War on Christmas – Help My Child’s an Atheist and It’s Christmas

Revealing yourself to be an atheist varies from person to person.

For some it is the wrenching of the trenchcoat to reveal (Steady on!) to all and sundry that the person inside is an atheist. For others it’s a gradual process of simply stopping participation in religion.

I saw a letter of a desperate mother who fears her son’s atheism means that Christmas cannot be celebrated and I will say this. [Read more...]

Christmas Message – Hate and the Meaning of Christmas

Dear Catholics and The Roman Catholic Church…

I understand many Catholics do not agree with the RCC on a lot of stances but a fair few do and it is to them who this message is aimed.

So what does Christmas mean to you?

The Children’s wing of the BBC ran a little quotes page for young kids and teenagers to tell us what they thought about Christmas. Click on it, and yes while a lot of kids mention the dreaded J word (ARGH! IT BURNS US! MY FINGERS BLEED FROM TYPING JUST THE J IN JESUS!) you quickly realise that it’s not the most important thing about the holiday season. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are pretty important festivals for a lot of people, but for a lot of people the religious nature of these festivals isn’t as important as the cultural meaning or a specific tradition unique to a family.

The most important thing about Christmas isn’t presents or Christianity, it’s about family. It is a single day that in western society has had an almost mythical ability to spread peace and love.

What boggles me is that there are Catholics who support the Roman Catholic Church and it’s Christmas Message. I would have written about it on Christmas day but frankly there were more important things taking place where I lived.

There are three messages of note we should address here…

“”Bernheim has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper,”

For those who are unaware, Rabbi Bernheim is the leader of the anti-gay marriage movement in France.

Of all the messages the Pope chose to spread it was a message of hate. It was a message based on lies and a complete blindness to society. The only way I could have come up with a message more against the spirit of Christmas was if I took advice from the Grinch and the Daleks.

The Pope chose to bash gay marriage plans across the world. Because “traditional” (i.e Catholic) marriage is the only marriage that is acceptable in the eyes of their god. Oh don’t worry, he also said “The question of the family … is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men,”.

I don’t know what a “true man” is but I know what a decent human being is. And the pope simply isn’t one. You don’t need a Bible to realise that the man is a bigoted homophobe.

“the love of husband and wife, which is creative of new human life, is a marvellously personal sharing in the creative love of God who brings into being the eternal soul that comes to every human being with the gift of human life”.

“Sometimes sexual expression can be without the public bond of the faithfulness of marriage and its ordering to new life. Even governments mistakenly promote such patterns of sexual intimacy as objectively to be approved and even encouraged among the young.”

“From a democratic point-of-view, it’s a shambles. George Orwell would be proud of that manoeuvre, I think the process is shambolic”

This one’s from Archbishop Nichols who is the highest ranked Catholic in the UK (He has a Black Belt in Catholicism).

In it he is suggesting two things. That the government’s stance on actual sex education rather than “catholic” sex education (Which is a muttered warning about Father Fred) apparently promotes sex out of marriage. This is clearly a real fear in the Catholic Church. That the only purpose of having sex is babies and that any fun and pleasure gained out of sex is evil and sinful. That somehow a little ceremony in a church and a baby makes the fun of sex more acceptable.

At it’s core it is an anti-gay marriage argument. Because the UK is planning to vote on the legalisation of Gay Marriage and this is considered Orwellian. Oh don’t worry, Nichols wasn’t alone. The Bishop of Shrewsbury took the time to make the claim that the people who are trying to legalise Gay Marriage are like Nazis and Communists demonstrating not just a lack of political acumen, but of a historical one too while simultaneously godwinning the argument.

The Bishop of Shrewsbury gave us the reason why the Church fights this issue so harshly. Because we are undermining religion and prohibiting their hate. Which is why I must say that the Bishop will be safe. After all, name one gay person who wants to be married by a bigot.

that everyone who believes that the right to life is fundamental will make their voice heard in a reasonable, but forthright way to their representatives, reminding them that the right to life is conferred on human beings not by the powerful ones of this world but by the Creator”.

This one’s from Sean Brady who is the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

And yes, it’s a statement trying to get pro-lifers to defend Ireland’s abortion laws. The same abortion laws that killed Savita Halappanavar in October.

Catholics? Do you listen to these men? These hate mongers and fools? For fuck’s sake the Pope thinks that Gay Marriage is one of the biggest problems that we face in the world while 8 million children a year die from preventable issues. These are people who would rather spread hate on a day synonymous with peace rather than say something nice.

Stop listening to these bigots. If there is one piece of advice you take and live with it’s stop listening to your priests. They know even less than you do because at least you live in the real world and not the bubble of Catholic Priesthood.