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I mean this as a serious question.

 

Should Atheists celebrate April Fool's Day?  (Psalms 14 and 53)

 

Yes.  I know.  The clear intent was an insult.  Then again, America took "Yankee Doodle" -- an obvious British insult -- and turned it into something patriotic.

 

Openly Secular Day seems to have failed.  I could use an Atheist holiday.

 

Comments?

 

 


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I had to go look that up, because I have no idea what the hell you are talking about, heathen that I am and pretty damn ignorant about the bible.

 

 I'm rather foolish most everyday.


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I had to go look that up, because I have no idea what the hell you are talking about, heathen that I am and pretty damn ignorant about the bible.

 

 I'm rather foolish most everyday.

 

 

The Bible twists reality. 

 

In Proverbs, we read that "The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom."

 

In Psalms, we read, "The fool says in his heart, there is no God."

 

In fairness, there is some truth there.  People can't hear, when you say things in your heart.  Say it out loud, so they can hear you.


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THERE IS NO GOD and even if I was in a foxhole, I'd still say that. I've been in 2 life threatening situations in my life, quite seriously dangerous and I'm very pleased to say I never asked for any assistance from a sky daddy. 


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The Psalmist who called atheists "fools" is probably burning in hell right now. Jesus says so: "Anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."


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The Psalmist who called atheists "fools" is probably burning in hell right now. Jesus says so: "Anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."

 

Settles that.


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The Psalmist who called atheists "fools" is probably burning in hell right now. Jesus says so: "Anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell."

 

 

It's an interesting thought.


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I think we have lost focus on this thread.

 

How do people feel -- as Atheists -- about celebrating April Fools Day?


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I think we have lost focus on this thread.

 

The destiny of every thread here, innit?
 

How do people feel -- as Atheists -- about celebrating April Fools Day?

 

I'm over 70 years old, I've never before heard any suggestion of a link between April Fool's Day and any religion in all that time until now. So my being atheist has no bearing on how I feel about it I suppose.


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I mean this as a serious question.

 

Should Atheists celebrate April Fool's Day?  (Psalms 14 and 53)

 

Yes.  I know.  The clear intent was an insult.  Then again, America took "Yankee Doodle" -- an obvious British insult -- and turned it into something patriotic.

 

Openly Secular Day seems to have failed.  I could use an Atheist holiday.

 

Comments?

 

Years ago there used to be a Christian argument which claimed that atheists were being two-faced because they decried religion but happily accepted the holiday wages paid out during Christmas and Easter. "Why weren't you in the factory working on Christmas Day instead of staying home and bludging off us Christians?" they would ask.

 

(I used to explain that if I had been in the factory on Christmas Day I would have been arrested for illegal entry.)

 

 

And now that I've remembered those incidents I have decided that we atheists should have our own holiday. I could have some fun with it.


Edited by Joe Bloe, 11 March 2019 - 06:13 PM.

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I don't know how solid it is.  I've seen a few references to

 

Atheist Day -- March 23rd.

 

 

[smilie=happydance.gif] 


Edited by jonathanlobl, 11 March 2019 - 09:58 PM.

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Yes I think Atheists should celebrate any god damn holiday they like. I always used to celebrate Xmas, but religious nonsense never entered into it. As a born heathen, the only thing I ever associated with Xmas was Santa and a tree, dazzling lights and presents. 

 

I wonder when "live and let live" and "mind your own business" days are ?

 

Now we have a day for everything, I mean to say every day is a celebration of something. Oh it's National Days, like for instance today is:

 

https://nationaldayc...m/latest-posts/

March 12, 2019 – NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY – IHOP – NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY – NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY – NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY
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I like the sound of Atheist Day.  March 23 is almost here.

 

I'm starting to think April Fool's Day might be worth while also.


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I like the sound of Atheist Day.  March 23 is almost here.

 

I'm starting to think April Fool's Day might be worth while also.

I personally don't want to lay claim to a day with "Fool" in it.  Is there a National Pull Your Head Out of Your Ass Day? oh that's not right, that would be a religious day  [smilie=giggle.gif]


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I don't know how solid it is.  I've seen a few references to

 

Atheist Day -- March 23rd.

 

 

[smilie=happydance.gif] 

 

It’s pretty solid. As far as I can tell, the main promoter is Atheist Republic. It was announced last year; the first I heard of it was shortly before April 1, 2018.


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The first I heard of April 1 as Atheists’ Day was in a joke:
 

In Florida, an atheist became incensed over the preparation for Easter and Passover holidays and decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while the atheists had no holiday to celebrate.

The case was brought before a wise judge who after listening to the long, passionate presentation of his lawyer, promptly banged his gavel and declared, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, “Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? Surely the Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other observances. And the Jews—why in addition to Passover they have Yom Kippur and Hanukkah... and yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!”

The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said “Obviously your client is too confused to know about or to celebrate the atheists’ holiday!”

The lawyer pompously said “We are aware of no such holiday for atheists, just when might that be, your honor?”

The judge said “Well it comes every year on exactly the same date—April 1st!”

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” —Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53:1

 

 

I ripped this one to shreds in another thread: The wise man shouts it from the rooftops. Note that I am no longer so sure that Roy Moore wouldn’t pull a stunt like that. Also, Cal Thomas is going to hell.

 

Then Living Waters Publications started making bumper stickers proclaiming April 1 as National Atheists’ Day, quoting Psalm 14. One “atheist” named Patrick threatened to sue Comfort over the bumper sticker, and took his case to The Atheist Experience (ep. 563, July 27, 2008), and was shocked when he received 50 emails from other atheists demanding that he quit his foolishness and apologize to the ministry. (It should be noted that Patrick has shown up in other atheist forums, and his history indicates that he is either a troll or mentally unstable.)

 

I take the “holiday” in good humor.

 


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It works for me.  Not that I know what to do with an Atheist holiday.


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It works for me.  Not that I know what to do with an Atheist holiday.

 

Procure baby, place in baking pan, rub, season, stuff, preheat oven to 350°F, place baby in oven, and bake for 2 – 3 hours, basting occasionally, until meat thermometer reads 165°F?


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Procure baby, place in baking pan, rub, season, stuff, preheat oven to 350°F, place baby in oven, and bake for 2 – 3 hours, basting occasionally, until meat thermometer reads 165°F?

 

 

Oh, please.  Like eating babies was only for special days.


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