While the refrain "Thank God it's Friday!" might seem to suggest that appreciation of the arrival of the final day of the work-week is reserved for the devout, polls show that atheists also enjoy Fridays.
"Just because I'm not thanking some imaginary friend in the sky doesn't mean I'm not glad it's Friday," said atheist Nick Sparrow of Nashville, Tennessee. "After all, weekends are when I get to catch up on all my heathen hobbies - raping, pillaging, the occasional satanic ritual. It's tough to cram all that stuff in during the week."
Vanessa Johnson of New York City, who practices Buddhism but doesn't hold a belief in any deity, similarly appreciates Friday as a harbinger of the weekend to come.
"For me, it's all about the present moment," she said. "And during the work-week, a lot of the present moments suck. They tend to be much better on weekends."
Surprisingly to some, polls also indicate that people of faith generally don't begrudge non-believers their enjoyment of the much-anticipated Friday.
"Even though they're not expressing the appropriate level of reverence, I'm glad atheists enjoy their Fridays," said Hope Cantwell of Birmingham, Alabama. With a rueful chuckle, she added, "Because there are no Fridays where they're going, I can tell you that."