They’ve got April Fool’s Day

Charlie Warner

Argus News Editor

Every once in a while I will either read or hear something that impresses me so much I find myself thinking, “I wish I would have said that.”

I recently came across a story about a witty judge who apparently was sick and tired of persons bringing petty lawsuits before the courts.

It happened in  Florida where an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover holy days.

The atheist hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days.

The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

As the story goes, the case was actually brought before a judge.

After listening to the passionate presentation by the atheist’s lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately objected to the ruling saying, “Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case?

“The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”

The judge leaned forward in his chair and said, “But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant. There already is a special day for him and other atheists.”

The lawyer said, “ Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”

The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’

“Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned…”

You gotta love a judge who knows his scripture!


Elsewhere in this issue of The Argus you will find a special section saluting the Caledonia FFA program and also an article about the chapter’s first president.

Curt Schroeder, who was one of the charter members of the FFA chapter that was formed at Caledonia High School in 1952, had some wonderful things to say about the FFA program.

It is the hope of educators that some of what they present in the classroom will stick with their students for years to come.

Schroeder’s experiences with the FFA program 60 years ago is an excellent example of how this program can impact a young person for life.

During a time when less and less young people are getting into the agrarian way of life, it is comforting to know that there still are young persons interested in farming and agribusiness.

When Curt Schroeder was part of that first FFA chapter, he said the entire group and advisor could fit in one car when making the trip to Rochester for the district convention. Sixty years later, that same FFA chapter now has more than 70 members.

That speaks volumes for the previous FFA members, their parents and advisors who helped build up the program and the current group of students and FFA Advisor Brad Harguth for helping to perpetuate such an important teaching tool.