Get ready to see National Day of Reason proclamations issued by mayors and governors across the country.
First up this year, at the request of the Omaha Coalition of Reason, is a proclamation signed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:
WHEREAS, The application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth, improving conditions within the universe, and cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions among people and their environments; and
WHEREAS, those who wrote the Constitution of the United States of America, the basic document for governing the affairs of humankind within the United States, based it upon principles delineated within the philosophies distinguishing the historical Age of Reason; and
WHEREAS, most citizens of the United States purport to value reason and its application; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to promote the development and application of reason.
NOW, THEREFORE, I Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the 7th day of May, 2015 as a
DAY OF REASON
in Nebraska and I do hereby encourage all citizens, residents and visitors to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method and free inquiry to the resolution of human problems and for the welfare of human kind.
The Omaha CoR also got a proclamation from the Mayor of Bellevue, Rita Sanders:
These proclamations have no legal weight, but it’s a nice recognition. And there will hopefully be many more to come.