Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Atheist Holy Day?

I guess I've always been a bit of a jokester. If joking can be hereditary, I'm sure I get this from my father. At family gatherings, he always loved a good joke. Now with another April Fools Day just around the corner, perhaps "Rethinking Faith and Church" also needs to make its contribution to humour.

What comes to mind when I say, "Atheist?" What comes to mind when I say, "Holy Day?" Now suppose we combine the two and say, "Atheist Holy Day." What goes through your mind now? Maybe you're thinking, "a contradiction in terms!" Maybe, like me when I first heard it, you're thinking that somebody surely must have been smoking something funny to come up with that one!

Rest assured, my friends, though I'd like to take credit for it, I didn't come up with that one on my own. The term came from an email I received a while back. I have no idea how true it is or isn't. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "You can't believe everything that you read on the Internet."  (OK, he didn't really say that, but it makes for a good illustration). At any rate, the email did make for some fun reading. Here's the way I "cut 'n pasted" it from my e-mail. Enjoy.
Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day!
Gotta love this Judge!
You must read this.......a proper decision by the courts...for a change..
In Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days.
He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
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 Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.."
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do. Your client, counsel, 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 Fools 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.." You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!
With all due respect to my atheist friends, I had to laugh when I read that. Still, I wondered, could the story be true? So finally I did what I should have done right from the beginning; I Googled it. And guess what? I found this on the The Museum of Hoaxes.

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Happy April Fools Day. Remember, it's only funny if no one gets hurt by it. If our jokes hurt or offend, then we haven't acted in love. Like most most of us, I have to keep reminding myself of that, especially when my prankster side wants to come out and play. 

Blessings J

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps those who are committed to a particular belief system think they are doing a friend a favor by sharing their ideas. Unfortunately, belittling someones beliefs or perceived lack of the 'correct' ones may offend or hurt.

    If only everyone could remember the following words from your blog. "Remember, it's only funny if no one gets hurt by it. If our jokes hurt or offend, then we haven't acted in love."