Statement by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
HON. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON
Of the District of Columbia
In the House of Representatives
Friday, May 3, 2013
Ms. NORTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the National Day of Reason. The American
Humanist Association has issued a statement, which I submit on their behalf.
“The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the positive impact it has had on humanity. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the constitutional separation of church and state in an age where the line between religion and government is increasingly blurred.
“The National Day of Reason is also an opportunity for nonreligious and secular Americans to get out and help local communities. Community service events, such as food and blood drives, are some of the ways that people have worked to help those in need on the Day of Reason and during the rest of the year.
“Therefore, I encourage all citizens to join in observing this day, focusing on the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method, and free inquiry to the resolution of problems for the welfare of humanity.”
Mr. Speaker, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the National Day of Reason.