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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