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Letter: Get your own holiday, atheists

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Christmas 2013 is now past – hymns, dinners, wrappings and tinsel a thing of memories.

The atheists will have removed the large “flying A” from Daley Plaza, and lawsuits against Christmas carols, prayers, crèches and menorah displays will be on hiatus once again. Still, one finds it odd that this group, who claim no God exists, always pitch their tent right along and against our holy days.  

They make full use of the attention, reverence and festivity created to honor the God they deny. If they really had faith in their belief, (a dichotomy?) why not pick a month of their own? January, February, or March are open.

Being winter, there’s not much celebrating going on in those months. Perhaps they could generate some excitement in believing on nothing but themselves. Why, those folks could even change their calendar-A.D. having such a Christian meaning and all. Surely, a more nondescript numbering of their year should suffice.

Oops, my bad! The French tried that in the late 18th century. It didn’t work out all that well. So to all the atheists, anti-religious, nay-saying crowd: Get the guts and gumption to organize your own festival time – quit riding the coattails of Judeo-Christianity. It sounds cheap and it is weak.

By the way – why do the atheists not protest during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan? Just askin’. 

Mack Besser

Maple Park

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