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Re: Theos-World Atheists' Holy Day

Apr 13, 2009 08:42 AM
by eldonbtucker

It sounds like the judge ought to be removed. In the US, there's supposed to
be a separation of church from state. Justice is not to be biased by any
particular person's religious bias.

Consider kwanzaa, a non-religious event that's not a political nor religious
holiday but rather a celebration that focuses on traditional values of the
part of the US population calling itself African American. Any population
group should be allowed to have their own special days to have cultural

A judge shouldn't mock people because they don't accept his religious views.
Our separation of church and state is imperfect. There's a lingering bias in
favor of certain religious groups where their holidays are officially
recognized and everyone has the day off from work, whereas other groups of
people aren't recognized and have to take vacation or unpaid time off to
stay home to celebrate them.

With better education and wider access to information and other points of
view, the population is freeing itself from narrow, dogmatic religious
views, so it's only a matter of time before religious biases work their way
out of society. Until then, we accept the fact that it's an imperfect world.

On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 8:13 AM, Anand <> wrote:

> In Florida , an atheist created a case against the Upcoming Easter and
> Passover 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
> 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 ,
> "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 have such a holiday. 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.

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