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#93 - darkestyew (12/10/2012) [-]
My entire family is atheist and we have a Christmas tree,   
Christmas trees are awesome and nothing will change that.   
Except mines white, with gold ornaments and stufh.
My entire family is atheist and we have a Christmas tree,

Christmas trees are awesome and nothing will change that.
Except mines white, with gold ornaments and stufh.
User avatar #150 to #93 - shaneac (12/10/2012) [-]
The Christmas Tree is pagan anyways, as is Christmas in general. Christians just set a lot of their holidays on the same date as pagan holidays to try to get rid of paganism.
#92 - herbolifee ONLINE (12/10/2012) [-]
Why is it SO hard for people to just go their own way and shut the **** up about this kind of unimportant **** ? God damn.
User avatar #85 - ScottMJfan (12/10/2012) [-]
I like the post very much. Even though I'm atheist, I think it's ******** how people can't express their religion these days without fighting. I'm a senior in HS this year, and I work in the guidance office periodically. Up in there, they aren't allowed to put up a Christmas tree because of some butthurt Muslims.

But here's the kicker: One of the people that work in the office saw a pure black (fake, obviously) tree at Walmart. They picked it, along with a ton of red ornaments, up and brought it back to the school. They then decorated it with lights and the red ornaments, and now they have a "Spirit Tree", even though they just call it the Christmas tree.

It's a good way to get around a ****** system of religious expression.
User avatar #84 - linuxgirl (12/10/2012) [-]
The Christmas tree is a pagan symbol...alsoxmas isn't taking the "christ" out of Christmas.
#79 - anonymous (12/10/2012) [-]
Fakest **** ever
Logic doesn't work on female gender
#75 - eyeballfrog (12/10/2012) [-]
A truly inspired treatise on the impact of religious symbolism, OP, but you seem to have forgotten something important.
A truly inspired treatise on the impact of religious symbolism, OP, but you seem to have forgotten something important.
#68 - freddyhollensen (12/10/2012) [-]
Newsflash... only American atheists got a problem with Christmas Trees.

in addition, it's not even originally a christian tradition, it's a pagan one, Americans celebrate it because of immigrants from Germany / Scandinavia.

I'm an anti-theist, I actively proclaim that not only do I not believe in anything but science, but also that religion is bad for the world. But even I like Christmas trees, have a lamp of the north star, and like the gold angel my mother usually puts on top of our Christmas tree -> in our completely atheist family.

My girlfriend is catholic though, she hates Christmas decorations.

I have never met an atheist here in Denmark who thought Christmas trees should be banned because they were promoting religious ideas. And 80% of... well everyone, says they haven't got a faith.
User avatar #231 to #68 - theholum (12/10/2012) [-]
God jul til deg også ;)
#100 to #68 - cockineveryorifice (12/10/2012) [-]
"I'm an anti-theist, I actively proclaim that not only do I not believe in anything but science, but also that religion is bad for the world"

Surely seeing this post should open your eyes that it's not religion that is bad for the world, but the people who follow it, or more specifically, a minority of people who follow it. I could just as easily say that atheists are ruining the world by oppressing people who dare have symbols in their homes/person that represent their religious beliefs, but that would be ignorant because it's a small minority of atheists who do that. However, the idiots speak the loudest, so that's why the crazy ideas these people come up with are often allowed to influence the whole world.
User avatar #324 to #100 - freddyhollensen (12/10/2012) [-]
I try not to hate people, but I don't think religion is more safe from debate than political views... The reason I don't like religion is because I think all of it is flat out untrue, and people would be better off living a life led by reason, scientific understanding and having to think about moral and ethics from a secular perspective.

I do understand the whole, westboro baptist church are ruining it for us, but that's generally not what I'm after, I respecting people also comes from treating them the way you'd like to be treated, and if I said something that was wrong, like embryos got souls, I'd kinda like to know it.

A lot of people don't ''believe'' in evolution (Like it's something you can choose to believe in) This though, is a problem caused by religion, on nice, normal religious people. And I think they deserve to be told that the church is wrong and the scientist is right.
User avatar #95 to #68 - cullenatorguy (12/10/2012) [-]
Newflash... You're wrong. No atheist, not any sane one at least, in America has a real problem with Christmas trees, including me. If it's in a public place (town hall, court house, etc.) and no other religious decorations are allowed (menorahs for example) then **** yeah I want it taken down, but otherwise, no one gives a **** . The whole "happy holidays" thing that atheists pull if retarded as well. "Hurrrr I'm atheist I can't say 'Merry Christmas' people should say 'Happy Holidays' instead Durrrrr" really pisses me off.

User avatar #99 to #95 - simplygabriele ONLINE (12/10/2012) [-]
I say happy holidays because there's a ******** of different celebrations in pretty much one week. I'm an atheist and I don't care, people can wish me happy Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy glory-to-the-hypnotoad day... From what I've seen it's Christians who bug innocent cashiers at Target cause they wished them happy holidays and did not scream out "ALL HAIL JEEBUS!" like they'd prefer.

Sure, it's a minority, but a minority that for some reason gets a lot of media coverage (cue O'Reilly with his yearly "Them gays and libs want to cross out Jesus out of Cristmas! It's all in their communist agenda - abortions, tax raises and NOT forcing kids to act in a nativity plays! SACRILEGE!").
User avatar #88 to #68 - ScottMJfan (12/10/2012) [-]

I'm American and I really don't give a **** about Christmas trees, Menorahs, or whatever type of religious expression. I share your view in the sense that I also only believe in science and that religion is bad for the world, but I prefer to not go by "anti-theist" because I believe that sounds a little pretentious, but that's just me.
User avatar #73 to #68 - fedor (12/10/2012) [-]
Dude, I live in Norway and we always put up christmas trees etc. just cause of tradition. My family is completely atheist and loves to decorate everything!

I myself is just the same as you, anti-theist.
User avatar #69 to #68 - Ruspanic (12/10/2012) [-]
I've never heard of anyone in America who thinks Christmas trees should be banned, but there have been controversies about nativity scenes and other Christmas symbols being displayed on public property.
User avatar #71 to #69 - freddyhollensen (12/10/2012) [-]
But in Denmark, a lot of public money is spent of Christmas decorations, and nobody here complains about it.

It's somewhat of a secular tradition as it is a christian one, not long ago, I talked to my Muslim friend and my Buddhist friend, both of em were talking about Christmas presents.
User avatar #86 to #71 - katjapls (12/10/2012) [-]
That's not true. Some of the immagrants in Denmark are complaining about Christmas, and want people to take down their christmas tree. They also want to remove christmas songs like (et barn er født i Betlehem) . But yeah it's not everyone who does it.
User avatar #325 to #86 - freddyhollensen (12/10/2012) [-]
True, but that would be those 10-15 muslims or whatever, I saw it in the news as well... For some reason, I don't really share their pain enough to really care if they are mad.
User avatar #330 to #325 - katjapls (12/10/2012) [-]
Hehe. You can have right there.. And as you i don't care about them being mad, ;)
User avatar #74 to #71 - Ruspanic (12/10/2012) [-]
Yeah, Christmas has become far more secular and commercialized in the US as well. Public money is also spent on Christmas trees and other such decorations in public places, but not on more overtly religious displays like nativity scenes. Most people I know, including Jews and atheists celebrate Christmas in some way.

My family is actually one of the exceptions. We're Russian and secular, so we observe many of the secular Christmas traditions on New Year's Day instead (decorated tree, presents, Santa-Claus-equivalent, etc). In Russia Christmas is a strictly religious holiday.
#66 - ApolloXYZ (12/10/2012) [-]
so what..? be offended.. nothing happens to you.. "one day i saw a christmas tree, and was offended, and the next day i got leprosy!"

i'm offended when they saw boy bands for christ sake.!
#65 - Tyranitar (12/10/2012) [-]
Ironic that America, a country founded for the purpose of religious freedom, has some of the most intolerant people on the planet. I'm not an openly religious person, but if I choose to celebrate Christmas, put up Christmas decorations, say Merry Christmas to people, or say something about God or Jesus and the Cosby Kids in public, I feel I shouldn't have to be stopped because a Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, etc. or even an Atheist, feels offended when they hear about beliefs besides their own.
User avatar #67 to #65 - Tyranitar (12/10/2012) [-]
While I'm on the subject, do Atheists getting offended by someone saying "Happy Holidays" since they don't really have any holidays in December? (besides the consumerism version of Christmas)
User avatar #96 to #67 - cullenatorguy (12/10/2012) [-]
Nope, I'm atheist and I say "Merry Christmas" to people. It's the Christmas season, I say what's appropriate to the season.
User avatar #72 to #67 - freddyhollensen (12/10/2012) [-]
I've already posted somewhat about this, but as I said, in Scandinavia and probably most of Europe, Christmas is a secular tradition, saying happy holidays is appropriate.

I can't help you on america though, I want to say fellow atheists are annoying when butthurt, but then I remember 41% of the american population believe the earth is 6.000 years old.

I don't know... I'd just wish people would find reason.
User avatar #63 - bec (12/10/2012) [-]
Is it just me or is the outrage over political correctness disproportionate to the problem? I very, very rarely come across people like the girl in the comic - but every single day (unless I turn off my computer) I see people saying "OMG society is WAY too politically correct!!!"
#62 - trevorbelmont (12/10/2012) [-]
this is my Christmas Tree.

Merry Christmas
User avatar #97 to #62 - cullenatorguy (12/10/2012) [-]
User avatar #87 to #62 - doodnotheface (12/10/2012) [-]
Looks like it's fallin' over
Merry Christmas
User avatar #89 to #87 - trevorbelmont (12/10/2012) [-]
oh well
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User avatar #64 to #54 - chrolt (12/10/2012) [-]
This offends me.
User avatar #52 - ewowo (12/10/2012) [-]
I am offended by the fact that OP uses the tree as a Christian symbol.

On behalf of Germanic paganists throughout Europe: it's pagan symbolism. Thank you.

Let the red thumbs commence.
#261 to #52 - exxo (12/10/2012) [-]
Has anyone else noticed that if you end your comment with something along the lines of "I know I'm going to get red thumbs" you always get thousands of greens, regardless of the original comment. (Not that I'm disagreeing with ewowo)
#318 to #261 - anonymous (12/10/2012) [-]
I know I'm going to get red thumbs
User avatar #207 to #52 - lazypaul (12/10/2012) [-]
Wow, you are so edgy and cool.
#55 to #52 - nephritho (12/10/2012) [-]
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i gave you a green thumb
User avatar #57 to #55 - ewowo (12/10/2012) [-]
That makes me really angry.
#50 - nephritho (12/10/2012) [-]
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i no longer see any holiday as religious holidays
just bunch of commercial holidays
i no longer want to be a part of it but people force my ass in this and buy me **** so i feel forced to buy something for them
but hey whatever float your boat if that stupid tree make your asshole tickle
i'm not going to stop you to celebrate it
just leave me out of it
thank you
#49 - datguypauls (12/10/2012) [-]
ok really, at least in America, it does shout that. but the whole thing about the girl being intolerant is true. he has a right to practice religion
what I think America dreams of promoting is no single one religion, but all religions fairly and equally. this means people of each religion (Christianity is a religion too) has the right to practice their practices (to a certain extent of course. no killing others or something like that)
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#56 to #53 - datguypauls (12/10/2012) [-]
i said within limits
so you're trying to say that people don't have a right to practice their religion? i'm not saying they should have that right, i'm just saying that, ideally, there's equality between religions
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User avatar #46 - Skrufymunky (12/10/2012) [-]
while i was christmas shopping today, i wished someone a merry christmas, and the dude scoffed at me and said, "I'm an atheist" and then walked away. it's this kind of **** ....
User avatar #76 to #46 - fedor (12/10/2012) [-]
Who the hell does that?

You're trying to be nice to someone by saying Marry Christmas, and they are all like "Hurr I'm atheist I feel offended durrr"

I am an atheist myself, but I always wish everyone I know a happy christmas.
#255 to #42 - henkstr (12/10/2012) [-]
holy **** .

thats so ******* true.
#98 to #42 - cockineveryorifice (12/10/2012) [-]
That was incredible, but in this case I think the antagonist really is a dumb cunt in real life to be offended by a Christmas tree.
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#40 - anonymous (12/10/2012) [-]
Further more the chrismas tree dosnt have any thing to do with the bible or religion. Its merely a tradition.
User avatar #43 to #40 - musclemarinade ONLINE (12/10/2012) [-]
Actually, Christmas used to be a pegan holiday until Christians made it their own.
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User avatar #39 - blademontane (12/10/2012) [-]
Anytime anyone says that they are offended by it, I just start shouting at them about how offended I am at them being offended.
User avatar #38 - bounod (12/10/2012) [-]
Tree is a religious icon? I guess Santa Claus is also religious icon since some kids believe in it.

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User avatar #45 to #38 - killthebilly (12/10/2012) [-]
thought for a moment you said "ALL HAIL SATAN!" at the bottom.. oh god i would have loved if you made that typo...
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