The Atheist National Holiday

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY APRIL 1, 2020

         I CALL TODAY “THE ATHIEST’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY” BECAUSE “THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART THERE IS NO GOD.”

            SOME HISTORIANS BELIEVE THE ORIGIN OF APRIL FOOL’S DAY DATES BACK TO 1582, WHEN FRANCE SWITCHED FROM THE JULIAN CALENDAR TO THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR, AS CALLED FOR BY THE COUNCIL OF TRENT IN 1563. IN THE JULIAN CALENDAR…THE NEW YEAR BEGAN WITH THE SPRING EQUINOX AROUND APRIL 1.

PEOPLE WHO WERE SLOW TO GET THE NEWS OR FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE START OF THE NEW YEAR HAD MOVED TO JANUARY 1 AND CONTINUED TO CELEBRATE IT DURING THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH THROUGH APRIL 1 BECAME THE BUTT OF JOKES AND HOAXES AND WERE CALLED “APRIL FOOLS.” THESE PRANKS INCLUDED HAVING PAPER FISH PLACED ON THEIR BACKS AND BEING REFERRED TO AS “APRIL FISH,” SAID TO SYMBOLIZE A YOUNG, EASILY CAUGHT FISH AND A GULLIBLE PERSON.

         READ MORE ABOUT APRIL FOOL’S DAY AT THE WEBSITE HISTORY.COM FROM WHICH THIS INFORMATION WAS TAKEN. IN THE AGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, PRANKS ARE PROBABLY NOT A GOOD IDEA, BUT YOU MIGHT USE THE DAY TO WITNESS TO AN ATHEIST FRIEND. NO FOOLING. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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