Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day of Reason Proclamation


Humanists of Rhode Island                      
Contact: Debbie Flitman 401-300-4674
Secular Coalition for Rhode Island
Contact: Christine Eldridge 401-484-0147

May 14, 2013

Humanists of Rhode Island and The Secular Coalition for Rhode Island
Co-Sponsor Request to Governor Chafee to Issue
Proclamation for a Day of Reason

The Humanists of RI and The Secular Coalition for RI are pleased to announce pursuant to their request, that on April 30, 2013 Governor Lincoln D. Chafee issued a State of Rhode Island Gubernatorial Proclamation officially declaring May 2 the Day of Reason in Rhode Island. In doing this, Governor Chafee helps raise awareness throughout the State of Rhode Island of the importance of Reason as a guiding principle of our secular democracy. (See signed Proclamation below.)

Humanists of RI and the Secular Coalition of RI join with The National Day of Reason, a consortium of leaders from within the community of reason endorsing the idea of a National Day of Reason. This observance is held in parallel with the National Day of Prayer, on the first Thursday in May each year. The goal of this effort is to celebrate reason—a concept all Americans can support—and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Humanists of Rhode Island are dedicated to good works and service projects that will best demonstrate our ideals. 
The Secular Coalition for Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition for America share the common mission to increase the visibility of and respect for non-theistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.
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