So I had lunch with my friend the Rabbi the other day (yesterday, actually, how time flies), and she told me this Joke (paraphrased):
A couple of little Jewish kids come home from school, and they are all like, “Daddy, our Catholic friends were talking about this Trinity, and the Father and the Son and the something-or-other else, and what’s up with all that?”.
And the father sighs, and says, “Okay kids, sit down, this is important.”
“We are Jews.
“There is one God, unitary and indivisible,
“and we don’t believe in him!”
I thought this was funny. :) As was her observation that atheism is a major branch of Judaism.
Later on I told this joke to a Catholic from the Midwestern U.S. (to whom no offense at all). The joke, to say the very least, did not resonate.
I guess there aren’t any atheist Catholics? And probably no atheist Christians, even?
(Or Catholic atheists or Christian atheists. Would that be different?)
On the other hand, there are atheist Jews and/or Jewish atheists (the Wikipedia page is currently proposed for deletion, but it’s there, and of course there’s the joke and all).
And there are definitely atheist Buddhists (or Buddhist atheists?). There is reason to think (although I can never find the right sutra) that ol’ Buddha himself was more or less an agnostic (of the “we have more important stuff to think about here on Earth than that” school, like my Mom was).
So there’s that.
Probably I mostly just wanted to write down the joke. :)