OpinionIt is unethical to teach children the Santa Claus myth. http://peasoup.typepad.com/peasoup/2009/12/the-ethics-of-santa.html
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-12-23 at 18:03:29   (12 comments)

On 2009-12-24 at 12:13:02, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't think there's any doubt that it's unethical to lie to someone, and passing off a myth that you don't believe in yourself as true is clearly the wrong thing to do. There's an issue with your child being 'different' from the other children who've been lied to, but that's not necessarily a bad thing - critical thinking, debating skills and non-conformism are good things. Interestingly, children are predisposed to believe just about anything. http://jezebel.com/5432259/the-years-of-magical-thinking-the-pscychology-of-believing-in-santa Then again, Santa is pretty damn scary. http://www.toptenz.net/scared-of-santa-top-10-ways-not-to-visit-santa.php Even the US military lies to children. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8428718.stm
On 2009-12-24 at 22:06:08, BorgClown wrote...
My favorite Xmas demotivator: http://www.atheistnexus.org/photo/dear-children
On 2009-12-24 at 22:11:00, BorgClown wrote...
Aw man, the "WTF or I Will Not Cry, As God is my Witness…" were so cute!
On 2009-12-24 at 22:14:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: If only it were so simple - to equate Santa and Jesus as myths and nothing more. "But Jesus was real..." http://www.flickr.com/photos/leehaywood/4204766038/
On 2009-12-24 at 22:20:45, BorgClown wrote...
It says so in a book which could use a lot of "citation needed" tags.
On 2009-12-24 at 22:22:03, BorgClown wrote...
Don't bash Christmas, it's a day to celebrate the solar rebirth on many cultures, Jesus just tagged along.
On 2009-12-24 at 22:26:41, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Well it has Christmas in the name so I'm against it. It's a tacit acceptance of Christianity by non-Christians, just like so many of their traditions. I've switched to saying 'happy holidays' or similar.
On 2009-12-29 at 04:38:04, BorgClown wrote...
Happy winter solstice is my favorite, although few people get it =(
On 2009-12-29 at 14:41:49, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The days are now getting longer in the northern hemisphere, so the solstice marks the transition to brighter days better than anything. I've found it amusing to be told 'see you in 2010' by people I know I'm going to see before then.
On 2009-12-30 at 03:22:24, BorgClown wrote...
Why would they do that? Maybe just in case they do not see you again on time?
On 2009-12-30 at 11:52:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, and they might even be right in thinking that.
On 2009-12-31 at 06:34:22, BorgClown wrote...
See? Let the poor guys wish you well.