There's no such thing as an atheist, according to one of the stars of the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty."
Si Robertson, known to fans of the show as “Uncle Si,” told the Christian Post that anyone who uses the date is acknowledging Jesus.
"There's no such thing as an atheist," Robertson told the website. "I'm serious, because there's too much documentation. Our calendars are based on Jesus Christ. Whether you believe in him or not, every time you sign your calendar, you add down the day's date, you're saying he's here, OK? That's documented."
While the widely used Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 uses years based on the approximate birth of Jesus Christ, the names of many of the months and days of the week retain their pagan origins. March, for example, is named for Mars, the Roman god of war. Tuesday is based on Tiu or Tiw, the Germanic god of war (who shares origins with the Norse god Thor).
Robertson, a Vietnam War veteran, also cited a variation of the maxim, "there are no atheists in foxholes," claiming that people turn to faith when they are in trouble.
"If you get in a serious bind, the first thing you'll do is say [God], please help me," Robertson told the website.
Robertson is promoting the film "Faith Of Our Fathers," which is about two men who served in the Vietnam War, one of whom is devout while the other is a skeptic.
Skeptics, apparently, do exist.
"There's a lot of skeptics," Robertson said.
The movie focuses on the two men as well as their sons, who meet years later. According to IMDb, Robertson has a role in the film as a gas station clerk.
"Faith Of Our Fathers" currently has an 11 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on nine reviews, and a score of 20 on Metacritic based on five reviews.