How do you respond to: "Are you against religion?", "Are you against Christmas?"

I was asked by an Xtian if I decorated for Christmas.

When I answered "NO" - I got the questions I have heard before.

"Are you against Religion? Are you against Christmas."

(Religion is bad - so yes I am against religion)

Any of you here get these same questions? 

How do you handle them?

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That's great James, I haven't been able to catch anyone's eye during a prayer yet. I'll keep trying. :)

Ha ha! I like that. :)

Yeah, what is the "reason for the season" supposed to be anyway? I don't get it. Jesus I 'spose, right?

Actually that would make a great Xmas-time atheist billboard. It would really piss people off.

That reminds me I recently watched a Rebecca Watson video on Youtube called "How to ruin Christmas," and she towards the end plays a preview for a horrible straight-to-DVD movie where a town is fighting over keeping Christ in Xmas and they get mad because someone replaces a banner in town that said "Merry Christmas" with one that said "Season's Greetings."  OMG that is soooo offensive! The movie looks hilariously bad.

I hate when friends get annoyed with me for saying "Happy Holidays" to store clerks when I'm actually out shopping during Xmas (something I loathe). I absolutely refuse to say "Merry Christmas." Even if there is a very big group of secular Christmas celebraters, I just like to assert that it's not universally celebrated!!!

Steph, my favorite Winter Solstice greeting! I'm reposting to family. Thanks for posting. 

No one seems to question that I don't decorate for Christmas anymore.  Apparently many do not because it is so much trouble and overdone.  I prefer the Happy Holidays because America is a melting pot with many different religions.  Businesses cannot afford to show less respect for one over another and everyone knows this.

Oh I agree Lillie. I just don't have the time to decorate the house for xmas. Plus I feel no real need to. 

When I was asked if I was going to our employee holiday party this year by a teacher I replied no.  She almost immediately went into "don't you like the people here?...I like this school....I care about people here", so I replied "do you"?  and ...thats good.  I also said I am not into the whole christmas thing.  She said "I am, I'm all about it". I said "okay". 

I would also like to respond to being against Christmas or religion.  It is a difficult question in that we are all individuals who have every right to be self guided to what belief you may want to believe.  At the same time we are all dependant upon each other for our very own survival whether you want to admit it or not.  That being said I feel perplexed in the fact that I do not want people who I depend on be obscured by religion.   Even though I have no power to change a person's belief without their consent I feel liketheir belief of religion puts my survival at somewhat a disadvantage.  You may ask how? Well, my first example would be pure social prejudice prevents me having the same opportunity others may have.  Since religion is compellingly obvious and dominant around the world to most people, finding ways to be profitable in life can be very very tough for the average atheist.

This is a great topic.  One of my favorite things about being an "out" atheist is that I don't even get asked if I want to go to a xmas eve service.  Awesome!

I think they know I am atheist also but it doesn't seem to matter to them if it allows them a way to undermine me.

Earther, that might be what is happening here. I'm not really sure. 


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