This seems a bit of a contradiction: secularist holidays.
We get our word "holiday" from the old English hālig and dæg, or "holy day."
But according to the Washington Times, atheists want their own "holy days."
Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, said his group is trying to expand options and alternatives for secular holidays.
A secular holy day? Contradiction in terms?
Secularist Cherry doesn't believe so:
"Some religious holidays are about culture and tradition, not theology," he says. "Even people who go to church only on Christmas or to synagogue on the High Holidays do so out of cultural heritage, not because they believe the religious doctrines associated with it."
He has a point. However, the sad reality that some people don't honor the significance of the holiday doesn't in any way change the fact that they holy day was set aside for a specific honor--and that many still do honor it.
Some of the holy days that secularists would like to see include Darwin Day and one called Festivus:
The site also breaks down the customs of Festivus, the holiday popularized by Jerry Stiller on "Seinfeld." In that episode, a Festivus pole is plain aluminum, made to contrast with the ornate Christmas trees; the official greeting is "Happy Festivus"; and each person complains to family and friends how they have disappointed the complainer in the past year.
I think it's a hilarious idea. It also serves to contrast the difference between secularism and Christianity: a stark, bare metal pole versus the full and festive air of the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Really, I think atheists are just jealous. To me, it boils down to one simple conclusion: secularists want to have their cake and eat it, too.
But what else is new? Secularists want to enjoy the fruits that a society of moral, objective-values-oriented people produce--the United States is the prime example--but without the restraint of those objective values.
When you start basing your morality on subjective values, the logical endgame is that the people with the most power get to define what's right and what's wrong.
Are you ready to live in that kind of world? You might think you are, but consider: what if someone else with more power and influence than you decides they don't agree with your definition of what's right and what's wrong? You may quickly find yourself on the outside looking in...and it may be pretty cold and unfriendly out there...