Ian asked me to comment here on his Rothland Tribune article, should I have such comments and, in fact, I do.
I poke fun a lot at Christians and I'm glad to hear that Ian thinks his lot more or less bring it upon themselves. It's those, like Ian, who are secure in their faith and beliefs that don't feel threatened by good-natured jabbing. But when I say that Christmas gift-giving is horrible because it's surrounded by a cloud of guilt, I don't really mean its Christians fault. I'm really, as I stated, poking fun at my Christian mom who is very good at guilt, and a great deal of her training has come from the Catholic Church. I should also express the caveat that Christians aren't all Catholic.
With that in mind, what is the true meaning of Agnostica? Every year, we see Christians get in a huff that secular traditions, like Santa Claus or the Hannuka Armadillo, have completely usurped the origins of Christmas, which was, at first, Jesus' birth. Christians regularly note that we must "take back" Christmas. Well, Agnostica fights for the same thing. We'd like to "take back" the holiday from the Christians. After all, it was Pagan to begin with--the Christians have no more right to it than anyone else. You can celebrate your Jesus, and we can celebrate our Science. Everyone gets to celebrate this season, why not us?
But can you celebrate both? Is it possible to celebrate Jesus and Science at the same time?
Natch! That's what Agnostica is all about! It's about celebrating those things that make sense to you. To quote from the Second Chapter of Agnostica:
King Luca wrote:Agnostica II [3:3]: You can believe anything you want, Suzy Gee. I only hope your beliefs are self-consistent. Agnostica itself isn't about a religious battle anymore.
Later, we read of the teachings of the prophet Duchess Suzy:
Suzy Gee wrote:Agnostica II [4:3]: When I was a kid, Christmas rocked. Who could be happier than a kid on Christmas?
Here, we learn that, while Agnostica carries its own traditions, we should not lose sight of those Christmas traditions that bring us joy. This is reflective in the traditional Agnostica holiday drink, [url=http://www.agnostica.com/glogi.html]Gl