The New York Times -- which is in the middle of laying off 100 staffers due to the public's growing disinterest in what the Times thinks -- made no effort to attract new Christian readers on Christmas Day. Instead, the nation's supposed "newspaper of record" sneered at the majority of Americans -- who tell pollsters they are believers -- on the very day celebrated nationwide as Jesus' birthday.
"Christmas Day on the New York Times opinion page meant two pro-athiest pieces, but no column to reflect the view of Christian believers on one of their two biggest holidays of the year," wrote Fred Lucas for the Blaze.
The Times' snide attacks dispelled the Washington Post's recent back-handed proclamation: "Kirk Cameron can breathe easy: the War on Christmas is over. Jesus won."
Cameron, of course, ruffled liberal and atheist feathers with his politically incorrect "Saving Christmas" movie -- still in theaters weeks after its limited run was supposed to end ... amid unprecedented social media attacks by activist atheists.
So, the Post says the war on Christmas has been won by believers? New York Times Magazine food columnist Mark Bittman demonstrated otherwise on Christmas Day -- setting the Times' hostile tone with his "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream.“
“I’ve spent much of my life trying to ignore Christmas,” he wrote. “As a secular Jew, an atheist and a progressive, my reasons are common. It’s a commercial, obnoxious, even dreaded holiday. But it’s not changing anytime soon and we should make the best of it. (Hanukkah, I might note, is no better, although it gives us an excuse to eat latkes.)”
T. M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford University, wrote "Religion Without God," praised the Unitarian Universalist church, whose statement of principles does not include God. “As it happens, this kind of God-neutral faith is growing rapidly, in many cases with even less role for God than among Unitarians,” Luhrmann explained.
She said part of the reason for going to church without a faith is for community.
“Religion is fundamentally a practice that helps people to look at the world as it is and yet to experience it — to some extent, in some way — as it should be,” she wrote. “Much of what people actually do in church — finding fellowship, celebrating birth and marriage, remembering those we have lost, affirming the values we cherish — can be accomplished with a sense of God as metaphor, as story, or even without any mention of God at all.”
Interestingly, as a majority of Americans celebrated Christmas with joy, fewer of them are reading the New York Times, writes Ken Kurson of the New York Observer: "The Times is staring at an enormous shortfall—as much as $50 million, according to this source—that must be closed immediately.
And with drooping circulation and reduced advertising income, "that explains the draconian cuts of 100 journalists," writes Kerson. "As the New York Times prepares for the latest culling of the most talent-rich newsroom in America, the sad march has already begun. David Corcoran, a Times near-lifer who runs the beloved Science Times section, has reportedly accepted a buyout, as have legendary business reporters Floyd Norris and Bill Carter, labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, arts reporter Carol Vogel, staff editor Jack Bell, plus at least six photographers and picture editors."
Maybe the Times shouldn't be putting so much faith in atheists and Godless religion.