Friday, December 05, 2008

Lets all attack Christmas?

Another one from CNN,

Atheists put anti-God sign near Nativity scene

It's beginning to look a lot like -- a war over Christmas. The Freedom from Religion Foundation has a placard up in the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington. 1 of 2 Alongside a Nativity scene at the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington, a sign put up by an atheist organization celebrates the winter solstice. But it's the rest of the sign that has some residents and Christian organizations calling atheists Scrooges for attacking the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth. "Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds," the sign says in part.

Now certainly the people who put the sign there have every right in the world to do so. After all they did choose a public Nativity scene to put up their protest signs. But for me here it's question of taste and hypocrisy. First of all, it's the holiday season, the one time of the year when we're all supposed to try harder to get along and be happier. If you're an atheist why not find your own way's to celebrate the season rather than try raining on Christian's parades? Heck, Santa has basically gone from being a Saint (Nicholas, yes he's a real saint) in the Roman Catholic world to being a very secular creation. Just put Santa up in your yard with 8 tiny rain deer and be a little merrier.

Then comes the hypocrisy, no doubt like many these atheists are turned off by some sects of Christianity going out and evangelizing the faith telling people they're going to go to hell if they don't believe exactly what they believe.  To be honest I can understand annoyance with that, and I do see it as unfortunate that not all branches of the faith are able to live in peace with those who do not share their views. So what are these protesters doing? Evangelizing atheism telling anyone of any faith that they're a bunch of idiots. Well then, that's a big improvement over what they claim to be so upset about.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Been meaning to write about the auto industry request for help...

But I just haven't had time to, but I guess for starts it really burns me that the auto industry is having to jump through nearly impossible hoops just to get a low interest loan while congress almost literally is sending fleets of airplanes to rain down money and wealth on the US banking system. Particularly distressing to me is the following CNN report:

So let me get this straight, it's ok for the Federal government to nationalize our banking system by giving healthy banks 90 million+ in free money so they can grow their business but it's not ok some how to give Ford, GM and Chrysler a low interest loan so they can continue to operate their businesses while those same banks getting free money hoard their loot and refuse to lend any of that cash to anyone? Why are we doing this? I keep hearing Republicans in particular bang their fists on the table and shout about conservative economic principals, supporting the free market yada yada. So I wonder how those same politicians justify how we can be so willing to let the back bone of America's industrial sector go, compromising national security as well as spiraling us into great depression while we rain down free money with no string attached on healthy banks.