I’m one of those people who respects America’s Judeo-Christian heritage but is somewhat skeptical about the existence of God. Like Steven Den Beste, I know I can’t prove God doesn’t exist, so I don’t regard the faithful as people who need to be convinced that my beliefs are superior. Den Beste wrote:
By the same token, there are some people who are atheists because they come around to the idea of atheism as being the most acceptable answer, for whatever reason. I’m one of those. But there are a lot of people who become vocally atheist mostly because it isn’t Christianity, and try to wield atheism as a rhetorical weapon in their crusade to convince Christians that Christianity itself is wrong. To that end, they will try to claim that atheism is better. Like all zealots, such advocates can become a pain in the ass; they’re usually confrontational and intolerant and actively seek out strife as they engage in anti-Christian evangelism. Because the atheists like me generally don’t seek out “the enemy”, it’s the zealots who are most visible and establish the reputation we all must live with.
The ACLU and their atheist fellow-travelers declare war on Christmas every year. Each year, some Liberal judge gives them a bit more ground in their campaign to convert Americans to Atheism. That annoys me.
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The religion established in his name gave rise to all the movements that “make America [is] a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Science became science as Christians strove to understand God’s creation. Individual rights, as enshrined in the constitution, came from the application of Christian principles. Christians abolished slavery. I could go on, but you get the idea.
On the other hand, one can look at the accomplishments of avowed Atheist leaders. Stalin and Mao come to mind. That should be a depressing record for Atheists to ponder.
As a small “a” atheist, I celebrate Christmas for all the blessings Christianity brought to this world.