December 17, 2018

National Day of Reason: 2014 Recap

What Happened in 2014?

2014′s National Day of Reason was a major success, as government officials at the federal, state, and local officials each took time to commemorate the observance and reaffirm that reason should be the guiding virtue of public policy.

At the federal level, Reps. Mike Honda and Eleanor Holmes Norton each entered a statement into the congressional record honoring the National Day of Reason.

“Our Founding Fathers based the Constitution of the United States upon philosophical principles that have their origins in the historical Age of Reason,” said Congressman Michael Honda (D-CA) . “On the National Day of Reason, we remember and celebrate this history, including the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of religion and freedom from the imposition of religion by the state.”

“I hope that all Americans—religious, non-religious and secular alike—will join in observing the National Day of Reason,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in a statement. “This day provides an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the positive impacts on humanity of reason, critical thought and the scientific method, which have always been acknowledged to be consistent with religious faith, and to reaffirm that the line between religion and government must remain indelible.”

At the state level, Governors Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island and Dave Heineman of Nebraska each signed National Day of Reason Proclamations for the second consecutive year. These proclamations officially recognized May 1st, 2014 as the National Day of Reason.

On the local level, Mayor Jean Stothert of the City of Omaha, Nebraska issued a proclamation that  recognized May 1st, 2014 as a National Day of Reason, and over 90 events were held in 32 states  by local humanist groups. One such event the “Rally on the Square” which was held in North Carolina by the Hickory Humanist Alliance and endorsed the idea of a National Day of Reason.

The observance was also covered by media outlets such as the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, Patheos, and various blogs. This coverage helped ensure that the events of the National Day of Reason could reach a wide audience and find supporters across the nation who could host their own events in the coming years.