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DECEMBER 26, 2011 5:48AM

Reason's Greetings and Merry Newtonmas

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Reason's Greetings
The late great Christopher Hitchens once wrote at Wall Street Journal, On The True Spirit of Christmas: Why the Puritans found the holiday suspect—and we should, too

“Ever since Tom Lehrer recorded his imperishable anti-Christmas ditty [click here] all those years ago, the small but growing minority who view the end of December with existential dread has had a seasonal "carol" all of its own:

Christmas time is here by golly: disapproval would be folly.

Deck the halls with hunks of holly, fill the cup and don't say when.

Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens, mix the punch, drag out the Dickens.

Even though the prospect sickens—brother, here we go again. ....

 “[T]he thing about the annual culture war that would probably most surprise those who want to “keep the Christ in Christmas” is this: The original Puritan Protestants regarded the whole enterprise as blasphemous. Under the rule of Oliver Cromwell in England, Christmas festivities were banned outright. The same was true in some of the early Pilgrim settlements in North America.

As an alternative to celebrating the religious holiday Christmas, some atheists, skeptics, and other non-believers have chosen to celebrate December 25th - the birthday Newton shares with Jesus Christ - as Newtonmas.

"My creed is that; Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so."

Robert Green Ingersoll

The fuller quote is:

           Justice is the only worship.

           Love is the only priest.

           Ignorance is the only slavery.

           Happiness is the only good.

           The time to be happy is now,

           The place to be happy is here,

           The way to be happy is to make others so.

Aside from that, what can I say? MerryChanuKwanza should cover just about everyone.

 Joy to the World at least just for now. May the trumpets blast a fanfare for the common man.

Francois Arouet © 2011

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