Religious Ron and Atheist Andy #21

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10 responses to “Religious Ron and Atheist Andy #21

  • Witty Ludwig

    I recognise many of the points ‘Andy’ is making in some of these sketches but often they do seem only to scratch the surface of the reality or miss the point altogether. In this case, for instance, Andy is just being arbitrary– “Christmas” assumed the place of the Winter Solstices in western Europe, no? Many more secular families in secular cultures still celebrate the time of year without maintaining any of the Christian aspects.

    Or is the point that the period has those positive connotations due to Christian spirit? Which would be grossly incorrect.

    I suppose somewhat confused across the board with many of the illustrations but I sometimes recognise glimpses.

    Somewhat non sequitur but: can anyone tell me whether the author of these cartoons is American or not?

    • synapticcohesion

      “In this case, for instance, Andy is just being arbitrary– “Christmas” assumed the place of the Winter Solstices in western Europe, no?”

      Who knows? The point is that Andy, like many atheists, celebrate “Christmas”–not winter solstice. It boggles the mind.

      “Somewhat non sequitur but: can anyone tell me whether the author of these cartoons is American or not?”

      Ask and you shall receive. I don’t know what that has to do with anything but, yes, you are correct in your assumption about the nationality of the author.

      • Witty Ludwig

        My point re winter solstice is that those atheists who do celebrate Christmas do so because of the long established holiday period– conversely, I’d be similarly boggled by anyone claiming a Christian isn’t a “true” Christian for celebrating Jesus’ birth on 25th December despite it being accepted that it’s not in fact correct. The Christians who still celebrate it do so because it’s an established holiday period or tradition. It would be splitting hairs and missing the point.

        re the comment I already established as non sequitur: I presumed the author was American because of the way it presents the subject matter. We don’t really see this in Europe. I have met the odd American or two who could be either Ron or Andy, though, hence my guess.

        • synapticcohesion

          “I presumed the author was American because of the way it presents the subject matter. We don’t really see this in Europe. I have met the odd American or two who could be either Ron or Andy, though, hence my guess.”

          Nevertheless, I’m sure you cannot deny the pure unadulterated genius of said author.

  • Tracy

    I feel the need to point this out: The “Religious Ron and Atheist Andy” aren’t very good. Seriously. Neither Ron nor Andy seem to be very intelligent. Andy says Christianity should be obliterated and Ron responds by accusing him of celebrating Christmas?

    signed,
    Confused

    • synapticcohesion

      Dear Confused,

      I appreciate your candor when critiquing the quality of the comic–or lack thereof.

      “Andy says Christianity should be obliterated and Ron responds by accusing him of celebrating Christmas?”

      Yes, ironically, some of the most vociferously anti-Christian atheists celebrate Christmas. Any yes, they refer to their celebration as “Christmas.” Thus, you are not alone in your confusion.

      • Tracy

        Actually, my confusion stems from the fact that Ron thinks the fact that Andy celebrates Christmas somehow invalidates his desire to wipe out Christianity.

        Oh. *lightbulb* I just got it. Never mind. :D

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