National Day of Reason Resolution Introduced for the First Time in U.S. House of Representatives

May 5, 2015

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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15 comments on “National Day of Reason Resolution Introduced for the First Time in U.S. House of Representatives

  • If you look at how many “national day of x” there are, I imagine these bills just get passed without looking. They have no effect on law or spending. I doubt many senators will even have a clue of the effect of this on creationism.



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  • “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.”

    This is a nice statement. I know it’s stupid of me to say this, but you would think that even a religious person typing an angry response to the atheists in this forum would realize that the computer they are using the type their response, comes from thinking outlined in the statement. Yep. I know it was stupid to think this way.



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  • Americans reject prayer

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the National Day of Prayer folk are scrambling jets: must.pray.harder.

    (Resolution- a pox on pop-outs – via bottom left question mark balloon)



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  • Yup. Very few politicians are able to “come out as an atheist” because doing so still amounts to social, professional, and political suicide in far too many communities. Yes, here in the land of the free, and the home of the brave, we are STILL living under the threat of those who cling to the superstition-based mystically subjectivist metaphysics of ignorant peasants.



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  • I would love it if 07MAY became our National Day Of Reason. It would be the best birthday present I could ever hope to receive. 🙂 Plus, it is about time we get a secular holiday.



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  • America Needs a National Day of Reason, every day, for the next fifty years. I cannot believe what I’ve just seen coming out of America. This made our news today in Australia.

    Everything’s bigger in Texas — including conspiracy theories. One such theory has gained steam online; it says the U.S. military is about to invade the state. The rumors began in March and center around a planned military training operation set to take place in Texas over the summer, dubbed Operation Jade Helm 15.

    Then the Texas Govenor, a person elected by apparently sane voters said this about the invasion of Texas by the US Army.

    Critics of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott say he added fuel to the conspiracy fire when he ordered Texas State Guard troops to monitor the military exercises in the state this summer throughout the eight-week simulation in order to protect Texans’ “civil liberties.” “During the training operation, it is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed,” Abbott wrote to Maj. Gen. Gerald Betty, asking for “regular updates on the progress and safety of the operation.”

    Then the extreme right wing conspiracy theorists when crazy with this being a typical comment from a so called informed person which a large internet following.

    Some on the far right believe the military operation is a front for introducing martial law in Texas. Blogger Dave Hodges wrote extensively on what he believes is the link between the military operation, the closure of several Wal-Marts in the area, and the imminent federal take over of the state.

    I’ve checked. This isn’t 1 April. I got fooled by Jaclyn Glenn, “Coming Out”.

    What is wrong with America. Come on guys. We need you to embrace rational, evidence based reasoning on all subjects. Here is the full article. The further you read, the further my jaw dropped. I had to carry it to Accident and Emergency to get it re-attached.

    http://mashable.com/2015/05/06/conspiracy-in-texas/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfdzc2dnk1eXlvZWhlZXN1ZSJ9



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  • 12
    fadeordraw says:

    So reason should be every day. Are we talking about a Mothers’ Day type of thing, May Day, or a Christmas day? The marketing ploy for increased the populations’ understanding that we are “living on a planet”, by creating an annual salute/reminder, like a seasonal or believe-based ritual, may beget positive off-spring; it’s nevertheless a marketing strategy imbedded in the supernatural/religious annual rituals we think it’s best to overcome, or manage a bit better in terms of their capacity to have many people believe in magic. Rather than resources for a single, possibly religious, annual day, I’d put those resources and energies toward getting out there, a bit before the annual event, a factual-based understanding of each of the existing annual salute/reminders: attempting to just put things into perspective.



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  • Terrible, terrible idea. This merely strengthens and emboldens the enemies of reason, the creationists, etc. When will we liberals, secularists, and progressives get our act together and stop engaging in this sort of nonsense? I am all for discussion and dialogue. But not in this case. Should we have a “National Holocaust Really Did Happen Day”? We are feeding into a destructive dialectic. The dialectic itself invites opposition. That is the nature of dialectic. It implies, in this case, that reason is not the only legitimate basis for establishing a respectable argument in support of something. This is fodder for the sophists on the other side.

    Perhaps I am wrong; miracles do occur. Anyone want to weigh in on this?

    Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.

    “I am perfectly within my rational rights to believe in God based on this experience [God’s realness to him] just as I believe in the reality of the external world.” – William Lane Craig (famous creationist)



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    ad nauseam says:

    Thank you.

    Also, if we are going to have a day to celebrate the higher brain functions of humans, why not have a day about walking upright, and a national human’s have the thickest penis out of all the primates day…



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  • 15
    Pinball1970 says:

    There are different ways to look at this.
    Some of these national days are about serious issues and some are just a bit of fun, either way they can get people talking and researching.
    Some people might do a quick Google to find out what the fuss is about, some others may watch a you tube post or even pick up a book.
    I could never see this being a bad thing.
    “Invites opposition from creationists.”
    Like Erik Hovind Ray Comfort and Wendy Wright?

    Bring it on.



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