Atheist Day (A to Z Challenge)

April Fool’s Day, otherwise known (to some) as the unofficial atheist holiday.

Years ago my mom got this joke in an email about a guy who went to court to sue because atheists do not have a special holiday marked on the calendar, and thanks to the wonderful thing known as Google, I was able to find the joke.  It goes like this:

In Florida, an atheist became incensed over the preparation for Easter and Passover holidays and decided to contact the local ACLU 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 ACLU jumped on the opportunity to once again pick up the cause of the godless and assigned their sharpest attorneys to the case. The case was brought before a wise judge who after listening to the long, passionate presentation of the ACLU lawyers, promptly banged his gavel and declared, “Case dismissed!”

The lead ACLU 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 for that matter, even celebrate the atheists’ holiday!”

The ACLU 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 53:1Since I do not like the actual holiday of April Fool’s Day, I like this as an alternative.  Of course, right now all I want April 1st to mean is that we’ll actually see some spring weather soon!

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2 thoughts on “Atheist Day (A to Z Challenge)

  1. Rhea says:

    Could not agree with you more about wishing that April would mean some spring weather! As I look out my window right now, it’s snowing pretty heavily. Worst April Fools Joke ever!

    I’ve never heard of “Atheist’s Day” – this is pretty interesting. I went with something more simple with my “A” day – Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables.

    Enjoy the challenge!

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