November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and many atheists are celebrating in various ways in spite of the often repeated claim from Christians that we have nobody to thank and nothing for which to be thankful. Of course, this is a ridiculous thing to say. Atheists have plenty of people to thank and most of us, whether we celebrate Thanksgiving or not, have all sorts of reasons to feel thankful.

If I were asked what I am thankful for this year, I suppose the first thing that pops into my head is that I feel extremely thankful for the recent church-state victory right here in Mississippi. This sort of thing does not happen often enough, and when it does, it certainly grabs my attention. And of course, I am still thankful for the existence of an atheist movement and a secular movement. The tireless activists working to make our world a better place deserve our thanks today and every day.

On a personal note, I am thankful for having a day off, for not having to celebrate Thanksgiving, and for being reasonably confident that Christianity will not intrude on me today like it has on some prior Thanksgivings. What I most needed this year at this time was a break - a couple days off to unwind, relax, and summon the strength to face the end of the year. This has been a rough year, and I am certainly thankful to have such an opportunity.