'These politically correct winter festivals seek to make Christmas part of a 'multi-faith' mix and hark back to pagan winter solstice observance.Well of course he's right there. Christmas is a traditional mid-winter festival that's been hijacked by the Christians, and we atheists would very much like it back. It wouldn't need to change much - most Christmas traditions date back to pagan days or have zero Christian content. All we would lose are those wretched nativity plays!
But, let's be politically correct here - we need to give Christians some time to celebrate their beliefs, no matter how weird. As one disgruntled parent said:
'It's ridiculous that you can't sing religious songs. It's Christmas - when can you sing them?'There's some good news on this front too. The Australian astronomer Dave Reneke has calculated that Jesus was most likely born in June:
He believes the famous Christmas star of the Nativity story was in fact a spectacular conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter. They came together forming an unusually bright beacon of light that may easily have looked like a newly formed star….Using a computer program to track the planets’ movements through the centuries, he arrived at the date June 17 in the year 2 B.C. (ABC News Blog)I smell the makings of a compromise! Let's move Christmas to mid-summer, and let the moral majority get on with our traditional mid-winter party.