November 15, 2018

The (Reasonable) Alternative to Prayer

The National Day of Reason: May 1, 2014With faith-based initiatives giving preferential treatment to religious organizations, and strengthened attempts to introduce creationism in public school science classrooms, there has never been a better time in which humanists, atheists and freethinkers should affirm our commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government, and to celebrate reason as the guiding principle of our secular democracy.

As in previous years, this year’s National Day of Reason coincided with the Congressionally-mandated and federally-supported National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The American Humanist Association encourages all who value the separation of religion and government to join us in commemorating this and future Days 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 to sign-up as an endorser, to view planned events, or to read some of the media coverage from previous years.

Let us know about your plans to commemorate the National Day of Reason by sending a message through our Contact Page, or post your photos and ideas on the AHA’s Facebook page.

  • Eveline Horelle Dailey

    “We the people” in need of a sort of retrieval of self, a recognition of its own humanity  could perhaps one day rejoice in  A day of Reason that will hold the value it is perceived to be.

    When I reached my seventh birthday, I was told I had reached the Age of Reason  this proclamation left me traumatize because I know I did not understand what reason could possibly be.  Many years later, I realize too few have gained reason for the self while the majority have given up their own sets of value in exchange for dictates of various religions.

    In a nation where the people seem not able to think for themselves, nor take responsibility for their own actions one may have to begin this process with education.

  • Keith Soul

    I agree with you that church and state should be separated, otherwise one religion will dictate the religious beliefs of others. I’m a Seventh Day Adventist.

  • Rpddog

    Just what could make more sense than reason with unreasonable people? They’re listening now and eventually will hear.

  • Debbie Allen

    Join us in San Diego at Mt. Soledad.

  • I’m thinking about it.  

  • R S

    I plan on not making a two month long commercial orgy out of the adoption of pagan rituals as a celebration of my superstitious beliefs. And I will evolve further.

  • RoscoP

    “freethinkers should affirm our commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government”  
    Can someone link me to a copy of the Constitution that and show me where it says seperation of relitiong and government.  I tried to find it myself, but the only hit’s I got on the words ‘religion’ ‘church’ or ‘seperation’ were in regards to the freedom of religion from the first amendment.  I needs some help. 

  • Scott deLong

    Seems eminently reasonable to me…. 

  • Ron

    What exactly is the point of this? It’s really not in the name of “reason” if you look deeply. It’s sad to see atheism becoming a movement to stand against religion. Why do you work so hard to claim to the world your disbelief? If you believe so strongly that science and reason proves religion to be such a horrible thing, than why do you work so hard to attack religion?

    So, the entire purpose is to present a view (religion) you DON’T believe in, so that you can disprove that view? Doesn’t seem very reasonable to me!

    Let me ask another question, why is teaching creationism as another possibility (not the ONLY theory) such a dangerous thing?

    How about instead of fighting for a National Day of Reason, you fight for a National Day of Action? If you think religion is so ridiculous, why are you fighting for a day to stand against it and claim it to be unreasonable? It sounds pretty unreasonable that you aren’t fighting for Americans to get off their butts and do something, if you think prayer is such a horrible waste of time.

    What is going to be discussed at this National Day? Is it going to be a religion-bashing party? I don’t know if that’s any more constitutional! Doesn’t anyone see how childish this whole attempt is?

    • Matt

      The problem with teaching creationism is that it’s NOT another possibility. It has ZERO evidence in its support. Why attack religion? Because it stands in the way of social and scientific progress.