Mark your calendars, May 3rd is the National Day of Reason

Recently Rep. Pete Stark the lone out atheist in congress stood before the house and gave this address:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Thursday, May 3, 2012 as the 2012 National Day of Reason.

The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the positive impact it has had on humanity. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the Constitutional separation of religion and government.

On March 24th, I was proud to address the tens of thousands of Americans who gathered on the Mall for the Reason Rally. These individuals came from all around the country to deliver a simple message: reason must be the guiding principle of our democracy. In a nation of citizens from so many different backgrounds and beliefs, the only way we can solve our problems is through cultivating intelligent, moral, and ethical interactions among all people.

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.

Finally, the National Day of Reason is about taking time to improve our communities. Every year, events are held on this day that demonstrate the desire of secular Americans to help their fellow citizens and our nation as a whole. Community service events, such as food drives and blood drives, are just some of the ways that people will be working to help those in need on the Day of Reason and throughout the year.

I encourage everyone to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thinking, the scientific method, and free inquiry to improve our world and our nation.

Well okay, getting all excited about is probably an overreaction, it’s not as if this is being declared a national holiday, but still it’s a step in the right direction. The idea of a symbolic holiday celebrating reason may seem kind of backwards to some atheists, and you may find this unnervingly similar to the National Day of Prayer, however this is nothing more than another PR campaign for reason and rational thinking above religious thinking. Like the Reason Rally this is a chance for atheists and agnostics everywhere to show that we do have a voice. We have a voice in the government and we have a voice in the public sphere. We are a voting block and it’s high time congress and everyone else sees that.

So get out thursday, don your atheist/agnostic apparel (leave the crucifix at home) and get the word out that atheists are among us and do it for reason.

Special thanks to Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist for the story.

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~ by Arsirion on May 1, 2012.

2 Responses to “Mark your calendars, May 3rd is the National Day of Reason”

  1. I’m just surprised to find out there is an unbeliever in Congress. Wow!

  2. According to him there are many more that aren’t out with it because they fear it will prevent them from being reelected (unfortunately they are probably right).

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