Putting the “X” back in Xmas

atheist_christmasIs it time for the War on Christmas already? It’s not even Halloween!

Well, maybe not just yet (although I’m sure I’ll be nice and busy in a month or so), but there’s already a minor stir across the pond about a book that, among other things, addresses how atheists can try to get along with other people during the holiday season (hence my interest).

Ariane Sherine, the creator of England’s atheist bus campaign, has a new book out, “The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas.” It’s a collection of essays from atheists ranging from Richard Dawkins to Simon Le Bon (yes, of Duran Duran).

The book has made a bit of a splash across the pond, in English newspapers the Guardian and the Times, and a Guardian blogger (apparently himself an atheist) mentions the book in a column suggesting that atheism (or at least “New Atheism”) is classist. Sherine herself attempts to set him straight.

As for myself, I certainly don’t think it’s a good idea to look down on people of another class (even a “higher” one), but at the same time I don’t think it’s our fault that atheists tend to be better educated than theists, or that better educated people tend to make more money and occupy higher positions in society (though it’s worth noting that I’ve got 2 college degrees and I’ve been unemployed for 10 months now).

At any rate, being smug or arrogant is never polite, even when it’s justified.

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