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Dumbass Quote of the Day

Of all the inane things said by the demagogues who claim that there’s a “war on Christmas,” this may be the dumbest of all. Bodie Hodge, who works for Answers in Genesis, went on an American Family Association radio show and said that if atheists don’t work on Christmas day that “implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.” Right. Or that nothing is open.

“If you thought about it, a secular, atheistic worldview, you know they don’t want Christmas,” Hodge said. “Well, why don’t they go up and say, ‘I want to work on Christmas and I don’t want time-and-a-half and I don’t want any of those holidays because that implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special. Consider a weekend. A weekend is a Christian thing, God created in the six days, he rested on the seventh, the Lord resurrected on the first day, that’s a Christian thing. These guys should say, ‘No, we should work all the time’ and work like the bees till you die.”

“They should have no days off, the whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing,” he added. “Within their own worldview they have no basis for it, they have to borrow that from a Christian worldview, so they borrow it and they try to corrupt it.”

This ranks up there with “atheists shouldn’t use money because it says ‘in God we trust’ on it.” Just moronic.

Comments

  1. shouldbeworking says

    I guess that atheists only live in the USA (gawd’s country*) because in Canada, the Eurozone and elsewhere, no god is mentioned.

    Or we don’t have money.

    *TM, all rights reserved for the right religion.

  2. Jackie wishes she could hibernate says

    It’s true. That’s how I know the god Saturn is real. Otherwise more people would work on Saturdays.
    Logic people! Look it up!

  3. uncephalized says

    “The whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing”

    WTF? The whole “concept” of work and rest is one a three year old could explain. A dog would understand it. I guess Muslim toddlers shouldn’t take naps, either, because resting is only for Christians.

    Of course, his “logic” would apply equally well the opposite way–since that whole work-and-rest thing is for Christians only, I guess all us atheists should just stop working entirely. I’m sure we can rely on Christian charity and love to provide for us…

  4. regexp says

    Getting Christmas day off is a relatively recent development. Traditionally most people worked this day and most didn’t even acknowledge it. Hell – a lot of fundamentalist groups (like the one Bodie Hodge is part of) thought it a Catholic plot.

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

    Did… he just credit Christianity with the weekend?
    One question — if God rested on the seventh day, why do we rest on the sixth and seventh?

    I guess we should worship labour unions.

  6. Mr Ed says

    I get it, I am the Lord your God and I have lots of rules many that seem out of date. I am the lord your God and you will work on this day and not that. I am the lord your God the HR department.

  7. waldteufel says

    Bodie baby is likely one of the dumbest of Ken Hambo’s posse of poseurs. My wife’s poodle has a better grip on reality than most of Hambo’s lot.

  8. says

    …went on an American Family Association radio show and said that if atheists don’t work on Christmas day that ‘implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.’…

    Hmm. Odd. If true, I wonder what Jesus did on January 1st.

  9. raven says

    if atheists don’t work on Christmas day that “implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.”

    Or celebrating one of the many year end holidays. Or maybe even all of them. This year I’m going with Saturnalia for old times sake and the Winter Solstice.

    And many people celebrate Mythmas.

  10. raven says

    Four days a week, Bodie Hodge worships Norse gods.

    Seven months out of the year he worships Roman gods and celebrates Roman festivals. Easter is given over to a Germanic goddess.

  11. ImaginesABeach says

    I would be happy to work on Christmas day. However, that would be rude of me because it would require my employer to keep the building open just for me, and to have all the people here that I depend on to do my job. And I just don’t think it’s appropriate for me to force my beliefs on others…

  12. roggg says

    I will give up my time off on Christmas day, when every single christian the world over gives up their New Year’s day since Janus is not one of theirs. Done yet?

    I’ll even look the other way on the whole co-opting of Saturnalia.

  13. colnago80 says

    Re Modusoperandi @ #13

    On Jan. 1, the eighth day of his birth on Dec. 25, ole Yeshua was busy getting his bris.

  14. says

    Wow. So my willingness to blow off work in favor of relaxing all day and enjoying a feast on Christmas day is proof that I believe in god? Who knew… So is my willingness to do that on every other day of the year, if only I were given the opportunity, proof of other deities being born on those days?

  15. whheydt says

    When I was working in a job that needed 24/7 coverage, I volunteered to take a Christmas Day shift so that at least one person who might have plans for day wouldn’t have to. On the other hand, I didn’t turn down the extra pay for doing so.

    Of course, every programmer knows that the Biblical account of creation is wrong. It’s obvious that God goofed off for six days and then pulled an all-nighter to get the job done. You can tell by the Ungodly mess the world is in. What’s more, the documentation was clearly done in a rush after fact just to get that task off the list.

  16. Chiroptera says

    “If you thought about it, a secular, atheistic worldview, you know they don’t want Christmas,” Hodge said.

    Actually, we atheists just don’t want to call it Christmas. We want to call it Darwinmas and dress up like monkeys and have sex with animals. Or something.

  17. says

    “Of course, every programmer knows that the Biblical account of creation is wrong. It’s obvious that God goofed off for six days and then pulled an all-nighter to get the job done. You can tell by the Ungodly mess the world is in.”

    So, the Deluge, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Black Plague, The Great Influenza of 1918? Those were what, GODLY Service Packs/Updates?

  18. iknklast says

    Actually, I often do work on Christmas day, just not at the office, which is closed and locked (I do have a key, so I suppose that’s no excuse). But I am off for two weeks, and Christmas is only one of those days; so by being off two weeks, it sort of renders Christmas day a non-question. I’ve already been off for a week by then. And if I didn’t work Christmas day, I would never get all my spring classes prepped, because Jesus sure as hell isn’t doing it for me.

  19. raven says

    “The whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing”

    Oh gee, you mean my cats are…xians!!! Who knew and when?

    Wait, they aren’t. They have that rest thing down well but really haven’t got that work thing at all.

  20. says

    He is indeed stupid even by Answers in Genesis standards. One wonders why AiG would hire someone this breathtakingly dull.

    Oh, right; he married Ken Ham’s daughter.

  21. colnago80 says

    Re Chiroptera @ #24

    Actually, calling it Newtonmas would be mor appropriate as Isaac Newton was born on Dec. 25.

  22. sigurd jorsalfar says

    Newton was born Dec 25 old style. Under the gregorian calendar he was born Jan 4.

    If atheists want to celebrate something at this time of year, I recommend winter solstice. It’s an actual event, that really happens, unlike the birth of Jesus.

  23. zmidponk says

    said that if atheists don’t work on Christmas day that “implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.” Right. Or that nothing is open.

    Or that they simply have more respect for differing religious viewpoints than Mr Hodge obviously does (and don’t mind at all that this also gives them a day off).

  24. says

    “Well, why don’t they go up and say, ‘I want to work on Christmas and I don’t want time-and-a-half and I don’t want any of those holidays because that implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.

    Don’t want time-and-a-half?

    Sorry, Bodie…..see, being an atheist, I know that God won’t provide– I have to. In order to provide, I must have money. Time-and-a-half = more money. I would absolutely work on Christmas in order to get that money, but I’m not allowed to. Nor am I allowed to work on Christmas Eve, and I won’t get paid for that.

    Does that mean you’re going to pay me? Or would that imply there is some God out there that’s holy that makes Jesus’s yammering about giving to others special?

  25. busterggi says

    “A weekend is a Christian thing, ”

    Apparently Jesus didn’t tell anyone that until labor unions got weekends off in the 1930′s (or later in some places).

  26. D. C. Sessions says

    Well, to be fair the Christians get something like one-quarter credit for weekends. That’s the half-day on Sundays that permitted people to go to Church. Considering that the penalty for not attending church was death, it may qualify as enlightened labor management — at least by Christian standards.

  27. freehand says

    Well, this atheist knows that the Sabbath is Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, not Sunday. The bible says so, and if Bodie can’t read, he could always ask his Jewish neighbor.

    So “Bodie” believes atheists are simultaneously self-indulgent* and too stupid to think of taking time off?

    * Spending our time sinning by commiting Fundamentalist dark desires: smoking cigarettes, interspecies romance, beating the kids, sleeping late on Sundays, cussin’, etc. Not reading, however. What’s the fun in that?

  28. Kimpatsu says

    “They should have no days off, the whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing,” he added.
    Tell that to the Japanese. Or the Chinese. Or the Koreans. Or the Taiwanese. Or the Vietnamese. Or…

  29. says

    I don’t know about where he lives, but I suspect that sooner or later some big chain, like Future Shop or The Brick, will decide to open on Christmas in Canada. Here in Saskatoon they could likely do it, as city council got rid of store hours regulations a few years back.

  30. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    I wonder what he thinks nurses, doctors and other emergency services people do on Xmas day?

    When my Mum, a nurse, was working she worked many Xmasses.. & now I work many weekends myself.

  31. colnago80 says

    Re sigurd jorsalfar @ #34

    Newton was born Dec 25 old style. Under the gregorian calendar he was born Jan 4.

    And so was Yeshua. The date Dec. 25 was maintained so that Yeshua’s bris still occurred on Jan. 1. If he existed at all, he very likely was not born on Jan. 4 or Dec. 25 and commensurately did not receive his bris on Jan. 11 or Jan. 1.

  32. MikeMa says

    I worked in a software support role for a product with customers in India. Didn’t seem to bother any of them that I was technically off on Christmas (or any other day). They called to get issues logged and fixed. I wonder why they weren’t off celebrating? Uh, no I don’t.

  33. anubisprime says

    It is a miracle really when you consider the hurdles and steepness of the climb, that such mental entrepreneurs can actually breath and walk at the same time, then regurgitate such a compelling argument for a deity that meets their personal approval !

    Never ceases to amaze, school teachers must have had a hoot!…feel very sorry for any offspring though, that is sad!

  34. caseloweraz says

    Bodie Hodge, presupposing atheist motives: I want to work on Christmas and I don’t want time-and-a-half and I don’t want any of those holidays because that implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.

    And since Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, that god must be Odin (or Wodin).

  35. Thumper: Token Breeder says

    Bodie Hodge… said that if atheists don’t work on Christmas day that “implies there is some God out there that’s holy that makes a day special.”

    Or, it could imply that Christmas is the day that my family traditionally gets together to get drunk and eat far too much, and that I enjoy doing those things. Well, it’s one of the days we do that, anyway.

    “…the whole concept of work and rest is a Christian thing,” he added.

    Lol, no it isn’t. Silly Bodie.

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