An ‘Infidel’ Writes: Dear Mr. Pallister, Since You Asked

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A letter to Manitoba's Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister

Re: What we "infidel atheists" celebrate during Winter Solstice

Dear Sir,

I understand you believe you are practicing inclusiveness by wishing us "infidel atheists" the best of the season and speculating on what we celebrate in December when you are enthusing over the birth of Christ.

Well, in all good cheer, let me wish you in return a Happy Winter Solstice!

You do realize you sound like a fool when you assume the holiday you borrowed from centuries of nature-worshipping pagans belongs to you and you alone?

You, my friend, are celebrating Winter Solstice whatever you like to tell yourself. If you doubt this, have a closer look at the customs that you probably think are Christian.

Written By: Shannon Rupp
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10 COMMENTS

  1. The Krampus character was, I think, the inspiration for the excellent 2010 horror movie Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

    This is being shown on Film4 at 00:45 on Christmas morning in the UK, for the benefit of any insomniac film buffs.

    It’s in Finnish – the language, not the dishwasher tablets – and is well worth watching.

    My apologies to Doctor Bob if he’s already forked out for the blu-ray.

    • In reply to #1 by Katy Cordeth:

      The Krampus character was, I think, the inspiration for the excellent 2010 horror movie Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

      This is being shown on Film4 at 00:45 on Christmas morning in the UK, for the benefit of any insomniac film buffs.

      It’s in Finnish – the language, not the dishwasher tablets – a…

      Yes- that is quite a fun and interesting film indeed!

  2. That was pretty comprehensive! Nice one Shannon.

    It would be nice for MP Pallister to reply. Other than a few digs it’s hard to see how someone could complain about being better informed but I suspect he will keep his head in the stocking of ignorance rather than updating his knowledge.

    How can we get this article into the hands of Faux News? I can just imagine a thousand stone hearts breaking.

    • In reply to #2 by alaskansee:

      That was pretty comprehensive! Nice one Shannon.

      It would be nice for MP Pallister to reply. Other than a few digs it’s hard to see how someone could complain about being better informed but I suspect he will keep his head in the stocking of ignorance rather than updating his knowledge.

      How can we get this article into the hands of Faux News? I can just imagine a thousand stone hearts breaking.

      I suppose someone could put some links to comment sections under some Xmas news articles, or perhaps some “debate the controversy” journalist, might want to provoke (educate?) some Xtians! It would be particularly educational if linked under some patronising Xtian claim to Xmas.

    • In reply to #3 by Stafford Gordon:

      Thanks for the tip about the movie “Katy” Cordeth; nod nod, wink wink, say no more!

      Interesting article.

      May Mithras bring you some happy daze.

      You’re more than welcome, Stafford, although I’m not quite sure what you’re getting at.

  3. Good article and I’m so over the commercialised Christmas too…My two kids are teenage now…..and we just do the whole day of feasting and gift giving without any religious themes…purely pagan or natural themes…We actually celebrate the coming of more daylight hours at the Winter Solstice as we live in darkened Scotland and the weather is howling outside…Its nice to Hibernate for a while and let time stand still….

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