Podcast #4 – War on Christmas Special

Recorded 12/15/2007.  Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.

Show Notes:

Our “War on Christmas” Special! – We look at the myths and misconceptions surrounding the holiday season.

Gifts for Non-Believers– We countdown our Top Five suggestions for gifts for non-believers.

Driscoll’s List:

5. Flying Spaghetti Monster decal

4. The God Who Wasn’t There (DVD)

3. An all-expenses-paid trip to Cincinnati, including a visit to the Creation Museum in nearby Petersburg, KY.

2. Donation to Charity – For the nonbeliever who has everything, why not give a gift in his/her name to a relevant non-profit?  David’s suggestions: The Freedom from Religion Foundation or the Secular Coalition.

1. Four Horsemen Gift Pack containing God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, The End of Faith by Sam Harris, Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett, and a copy of The Bible (so you’ll know what the fuss is all about).

Snider’s List:

5. The Portable Atheist, a collection of skeptical writings from antiquity to the present, edited by Christopher Hitchens.

4. Museum Membership to a local natural history, science or art museum.  If the recipient doesn’t have access to such big-city facilities, try subscriptions to magazines like National Geographic, Scientific American, or Skeptical Inquirer?

3. Flying Spaghetti Monster Paraphernalia

2. A Copy of The Bible signed by the Author – If you’re participating in a “white elephant” gift exchange, a great gag would be to toss in a copy of the Good Book and add an inscription; e.g. “To Whom It May Concern – Sorry about the mess.  Best Regards, God.”  Be sure to conceal your handwriting and be prepared to maintain a good poker face.  If you’re really daring, try a copy of The Satanic Bible.

1. From So Simple a Beginning – This bug-crushing 1,700-page hardcover contains all four of Charles Darwin’s classic books: The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals.  It comes in a nice slipcase, with a forward by self-proclaimed “provisional deist” Edward O. Wilson.

Feedback – Email your comments to contact@americanfreethought.com and we might read ‘em on the air (attach “voicemails” in mp3 or wav format).

Discuss – We’ve set up a message board at Yahoo Groups.

Theme music by Body Found.  Special holiday end-song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by the La Brea Stompers, from the CD The Mother of All Flagpole Christmas Albums.

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One Response to Podcast #4 – War on Christmas Special

  1. I just found your podcast and like what I hear so far. I wish I had heard the gifts for non-believers before I had finished our shopping as it’s a very nice list.

    Keep up the good work!

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