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Old 12-09-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: The backwoods of Pennsylvania ... unfortunately.
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My wife worked in large department store in the States, and they were not allowed to play Christian Christmas carols this time of year.
Actually, the reason why many department stores won't play Christmas carols isn't because of any religious or politically correct reason.

Employees were actually complaining that having to listen to carols for 8-12 hours per day, 5-7 days per week was driving them crazy - those carols were really undermining employee morale, so most stores stopped playing them.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Florida
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It drives me crazy, too. Especially since some places have been playing them since Halloween.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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Employees were actually complaining that having to listen to carols for 8-12 hours per day, 5-7 days per week was driving them crazy - those carols were really undermining employee morale, so most stores stopped playing them.
But somehow playing Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer 20 times a day for 2 months doesn't undermine employee morale? It is weird to me that playing Silent Night in Canada doesn't undermine employee morale, but it does in the States. Americans sure seem to have low self-esteem.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I've kinda wondered for a while if Atheism hasn't taken a stronger hold on America because we (atheists) find the fight to convinxe Christians such a waste of breath we essentially "give up". I'm not saying go all Crusades but I find after about 5 mins and 500 bible verses later I just walk away and say screw it. I wonder if more anti-religion rallies were held people would be more open and maybe more curious about it. Or maybe I'm wrong lol and dunno what I'm talking about! Do you find yourself in the "screw it not wasting my breath" category or do debate to the death?
Convince Christians of what? That they're wrong? That will just make them mad, and you'll fail to convince them of anything.
I try to limit my "debates" to convincing them that they have no right to pass legislation that governs others according to their own particular beliefs, maybe point out a hypocrisy once in a while, but I have no expectations of "turning" them, as it were.
Atheism is not a choice. It's the sum total of your knowledge, research and experience not supporting the concept of deity. You can't convince someone to become an atheist....it's a personal journey.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:22 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Atheism is not a choice. It's the sum total of your knowledge, research and experience not supporting the concept of deity. You can't convince someone to become an atheist....it's a personal journey.
That is spot on. In my case, it was perhaps the most enlightening intellectual journey I've had... A decades-long quest through many religions to find that there was ultimately nothing left at the end of the road.

I almost wish I could relive it. :-)
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