Nebraska’s Governor and Omaha’s Mayor Also Issued ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamations

I didn’t realize until after I put up the previous post that another city (and state!) also issued proclamations for the National Day of Reason.

Governor Dave Heineman gave them the state seal in honor of the occasion:

… I do hereby encourage all citizens, residents and visitors to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method and free inquiry to the resolution of human problems and for the welfare of human kind.

Omaha’s Mayor Jim Suttle did the same thing for his city:

The Omaha Coalition of Reason deserves the credit for making both these things happen.

Hey, they got two gold seals in one day! #Winners.

(Thanks to Brian for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://wordsideasandthings.blogspot.com/ Garren

    Thankfully we’re not all Ron Brown types here.

  • Aliceedale

    Great idea, shame about the spelling mistake…!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cburschka Christoph Burschka

    This is awesome – in Nebraska and Omaha, no less.

    Though…

    “In the Year of our Lord Two Thousand Twelve”

    … talk about mixed messages. ;)

  • Jennifer T

    “Most citizens of the United States PURPORT to value reason and its application”

    Heh heh.

  • Irene

    It’s a shame that no one here in Western Nebraska even heard about it and it’s not covered in any news here.  The eastern part of the state might as well be another state as no one on the western end would let this go without a lot of bitching and moaning about how the governor is destroying the state with this proclamation.

    I’m actually not surprised that this came out of Lincoln and Omaha.  I lived in Lincoln for many year and, despite the religious groups there, they are far more tolerant than the western portion of the state.

  • Gus Snarp

    Nebraska!? Wow, I am surprised and proud. My family is all from Nebraska, and usually when you tell people that they kind of go “oh, ummm, that’s nice…..” kind of like saying you’re an atheist. Also, I kind of figure short of a big Western road trip, I have three more trips to Nebraska in my life, all for future funerals, and it’s the most boring place I have ever traveled. But now I have cause to be proud of my ancestral home.

  • http://twitter.com/TimidAtheist Timid Atheist

    Omaha and Lincoln are the most progressive cities in Nebraska, so that is no big surprise. You won’t see that happen in any other city in Nebraska though.

    • Gus Snarp

      Yeah, but “most progressive cities in Nebraska” isn’t saying a lot.

  • DG

    I have a question.  Don’t mean it to be snarky or anything.  But would this be OK if elected officials treated a religious holiday this way?  I mean, couldn’t it be argued they are giving a special nod to a particular belief about the subject of religion?  Or is it that ‘reason’ is not, in itself, a uniquely non-religious thing, that all religions are equally capable of being recognized, that it doesn’t imply one or the other view, and therefore there’s no problem.  Just in reading a few comments, it’s made me wonder how the non-religious would see this. 

  • Robyman44

    Ah, this warms my heart – except for that “in the year of our Lord” bit…


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X