SkepSun #70 (12_22_2013)

On Freethought Radio, after Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker relate the news about FFRF’s seasonal displays, countering nativity scenes and religious messages on public property, they devote the show to their favorite freethought seasonal music, including Tim Minchin, Tom Lehrer, Roy Zimmerman, South Park’s “Merry Frickin Christmas,” FFRF’s musical albums, and the Nutcracker Suite from Tchaikovsky who was an agnostic. We also hear the radio debut of Dan Barker’s children’s song “Time Never Stops,” honoring the solstice. Then we hear two Point of Inquiry podcasts from out of the vault from back when D.J. Grothe was the host. Hard to believe it, but sadly it’s been two years this month since the passing of Christopher Hitchens.  We’ll hear D.J. interview the Hitch back in 2007 after the release of his bestselling book, God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Then, Ho Ho Ho!, No No No? Should we rationalists really be putting up lights and celebrating an alternative holiday like Solstice?  Of course not, says  Tom Flynn, Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, Editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and author of The Trouble with Christmas.  And it just wouldn’t be the holiday season for me if I couldn’t hear Mr. Flynn’s perennial challenge to those of us who are proudly secular to treat December 25th like any other day.

Tribute to Christopher Hitchens published in the HuffPo last week by G. Elijah Dann.

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Cindy Lou Who to Tom Flynn: “Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?

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