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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Sounds like the xtian was looking for conflict, 'cause who really gives a tinker's damn whether you decorate or not?

My personal beef is that I hate taking down decorations, so not decorating is a pre-emptive strike.

Pretend that you are 4 years old and ask "why?" "why?" "Why?"
They will get tired of answering just like your Mom did.

Actually what say is that I am a Skeptic.

My whole family is atheist. My atheist son and his atheist wife decorate the yard with lots of Christmas stuff, lights, snowmen, santas. DIL was complaining about how much work it is and grandson, 7 years old at the time said, "don't worry mom. I will invent holographic Christmas decorations. It will be easier."

That would be funny Diane - to see the look on their face while I continually ask "Why"?

Seven-year-old grandson saying, "don't worry mom. I will invent holographic Christmas decorations. It will be easier" is my kind of kid. He will have the intelligence and inventiveness to make it in life. 

Sounds like the xtian was looking for conflict, 'cause who really gives a tinker's damn whether you decorate or not?

Totally. My husband and I are too busy to decorate and don't really care too much about it. But we enjoy a little secular festivity with family and may decorate in the future - but really - who cares?!

The way they ask it is like an ambush:) Raised volume, big eyes. I really don't know how i'd respond to that, because i'd probably realize that my words would be wasted. 

Well, I am against greed and consumerism, and regardless of any "true meaning" or "reason for the season", I have to say that the modern Christmas rituals are pretty off-putting for me!

I can't say that I am against religion.  I feel that religion is only a symptom of intellectual laziness and wishful thinking.  I still suffer my share of this shortcoming.  I am against what religion represents.  I use to dread the holidays.  I have fixed that problem by alienating much of my family.  I think I might actually like the holidays now.

I bet your holidays have a lot less stress now Michael. 

You're spot on!  Stress is now closer to excitement since I don't experience it very often.  I use to think that getting older and closer to death was the worse thing in the world.  I still don't care that much for the closer to death thing.  However, I'll take it any day in exchange for the ability to tell people to buzz off, and make it stick.  

Everyone in the county knows my wife and I are atheists. We don't get that sort of question.

On the other hand, our former neighbour (and So. Baptist) that just moved from across the street can't seem to get the word "atheist" through her head, and conflates it with "confused."

Actually, it is she that is confused, though she is a nice lady otherwise.

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