Celebrate Reason in the Heart of the Bible Belt!
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Humanists Call for Celebration of Reason in the Heart of the Bible Belt
(Hickory, NC, May 1, 2014)
Secular leaders from around NC and the Hickory Humanist Alliance are calling on all Americans to use their powers of reason. The Hickory Humanist Alliance is hosting a Rally on the Square in recognition of the National Day of Reason, which coincides with the National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer was made an official annual day of observance by Congress and President Truman in 1952. On this day each year the President issues a proclamation recognizing the celebration and asking Americans to pray, and government officials at the federal, state, and local levels participate in prayer ceremonies as representatives of the government. Obviously, many Americans and groups like the American Humanist Association oppose this government-sanctioned religious event as we feel it violates the First Amendment and excludes non-religious Americans.. The National Day of Reason was created to call attention to this unconstitutional event, in addition to celebrating reason and its societal benefits.
The goal of this effort is to celebrate reason -a concept all Americans can support–and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship.
The Rally on the Square will be held at 5pm to celebrate REASON over religious influence in secular affairs. Reason being a unifying virtue for the betterment of humankind, in contrast to faith which is by its nature divisive, restrictive and potentially misleading. This is a protest against the unconstitutional recognition of our national and local governments regarding the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER proclamation, but more importantly it is a celebration of something that theists and non-theists alike can support, which is reason and rationality.
Speakers will be Shawn Murphy; president of the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics, and local podcast celebrities “Cash” and “Love” from Atheists on Air. Everyone who appreciates and wishes to celebrate one of our most sacred and cherished freedoms, the Separation of Church and State, is welcome and urged to attend regardless of their religious affiliation.
“Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation endorsing the ‘National Day of Prayer’, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. We [non-religious/non-Christian citizens] assert that this proclamation, being from our federal government, is exclusionary and unconstitutional. We offer, as an alternative, a celebration of REASON, logic and rational thought. This does not, in its own right, exclude anyone or any idea because we can all agree that these are concepts to be utilized and admired.” HHA President -Gene Elliott