I guess I would call myself an agnostic (you may call me a fence sitter) but having been brought up in a strict catholic household some of the brainwashing lingers…there is a “what if” at the back of my mind.
I remember being in school and being a little jealous of the one Jewish girl in our class. She used to get more days off from school than I did and I believed at age 10 that she should come to school when I didn’t….the only problem was the school was closed!
Today I was speaking to someone who is an atheist and a thought crossed my mind…should Atheists have Christian Holidays off? So, if you are an atheist are you willing to give up your Christmas Break and your Easter Holidays because of your beliefs….now I am very sure your answer to this is yes.
So what days off should Atheists have? In fact , April 1st is considered atheist day all because of the words of a Florida judge. During the court proceedings an attorney working on behalf of an atheist sort to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews & observances of their holy days. The argument was, it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized day(s). After listening to the impassioned plea by the lawyer, the judge promptly declared “Case dismissed.”
The lawyer immediately objected to the ruling stating, “Your honour, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas and Easter. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur & Hanukkah. Yet my client & all other atheists have no such holidays.”
The judge, after much deliberation leaned towards the lawyer and said ’But you do have a National Day! Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”
The lawyer response was, “Your Honour, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists?”
The judge’s reply, ‘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.”
So what other days could atheist claim given they will work during the Christian vacations. Here’s some suggestions.
January 10th is Peculiar People Day…I know a few peculiar people and some of them are atheists
January 21st is National Hugging Day….and everyone needs a hug…..even atheists
April 7th is No Housework Day…..hell (can I say that?) I am willing to become an atheist to celebrate this one!
August 15th is National Relaxation Day…or as I like to call it “the day before we got married and you better remember it” day
September 28th is Ask A Stupid Question Day….though I am fairly certain many people I talk with think that’s every day!
And of course finally
December 30th where we celebrate the Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute….again a day I like to practise throughout the year so I get it right on the night!
Finally being Agnostic I think I can also claim some or all of the above days and have the day off work….that’s the beauty of being a fence sitter