Atheists reject xmas but embrace such things like halloween, "movember", "talk like a pirate day" etc that demean human nature.
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Firstly an atheist celebrating xmas is a contradiction as xmas is about jc. I believe atheists prefer to call it "festivus" after a seinfeld joke. Without JC xmas merely becomes a celebration of materialism. Cancer awareness ok, silly gimmicks not.
It's about more than materialism for me but I don't really care if you approve of my traditions or not.
Movember has raised millions of dollars for cancer research/treatment, so gimmick or not, it's helping. How can you be cynical about that?
The topic is Halloween. Stunts like "talk like a pirate day" and "movember" are based on beer humour. I'm not against cancer funding.
Without inner spiritual meanings saints days and xmas get turned into materialism.
Exactly and the true meaning gets lost completely. If Aimee knew you she would know that you would be a staunch advocate for cancer research/ awareness. It is a great cause.
For a lot of people (including atheists) Christmas is a happy, peaceful time centred around doing nice things for their families. Isn't that a good thing? Aren't you guys supposed to be all about spreading the joy?
I work in hospitality and movember is avidly supported by pubs as it increases alcohol consumption at pubs: ironically alcohol causes some cancers. Its the "beer humour" replacing spiritual approaches that I don't like.