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Santa Claus is Dead

I was strolling through the mega book store over the weekend and came across The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - A book that evangelizes the virtue of atheism. I've seen write ups on the book in both Wired (The Church of the Non-Believers) and the Sunday NYTimes Book Review (Beyond Belief) so I started skimming it's contents to get a closer look. I had not even made it through the introduction before Dawkins referenced John Lennon's song "Imagine" as a hymn for his un-religion.

Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one

STOP RIGHT THERE!

I simply despise this simplistic, idiotic, counter culture plea to nihilism. If this is what Dawkins views as the ideal then I want no part of it. The music of the song could have been written by a six year old. The lyrics are beyond stupid - they are a call to strip all meaning from your life and "live as one" whatever that means. No thanks Mr. Dawkins - you go live your life without God and sing your pathetic pop music nursery rhymes. I'll pray for you.

Dawkins and all his co-antireligion friends are like 12 year old kids who love telling they're younger siblings that there's no such thing as Santa Claus. They get a special satisfaction proving that Santa can't fit down the chimney, his sleigh can't fly, etc. It's sad and clownish.

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