Tom really out did himself. So much historical research into modern and ancient history, religion, tradition, and even child psychology. And gives us excellent reasons to clean things up.
But he didn’t mention my most favorite word from Bible history. The way that the Bible’s scribes have resolved some of the conflicts between the gospels… they call it harmonization. That’s where the scribes corrected one gospel by inserting ideas from other gospels or popular teachings. The word sounds so pretty and placid, doesn’t it? When you don’t like what the book says, just change it! The Bible is just like Wikipedia!
So did Tom’s conclusion reach anyone? “To narrowly Christian, to constructively Anglo, to obstinately white bread to meet the needs of a culture that’s growing ever more diverse.” Can Humanists celebrate the solstice holiday in their own way, by their own design? Do Humanists want to own that holiday? Or must Humanists ignore the holiday?
I hope that good Tom can handle either answer to the holiday, without being too upset. Moderation Tom, accept when others want a good celebration with friends and family. Of course the reason why Christmas is popular, is because people want a happy gathering of friends and family, not because of Francis Church or any individual.
And on the other side of the coin, people who do want to celebrate should be kind to those who don’t.