A Religion-Free Christmas
When “Merry Christmas” fills the air,
Are you tempted into a bit of despair
‘Cause mangers and hymns aren’t your thing
And Jesus certainly ain’t your King.
Maybe you’re just Religion-Free
and still want to share in all that glee
That holy folks muster up in December
Well, at least for as long as they can remember.
Why not invite a Christian over tonight
Whose kids have moved away or funds are tight
Why not celebrate with those who know
That Christmas is really just a big show.
Why not share your religion-free joy
With those who don’t care that your a goy
Though many may consider you evil
You can ignore them as quaintly medieval.
So for those who feel Christmas is pious
You can ignore their parochial bias
‘Cause lights, gifts and loved ones
most certainly belong to everyone.
— by Sabio Lantz
Christmas Eve, 2012
While I am not Christian, to grease the social gears and keep the peace, I have said “Merry Christmas” all week long. When I read Madeleine Begun Kane‘s comment/limerick, on the d’Verse Poet’s post, “Merry Christmas“, I thought again of all the Hindus, Muslim, Shintoists, Taoists and Religion-Free folks here in the USA who are still expected to say “Merry Christmas” during this season. No other religion expects us to do this with their holidays in the USA. And in the USA, many view not-Christian folks askance.
Of course I have seen the same happens in other countries where I have lived where a religious majority still expects dominance — either culturally or by force-of-law (theocracy). So today’s poem is in memory of the dark side of those cheerful greetings by the majority.
Please, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind it too much and don’t rebel much because I sort of play along. just as when I lived in India, Pakistan, China and Japan where I joined in with their celebrations too — but only by embracing their universal religion-free elements with joy! But sometimes I just have to say something. Especially since during this month, I have been treated as a rather uncomfortable pariah by Christians who know my and my family are not Christian. In fact, at a party the other day I heard a woman who did not know my background, go off describing shock that a coach of one of her children (and a friend of her and my family) “came out” as an atheist. She was also disgusted that he and his family attended church occasionally for the music. If that surprises you, you are probably part of the Christian majority — click this link to see a short post over at one of my favorite social research sites called Epiphenom about disgust felt against unbelievers.