We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
All About Christmas in America
If the Pew poll's figures accurately reflect what Americans think about Christmas and what they do at Christmastime, it is clear that the general social trend is away from Christmas as a religious holiday and toward its being a cultural event. Evidently, however, there is also a trend away from believing in Santa Claus and pretending that he will visit on Christmas Eve. In sum, there is little in the Pew findings that are startling, which suggests that they very probably accurately reflect what we think about Christmas.