Following in Dinesh D’Souza’s footsteps, Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer informs us that there are (apparently) precisely four reasons why anyone would celebrate Christmas: parties, booze, presents, and Jesus.
If religion, and Christianity in particular, is responsible for the bulk of this world’s woes as some claim, then why would they commemorate the birth of its founder? I guess it’s the parties, the booze and the presents.
I think Pastor Scott is either forgetting a few things, or else he is reluctant to admit that non-Christians might have reasons for participating in the festivities too. Reasons like family, tradition, and celebrating the human spirit of peace, charity, and togetherness. Perhaps he’s forgetting that non-Christians have been celebrating the mid-winter season for a lot longer than the Christians have been parking their holy day there in hopes of appropriating the credit for the celebration. Or maybe he just wants a chance to renew the traditional Christian insinuation that all non-Christians are selfish drunkards reveling in debauchery.
Well Pastor Scott, let me just wish you, in the best traditions that custom has associated with the season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year anyway.