Well-behaved women

rarely make history.

You never fail me.

Today during the parade, I noticed the uncomfortable number of Christian-themed floats. They were extremely blatant in their displays. There were even quite a few guys dressed up as bloody Jesus, complete with thorny headbands, no shirt (COLD!!!), and red body paint all over them.

That's just bloody fantastic, ya'll. (pun intended?)

And of course, with their religious displays, they had people running out all along the route handing out tracts and little bags of candy and business cards.

They cried "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

and much to my chagrin, I screamed "MERRY CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" back at them. Through clenched teeth, I thought "If they only knew I'm an atheist. I'm sure they'd treat me differently."

No, seriously. The number of religious floats opposed to the number of non religious floats was staggering. Out of about 30 vehicles in the parade, probably 18 of them were from churches or religious organizations.

The thing is, 99% of them were from Christian organizations. There was ONE non Christian float (out of the religious ones, mind you). It was for the Jewish synagogue in town. They actually said "HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!" I thought it was funny.

Not that I care. I mean, I 'do' Christmas and eat the food and sing carols and put up a tree and read the story of Jesus and The Night Before Christmas and so on and so forth. I have no qualms with Merry Christmas, and I don't hesitate to say it whenever the situation permits. I never understood why people got pissed off about one silly little phrase. It does bother me when people find out I'm an atheist, and then proceed to scream "YOU CAN'T TAKE CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG"

As if I was going to try to in the first place?

Errr. Okie dokie. Then I have to give the obligatory "Christmas is a pagan holiday but I enjoy the presents and food and family" speech. People don't like hearing that, and most people go "OMG YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING" and storm off huffing and puffing.

But yeah.

I just found it funny that it was pretty much the Happy Time Jesus Parade. And they had no idea I'm an atheist.

I feel like a spy. Or a ninja.

ninja

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gypsy...
Nov. 24, 2010 at 9:13 PM

I feel that way in Jenison. Majorly XN town and I'm completely NOT. I have convinced myself that if I leave this place will become the black hole that sucks up the entire universe. 

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