’t matter if the author WROTE it because he felt God told him/her to do so. But I would fight vehemently against anyone stating as a practice that the way to judge a law is whether it complies with Christianity. A law is judged based on whether it brings about peace, prosperity, and fairness.

  6. 24 March 2008 at 14:40

    I fully understand your name in that sense. I am not dense. I only question why you chose that name.

    I am not into labeling. I call myself a Christian because I admire and attempt to follow the example of Christ – regardless of whether he is real or not. So calling myself a liberal Christian or a progressive Christian or a new age Christian is beyond my scope and desire.

    I am not quite sure what you mean by people challenging my faith as a result of fear. I think most people challenge my religious beliefs because they think they are right and feel self-righteous enough to tell me that I am wrong. Much like the Christians, it is the same old holier-than-thou syndrome. I’ve never met anyone that has seemed fearful of me being religious, but I have met many atheist that feel it is their [God-given] right to tell me how scientifically and logically wrong I am and have no qualms about reducing me to an incompetent, ill-guided, science-hater, fairy tale believer.

    And for the law. If atheists and mainstream religious folk (which would be the majority) want secular society back, then why does the majority continue to repeatedly vote fanatics into office? Or is it that those listed above just don’t give a hoot about politics, refuse to participate, but then bitch about it when all the religious folk vote their fanatics in?

  7. 24 April 2008 at 17:34

    Indeed, you are right: Easter is a 100% holiday. See my post from a couple moths ago on the subject: http://www.writeidea.org/2008/03/6-clear-reasons-that-show-easter-is.html

  8. 8 DJ
    26 April 2008 at 10:58

    I only celebrate Thanksgiving. I cannot stand the “Holidays” currently supported by Christianity. I consider myself a Christian, but question the whole celebration angle, to the best of my (limited) knowledge, nowhere in the Bible is the date of Christs birth implied, nowhere did Christ say “Hey, guys, tomorrow is my birthday, get me some presents, lets start a tradition..oh yeah, and bring a big ass tree in the house and put some baubles on it too, that would be pretty neat.” The only thing I ever read was at the last supper, where Christ very humbly said “Do this in remeberance of me…” Easter, Christmas, Lent…all Pagan crap.

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