11 Days Before Christmas

Has anyone read the “11 Days Before Christmas” poem written by Cameo Smith? If not, click on the link in the last sentence, and it will take you there. The author, no doubt, was trying to infuse comfort into a very tragic day. But her poem shows our nation’s religiocentricism: if any of those children did not believe in Jesus Christ, if any of those children were Jews, Muslims, Atheists, then they did not go to God’s house. Image

I understand why people want to bring God in to help explain a tragedy, but I think it is a cowardly approach. Rather than take a difficult look at why this happened and how we can prevent it, we defer responsibility to God.  We “told” God to go away; we don’t “allow” him in schools. Never mind that this imaginary person that is supposed to be almighty has allowed murders, child abuse, wars, brutal beatings, torture and millions of heinous acts to be committed throughout the history of mankind. Does. This. Make. Sense?

Sure, people should be allowed to write their poems and hold their religious beliefs, but they should not abduct common sense nor prevent us from looking at the real issues. Tragedies don’t happen because we run superstition and imaginary people out of our educational system.

We are the problem, and only we can be the solution.

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14 responses to “11 Days Before Christmas

  1. Vickie E., Topeka, KS

    Those innocent little children most certainly are with Jesus and God, whether they had parents that were Jews, Muslims, or Atheists. Until a child is old enough to make up his own mind on religion and fully understand the beliefs (usually in early teens), he is considered innocent and sin-free (unless they themselves had committed a mortal sin of murder, or something like that) and would be welcomed into Heaven, just as Cameo wrote. So just because you are a hard-hearted person, who has lost faith in the world, don’t bring the rest of the world down. Yes, the government took God and religion out of the schools, but that does not mean that we still can’t teach it to our children at home and at our places of worship. I may be an optimist and have my rose-colored glasses on about this, but I KNOW THOSE INNOCENT BABES ARE IN HEAVEN!! And along with them, are the other teachers and staff that so bravely lost their lives that day. And there is a special place in hell for the shooter! At least that is what I think. Agree or disagree… your call… but get a grip.

    God is not to blame. He did not bring about all those wars… men did. He didn’t pull that trigger… a man did. God does not cause child abuse or senseless beatings… men and women do. God does not murder people, shoot people, stab them, rape them. torture them… but other people do. You see, God is not the problem… human beings are the problem. Maybe God could stop all of it, but He gave us free will, to do what we wanted to do, and this is what some chose to do, so you see, it isn’t God’s fault. And this is not a recent thing… there have been wars, murders, tortures, and beatings since the beginning of creation. Remember Cain and Abel? If not, read the Bible. It might do you some good. Don’t have a copy? Go to your local church or place of worship. I’m sure they’ll have a copy that you can borrow.

    Try to have a Merry Christmas… you know it’s the day we Christians celebrate the birth of our glorious Savior, Jesus Christ… the one that welcomed those 26 beautiful little children (young and old) into his arms 11 days before Christmas!

    • Hi Vickie, Thanks for taking the time to express your opinions. Yes, I’ve read the Bible (and have several), and I have taken a dozen or more courses on the history of religion (that would be all religions). It is fascinating. Since you are a Christian, I know you would not judge me. I’m sure you didn’t mean to assume that I am “hard-hearted.” No, I don’t share your views, but I cannot bear to see anyone harmed or murdered. My values are probably very similar to yours. I don’t believe there is an afterlife, although who knows for sure. This planet, to me, is heaven, with all its flaws and its imperfect people.

      I’m grateful that our government–yours AND mine–took religion out of schools to give everyone a chance to believe what they want. Belief is very personal–like a toothbrush–and I don’t want to share yours, nor you mine. No one on this blog is blaming your God for anything that happened.

      You surely know that there is a secular (Santa) and a non-secular (the birth of Jesus) Christmas holiday. I celebrate the former.

  2. So unfortunate that you have no Biblical knowledge. This children who parished were ALL in Heaven as they died before the age of accountablility. I would much rather have comfort in MY FAITH in JESUS then the stuff you preach. Should you ever loose a children, please lets us know were you find your comfort to go on, as we have !

    • Mimi, I have read the Bible, but, to me, it is an imperfect historical document. I’m not preaching this to you. I’m giving you my opinion, as you are giving me yours. I believe in science, not hearsay. I beleive in logic, not mysticism. However, I do respect your right to believe in whatever you want, and that’s why I’ve posted your comment here. Even though we don’t agree we can have a discussion, provided that you don’t hurl insults. ;)

  3. This was read during a family mass & made myself, & my friends, uncomfortable. To be honest, it made me a little angry. I get the desire in adults to simplify & ease tragedy for children. But, in addition to the points you made, making Jesus into a magical superhero who can keep children safe with just a wave of his hand is misleading & confusing. What do we tell them when the next horror strikes?

    • Hi- thanks for sharing your views. I believe we need to look at the real issues- not that God wanted to welcome angels or that he allowed this tragedy for a reason. The problem is only man and man’s guns. The only reason to have an assault weapon is to kill as many people as quickly as possible. That’s not very Christian-why does a Christian nation need weapons like that? My blog is about raising kids without religion. It is about raising moral, thinking children, so this post was in-line with the theme here.

  4. Yet modern holy days are pagan and apostate in origin. Easter is named after a pagan goddess! The dates of Christmas and Easter were chosen to coincide with pagan holy days. Many practices involved are pagan and apostate in origin. If we observe these religiously, we are returning to fellowship with pagan and apostate practices, just as Paul opposed here!

  5. Alot of Christians have wrestled with these same questions…I would love to try to convert you but I’m not even gonna go there. In fact that has the opposite effect. However, for your childern’s sake, I would urge you to get them inoilved in Church as soon and as much as possible. They don’t even have to believe to go there. for that matter neither do you. Are you afraid that if you did start going to Church you might like what was being said, your kids might make friends their and actually want to go make on a regular basis. What if you come to the reliazation that your wrong!

    • @ David who wrote this:

      Are you afraid that if you did start going to Church you might like what was being said, your kids might make friends their and actually want to go make on a regular basis.

      My kids have been to church, actually. Quite a few times. I would not be in the least bit disturbed if they decided, after much reflection and study, to choose a specific church.

      I don’t try to convince you NOT to beleive, and I am pretty certain that you could not (as you suspected) convince me or my children to believe. Faith is blind. It’s too hard to go back. Having said all this, I do appreciate that you took the time to reach out and comment. I know you mean well, and you think that this is what your God would want.

  6. I think this post is one of the most insightful I’ve read regarding the tragedy and God’s involvement. Couldn’t agree more. Thanks.

  7. Hi dam, thank you for your blog! I am a SAHM who is non-religious living in the other religious “T” state and found you through your CNN article.

    I love this entry because I have felt exactly the same. I do not see you blaming god for the tragedy in Newtown, kind of difficult to blame something that you don’t believe in. It’s also clear that you are actually blaming us, human beings, not passing the buck to any other power or deity for the wrong in the world.

    I wanted to address the whole “free will” comment that a reader had mentioned. If that is true can you really say we have free will, according to christianity, when we’re born into sin? We pay the price for the sins of Adam and Eve, even though we were not present with them in the garden of eden?

    • @CHope Welcome…Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, that’s correct. You can’t blame something you don’t believe in–I was pointing the finger at us. I’ll have to find the comment you were referring to…

  8. You showed amazing restraint with some of those posters. I think that earns you the equivalent of an Eagle Scout badge or something.

  9. @aliceatwonderland I did? Thanks! Unfortunately, I think my restraint tank is starting to run low! :)

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