By American Humanist Association
Today, United States Representative Mike Honda (CA-17) introduced U.S. House Resolution 228, which would celebrate May 7, 2015, as the National Day of Reason. This is the first time that a National Day of Reason resolution has been introduced in Congress.
“Each day, scientists and engineers in my Silicon Valley district are developing innovative new technologies through the use of the scientific method and the application of reason,” said Rep. Honda upon introduction of the resolution. “I am introducing a resolution declaring a National Day of Reason because the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival on Earth, improved the conditions in which we live, and cultivated intelligent, moral, and ethical behaviors and interactions among people.”
“Millions of nontheist Americans reject prayer as a method for solving individual and societal problems, and so they’re understandably alienated when elected officials endorse a National Day of Prayer,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, “Let’s seek a more universal option.”
The American Humanist Association worked closely with Rep. Honda and his staff to introduce this resolution, which is co-sponsored by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC). In previous years, Rep. Honda and Del. Norton have also supported the National Day of Reason by entering statements into the congressional record in favor of its observance.
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