National Day of Reason

The National Day of Reason was created by the American Humanist Association and the Washington Area Secular Humanists in 2003. In addition to serving as a holiday for secularists, the National Day of Reason was created in response to the unconstitutionality of the National Day of Prayer. 

As in previous years, this year’s National Day of Reason is scheduled to coincide with the Congressionally-mandated and federally-supported National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

To properly honor this event here in Omaha, the Omaha Coalition of Reason has received proclamations from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle officially declaring May 3rd, 2012 as a Day of Reason in the great state of Nebraska and in the City of Omaha.

With faith-based initiatives giving preferential treatment to religious organizations, and strengthened attempts to introduce creationism in public school science classrooms, there has never been a better time in which humanists, atheists and freethinkers should affirm our commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government, and to celebrate reason as the guiding principle of our secular democracy. 

The Omaha Coaltion of Reason plans to celebrate The National Day of Reason with a dinner and a reading of the official proclamations, after which they will be available for inspection by those in attendance.  Those bringing cameras will be able to get their photo taken holding the proclamations to share with their social networks.  

For the ever-growing "non-religious" percentage of the United States population, the first Thursday in May will be celebrated as the National Day of Reason!