Why National Day of Reason?


Today’s Rant is brought to you by, Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association.

Originally posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Now, more than ever, America needs a Day of Reason.

With the religious right’s influence in Congress, and with the threat to our Judiciary looming large, there has never been as important a moment in which to affirm our commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government, and to celebrate Reason as the guiding principle of our secular democracy. During the past year we have witnessed the intrusion of religious ideology into all spheres of our government, with such assaults on the wall separating church and state as:

  • Faith-based initiatives in federal agencies that give preferential treatment to religious organizations which proselytize and employ discriminatory hiring practices;
  • Restrictions on important scientific research on the basis of religious objections;
  • Attempts to introduce biblical creationism and its alter-ego “Intelligent Design” into our public school science curricula;
  • The appointment of judges who willingly place their religious beliefs above our laws;
  • Battles over the display of the Ten Commandments and other overtly religious icons in schools and on courthouses;
  • Religiously motivated restrictions on access to reproductive services and information;

As in previous years, this year’s National Day of Reason is scheduled to coincide with the Congressionally-mandated and federally-supported National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2012. We invite all who value the separation of religion and government to join us in commemorating the Day of Reason, and in building awareness for this important cause.


What can you do to demonstrate your support for a Day of Reason?

Plan a special event to commemorate the NDR, such as a protest demonstration, special lecture, or social gathering;

  • Work to have a Day of Reason proclaimed by your state or local government;
  • Hold a press conference for your local media to promote respect for the separation of religion and government, and to draw attention to the many breaches of that principle during recent months;
  • Organize a letter-writing campaign urging your elected officials to support the separation of religion and government;
  • Visit the National Day of Reason web site to sign-up as an endorser, to view planned events, or to read some of the media coverage from previous years.

We invite individuals and organizations to endorse this campaign, and to submit information about their plans to commemorate the National Day of Reason and their efforts to educate the public about the important underlying issues. Those organizations conducting events, activism or outreach in their communities will be featured on the site so that activists can readily identify opportunities to organize and participate in local events. There is great potential this year to give voice to our shared concerns about the serious threats to the wall separating church and state. We hope that you will visit our site, and we look forward to hearing about your plans to observe the National Day of Reason.

Sincerely,

Roy Speckhardt

Executive Director

American Humanist Association

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Posted on May 3, 2012, in Atheism, Culture, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics, Theism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It should be no suprise to you that I won’t be supporting this notion but good luck with it.

  2. Hey, thanks John. I think it’s a great idea. We can either stand on the sidelines and cry that we’re “not a part of something,” or we can “be a part of something.”

  3. Pretty bad when a group calling itself REASON gets stuff wrong.

    there is no constitutional separation of church and state. Only that the Federal Government can not enforce a religion.

    Historical note – when the Constitution was ratified, some of the states had official State Religions

  4. Yes lets have a day of Reason but don’t discriminate against conservatives. Now Planned Parenthood is making money by selling body parts from aborted babies. The organ donor act prevents people from selling their own body parts but PP can sell body parts from hacked up babies. Show me some reason involved there.

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