Saturday, December 20, 2014
at 11:13 AM
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
at 12:28 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The billboard doesn't offend me. I do, however, think it is stupid. They say they don't believe in "fairy tales" but then start the letter on the billboard with "Dear Santa". Which is it? Do they or do they not believe in fairy tales? Are they saying it is okay to believe in Santa but not to believe in Jesus? Why do they care so much? No one is forcing them to believe in Jesus, Santa or the tooth fairy, for that matter.
The information beliw is cut and pasted from this link. I've started cutting and pasting articles because I've found later, the links stop working or articles are moved, etc. Controversial Atheist Billboard: Girl's Christmas Wish is to Mis - WKRN News 2
Controversial Atheist Billboard: Girl's Christmas Wish is to Miss ChurchPosted: Dec 01, 2014 6:23 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 01, 2014 6:49 PM EST
The inflammatory billboards show a young girl writing a letter to Santa. The letter reads, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales.”
The organization says of the billboards: The billboards are aimed at in-the-closet atheists who are pressured to observe religious traditions during the holidays, and who might also want to attend the annual American Atheists National Convention in Memphis in April.
In past years, similar billboards also sponsored by the American Atheists Association were placed in urban locations like New York City. This year, the group honed in on areas of the country known for strong religious beliefs: Memphis and Nashville Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri and Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Reactions on the group's Facebook page varied from wholehearted support to disdain:
American Atheists also said they tried to put up a billboard in Jackson, Mississippi but were rebuffed by lessors in the area.
What do you think of the billboards? How would you feel if one was erected in Richmond or another part of Virginia?
at 1:03 PM
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
People often confuse consumerism with capitalism. Consumerism is a belief and capitalism is a system. Consumerism is atheist in origin. Consumerism is the belief that "stuff" will make you happy. Buy an iPhone and you will be happy, buy the latest and greatest big screen TV and you will be happy. Consumerism is the belief that happiness is found in possessions. Capitalism is an economic system. While some people believe that capitalism is the best economic system, it is an economic system and not a belief. One could say that the free market capitalist system is fueled by consumerism, but the free market did not create consumerism. Consumerism is about consuming a multitude of goods. Good food, good entertainment, wonderful cars and the latest and greatest electronics. Capitalism is about creating all these goods that people want to consume.
The Oxford American Dictionary defines consumerism as, "The preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods." Capitalism is defined as, "An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state."
Consumerism can happen anywhere and in any economic system. While communist and socialist systems may make it difficult for the consumerist to obtain all of those wonderful things he thinks will make him happy, the free market (capitalist) system makes it much easier for the consumerist to purchase all the goods that he thinks will bring him joy and happiness.
The question is: why are people working on Thanksgiving? Consumerism is the answer. If people hadn't wanted the spices and materials from India, the trade routes would never have been established. Do you think folks would have trekked thousands of miles over dangerous terrain for spices and materials no one wanted to purchase? Of course not! People are now working on Thanksgiving because consumers will purchase the company's goods on that day. If people stayed home on Thanksgiving and never went to the store to purchase goods, stores would not open. Consumerism is behind the stores being open on Thanksgiving!
Which leads me to my next point. Removing God from society has allowed us to have a more prevalent consumerist belief system. We had a freer market in the 1950s, and yet stores were closed on Thanksgiving and people stayed home to give thanks to God. We've raised generations of people who now think stuff is more important than God. We've removed Him from our schools, the public square and thus our daily lives. Families are broken and society is falling apart. Instead of soothing ourselves with His Word, we run to the store to purchase the latest and greatest _________ (insert any of a plethora of items here).
The free market system IS the best system in the world. If we had a true free market, costs on ANY and EVERY good and service would come down. I'm a believer in the free market (capitalism), but I am not a consumerist. I do not believe that the goods produced so easily in a free market are the key to happiness. God is the key to happiness. The innovations created by a free market are tools to a better life and, in many cases, a longer and healthier life. MRIs, cancer drugs, new treatments for other diseases and technologies that save lives and help us live longer- Thanks be to God!
I hope you'll stay home on Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for the many blessings he has bestowed upon us all. Shopping can wait a day!