So... If only 33% of the world's population is some sort of Christian - why the hell are they the only people we ever hear about?
By my calculation, 67% of the world is of other faiths be that Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Primal, etc. And there's a whopping 16% non-religious. This world is comprised of different colours, different faiths, different ideas on what is god is what is not god. To be part of a diverse culture means accepting that people are different and that we were not all stamped from a cookie cutter.
It means those of us who are Buddhists do not celebrate Christmas. In fact, as we do not believe in god we would be somewhat hard-pressed to believe in the birth of his child. The worldwide census for 2010 says that there are 33,000,000 Jews in the world - certainly people who do not believe in the birth of Jesus Christ. Muslims and Sikkhs do not believe in Jesus Christ nor in a Christian god.
Only 33% of the world believes in some sort of died for your sins, buried in a cave and came back to life ressurection.
So why is my entire town covered in Christmas trees? Why are religious Christmas caroles all over the radio, the store airwaves and even the elevator in the courthouse? Why do we celebrate the birth of some idea that only 33% of the world even believes in?
If we truly want to live in peace with the rest of this world - maybe it's time to ditch the traditional son of god celebrations each year. "Jesus wants you to buy this 2011 Mercedes for your Christmas loved ones!!!" "Jesus went to Jarrod" "The Blessed Virgin would love this new Sony DVD!"
Maybe it just needs to stop.
Maybe we need to celebrate our own festivals in our own way, not forcing them on others - to each Christian, a tree in his home. To each Buddhist, just more suffering for world peace. To each Hindu, the realization that he doesn't have to face down a tree laden with tinsel and ornaments each year in his workplace. And on and on and on.
It's a freeing idea.
And one that could actually promote an understanding of the people surrounding us in the world we live in...