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Opinion

December 28, 2006

Keep 'Merry Christmas' alive

The most important thing that happened to me was Jesus. My life has been guided by my Christian faith for more than 60 years now, even during those time when I have just refused to follow. Nevertheless, it has made life a joyful ride.

The saw-called “War on Christmas” is disturbing, not to my personal faith and the role it will play in my life, but because of the potential consequences to the country and to the world. Most of the killing going on in the world today is being done — or caused to be done — by people who believe in a supreme being. Can you imagine what would be capable of if they did not believe?

The Christmas season was once a joyous season primarily because of the “reason for the season.” And the number of people shopping for Christmas gifts seems not to have diminished. What has diminished has been hearing and seeing Merry Christmas. The words automatically put a smile on one’s face. They cause one to reflect on the reasons we have to be thankful, and hence merry, even in the midst of the troubles. Merry Christmas said there is reason to be thankful for what I have, for loved ones, and reasons to be hopeful about the future. There is a spirit on the season that is uplifting and exhilarating to those who hear and choose to say Merry Christmas.

But all of that makes atheists uneasy. Not only because they don’t have what these other people have, but also because there is a deep forever unsettled question that maybe they should. It is for many of them a projection of doom, which they would rather not have to face year after year. So they attempt to shut down the whole system.

It’s almost like a person being invited to a barbecue picnic, but because he does not like barbecue, he wishes it would rain. And if it doesn’t rain, he thinks of some other way to keep the other attendants from enjoying themselves. Atheism is tough to deal with because atheists don’t choose to be that way. They just are.

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