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AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC. P O Box 140195 Austin, TX 78714-0195 Press Release December 19, 1990 Jon Murray, President of American Atheists, today called upon all Atheists everywhere in the nation and the world to remember the Winter Solstice (10:07 P.M. EST, 21 December, 1990) and to celebrate it appropriately. "This remarkable natural phenomenon, stolen by the Christians as the alleged birthday of their mythological Christ, stolen by the Jews as a contrived celebration of Hanukkah, remains as one of the four days -- prescribed by nature -- which all persons in the world can see, feel, measure, and affirm. "Verifiable by the observations of every human being in all of human history these legendary and actual manifestations of the journey of our world around the sun were universally celebrated. Seeing that such festive and joyous occasions could not be suppressed by their death-exalting religion, the Judeo-Christians of the world simply stole the days and imposed their fantasy stories upon them while they suppressed the celebrations of the solstices and the equinoxes. "The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, is the harbinger of the point at which **the sun is reborn** -- that is, the motion of the earth travelling around the sun, and the tilt of the earth's axis, begin to make the days longer with the promise that winter and the annual darkening of the skies is over, that spring, summer, and the autumn harvests will come again. "American Atheists urge you to take the day off, relax, eat, drink, and be merry. Decorate your solstice tree. Give presents to one another, even as nature gives the present and the promise of 'another year around the sun' for that old ball called the earth." See attached scientific explanation - never before given to the media, but available now in a clear and understandable form. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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