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Tuesday
Nov132007

Join the Darwin Athletic Club

The next time you show off your chiseled arms at the gym, show off your beliefs as well with a Darwin Athletic Club workout shirt. "Survival of the fittest!"

Monday
Nov122007

"Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays" vs. "Winter Solstice" vs. "Bah Humbug"

I think that atheists are split into four different camps:

- Those that celebrate Christmas as a non-religious holiday
- Those that celebrate an alternate winter holiday such as Winter Solstice
- Those that celebrate "the holidays" without using the term "Christmas"
- Those that don't celebrate any winter holiday at all

How could Christmas be "non-religious"? Well, Christmas is an official federal holiday in the United States. While some consider this to be a violation of the separation of church and state, courts have ruled that "the establishment of Christmas Day as a legal public holiday does not violate the Establishment Clause because it has a valid secular purpose" (Ganulin v. United States, 1999). Therefore, it seems perfectly reasonable that Christmas, as celebrated in 21st century America, has become secularized...yet many atheists are uncomfortable with this arrangement. Hence the explosion in popularity of the Winter Solstice.

The use of the phrase "happy holidays" is also popular with not only atheists but many other diverse groups seeking to acknowledge all fall/winter celebrations, including Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali, etc.

For the atheist that doesn't celebrate any winter holiday, though? Bah humbug.

Friday
Nov092007

Is It Too Early to Send Holiday Cards?

Pilgrims Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving by Artist Andrew Shaffer

Is it too early to send holiday greeting cards? Yes, unless you have a terminal disease or are very old and may not make it all the way through December.

But is it too early to buy your cards? Not with Order of St. Nick's spectacular pre-Thanksgiving sale!

To celebrate the Web site's official launch, all single greeting cards are $1 off the regular price of $3.99 through Wednesday, November 21. Holiday cards are also available in packs of 10 for $18.99.