In honor of my visit*—I’m flying into Charlotte today (see post above)—the mayor of that city has officially proclaimed a “Day of Reason.” Anthony Foxx, current mayor but nominated by President Obama to be the next Secretary of Transportation, issued the following decree:
Read that thing! A more secular document you couldn’t find! There’s no reference to God, and did I mention that this comes from the South?
Foxx, born in 1971, will be the youngest member of Obama’s Cabinet if confirmed, and is one of the youngest Cabinet members in history. He’s done a great job with the city, ergo his elevation to a Cabinet position. Based on that, and the above, I have great hopes for him.
Mayor Foxx issued a similar declaration last year—at the request of the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics organization!
Now, there’s really nothing any rational person (even a religious one) could object to in this document, but of course it will cause outrage. Why? Because, as many of you know, today is also the official U.S.-government-sanction “National Day of Prayer”, proclaimed by Obama but a clear violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution (no government sponsorship of religion). The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) contested this in 2010, and got the Day of Prayer overturned by a federal judge on Constitutional grounds: a clearly correct decision.
The Obama Administration, in one of its worst moves, appealed this ruling, and a three-judge federal panel then reinstated the Day of Prayer, ruling that the FFRF didn’t have standing to sue. The case is currently under appeal. It galls me that my own country, supposedly one whose government is divorced from religion, has an official Day of Unreason, in which we’re supposed to importune a nonexistent being. Foxx’s proclamation reinstates my faith in humanity.
Other Day of Reason events are listed here: sadly, there aren’t many.
*Just kidding. But I wish it were true!