2019-05-01 - 2019-05-31

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May: National Day of Reason

The National Day of Reason is held on the first Thursday in May (in parallel with the National Day of Prayer) to continue our Founder’s efforts to keep religion and government separate while ensuring that reason in the basis for public policy.  The National Day of Reason also serves as an alternative to the National Day of Prayer, during which government officials at the federal, state and local level ask their constituents to join them in sectarian prayer.  Not only do government officials use National Day of Prayer to participate in an egregious violation of the separation between church and state, but they also alienate millions of humanists like you and me and others who look to reason–not prayer–to solve problems.

Useful Dates for May

Asian American History Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month–a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.  Like most commenmorative months, Asian/Pacif American Heritage Month originated with Congress.  In 1977 Reps. Frank Orton of New York introduced House Joint Resolution 540 to proclaim the first ten days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week.  For more information read Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 3 World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference.  Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.  It is an opportunity to:

  • celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;
  • assess the state of press freedome throughout the world;
  • defend the media from attacks on their independence;
  • and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
May 5 Anniversary of Town of Greece V. Galloway
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May 15 International Day of Families
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My 16 International Day of Living Together in Peace
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May 17 International Day Against Homophobiz
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May 27 Memorial Day
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May 31 World No-Tobacco Day
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Activities

Ask your congresspeople to disavow the National Day of Prayer.  Here’s a sample question:

“Will you represent all of your constituents–religious and non-religious, theist and athesit–by not supporting a Day of Prayer, and instead supporting inclusive solutions to the problems our state faces?”

Invite speakers or hold discussions on local “unreasonable laws” and what can be done to counter them.  Here are some examples:

  1. Laws which allow for parents to exempt their children from vaccination requirements.
  2. Laws which allow Americans to discriminate against other Americans for religious reasons, such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  3. Laws which prohibit discussion of climate change by state officials.

Get a Day of Reason Proclamation in your state/city/town and encourage your legislators to make statements and/or resolutions.  Here’s sample text:

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 [name, title] hereby proclaim Thursday, the 2nd day of May, 2019 a DAY OF REASON

and I 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 humankind.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of [government] to be herein affixed.