The limp Christian attack against Christmas
First of all, I am not going to cover the greater issue of whether "Jesus is the reason for the season". I have an article coming up very soon on this topic. The short answer is : no. Not only is Christmas a Pagan and atheistic holiday, but the "Jesus" myth is at odds with the values of Christmas.
The latest news from our Christian cultural enemies in their unprovoked attack against Christmas : they are recycling 2003 research by one William J. Tighe, history professor, to "prove" that the Christians used December 25th before the Romans.
First of all, until the 4th century Christian sects could not decide when Jesus' birthday was - they set it on January 6th, the celebration of Osiris' birth, or in April, or in May. December 25th was never an issue until the Roman Empire created a universal celebration of Sol Invictus on December 25th. The Christians stole it, like they have stolen Pagan traditions, ceremonies and rituals ever since Chrisitanity started, and as they are still trying to do today with the Pagan traditions of Christmas. They are sacrilegous thieves and have always been.
And of course, why would the Old Testament prohibit celebration of Christmas if Christians started it ? It doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.
Second of all, who gives a shit ? The point of whether December 25th was used by the Romans first or the Christians first is completely irrelevant. The solstice was already celebrated as far as human history goes ! What relevance does Christianity have at all to the celebration of Christmas ? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I quote :
He points out that the ancient Roman religions had no winter solstice festival.
Can anyone tell me why the fuck someone would write something so obviously FALSE ? Do they think we're stupid ? Saturnalia started as early as 400 BCE, more than 800 years before the Christians decided to steal it. Apparently they expect that Christians will be so ignorant of the traditions of other religions that they would not know about Saturnalia. They are probably right.
Tighe's main argument is this : Christians started celebrating December 25th after the Romans established Sol Invictus, but Christians were trying to figure out "Jesus"' birthday before Sol Invictus was established, therefore the Christians probably celebrated December 25th before the Romans. This argument is stunningly stupid. For one thing, Christians celebrated death dates, not birth dates, so why would discussion of "Jesus"' birth date imply celebration ? Secondly, since when is discussing a possible holiday evidence that it is being celebrated ? If I discuss the birth of Aristotle, does that mean I am celebrating Aristotle's birthday ?
Describe the Christian war against Christmas in three words : sacrilegous, stupid... and stupid.