With just four weeks to go, the Christmas rush is on in earnest. Gifts are being bought, presents wrapped, carols are playing, Christmas trees and nativity scenes are appearing, and we’re winding down in readiness for another hot lazy Australian summer commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, in America, the Humanist Association has launched a public awareness campaign, highlighting alleged discrimination against atheists and agnostics offended by the public recognition of the meaning of Christmas, and accusing Christians of prejudice against those who don’t believe in God.
But Matthew Staver, chairman of the pro-Christian Liberty Council, said the campaign was a crass and badly timed attempt at restricting religious freedom.
No doubt there are atheists in Australia too, intent on drawing people away from the manger, seeking to impose their secular views on this great cultural festival. If only the atheists would pause and feel the joy, and the love, of Christmas.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 November 2011.
Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.