The fool says in his heart, there is no God


Recently, this writer saw an interesting article that I would like to share with you. The heading was, “Florida court sets atheist holy day”.


In Florida, an atheist created a case against the coming 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.”


The judge then left the court.


The above story is possibly fictional. This writer could not uncover its true origin, but it has been widely disseminated on the internet. Many atheists have written rebuttals on blogs. Of course, in a democratic and free society, everyone has the right to freedom of speech and religion. Atheists also enjoy their right to freedom of speech and disbelief in God.


According to this writer’s observation, atheists, free thinkers, human rights advocates and gay activists are tending towards continuous unification and propagation. They all hope to increase their influence upon society by frequently using the pretext of human rights protection or anti-discrimination to forcibly advance their world views and values. The discussion areas and blogs on the internet serve as easy venues to these like-minded people, so that personal views gradually coalesce into commentary that can forge social trends and even become sufficient to affect legislation and jurisprudence. We are currently situated in an era of unhindered expansion of the wanton application of human rights, freedoms, and self-interest. Right now, fools not only say in their hearts that there is no God, they further utilize different media to promulgate the message that God does not exist, fully believing that if there is no God, people would be happier, freer, and can do as they please. In fact this is truly foolish and ignorant behaviour.


“What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:19-22)



By: Daniel To