Hard Work for Secular Humanists

It is hard work for secular humanists to make it through the end-of-the-year general celebration, that is to say, the Christmas Holidays. It strains them to remain philosophically pure. They can’t say “Merry Christmas” because the name of Christ is embedded within. They can’t say even “Happy Holidays” in good conscience because the word “holiday” is a modern version of “holy day”. Holiness, and reference to it, is impermissible.

Those who think that religion does not belong in the public square, or even in polite conversation, must not sing Christmas carols, or even hum along. They must not pray. They should shun downtown where the merchants and their downtown associations adorn their premises to stir joy and a festive feeling, lest they be seen to contribute to the gaiety. Not only should they not buy gifts, but they should find a polite way to refuse those proferred by others. They should shun the entire affair.

Since this is so impractical, opponents of Christmas find themselves impure. National Public Radio, a tax-supported agency, (think the public square),uses the word “Christmas”. They must grind their teeth every time they find it impossible to avoid. They broadcast the St., (Saint!) Olaf College Historic Christmas Festival. The American Civil Liberties Union, whose dogma imbues the content and tone of NPR, does not publicly approve of this. How can they attack our local high school choir for singing sacred music by Bach and others, and traditional Christmas music, while allowing NPR to bring notoriety to St. Olaf and Christmas itself? They are caught in a contradiction.

It is hard work being a secular humanist in a nation of believers, especially at Christmas.


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