Eric Hovind: What’s the Difference Between God & Santa?
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Eric Hovind is son to convicted criminal-slash-young earth creationist Kent Hovind, currently serving 10 years in the penitentiary for tax fraud. Kent set a high standard for his family in terms of blatant stupidity, but Eric is trying his best to keep up. Last week he published this “challenge” to atheists, in which he didn’t really so much challenge us as he did accidentally point out that there is no substantial difference between God and Santa Claus.
Eric wondered why atheists protest the Christian god but don’t protest Santa, because Santa only pretends to know when you’re being bad or good, Santa doesn’t answer kids’ prayers, Santa doesn’t exist. Wait, did I say prayers? I meant letters. Letters.
What Eric doesn’t know and didn’t bother to find out is that there ARE plenty of atheists who protest Santa. Some have made entire careers of it. They agree with you, that lying to kids about Santa is just as damaging as lying to them about God.
I’m not one of those atheists, because I happen to think lying to kids about Santa is, as Eric so ably demonstrated, the perfect way for them to realize that adults lie about all sorts of things, including giant ideas that can change your entire outlook on your life.
Realizing that your parents, the adults you trust most in this world, can lie or just be wrong about something that big is the first step toward realizing that an entire society can be wrong about God.
Maybe Eric’s parents didn’t lie to him about Santa, so he never learned how devious they could be. I wonder if he learned it at his parents’ trial for tax fraud? Maybe when Kent gets out of jail next year they can have a good long talk about it. Oh, unless the most recent charges against him prove true, in which case he’ll go back to jail for even longer for continuing to try to defraud the government.
But hey, let’s definitely keep focusing on Santa protests.