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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"Until then, in this land of the free and home of the brave, people who want to be free will have to be brave."

Follow your own advice, be brave and free yourself from being forced to say or lead the pledge.

After all The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister, a Christian Socialist, and it was relatively recently that the pledge was interpreted to stand for Christianity, white supremacy, conservatism, fascism, etc, etc. and that there's a law for all residents of the country to recite it every day.

Sure, those who refuse to make the pledge always disappear mysteriously within a week. Witnesses report seeing black helicopters carry them away and others maintain that they are struck down by a bolt of malice by God if they don't recite the "under god" adagio.

Sarcasm is often fun, isn't it?

Try again, Leon; you can do better.

Thanks for having hopes that I can do better

But seriously....there is NO law that forces anyone to recite the pledge. Yet.

With or without the undergod, it's boring when you have to say it every day, and more important, it was written for children. It embarrasses me to see and hear a roomful of adults placing their hands on their upper left chests (where the heart is NOT) and swearing allegiance to what is essentially a battle banner. 

When I was in school we used to rattle the thing off as quickly as we could, just to get the damn thing over with; and that was long before the nitwits in congress (propelled by the Knights of Columbus and Billy Graham-cracker) added the undergod.

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.

I had a baptist neighbor, and he'd yell at me from across a field, because I'd mow my grass on a Sunday. He didn't ask me if i went to church; he asked me what church i went to:) 

How do you handle them?  Go along with it just to be convivial.  But during the prayers, I always sneak a look at the others; sure 'nuff, some smile back, as if they have their doubts.

That is the only reason I kind of look forward to group prayers.  I don't bow my head and I look around for who else is looking around.  You'd be surprised.


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