President Obama’s New Transportation Secretary Issued ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation Last Year

The person President Obama has selected to be our country’s next Transportation Secretary, Charlotte (North Carolina) Mayor Anthony Foxx, did something last year that may raise some eyebrows in conservative circles: He signed a proclamation declaring May 3rd as “A Day of Reason” at the urging of the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics:

WHEREAS, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth, improving conditions within the universe, and cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions among people and their environments, and

WHEREAS, those who wrote the Constitution of the United States of America, the basic document for governing the affairs of humankind within the United States, based it upon principles delineated within the philosophies distinguishing the historical Age of Reason, and

WHEREAS, most citizens of the United States purport to value reason and its application, and

WHEREAS, it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to promote the development and application of reason

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Anthony R. Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, do hereby proclaim May 03, 2011 as


in Charlotte and commend its observance to all citizens.

Witness my hand and the official Seal of the City of Charlotte.

Anthony R Foxx, Mayor

Considering that’s the same day the Religious Right hosted their Day of Prayer, it’ll be interesting to see if anyone uses this document against him.

Oh, who are we kidding. It’s the Religious Right. They see everything that doesn’t mention Jesus as “against” them.

(via American Humanist Association)

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