Tomorrow, the first Thursday in May, will be the 61 st annual observance of The National Day of Prayer as established by Congress in 1952 to emphasize “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” found in Psalm 33:12.
It’s really hard to know how to respond to this because when I looked at the information about this special day in America, it was clear that this day is as Christian as I am Jewish.
What could this day accomplish if it did not promote religious preferences about what constitutes prayer and it did not matter whether we were Jews, Christians, Muslims, Latter Day Saints, or Atheists? What if we went inside the fundamental search of human prayer?
Enter an alternative: The National Day of Reason established by humanists, atheists and freethinkers to affirm the commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government and to celebrate reason as the guiding principle of a secular democracy.
Our nation faces many problems—bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, creating jobs, educating our children, and protecting our safety net from irresponsible cuts. We will solve these issues through the application of reason. We must also protect women’s reproductive choices, the integrity of scientific research, and our public education system from those who would hide behind religious dogma to undermine them. I encourage everyone to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thinking, the scientific method, and free inquiry to improve our world and our nation.
US Congressman Pete Stark, CA
What if this day was the pledge to move beyond our limited personal beliefs to new humanitarian horizons?