Easter It's Crazy, Say Atheists For Release on April 14, 1995 Contacts: Jon Murray or Robi

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Easter? It's Crazy, Say Atheists For Release on April 14, 1995 Contacts: Jon Murray or Robin Murray-O'Hair Telephone: (512) 458-1244 American Atheists today issued a position statement on celebration of Easter: EASTER: A HOLY DAY TO BE ABANDONED Colonel Ethan Allen (1738-89), the American Revolutionary hero who won the battle of Ticonderoga, without whom there would probably never have been a United States, put it correctly: no one can impute his "sins" to another. Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) saw it for what it was and labeled it "the Christian scheme of salvation." Adam and Eve are said to have "imputed" their original sin to you. Since you are born with that "sin," you can never get to heaven unless you ask J.C. to "impute" your sin to himself -- when he has been dead for 2,000 years, or, as Atheists hold, at most existed only as a mythological figure. Sound nuts? It is! "This is why the bloody, baleful, death-centered Christian tale of Easter must be abandoned," Jon G. Murray, president of American Atheists, said in an interview today. "It is neither rational nor acceptable. This is the season of Spring, when life and hope are in the air, everywhere blooming around us," Murray said. "It is the Vernal Equinox, a time to slough off the grim, the drama of death, and robe ourselves in the revelry of life aborning everywhere." No three-day-old rotting body ever descended to hell or rose to heaven with or without a bagful of sins. You're on your own, dummy. Pick up your life and enjoy it. American Atheists Inc., headquartered in Austin, Texas, is the nation's only organized membership group of Atheists dedicated to the "resurrection of reason" in our culture. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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