Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Wreck The Halls

There are two reasons I don't bother trying to convert Atheists. The first is that, like Christians, Atheists are simply reaching their own conclusions based on the limited information available and there's no reason to fight.

The second and most important one is that, frankly, I don't want some Atheists in my treehouse because they act like assholes once converted.

Exhibit A: Kirk Cameron.

Cameron was an Atheist until he turned 17. He discovered Christianity and became the kind of Christian that every hates. Yes, even other Christians. Cameron has become a modern crusader, offering a line of home schooling texts to help parents who don't want their kids at risk of being corrupted by the outside world, says that the world is going to Hell in a hand basket because America is accepting gays, and even making evangelical movies. One is a documentary about how his beliefs about gays are backed up by Biblical fact (they aren't) and several weak sauce dramas about how accepting Christianity and traditional gender roles are the greatest goals any person can aspire to. (I've seen a couple of his movies. He makes Kristin Stewart look like Meryl Streep.)

Usually, when Cameron has some bullshit statement to make, it coincided with a movie he has coming out, and today is no exception. Cameron has a new flick this week called Saving Christmas, about a humble man who attempts to put the "Christ" back in Christmas (Christ is the reason for the season?!? No shit! Why didn't I know this sooner?!?). So Cameron made a Facebook post that said, "Calling all moms, wives, and keepers of your home- I made this video for you, to remind you of how irreplaceable you are to your family this Christmas." It features a link to the YouTube.

So, what happens in the video? Cameron starts off letting women know how much they are appreciated. "If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you're the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas. Because Christmas is about joy and if the joy of the Lord is your strength, remember, the joy of the mom is her children's strength, so don't let anything steal your joy. If you let your joy get stolen, it will sap your strength."

...well...that doesn't sound TOO bad. So, Cameron, how do you recommend women do this?

"Let your children, your family, see your joy in the way you decorate your home this Christmas, in the food that you cook, the songs you sing, the stories you tell, and the traditions that you keep. Invite your whole neighborhood into your Christmas and invite the world into our story of our king and his kingdom."

I don't know about you, but making the mom/wife/whatever responsible for the happiness of her whole family and anyone who happens over does not sound conductive to joy to me. It sounds conductive to exhaustion and a nervous breakdown. One of my mom's happiest Christmases was when I took over the kitchen duties and my dad decorated. Okay, she was still recovering from a car accident and wasn't supposed to do anything. But all I remember was how amazingly chill she looked for the first time I could remember and that she didn't flip her shit once. Theory is one thing, reality is another.

While, yes, the old-fashion chauvinism of this bothers me, that I have to let slide. This is how Cameron and his family live their lives, it's working for them, I don't have to live that way, so whatever. It's the smarmy "You're doing everyone a favor by stressing yourself beyond human endurance" of his message. He doesn't mention anything about anyone doing their own thing or helping, it's all about how the "keeper of the home" entertains those around her.

My fellow Titanfall fanatics are Christians. One of our nemeses is a team composed of Atheists. We rib each other about our beliefs when the matches slow down and it pops up in the trash talk once in a while, but now, I have a proposal:

Next online match -- losing teams gets Cameron.

Sorry if I made you shit yourselves. You Atheists or us Christians. But it's really the only thing I can think of.
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