Christmas was always about the excess. It was never about religion.
While talking with an atheist recently, he shared something with me that I thought was rather profound. He suggested that even though he doesn’t believe in God, he still goes to church, he still continues to search for Easter Eggs, and even puts up a Christmas tree. I found this to be perplexing given his convictions. So I asked him how he could reconcile this given his unbelief. He said, quite frankly, that mythology was never originally intended for what we now use it for. It is today’s religious zealots who would have us believe otherwise.
That blew my mind. Here’s why:
“Morality and religion exist as mutually exclusive concepts as one does not automatically predicate the other.”
Taking an oath on the Bible is something of a conflict of interest – considering what’s written in it.
When asked about why religion is necessary, one of the common answers most people will probably tell you (even if they aren’t believers) is that religion provides a framework for moral behaviour. So allow me to permanently fix that problem by blowing this fatuous assumption out of the water once and for all.
“When people go in search of the truth, they tend to find whatever it is they’re looking for, whether it is the truth or not.”
Remember when Pluto was a planet? Now it isn’t. Remember when removing tonsils cured tonsillitis? Now we know better. Or what about when the moon was completely devoid of water? Recent discoveries show otherwise. All of these things were true once. So I’ve got to ask a really tough question of you:
What is truth?
“Election Campaigns are nothing more than glorified popularity contests.“
arack Obama is probably the most glorified political candidate since Bill Clinton. Not since John F. Kennedy inspired America with magical and profound rhetoric, has any politician captured the minds and imaginations of the American public as he. Barack Obama reminds me of the most spirit churning black preachers, like Bishop T.D. Jakes, who could rouse any congregation with powerful words and awe inspiring rhetoric that would make your spine tingle – whether or not you believed in God. Barack Obama iconifies all the reasons people love super stars and super heroes and Jesus Christ. Wait… now I’m comparing a politician to Jesus Christ? Clearly I’ve gone too far! (Or have I?) I see Barack Obama as a trendsetter and a profound spokesman – and little more. However, most black people (not just black Americans) like him for a wholly different reason. While I love this guy, I fear that their expectations of a relatively young African-American senator from Illinois are too high. He’s become something of a Black Messiah – the iconification of all the hopes of Black America brought to bear on one man. I’m afraid of this expectation because of what happened to the last Messiah. If you’re an Obama supporter and you’re not worried, you should be.