Bruise Wane. (granolademonic) wrote in antitheism,
Bruise Wane.
granolademonic
antitheism

Fools.

Our custodian sent this out to our whole teaching staff yesterday:




In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Christmas and Hanukkah holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews, and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized day.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, "Case dismissed".

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your Honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter, and others. The Jews have Hanukkah, Passover, and Yom Kippur, yet, my client and all other atheists have no such holidays."

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do, counsel, your client is woefully ignorant." The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."

The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is 'April Fool's Day'. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned."






So of course I responded, also to the whole staff:


Notwithstanding the fact that the ostensibly foolish person is the one who doesn’t believe in an invisible sky bully, I also feel compelled to point out that April Fool’s Day is not a holiday.


I closed with a quote:


"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." - Steven Weinberg


I teach in Idaho; no one felt comfortable responding to my response, 'cause most of them are believers.


I did get this response, though:


An omniscient, bearded old man who judges us, rewarding good behavior and punishing bad, and who we entreat for what we desire --

God is just Santa Claus for grown-ups.


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