Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina Issues ‘Day of Reason’ Proclamation

The National Day of Prayer is tomorrow, but Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx (also President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Transportation) issued a proclamation declaring tomorrow the National Day of Reason:

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 2, 2013 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

As I noted the other day, Foxx did the same thing in 2011.

No word yet on whether Senate Republicans will try to use this against him during confirmation hearings…

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  • Speedwell

    Not, unfortunately, the “National” Day of Reason, but the Charlotte Day of Reason. The proclamation’s only for the city. But it’s nice anyway. :)

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    It is a strange world we live in where it is potentially controversial to stand up for reason/rationality!

  • Greg G.

    Yes, but it points out “WHEREAS, it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to promote the development and application of reason:” as if it is a given so it would be nice if each citizen outside Charlotte accepted the duty and responsibility, too.

  • Speedwell

    Oh, sure, no doubt about that.

  • Speedwell

    Just as strange as when they gave the local freethinker a nice herbal tisane of hemlock, eh.

  • TeamRed_vs_TeamBlue

    Aren’t they cute?

    Wingnut heads exploding in 3…2…1…

  • m6wg4bxw

    I am certain that a proclaimed “day of prayer” will encourage praying-type people to pray. What I wonder is how much affect a proclaimed “day of reason” will have on reasoning-type people.

  • Aviatrix

    When the commentator starts with a statement – whether their own or quoted from elsewhere – that the doctrine of original sin is backed up by 3500 years of empirical evidence, you know a train wreck is about to take place. She obviously has no clue as to what is meant by “empirical evidence”. It certainly makes me wonder if she knows what is meant by “reason” and “enlightenment”. When she got to the children’s shoes I couldn’t stand any more of it and stopped the video. She should have no fear of reason, as it appears she has had very little contact with it – unless it’s fear of the unknown.