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.
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.