FAQ: Why do atheists celebrate Christmas?

As soon as someone finds out you’re an atheist, the questions start coming. These are MY thoughts, not the thoughts of all atheists.

Why do atheists celebrate Christmas? Although some celebrate Christmas by attending a church service, Christmas is not a religious holiday. In addition, Santa, presents and decorations are new traditions that evolved in the past several hundred years. Therefore, it is actually hypocritical for Christians to celebrate Christmas with anything besides a meal and prayer. No gifts, no Santa, no mistletoe.

Live Science History of Christmas

National Geographic History of Santa

FAQ: Why do some atheists get mad when I say I’m praying for them?

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Why do some atheists get mad when I say I’m praying for them? Well, it’s a little self-serving if you know the person is an atheist. Imagine I said I was thirsty, and you took a drink of water and asked me if I felt better. Praying makes a religious person feel better and as if they’re helping in some way. It does nothing for the atheist who is being prayed for. It is nice to know that someone cares, but not when that person is disrespecting you. Again, this only applies if someone knows you’re an atheist.

FAQ: Why do you want to take our religious freedom away?

As soon as someone finds out you’re an atheist, the questions start coming. These are MY thoughts, not the thoughts of all atheists.

Why do you want to take our religious freedom away? The Constitution mandates separation of church and state, due to the issues in England where the church and the government were intertwined that they led to the Revolutionary War. While there are atheists who want religion to be gone, there are also plenty of religious people who want any religion they don’t believe with gone – or any atheists. Religion should in no way be endorsed by the government or supported with tax dollars, unless all religions are represented, which is basically impossible as there are thousands of religions in the world. And, as there are so many different Christian churches in the US, each (obviously) with their specific take on it, with many teaching that people who aren’t their particular flavor of Christian are going to hell, why would you want a public school teacher who is a member of a different religion praying with your children?

FAQ: Have you tried reading a Bible?

Have you tried reading a Bible? The vast majority of atheists that I know have read the Bible many times. It is usually the contradictions in the Bible that make them start questioning things. I was raised atheist, so never read it growing up. A few years ago I attempted to. I got to Genesis 19:30-38, and the story of how Lot’s daughters got him drunk so they could have sex with him so he could have a male heir. And you know what? I decided I didn’t want to read anymore of the book. Two – unnamed – daughters felt their father needed a male heir so they conspired to have sex him. The misogyny, sexism and horror in that section is breath-taking, and I was done.

FAQ: What’s to stop you from killing and stealing and raping?

As soon as someone finds out you’re an atheist, the questions start coming. These are MY thoughts, not the thoughts of all atheists.

What’s to stop you from killing and stealing and raping? I’ll let Penn Jillette answer that one.

“The question I get asked by religious people all the time is, without God, what’s to stop me from raping all I want? And my answer is: I do rape all I want. And the amount I want is zero. And I do murder all I want, and the amount I want is zero. The fact that these people think that if they didn’t have this person watching over them that they would go on killing, raping rampages is the most self-damning thing I can imagine. I don’t want to do that. Right now, without any god, I don’t want to jump across this table and strangle you. I have no desire to strangle you. I have no desire to flip you over and rape you.” – http://www.npr.org/2005/11/21/5015557/there-is-no-god

FAQ: Isn’t atheists having a club just like religion?

As soon as someone finds out you’re an atheist, the questions start coming. These are MY thoughts, not the thoughts of all atheists.

Isn’t atheists having a club just like religion? People have book clubs. People who own a specific breed of dog, like a specific game, enjoy hiking, like quilting… there are clubs for all those things. Do you consider those religion? We’re like-minded people hanging out and we advocate for our cause. Just like The Sierra Club, or the SPCA, or Relay for Life.

FAQ: Why are you in our face?

As soon as someone finds out you’re an atheist, the questions start coming. These are MY thoughts, not the thoughts of all atheists.

Why are you in our face? This one cracks me up. Religion is in our face every day. Churches are everywhere. Co-workers wear crosses or talk about thanking God for this and that. Facebook is loaded with requests for prayers (sometimes it feels like Facebook is all cats and religion). Bumper stickers, t-shirts, tattoos – religion is everywhere. Film and TV shows. Newspapers, blogs, on MONEY. So, if we have one public event, we’re in your face?