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Happy National Day of Reason, everyone!

Rep. Stark Issues National Day of Reason Proclamation

For Immediate Release
Contacts:
American Humanist Association:
Brian Magee, Communications Associate
(202) 238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425
bmagee@americanhumanist.org
Secular Coalition for America:
Lauren Anderson Youngblood, Communications Manager
Office: (202) 299-1091 x205, Mobile: (202) 630-9725
lauren@secular.org

(Washington, DC – April 27, 2012) – The American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America are pleased that U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) has officially recognized the National Day of Reason by issuing a proclamation in the House of Representatives. The National Day of Reason, to be observed on May 3, is an alternative to the congressionally endorsed National Day of Prayer.

The proclamation states, in part, “Our nation faces many problems—bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, creating jobs, educating our children, and protecting our safety net from irresponsible cuts. We will solve these issues through the application of reason. We must also protect women’s reproductive choices, the integrity of scientific research, and our public education system from those who would hide behind religious dogma to undermine them.” To view the full text of the proclamation, click here.

“Reason should be the guiding force for public policy,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “The National Day of Prayer excludes millions of Americans who choose not to pray or prefer keeping prayer private. Reason is something that everyone can celebrate.”

Lauren Anderson Youngblood, communications manager for the Secular Coalition for America, agreed.

“Our founders recognized that the best guarantee of freedom for all was a separation of religion and government,” Youngblood said. “The National Day of Reason reminds us of the continued importance of our nation’s founding principles and offers an alternative to the government-sponsored theism that the National Day of Prayer represents.”

The event is scheduled on the first Thursday in May each year to coincide with the National Day of Prayer in order to raise awareness of the threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship. Many local groups affiliated with the American Humanist Association observe the National Day of Reason by participating in blood drives, holding rallies outside state government building or host social gatherings. Some groups also hold rallies outside state government buildings or host social gatherings. The National Day of Reason website, NationalDayofReason.org, was established by the American Humanist Association and the Washington Area Secular Humanists.

The American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America urge all Americans to support the constitutional principal of church-state separation by recognizing the National Day of Reason. Supporters are encouraged to visit the official website, NationalDayOfReason.org, to post an event in their area, sign a petition to be sent to President Obama, and learn how to encourage local governments to issue a National Day of Reason proclamation.

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jsbenkert

Asked by jsbenkert at 9:04 AM on May. 3, 2012 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • "Reason is something that everyone can celebrate."--

    sure it can be..but to say prayer..er, ''religious dogma'' undermines solving our nations issues (some are unsolvable, let's face it...you don't solve someone's opinion by making law opposing it. they are still free to opinionate.) is just ignorant. and isn't that quite oxymoronic?
    whatever..i can be reasonable and pray. what can you (in general) do?
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:33 AM on May. 3, 2012

  • ^^^ agree
    So now having religious conviction means lack of reason? I can be both, thank you.

    Sharon
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 9:54 AM on May. 3, 2012

  • i thought the National Day of Reason wasnt new? like this isnt the first year its been done. the article makes it sound like a new idea. and i think i wrote that exact thing this time last year haha

    while i get the point and agree to an extent (i dont think the ND of Prayer should be govt sanctioned)), the AHA takes it a step too far by quietly implying that anyone who does pray is a less than reasonable person. also, to deny that faith had any place in the founding of our country is ignorant...the majority did believe in a higher power just not the strict Christianity of the day. yes, they wanted govt & religion separate, but that didnt mean that those in the govt couldnt have their own personal beliefs that led their lives.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 10:45 AM on May. 3, 2012

  • – collapse
    Psalm 14:1
    Y'all need to celebrate on April 1
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 11:33 AM on May. 3, 2012 (hidden) + expand

  • Are your families getting together and exchanging gifts?
    **************************************************
    no we do that on xmas and our birthdays. And there is NOTHING you can do about that. So live with it!
    sahmamax2

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 12:19 PM on May. 3, 2012

  • Thomas More considered to be one of the originators of humanism was a Catholic. lol
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 12:39 PM on May. 3, 2012

  • "Well there ya go. The Atheist Holiday.
    Are your families getting together and exchanging gifts?
    and even then y'all had to schedule it on the same day as a national day of prayer.
    Attention Whores."

    Why don't you try and pray the stupid you suffer from away. Do they have a holiday for simpletons that you can celebrate? I think April Fools Day is more appropriate for you...
    Nos4

    Answer by Nos4 at 12:49 PM on May. 3, 2012

  • The downside of JJB's nasty troll post being deleted, is I think some people are mistakenly thinking the place where Nos quoted it is actually Nos saying it.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:23 PM on May. 3, 2012

  • "The downside of JJB's nasty troll post being deleted, is I think some people are mistakenly thinking the place where Nos quoted it is actually Nos saying it."


    Thanks, NP. I noticed JJB deleted the crap she wrote that I quoted about the atheist's holiday and attention whores. To everyone...I did NOT write the part in quotes that says atheist holiday and attention whores, etc, that was written by jewjewbee. I wrote the bottom part. I am an atheist and I was responding to the comment I have in quotes by jewjewbee. Just wanted to clear that up.
    Nos4

    Answer by Nos4 at 3:18 PM on May. 3, 2012

  • I noticed JJB deleted the crap she wrote

    I seriously doubt she deleted it herself.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:53 PM on May. 3, 2012

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