How appropriate that the “atheist rally,” also known by organizers as the “reason rally” was held so close to April 1, because “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1) April Fool’s Day, get it?Source
There is an old joke about an atheist who goes to court complaining that he has no holidays. The judge dismisses the case saying that atheists do have a holiday: April Fools' Day. He then proceeds to cite Psalm 14:1.
One can tell that this is a Judeo-Christian joke. Not even ex-judge Roy Moore could issue so blatantly theocratic a ruling, and only a deeply insular religious person could think that an atheist would sit still for a religious ruling in civil court.
But is the joke on them? It is Christians—specifically young-Earth creationists—who have shown vulnerability to practical jokes. One group of YECs mounted an expedition for Noah's Ark in response to a "discovery" reported on April 1. New Mexicans for Science and Reason once raked in a whole bunch of fools for Jesus with a fake fossil "discovery." And it has become somewhat of an Internet tradition for atheists to announce their conversion to Christianity on April 1. April Fools' Day may be an appropriate secular holiday after all—but not for the reason Christians think.
The idea that atheists have no holidays is a delusion. Let us examine the federal holidays in the USA (which, per her constitution, must not be religious anyway):
- New Year's Day: What is specifically religious about celebrating the privilege of experiencing life?
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day: This Christian was great because he was also a great humanist.
- Presidents Day: Our civil leaders are not gods.
- Memorial Day: One does not have to honor a god to honor those who have given their lives for us.
- Independence Day: We celebrate our independence from religious conflict.
- Labor Day: “The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.” —Robert G. Ingersoll
- Columbus Day: I don't know that we should be honoring this butcher, but the holiday is arguably non-religious.
- Veterans Day: One does not have to honor a god to honor those who have defended us.
- Thanksgiving Day: Deities aren't the only entities that can be thanked.
- Christmas, the only federal holiday that could plausibly be considered religious: Ganulin v. United States addressed this one, for better or for worse. But Richard Ganulin is Jewish; I know of no atheist who has ever brought suit against Christmas. Nativity scenes, yes (and we always win, unlike Mr. Ganulin), but never Christmas itself. Besides, Isaac Newton is one religious person every atheist admires.
Happy International Atheists Day! Party on!
Edited by Cousin Ricky, 16 March 2017 - 08:46 PM.
New link to the Noah's ark article.