Tuesday, on the Real Story, host Gretchen Carlson was visibly outraged at atheists for putting up a Festivus pole made out of beer cans next to a Christmas display featuring the Three Wise Men and baby Jesus in front of Florida’s Capital, after receiving the green light from Governor Rick Scott to do so.
Festivus is a secular holiday that is celebrated by mostly Atheists as an alternative to Christmas and the commercialism that comes with it. The world first got a glimpse of the holiday during an episode of Seinfeld, but ever since, Festivus has become increasingly popular. Eric Cantor has even had a Festivus fundraiser in 2011.
Carlson repeatedly said “It’s a fake holiday!”
I am so outraged by this. Why do I have to drive around with my kids to look for a nativity scenes and be, like, “Oh, yeah, kids, look, there’s baby Jesus behind the Festivus pole made out of beer cans!” It’s nuts!
While agreeing with Carlson, Catholic League President Bill Donohue followed by making the most extreme of comparisons.
We don’t have to have the Klan out there on Martin Luther King Day with their monuments right next to a bust of Martin Luther King. We don’t want to have neo-Nazis out there to stick it to Jews on Yom Kippur. And we shouldn’t have people out there ready to trash Christianity given that proximity.
They also argued that Festivus shouldn’t be celebrated so close to Christmas, missing the point of what Festivus is. They suggest that it should be moved to July.
American Atheists President David Silverman said the season “doesn’t belong to Christianity.”
Christianity stole the season from the solstice.
When Silvermen said that, everyone on the panel started shouting at him, but he continued his argument anyway.
There is no wrong way to celebrate the season, it belongs to all of us. I say it’s much better without religion. Dump the church, you don’t like it anyway. Happy Festivus! For all of us!
To see there entire panel duke it out over this topic, please check out the video below.