Holiday qoute thingy

So, I know it’s kinda lame, but my club at school is selling holiday-grams. Gotta raise money somehow. So an email went out to all of us and one of the quotes they’re thinking of putting on the grams is:

“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukka’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukka!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!'”
Dave Barry

Anyone offended by this? I mean…even if you’re not old eough to drink, you’re old enough to know that religious people get drunk too…

PS. I think someone could make a lot of money selling holidays. Like: “For 12 easy payments of $9.99, you can get a day of the year to be (insert your name here)day.” And when the payments are sooo ridiculously easy, who wouldn’t buy a day?!?! And nobody would realize that they get birthdays for free…so they’d buy a day anyways. *sigh*

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  1. FFFearlesss
    November 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm —

    I wouldn’t take it too personally, especially, coming as it does from Dave Barry who if I remember right has mentioned in the past how NON-religious he really is. It’s just supposed to be funny.

  2. November 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm —

    Well, nothing wrong with a ‘lil humour at our expense, eh?

    What’s that joke I once picked up from Hemant Mehta?

    “Yo Atheism is so militant that communion wafers desecrate themselves!”

    Or something less paraphrased like that…

  3. kayla_unkempt
    November 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm —

    Personally, I am not offended, since I’m not an atheist and I don’t drink anyways : ) in fact, yeah it is kinda funny. But I think something else about it is true: People don’t call it Christmastime at all anymore, it’s “The Holiday Season”, people are more concious (sp?) and whatnot now. I think it’s funny how at school they say “Happy Merry Chistma-Hanu-Kwanzaka”. It’s the sweet sound of people getting along. Music to my ears.

  4. Jenny
    November 20, 2008 at 5:39 pm —

    I didn’t know there was a drinking and partying atheist stereotype! I’d be offended if someone assumed that as an atheist I spend the ‘holiday season’ drunkenly partying (‘cos I don’t) but I guess as a joke it’s not so bad.

  5. November 21, 2008 at 8:22 am —

    When I read it I thought it was more along the lines of “Atheists, not having to watse time with that bullshit church stuff, could spend their vacation going to parties and getting drink”. I think it’s pretty funny personally.

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