Dawkins Speaks at Fair Hills Kindergarten Regarding Santa Claus


My goal in all of this is that, as children, you should be raised only on truth, reason, fact, and intellect. Together we should be working toward a point in the not-so-distant future where the words “Santa Claus” or “Kris Kringle” or “Father Christmas” create the same response as fingernails on a chalkboard. There is nothing wrong with disbelief in Santa. I can see that the topic makes many of you uncomfortable. However, this should not be viewed as a bad thing. You may weep now, but your tears are a positive, not a negative. You are now facing the truth, which comes in many forms and is not always comfortable. This is a fact that you will be exposed to again and again throughout your lives. If you wish to live a life that contains only comfortable information and not necessarily the truth, then yours will be a highly deluded existence. Your intellectual maturity depends on whether or not you are capable of accepting the truth at this early age. That is why there is no better place to begin than with the absurdity that is Santa Claus and Christmas Magic.

(via Kottke)


  1. No, no, no, no, no. Who’s going to grow up into the better critical thinker? The child who is told Santa doesn’t exist, or the child who figures it out for themselves?

    I’m all for stamping out woo-woo, but I plan on letting my kids figure this one out for themselves, and then telling them just how proud of them I am when they do. Really heap it on, drum it in that questioning ridiculous facts that everyone else accepts and that they’ve known their whole lives is a good thing.

    Spoon-feeding them the answers is encouraging them to have faith in other people’s beliefs, and whether those are sensible beliefs or not isn’t really relevent.

  2. Umm, Schmoo:

    S H O R T I M A G I N E D
    M O N O L O G U E S .

    My own child is at the brink of disbelief. Unfortunately for her, my wife and I are big on the Christmas spirit :p

  3. God that site is terrible… no no, I’m sure it’s content is fabulous. But jesus GOD look at all that scrolling you have to do just to see some content.

  4. What a grinch! I usually enjoy listening to Dawkins but leave the children alone. Believing in Santa to me goes in line with pretending you’re a Super Hero, play, believing in magic, enjoying bedtime stories… it’s all a part of being a child. Children don’t live in the same world we do and that’s fine with me. That’s why they have parents to take care of them.
    If someone took that away from me as a child I don’t think my life would be richer for it. I think it would take away from the life and excitement that’s in me today.

  5. i don’t know about this one. one of the wonderful things about children is their imagination, and to slap them on the wrist for that, to demand that they become as boring and flat as we are seems wrong

  6. Hehe, I intentionally didn’t put a “From McSweeney’s” heading to see how many people would fall for it.

    For full disclosure though, before I clicked on the link, I thought that it was real.

  7. Me too :p

    I saw it on Kottke as well, but he didn’t give the same teaser so I skipped it. I read it from here, started to post, went back to it and caught myself XD

  8. Heres how I feel about this. With my son, I have always been against the whole ‘lying’ to him and telling him the IS a santa. I just thought that was what I wanted to do. But I DO NOT like how this Dawkins fellow is obviously attacking santa claus because he believes that he would also be indirectly attacking christianity. He is speaking to children now to ‘hook em while they are young’. I just dont like that guy.

  9. see how easy it is to use internet for spreading false info ;]
    I fell for it too until halfway into the reading ;]
    Half of the people here however jumped to conclusions too quickly… ;]

    oh well.. funny stuff

  10. Hahaha…i like the reactions of those who didn’t catch on to the fact that it’s not true….like that time in class where we read Swift’s “A modest proposal” and 2 girls didn’t clue in and started tripping out…

  11. I can’t believe how many people fell for this. It’s well-written, but you have to have seriously fallen for the anti-Dawkins blather to have believed this for long enough to post a damned comment (yeah, it had me too… for all of the first two lines).

    Mind you, the folks that really surprise me are the ones who read it then commented angrily… even after other commenters had blown the gaff. Yes, Justine… Vanman… Gwenny… even Piri… I am laughing at you all.

  12. It’s well-written, but you have to have seriously fallen for the anti-Dawkins blather to have believed this for long enough to post a damned comment

    I noticed it said Dawkins in the title, but on reading it I was thinking “must be some other Dawkins”, rather than ‘Onion-style humour’. Not terribly bright admittedly, but there’s more than one Dawkins out there 🙂

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