National Day of Reason proclamations were issued this year by federal, state and local officials. Rep. Pete Stark was the first to do so:
April 27, 2012
For the Congressional Record
Statement of Congressman Pete Stark
Recognizing the National Day of Reason
MR. STARK: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Thursday, May 3, 2012 as the 2012 National Day of Reason.
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 religion and government.
On March 24th, I was proud to address the tens of thousands of Americans who gathered on the Mall for the Reason Rally. These individuals came from all around the country to deliver a simple message: reason must be the guiding principle of our democracy. In a nation of citizens from so many different backgrounds and beliefs, the only way we can solve our problems is through cultivating intelligent, moral, and ethical interactions among all people.
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.
Finally, the National Day of Reason is about taking time to improve our communities. Every year, events are held on this day that demonstrate the desire of secular Americans to help their fellow citizens and our nation as a whole. Community service events, such as food drives and blood drives, are just some of the ways that people will be working to help those in need on the Day of Reason and throughout the year.
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.
(The proclamation can be found here.)
Due to the efforts of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association, the city of New Orleans issued a proclamation
The Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics were able to get the mayor of Charlotte, NC to issue a National Day of Reason proclamation
State College, PA mayor Elizabeth Goreham also issued a National Day of Reason proclamation thanks to the efforts of the Penn State Atheist/Agnostic Association, Nittany Freethought, and local Unitarian Universalist HUUmanists groups.
The state of Nebraska issued a proclamation thanks to the efforts of the Omaha Coalition of Reason:
The city of Omaha also issued a proclamation thanks to the efforts of the Omaha Coalition of Reason