Atheists: Embrace April Fools’ Day As Our Holiday
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one.
From Chuck Norris to the average Catholic blogging soccer mom, this little bible quote has been thrown around as though excreting scripture at atheists actually has a tangible metaphysical impact. While this is as effective as a witch doctor pricking a voodoo doll of me in the hopes that I will actually be pricked, the former bit of hoodoo is expected when you are an American atheist. At some point in the past, some great Christian mind -snerk- managed to connect the dots between April 1st being April Fools’ Day and Psalm 14 implying that all atheists are fools. Thus April 1st becomes the National Holiday for atheists. I’ll be any of you that when a Christian throws this insult out they feel like the most clever person on the planet, you can almost hear their Peter Griffin-like giggle over their own retort.
I think that the best way to handle baseless criticism is to spin it into something good for own movement. The American colonists did it with the song Yankee Doodle, it was originally used as an insult to describe how unkempt our militia was by the British. As Gregory pointed out yesterday, the word gay used to have a negative connotation before the LGBT community embraced it and turned it into an acceptable term. With these examples in mind I think that we should follow their lead and embrace the things they try to use against us. After all, is it really an insult if a person who believes in talking snakes calls you a fool?
If we hijack this holiday and turn it into something positive for our movement it will be akin to turning lemons into lemonade. We should take this opportunity to make them eat their own words and gain a holiday out of it. Who doesn’t love holidays? I think many of my fellow atheists would agree with me when I say that I would rather be called a fool than a Christian. In the past, many great men were called fools for their ideas only to be vindicated and found correct later. If pirates can have their own holiday we should too. Join me and help remove one more dull witted tool from Christianity’s belt.
So, why not embrace April 1st as an international atheist holiday?