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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

 Carols for Winter

Happy Winter, everyone!

Twas the era before Christ
by Brent Rasmussen

Twas the night before Christmas and all over the Earth,
The Christians are celebrating Christ and his birth.

"The true meaning of Christmas" all the Christians will yell,
"If you don't don't believe, you'll all go to hell!"

So sitting in bed I pondered that thought,
Of Jesus and the "gift" he supposedly bought.

Of love everlasting, an eternity with God,
Christians believe they'll leave their own bod!

The evidence is thin, in fact non-existent,
but the myth of the Christians is very persistent.

In fact it is shared by many "saviors" of yore,
Like Krishna, Quexalcotal, Mithra, and Thor.

Twenty other saviors, more ancient than he,
we're born on the solstice and hung on a tree.

Angels, wisemen, shepherds - familiar!
Gold, frankincense and myrrh, are not that peculiar.

Even Jesus' name was stolen from Druids.
Their god's name was Hesus, and he shed red fluids.

December twenty-fifth, the birthday of sun-gods,
Was borrowed by Christians to increase the odds

That Christianity would be seen as a full-blown religion,
By the pagans who came before them a smidgen.

If you don't accept Christ, or profess unbelief,
the Christians will hound you into sorrow and grief.

And send you cute poems, filled with guilt and accusing
You of crimes against their sun-god Jesus, and what you'll be losing.

But it's all a myth - completely unfounded,
lacking reason and thought, in truth it's not grounded

In anything like a factual tale,
To be perfectly honest, it has grown quite stale.

So X-MAS is here and I know the real reason,
It is the solstice - not Jesus - that makes up the season.

Earth rounded the Sun with all of her might,
Merry Solstice to all and to all a good night!
Rejoice Ye Merry Gentlemen (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Rejoice ye merry gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay!
Remember there's no savior,
No gods to save the day.
No mythical demonic powers,
To lead our minds astray.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy.
Knowledge is joy.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy!

We bring this news with voices strong
With no deceitful games!
Unto our fellow citizens,
We happily proclaim
That humankind is on its own;
That life is ours to tame.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy.
Knowledge is joy.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy!

Fear not, we say to all mankind,
Let nothing you affright!
Behold the glow of Reason,
Our stalwart guiding light!
The free are those who trust themselves
To do what's just and right.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy.
Knowledge is joy.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy!

And when mankind is freed at last
From superstitious fear,
When human beings have rid themselves
Of pious racketeers,
Then kindness and compassion
Can be the New Frontier!
Oh remember that knowledge is joy.
Knowledge is joy.
Oh remember that knowledge is joy!


Blogger Electro said...

If knowledge is Joy you must be sad, you are not much of a scholar of history. Your first carol is full of errors that even any intelligent atheist could point out.

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Electro,

I would like nothing more than for you to point out these errors for me. Because, you know, knowledge is joy and your simply stating that there are "errors that even an intelligent atheist could point out" doesn't help me very much. I like to consider myself somewhat intelligent - and I am an atheist - and I have gone through my poem line-by-line and I cannot find even a single error!

Thank you sir, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Brent Rasmussen
Unscrewing The Inscrutable

9:21 AM  
Blogger Electro said...

I get the feeling you don't feel I am up to the task. well here I go.
All Christians would not yell "If you don't believe you will go to hell." For example the Catholic church (the largest body of Christians) does not teach that. Christ is the judge of human hearts. Salvation is not dependent on belief alone or necessarily tied to it.

The word Myth is improperly used, Myth can be used for events that are based in fact. look it up.

Thor was not considered a "savior".

myrrh is peculiar to the story of Jesus.

Jesus' name was not borrowed and it can he can be found referred to in Jewish historical writing after his death.

Dec 25th was not "borrowed" but rather the Church used it to acculturate the existing holiday of the pagans.

Even though some Christians don't like to see Xmass it has been used for hundreds of years the X replaces Christ and is used from the Greek word for Christ. So it should not be taken as a insult.

And Knowledge is joy, but the knowledge of God is immeasurable JOY. I know, I was an Atheist.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

You think being a former atheist gives you some special insight into us? Or confers some sort of objectivity? Bullshit. All it means is that you really didn't understand reason in the first place, and now you are just another mindless born-again zealot.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Olek Netzer said...

I believe a humanist is one who uses language to communicate with her/his fellow human, not as a weapon to symbolically hit. You could express your disagreement using your knowledge of a rational discourse rather than using this space for venting your negative emotions. I understand that people do this on the spur of a moment when they are frustrated for being disagreed with, but in writing, when you have time to reflect, choosing to insult and degrade your adversary rather than making an effort to connect to his heart and mind and help him change...? I hope you'd understand. For the sake of our common values of knowledge and humanity I wish you'd not need to lower yourself to that level of communication ever again.

3:27 PM  

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