And now he’s done it again. House Res. 670 will recognize May 5, 2016 as the National Day of Reason (an alternative to the National Day of Prayer):
… encourages 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.
Yep. Way better than prayer.
The American Humanist Association deserves the credit for making this happen:
Upon introduction of the resolution, Rep. Honda said “The National Day of Reason celebrates the positive impact the application of reason has had on humanity. The evolution of my Silicon Valley district into the world’s center of innovation came about through the use of the scientific method and the application of reason. These are fundamental pillars that scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley and around the country depend on to develop new technologies and cures for diseases. I introduced this resolution declaring May 5th, 2016 a National Day of Reason because the application of reason has proven to improve the conditions in which people live, offer hope for human survival on Earth, and cultivated intelligent, moral, and ethical behaviors and interactions among people. I encourage everyone to take this occasion to reflect upon the way that philosophical principles developed during the Age of Reason influenced our Founding Fathers as they formed our country and how the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method, and free inquiry can help resolve human problems and improve the welfare of humankind.”
“National Day of Reason is a day for all Americans since everyone can see the value of reason in addressing the needs of the day,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “While some may seek personal guidance from their god or gods, we encourage our elected leaders to use reason, compassion, and egalitarianism as their guides in determining what’s best for America.”
Before you dismiss this as merely a symbolic gesture, realize that it’s one our community rarely sees. And with this Congress, perhaps symbolic reason is the best we can hope for.