Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to BASH THE CHRISTIANS! Time to dig out those dog-eared bits of hearsay, and prepare to throw them. Whenever someone dares to suggest that Christmas should be about Christ, rather than drink, gluttony, fornication and selling stuff to morons who should know better, you’ll be ready!
Just scream: “Jesus is really Mithras/ Osiris/ Odin/ Horus/ some Mexican dude you can’t spell/ Elvis/ Angelina Jolie/ an alien spaceship/all of the above at the same time”! That’ll show them that you won’t be listening.
Or “Christmas is really a really really ancient pagan festival of the Tharg-folk / Germans / Greeks / Chinese / whoever”! Not you know, but they sure won’t know. And since they’re all honest folk, they won’t suppose that you would say something you don’t know or care whether it’s true. Just be impudent, and watch them shuffle and make excuses. Then you can get back to self-indulgence!
Who cares if it’s true? The jeer is the thing!
Some sensible discussion on this in patches in here, with some excuses for this conduct which try to blame the victim, and from which I quote this response:
I could care less what someone does in December. But they don’t solemnly celebrate the solstice, they seek Christians out and bash them. God is not real, Jesus was the product of a Roman soldier raping Mary, this is a pagan ritual, etc etc. I don’t go knocking on people’s doors saying put up the nativity, God hates you, your pagans are dead and forgotten, etc.
We tend to think all this rubbish about “25 Dec = birthday of Mithras” is to be met with rational argument. We tend to suppose that most people saying this don’t mean any harm. Perhaps this is true sometimes. But let us never forget that it is circulated out of malice, not out of ignorance. The facts are readily available to anyone who cares to know; and it doesn’t take much logic to work that that we don’t sing carols to Thor.
Let us also remember that Jesus was only a few days old when Herod sought to kill him. There is only one Being who is behind all the lies in the world, and he has hated Christ from the start.