I wish everyone best wishes for the holiday season, however and with whomever you choose to celebrate it.
(Update: I had forgotten where this comic originally came from but reader Jorg reminds me that that the original was from Calamities of Nature, which, alas, no longer produces new comics. But you can see the original, larger, version in the archive.)
Blog posting will be sporadic until after the new year. I am going to be taking some time to goof off, or at least goof off more than I usually do.
But I will not be completely silent and will continue to post on things from time to time as and when the mood strikes me.
Ed Brayton is one of the founders of FreethoughtBlogs and a key person who works behind the scenes to keep things running as well as keeping together a highly opinionated group of people. That last task alone is a Herculean one that he fulfills admirably with his good humor and common sense approach. His blog is an excellent source of news and commentary on politics and religion and culture.
He had a major health scare a week or so ago that required open-heart surgery. Thanks to the skill of the medical staff, he is out of the hospital and back on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, this means that he has had unexpected expenses and loss of income.
If any of you can spare anything, please go over to his site where he has indicated how you can help out.
For all my joking around about waging war on Christmas, I actually enjoy the holiday, apart from the commercialism and the insane shopping sprees that people seem to indulge in. Despite all the attempts of Fox News, Christmas is becoming irreversibly secularized and thus gone back to its pagan roots. They may be able to intimidate come commercial establishments to have employees say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” but does “Merry Christmas” really conjure up an image of Jesus in the manger when people say or hear it? I doubt it. It has become synonymous with “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”, drained of almost all religious significance. The war on Christmas is pretty much over. [Read more…]
The people who are nonbelievers in any religion sometimes feel like a small minority. But this is purely a local illusion. When it comes to religions, different ones dominate different parts of the world. But when it comes to nonbelievers, we are all pretty much the same everywhere. We are the true uniters, not dividers, our shared unbelief uniting us across nations, races, and ethnicities. [Read more…]