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  •  I prefer to celebrate the truth rather than lies. (1+ / 2-)
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    Murphoney, lazybum

    I guess I like celebrating the truth rather than some self-serving christian lie just so I and others can temporarily "feel good" in some bliss-ninny life imposed on them by an ignorance inducing religion.

    •  You'll have a hard time celebrating the "truth" (13+ / 0-)

      if it's based on the narrative you gave in your first comment here. Your highly generalized comment about "northern cultures" doesn't make a lot of sense since there were a wide range of cultures that inhabited the northern regions of the world. Are you talking about northern Asian cultures? North American cultures? Northern European cultures?

      As an example of one problematic statement: the "potlatch" was a specific ceremony used by a specific group of cultures in the Pacific Northwest. On what evidence can you argue that it took place "among all northern cultures"?

      (And lest you think that I am just critiquing your posts randomly, I have a PhD in anthropology with another degree in Religious Studies. I'm not writing that for any reason other than to give my bona fides in the discussion.)

    •  First of all (15+ / 0-)

      I am not Christian. I am Pagan. Have been for 40 years. A simple look at my profile would have told you that, had you bothered.

      Secondly, I do research with diligence. I have a personal library on the topics of Paganism, folklore and traditions that puts many actual libraries to shame. If you found a source that says what you think is the only "truth," bully for you. But don't come in to my diary and start insulting people simply because they don't stick to your very selective narrative.

      Kindly take your anger and other nasty baggage and go deal with it elsewhere. I wish you well...


      Thank your stars you're not that way/Turn your back and walk away/Don't even pause and ask them why/Turn around and say 'goodbye'/Just wish them well.....

      by Purple Priestess on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:08:14 AM PST

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      •  I Appreciate (6+ / 0-)

        your seasonal sharing.  I think someone is getting a little carried away, as students of church history are pretty much in agreement that christmas was established in order to co-opt existing (and tenaciously observed) solstice celebrations into "the faith."  I'd also expect that the tree customs are due to comfort-based adaptations rather than intentional destruction.  Also, small pine trees make lousy firewood.

        Eat, drink, and be fat and drunk.

        by Ref on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 05:06:45 AM PST

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