In modern times Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, which falls on December 25. However, it is believed that this date was chosen to offset pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti. Some believe that celebrating the birth of the “true light of the world” was set in synchronization with the December solstice because from that point onwards, the days began to have more daylight in the northern hemisphere.
Christmas is also referred to as Yule, which may have derived from the Norse word jól, referring to the pre-Christian winter solstice festival. Yule is also known as Alban Arthan and was one of the “Lesser Sabbats” of the Wiccan year in a time when ancient believers celebrated the rebirth of the Sun God and days with more light. This took place annually around the time of the December solstice and lasted for 12 days.
The Prophet Jeremiah condemned as Pagan the ancient Middle Eastern practice of cutting down trees, bringing them into the home and decorating them. Of course, these were not really Christmas trees, because Jesus was not born until centuries later, and the use of Christmas trees was not introduced for many centuries after his birth. Apparently, in Jeremiah’s time the “heathen” would cut down trees, carve or decorate them in the form of a god or goddess, and overlay it with precious metals. Some Christians currently feel that this Pagan practice was similar enough to our present use of Christmas trees that this passage from Jeremiah can be used to condemn both:
Jeremiah 10:2-4: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (King James Version).
First of all, what happened to their supposedly all-powerful ‘god’? Really? A simple prohibition, which doesn’t actually exist since any student is permitted to pray whenever they like, can keep him from protecting his children from these atrocities? You can’t have much real faith in your god if you believe that bullshit. Really now.
Second, the religious nut-job(s) responsible for this design should be ashamed of themselves for using the tragedies of others to make a profit. However, anyone who’s been paying attention to religious institutions and their representatives in the recent years alone is likely to be unsurprised by this filthy enterprise. We all know that the things religious nuts tell us all we should feel guilty for or that we’re going to hell for doing are all perfectly acceptable if the religious asshole, themself, participates. Apparently, they’re just not allowed to watch.
I forgot precisely how much the Christian religion disgusted me until I saw this shirt. Thanks for that reminder, bigoted t-shirt creator. Around this time of year, in particular, I needed it.
*Edit: Oh, I apparently need to clarify since kids aren’t permitted to pray out loud in class while their instructor is giving a lesson. Pointless, really, but I guess I should point out that I’m not allowed to open my mouth as a pagan in class either unless it somehow contributes to the lesson being given. Any Christian disagreeing with this prohibition is just spitting out egotistical, self-important, and self-righteous prattle to say that their individualistic prayers are somehow more important than the knowledge being imparted to the REST OF THE CLASS AS A WHOLE.