Atheism and holidays
Atheism is a worldview (see: Atheist worldview). Another worldview that lacks holidays is the Jehovah's Witnesses religion (See also: Retention rate of American atheists and Jehovah's Witnesses).
Darwin Day is an unofficial celebration of Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12. It is supported by various atheist, irreligious, antichristian, and evolutionist groups and organizations as well as schools and biology programs.
There is a cult of personality and type of religiousity currently surrounding Charles Darwin. Stephen Jay Gould wrote the following in 1978: ""... all theories [of natural selection] cite God in their support, and ... Darwin comes close to this status among evolutionary biologists ...". In 2002, Michael White similarly wrote: "Of course today, for biologists, Darwin is second only to God, and for many he may rank still higher."
Atheism and Christmas
See also: Atheism and Christmas
In December 2003, the University of Warwick reported:
|“||Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: "Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier.||”|
- See also: Atheism and Christmas
Ray Comfort and International Atheist Day
The apologists Ray Comfort and Grady Scott have suggested that April 1st should be International Atheist Day, in reference Psalm 14:1, which states "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God'."
- Youngman, Henny (1980 or bef.). Earliest attestation. Retrieved from GoogleBooks.
- Former Atheist Activist Patrick Greene Responds to Critics. The Christian Post (9 April 2012). Retrieved on 1 April 2013. “He also once threatened to sue "180" film creator and open-air preacher Ray Comfort for a bumper sticker produced by Comfort's ministry that suggested April Fool's Day should also be called "National Atheist's Day."”
- National Atheist's Day. The Christian Library (2000). Retrieved on 1 April 2013. “But what better day could one pick for National Atheists Day than April 1st, April Fools Day? The Bible makes this clear. "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). The Bible says that anyone who denies God is a fool!”