New Orleans City Council Declares May 6, 2010 a “Citywide Day of Reason”

This year, on the day when others are celebrating the “National Day of Prayer,” the city of New Orleans is doing something much more sensible.

They’re declaring May 6th, 2010 a citywide Day of Reason:

Whereas, the City of New Orleans is renowned for its food, festivals, famous citizens and foreign visitors; and

Whereas, the City Council takes great pride in paying tribute to events and activities; now, therefore

Be IT PROCLAIMED BY THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS that the Council recognizes:

a citywide DAY OF REASON

In the name of and by the authority vested in the Council of the City of New Orleans

This is all possible because of the efforts of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association and their president, Harry Greenberger. It’s really amazing the response they’re getting from the local government. This isn’t the first time they’ve gotten a citywide Day of Reason approved, either!

To celebrate the proclamation and the day, NOSHA is invited local supporters to party it up (for free!) that night at The Monkey Hill Bar. There will be games, a fun quiz, and prizes. All the details are here (PDF).

(Thanks to Doug for the link!)

  • Chris

    As if I needed another reason to love that city!

    Can you imagine if other large cities around the country did the same thing? What a message that would send!

    Who DAT!

  • Trace

    Let’s hope this does not piss off the Fates too much…

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I can’t quite make out the city seal; it looks like a prostitute, a drunk, and a dressed-up Mardi Gras celebrant.

  • Bob

    Wow. Boobquake and now this.

    All is not lost, it seems.

  • Glen

    Maybe all the people praying for Obama’s death can take a day off.

    N.O. ROCKS!

    Let’s hope the rational mobs stay under control.

  • Bob

    Great. I’ll be visiting NO on that day, so will make it out to the Monkey Hill bar and check it out. Never been around reasonable people before. :)

  • gwen

    I HAVE to visit that city SOON! Imagine, another isle of rationality in the deep south!

  • Edwords

    With govt. support or not, atheists nationwide, should organize a Day of Reason.

    Let’s see. How about having it each year on the first Thursday in May?

  • SpencerDub

    I was going to write some satirical statement saying that this is why New Orleans got hit with Katrina, but I encountered firsthand Poe’s Law: that it’s impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that can’t be mistaken for the real thing.

    So instead, I’ll just say, way to go, New Orleans!

  • Richard Wade

    I loved New Orleans when I visited, and I’d like to go back.

    So, uh, besides the City Council saying “Hooray for Reason,” will we witness people actually being reasonable? I hope there are film crews scattered around the city to catch it.

  • Chris

    Perhaps some will use the day to reason that a city should not be built below sea level…


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