THE GREAT AGNOSTIC: “What I want for Christmas” / Freedom From Religion Foundation / Robert Green Ingersoll ☮

Robert Green IngersollWHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
By Robert Green Ingersoll
The Arena, Boston, December 1897

If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.

I would have all the nobility crop their titles and give their lands back to the people. I would have the Pope throw away his tiara, take off his sacred vestments, and admit that he is not acting for God — is not infallible — but is just an ordinary Italian. I would have all the cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and clergymen admit that they know nothing about theology, nothing about hell or heaven, nothing about the destiny of the human race, nothing about devils or ghosts, gods or angels. I would have them tell all their “flocks” to think for themselves, to be manly men and womanly women, and to do all in their power to increase the sum of human happiness.

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ATHEISM: “Obama Signs Law Giving Protection to Atheists” Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

For the first time, atheists and other nonreligious persons are explicitly named as a class protected by the law.

President Barack Obama has signed into law the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. The new law protects atheists, humanists, and other freethinkers around the world from religious persecution.

ETHICS: “Christmas is All About Lying” / The Atheist Voice / Hemant Mehta ☮

Christmas is coming and you know what that means: It’s the season of lies. Being dishonest may be the biggest tradition we have surrounding this holiday.

We lie to children this time of year more than any other.

ANTI-ATHEIST BIGOTRY: “Radio Host: Atheists Shouldn’t Be Judges” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer declared on his radio program on Friday that a person who does not believe in God or who supports abortion rights is unqualified to serve as a judge at any level in America.