I think Tim Minchin‘s Song “White Wine in the Sun“ really captures the spirit of Christmas down under. I heard it last year (see No gods required) and notice it is being promoted again this year with all proceeds going to charity.
Here is Minchin performing the song:
The Salvation Army was a beneficiary of this because the song is included on the CD The Spirit Of Christmas, which raises money for the Salvation Army’s charity work in Australia. However, talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth. They are now criticising the song and other Christian activists, even ones supposedly supporting family values, dubbed it ‘disrespectful’ and ‘a sick joke.’
Tim wrote about the Sally’s rudeness:
“I gave my song for free, putting aside my philosophical objection to the Salvation Army for the sake of beneficiaries. Imbeciles.”
“I think the Salvos are idiots. I didn’t know they would benefit from the CD, but by the time I found out I didn’t want to make too much of a fuss. So I gave my song free, then they turn around and say that they don’t agree with the sentiment of the song.
“Part of me is hugely outraged by what imbeciles they are, to bite the hand that feeds them and put their proselytising above charity.
“I won’t make this mistake again. I tweeted that if people want to buy my version of the song independently, I’ll give the proceeds away to a non-proselytising charity.”
“Christmas means much to billions of people who don’t believe in Jesus, and if you think that Christmas without Jesus is not Christmas, then you’re out of touch, and if you think altruism without Jesus is not altruism, then you’re a dick.”
I understand that a secular charity Autism Trust is going to benefit from sales of “White Wine in the Sun” from now until January 1st. (Cost NZ$1.79 on iTunes – I wouldn’t buy the Sally’s CD).
- Salvation Army vs Tim Minchin (humanistlife.org.uk)
- Tim Minchin: ‘I’m hugely outraged by proselytising charities’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Good things don’t require religion (hurtlingthroughspace.com)
- Missing the point of Christmas (seantheblogonaut.com)
- But it’s the only good song on the whole CD! (scienceblogs.com)