The most pleasureful aspect of the Christmas holidays for many people is its religious meaning. It would seem counter intuitive for them, then, to think of this time of year without focus on religion.
The holidays are stressful, however, to these same people, and many others, specifically because religious meaning is assigned to them. I don’t recall this being specifically discussed by a television personality until this year.
NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, Nancy Snyderman, said on the Today Show, “I think religion is what mucks the whole thing up…I think that’s what makes the holidays so stressful.” Another TV personality in the discussion said religion was the only reason we have these holidays. There is, of course, a debate about whether or not that is true.
It’s reasonable to ask what kind of stress religion brings? That’s easy. Just say, “Santa Monica, California.”
Santa Monica is where nonbelievers complained about all the Christian themed displays that filled up a public park there. The City Government decided to hold a drawing to decide by lottery who would be allowed the limited spaces. Nonbelievers won more spaces than Christians. Complaints from Christians led to banning all displays in the park this year.
That stress caused by the religion involved continues. Today, an article said Santa Monica should, “…began the realization….atheism is a nihilistic and dangerous philosophy incapable of making any positive contributions to either individuals or society.”
Santa Monica would be a happier place this Christmas without religion.
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