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I don't think that there's anything objectionable about an atheist participating in any festival traditions-religious or otherwise. We are free to do as we like. I know an atheist who still goes to Catholic mass every week and sings in the choir-he finds comfort in the ritual of the mass, likes the sense of community, and loves the music. It's not for me, but why would I care what he does? Same goes for festive traditions-do what you like.
As long as the festivities don't include something physically or emotionally cruel and injurious to another person or animal, who am I to object? Hunting? Ok, fine. I think it's in poor taste to hunt for sport, and I think one should take responsibility for what one wounds or kills, meaning be diligent about tracking down the bad shots, and try to see to it that what you kill is put to some use. If you don’t agree with me, then at least you are feeding the scavengers.Getting back to the question at hand, unless I see you festively doing something like throwing cherry bombs into your neighbors yard, or burning someone in effigy, why should I care? Even then, I would be prone to find out exactly what I was seeing before jumping to conclusions.
I'm sure that people will find my behavior on New Year's Eve to be quite objectionable.
As to the "sing in the choir" atheist I might have pause if he misrepresents himself to the church congregation.I object to having religious practice (and some non religious practice) forced on me. For things the athiest freely chooses which cause no harm I cannot object to.
I find that there is much more likelihood that Christians may object to atheist participation than atheists would.Of course, this is typical of the dichotomous thinking to which so many of them are accustomed.
People tend to (over)appreciate concepts, and don't understand symbolic meaning. 'Culture' in this way only enslaves.
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