Dear Members and Supporters
Do atheists celebrate Christmas? Yes, they do. It’s a holiday with friends, family, food, drink, and gifts; what’s not to like?
However, it doesn’t belong to Christians. Populations in the northern hemisphere had a midwinter festival long before the Christians got going. That’s why there’s a decorated tree, holly, ivy, yule log, mistletoe, St Nicholas (Father Christmas, Santa Claus), etc.
So, Happy Christmas everyone!
This year, 2021 was a good one for Atheism UK despite, or perhaps because of, lockdown. It pushed lots of people online, so we started podcasting; see here for the growing series on our official YouTube channel:
These are light-hearted chats on a variety of relevant topics, and you can join in by commenting, suggesting subjects, or by coming on screen; just respond to this email. It’s been enjoyable taking part in and watching these videos (also available as audio podcasts on Spotify) and it’s driven home to me how many of us are involved in, or have been involved in, delivering education. It’s strikingly different from the theistic attitude of believing to have a special hotline to a powerful, but invisible, agent and restricting access to contrary views for fear of losing control of their flock. As your new ‘leader’ I want to say how I understand that I don’t have a ‘flock’, no sheep here.
During the year we said goodbye to former President, Chris Street, who had steered the ship for many years, elected yours truly to the post of President and welcomed other members to our Committee.
Looking ahead, we intend to step up our active campaigning, COVID permitting, so please get involved.
I would like to thank you all for your continuing support.
Best wishes for the New Year!
John Richards, President Atheism UK
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