So I have a conservative, very religious uncle who forwards me emails about every 3 to 4 weeks that are disturbing (I have yet to agree with a single one). Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I email back. This time I figured I’d post it here:
FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY
In Florida, an Atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover holy 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 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!
So, I debated emailing my uncle to let him know that he just called me a fool. But that just didn’t seem appropriate considering he meant this in jest. I’m sure he’d apologize as he really is a nice guy. But I’m just kind of confused as to how I should respond to discrimination like this.
Let’s think about it for a second… If I were to send an email to a bunch of Mormons calling them “morons”, I’m guessing they would be upset and probably want an apology. Yet, I’ve just been called a fool for what I believe is a very rational “lack of belief” in a god. Why do I feel like I shouldn’t demand an apology but would be willing to give one if I had called a Mormon a moron?