The Christmas effect クリスマス効果
The Christmas effect
Christmas continues to cheer our increasingly secularized and benighted world, and this sets on edge the teeth of its relentless detractors. Consider the length to which the Grinches go to persuade us that Christmas is nothing special. Proving a negative is always a challenge, but arguing there’s no original cause for the Christmas effect is a hopeless exercise. Despite the war on the celebration of the birth of the Christ, the spirit of the season endures.
The American Atheists group this year has purchased space on a huge electronic billboard above New York’s Times Square to flash the question: “Who needs Christ during Christmas?” The word “Christ” is crossed out, replaced with “nobody.” Nobody, of course, is the patron of the atheists, who urge everyone to believe in nothing. With the zeal of Saul-turned-Paul on the road to Damascus, the atheists urge New Yorkers to “Celebrate the true meaning of Xmas,” without saying exactly what the meaning might be. New Yorkers, famous for brusque street demeanor, gave a television reporter an earful of unfestive Gotham response. The atheists still have a lot of work to do.