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December 30, 2012


O Come, All Ye Faithless

From the “All Things Dreary and Ugly” file comes this new secularist attempt to glom off the Christian heritage that they so much seek to destroy:

Add another holiday to the December dilemma — HumanLight.

In addition to Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, secular humanists have added a new celebration to the crowded calendar. HumanLight, observed on or about Dec. 23, is a secular celebration of human potential that is growing in acceptance.

“The key to understanding HumanLight is to understand it is a holiday that is humanity-based,” said Patrick Colucci, one of the creators of the holiday. “It is about celebrating and experiencing a positive vision of the future that we believe humans can build together by working for a more just, more peaceful and a better quality of life for all.”

“The December holiday period is always a discussion for those of us who are nontheistic,” Colucci said. “What are we going to do if our families want us to go to church? Should we celebrate Christmas even though we don’t want to? The question came up: How come there is no holiday for the nonreligious?”

After the first HumanLight observance in 2001, other humanist groups adopted it, too. There are no set practices, so many groups have developed their own. Today, HumanLight celebrations include science book exchanges, charity auctions, musical performances, and magicians and clowns for children. There are even HumanLight cards, ornaments and “carols.”

“O come, all ye doubters,” goes one lighthearted version. “Joyful and united, O come ye, O come ye, to share HumanLight. Come to our potlucks, born of many recipes.”

There’s something genuinely pathetic about this kind of thing. But I guess if it gets you through the holidays without killing yourself….


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..... more power to you.

However- it is still something pretty awful. Is not Kwanza secular enough for these people?  Kwanza has no religious overtones at all. Why not just observe Kwzana and be done with it? Actually true humanists should have picked a month with no Holy Days at all. Perhaps July? Wait a minute- drat. US Independence day and all. Still I bet a humanist’s holiday would work better in a month devoted to Freedom than to “Light”.

[1] Posted by Blue Cat Man on 12-30-2012 at 02:18 PM · [top]

At least Festivus is funny.  These nimrods take themselves seriously.

[2] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 12-30-2012 at 03:15 PM · [top]

Festivus may be for the rest of ‘us’, but HumanLight’s inclusive of the blight!

[3] Posted by J Eppinga on 12-30-2012 at 05:25 PM · [top]

How come there is no holiday for the nonreligious?

You just have to love the cognitive dissonance displayed in statements like this . . .

[4] Posted by DeeBee on 12-30-2012 at 08:07 PM · [top]

“How come there is no holiday for the nonreligious?”

Actually, the first of April has been set aside for those who say in their heart “there is no God.”

[5] Posted by Jill C. on 12-30-2012 at 09:09 PM · [top]

Well said, #5!

It has evolved to include the lighting of three candles that represent reason, compassion and hope. A fourth candle represents the holiday itself.

What are they using candles for, I wonder? Do they think electricity is hocus-pocus too? Shouldn’t they use compact fluorescents?

If one candle represents the holiday, aren’t they using 3 candles too many?

Why are they celebrating hope? Isn’t that the irrational wish that statistically improbable things will happen with insufficient causality?

[6] Posted by paradoxymoron on 12-30-2012 at 10:42 PM · [top]

Human-Lite.  Makes a certain amount of sense.

[7] Posted by rick allen on 12-31-2012 at 11:40 AM · [top]

Coming to an “Episcopal Church” near you . . .

[8] Posted by Nikolaus on 12-31-2012 at 12:00 PM · [top]

“It is about celebrating and experiencing a positive vision of the future that we believe humans can build together by working for a more just, more peaceful and a better quality of life for all.”
Is Colucci the writer for KJS?

[9] Posted by johnd on 1-1-2013 at 12:17 PM · [top]

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