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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I don't know much about censuses (cenci?), but from a purely practical point of view wouldn't it be more practical to send out government census takers rather than have half the population in transit and the country's commerce shut down?

I appreciate all of you for replying and sharing your thoughts.

I am against religion.  We decorate for Santa Clausmas, lol.  We have nothing religious.  Just pretty lights and candles that smell good, cute snowman decorations, etc.  We just celebrate fun, good food, and being together.  Once when my nephew was about six he told me his Sunday school teacher said xmas wasn't about Santa Claus, it's about jesus.  I told him "Not to me!  To me it's about Santa Claus!"  He just kind of thought about it and didn't say anything more.

No. I love Christmas. Santa is a great guy  XD

I'm amazed - I've never seen anything in the American Stinker that had an ounce of common sense or value to it, yet I didn't find that article to be offensive at all.  Pinch me.

I've heard the Native Americans had parties where they gave away all their possessions to their neighbors. 

The "commercialism" of Christmas is somewhat in the same spirit; it's a time when people are encouraged to think of others' needs and to spend money for them.  Not a bad thing!  I'm skeptical about the Stinker's approbation of the practice of commerce as such.  But a common "giving spirit" is needed much more often.

I've never been much in the habit of giving presents, especially not for predetermined occasions when Everybody Does.  I'm too rebellious for that. 

Those are potlatches and were celebrated by the indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest. The US government quashed those with fervor in the 18th and 19th centuries.

That really was a good article Patrick.  I saved it! Thanks. ~ Melinda

It really hurts to see a family member pick up on this religious B.S.  My sister has an I.Q. in the upper triple digits and is gifted in mathematics.  I didn't know how deep into this Fricken B.S. until she told my mother,  who is 72 and ill, that she didn't believe that she would see my mother in heaven!! ( I am crying as I type this). It also is hard to believe that I despise my own sister, but I can"t help it!!  I detest all religions so much that I could write a book without one thing good to say!! AND THAT IS WHAT I THINK ABOUT religion!!!!!

I agree Joseph.  I'm sorry your Mom got hurt by your sister over this too!~ Melinda

Melinda Thank You!  It feels good to let off some steam.  My sister used to make fun of religion.  Our next door neighbors were members of the ptl club(Jim and Tammy Fa Baker).  They purchased a plot of land in the theme park.  The same plot was also sold to other people!  They invested 7000 dollars and believed that they were still innocent.  My sister and I went next door, but before we went, my mother told us not to say anything about losing money.  When we went next door to visit, I couldn't resist!  I said, since you like throwing money away, next time, just give it to me!!!  Ha,Ha,Ha!!!!

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