For the Second Straight Year, Rhode Island Governor Signs “Day of Reason” Proclamation

Yesterday, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee issued a proclamation marking May 1 as the Day of Reason:

WHEREAS, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth by 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, Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2014 as Day of Reason in Rhode Island and encourage all state residents to join me recognizing the importance of this day.

The proclamation is virtually identical to ones signed by the mayors of Charlotte, North Carolina and State College, Pennsylvania and by some members of Congress last year.

Chafee himself signed an identical proclamation last year.

By the way, before you get all excited, realize that Chafee also issued a proclamation marking May 1 as a Day of Prayer, too. A politician playing both sides of the aisle… who knew?! Despite the fair-and-balanced proclamations, expect Chafee to catch a lot of flak from the Right (and Internet commenters). He was criticized for years for calling it a “Holiday Tree” before finally changing course this past winter.

Still, it’s a nice gesture from a prominent politician and it happened thanks to a request by the Humanists of Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition for Rhode Island.

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.


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