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National Atheist Day

In 2003, a Christian joke circulated around the internet. The joke talked about a fictional case in which an atheist sued the government because there were no atheist holidays. The judge then told the atheist that he was wrong and that April 1 (April Fool’s Day) was an atheist holiday citing the Bible:

"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." - Psalm 14:1

Despite the obviousness that this was a fictional story meant to be humorous to Christians by calling all atheists “fools,” many religious believers were actually fooled and began circulating the story as real (

To this day, it is not unusual for Christians to claim that April Fool’s Day is the atheist’s holiday. Some make this claim maliciously, but many are ironically fooled by the April Fool’s Day prank. This is not surprising given what it says in the atheist holy book:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything.” - Hitchens 3:16

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