I have been invited to be on a ‘religious’ panel organized by students at our university to represent the atheist point of view. Now I know of course that atheism is not a religion but we still haven’t found a good umbrella term to cover religion and non-religion and so are stuck with terms like ‘inter-faith’ that misrepresent the nature of atheism.
But I don’t get too upset. At least now people know that we atheists exist and should be part of these conversations. It was not long ago that it would not even occur to them to invite us.
Anyway, here’s how they want to start the program: “Each religion has 5 minutes to explain their religion’s main holiday”. Again, it is clear that they are stuck in religious thinking but rather than trying to reword the question, I thought that I could have some fun with responding to this question as it is.
I could say we have no holiday. Or that we enjoy all religious holidays because we get all the time off with none of the work or obligations or angst associated with them, because atheists have their Sundays and Saturdays and Fridays free. Or is there some absurd holiday that I should pick for atheists and riff on?
Any thoughts on how I should respond to this question?