Tell you what- I'm an atheist (or maybe just an extreme agnostic
), but if you don't think Atheists should take off religiously based federal holidays, I'll just start my own religion!
There you go- Rae-ism includes the holy months of July (to celebrate the summer) and December (to celebrate the end of the year). Both are holy months- I need to spend July in poolside meditation, and December in deep slumber to spiritually rejuvenate me for the coming year.
Of course, Raeism also entails weekly festivals, to be held from sundown friday to sundown sunday.
Tell me, if such holidays were available to you, would you just go into work instead?
Like it or not, atheists, as well as members of other religions, have christian holidays forced on them by the majority. It's much easier for everyone to just cope with it, and try to get along as well as we can, in spite of differences.