Spokesperson For American Atheists Reminds Us Easter Is A Pagan Holiday
The great belief in not believing. It's brash, it's brave, it's increasingly popular and it's upsetting the faithful left and right. Let's have a quick look at the A-word.
Religious creeds are pretty unambiguous—and bound by theologies that dictate a commonly embraced group of precepts, mores and behaviors. There's an afterlife or there is not. Jesus has come already or he hasn't. There is one God or there are many. Atheism takes this platform for defining faith, chews it up and spits it out.
The leading organization advocating for atheist civil liberties comes to defining their "creed" as "a lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings." American Atheists go on to add, "every atheist is as unique as a fingerprint when it comes to his or her individual philosophy, convictions, and ideals."
While churchgoers, or "theists" as they are called at AA, are preparing for Good Friday and Easter with crucifixes, palm fronds and other signs of the faith, David Silverman of AA said non-believers will be doing no such thing.
This year marks what is possibly the first major Christian holiday under a President who acknowledges non-believers—since the Founding Fathers. Silverman elucidated the origins of the Easter in a recent telephone conversation. "Easter is not really a Christian holiday. It's a pagan holiday. That's where bunnies come from and Easter eggs." In a nod to the times, he added that "it's a very good time to be an atheist."
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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