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Buy, Buy, Buy: Fight Terrorism By Spending Too Much
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Everyone was asked to make sacrifices in order for the nation to fight World War II, but none of those most eager to treat the War on Terror as an existential threat seem willing to make sacrifices for that. People today are been told that the best way to fight the terrorists is to go about their business as if nothing was wrong - for example, by spending money and helping the economy.. What better time to get out that message than the Christmas holidays?

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November 27, 2007 at 4:42 pm
(1) tracieh says:

>They should go out and spend money to help the economy and thereby make America a better, if more debt-ridden, place.

Not realy an atheism comment–but I remember this promotion after 9-11. “If you stop shopping and vacationing–the terrorists will have won!”

Ironically, when I go to the airport 3 hours early to take a 2 hour flight, or when I read the text of the “Patriot” Act…I think the terrorists might have won.

Of course that’s somewhat facetious, as I value my freedoms and appreciate them as I live in a pretty flexible nation. But there is some truth to the idea that it’s ironic that restricting the freedoms of U.S. citizens doesn’t constitute even a partial victory to the terrorists, as long as we don’t stop spending (we’ll show ‘em!).

If you watch the news long enough, you’ll see that the solution to almost every problem involves more spending–even if there are better and more obvious solutions available that don’t involve spending more. The closer you watch, the more you begin to realize that a good portion of the “news” is actually advertorial in nature.

Anyway, back to plotting the War on Christmas strategy with the Atheist Army.

Seriously–there is no war on Christmas. I am an activist atheist. And I have no desire to take away anyone’s holiday or impose any meaning on any day for anyone else. If you put a nativity in your yard–power to you. I won’t vandalize it or complain about it–and if I see anyone else do harm to the property–I’ll report it.

I think it’s clod-ish to send “Merry Christmas” cards–but I don’t get upset about it–and I hang them up with my other cards on my windows for decorations. I don’t burn them in my fireplace in a venomous rage.

I don’t send out “Reason’s Greetings” or Solstice cards in order to put forward my own view of the holiday. And I respect the perspective of anyone who reveals their preference over the holiday season. If they celebrate Hannukah, I’m happy to accommodate. If they celebrate Christmas, I can cover that as well. The greeting, in my opinion is about well-wishes for the recipient–so I do my best to accommodate the recipient’s view of the season.

Maybe I’m just not militant enough however, and the other atheists won’t let me in on the plans to ruin the holiday. But even if I saw such plans, I’ve seen enough Rudolph and Santa specials to know that you just can’t stop Christmas from coming. You’ll lose every time! Your odds are even worse than trying to catch the Road Runner.

November 28, 2007 at 11:47 am
(2) 411314 says:

“…when I read the text of the “Patriot” Act…I think the terrorists might have won.”

I couldn’t have put that better myself!

December 1, 2007 at 12:45 am
(3) John Hanks says:

I send checks. Someone else can buy.

November 25, 2008 at 5:12 am
(4) BEX says:

“The greeting, in my opinion is about well-wishes for the recipient–so I do my best to accommodate the recipient’s view of the season.”

- exactly

It’s all lumped in under Universal Midwinter Observance.

November 29, 2008 at 12:27 am
(5) Rasna says:

The ancient Sumerians had a prophet or son of a god that was born in a manger and had `12 diciples and was also killed and went to his father. Now maybe we should realize the the jews and christians along with muslims are repeating stories from other religions as though it was unique to them alone. They had to usurp the winter solstice with more mumbo jumbo than the previous people.

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