State, county and city proclamations requested.
Join us to celebrate the National Day of Reason while bringing our community together. Make new friends, catch up with old, and have some fun! We will be meeting at the Northern Shelter on Saturday, May 7th from 1 – 5 PM at Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center. A $5 donation per person is requested for shelter expense to Avery Winston. Please bring your own plates, utensils and meat and something to share based on the first letter of your last name: A-G side dish, H-M main dish, N-S dessert, T-Z beverage. The shelter has two grills. This is a bring your own meat event. Charcoal will be provided. Please bring any outdoor games you have to share as well. We had a fun time playing frisbee and croquet last year.
President Obama has proclaimed that May 5th be a National Day of Reason. Columbus CoR requested proclamations from the Ohio governor’s office (with the Secular Coalition for Ohio), the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Columbus mayor’s office this year as was done in 2014. Volunteers from COUNT organized both proclamation request efforts.
In 2014, proclamations were similarly requested and City of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman responded by signing a Certificate of Recognition and presenting it to the Columbus Coalition of Reason for “its promotion of the importance of reason and to express respect for the dignity of all residents regardless of religious belief. The application of reason can offer hope, solve problems and cultivate intelligent, moral and ethical interactions.” Announcement of this award was a highlight of the 2014 picnic.
Proclamation requests have included information about the charitable activities of Columbus CoR member groups. Nine COUNT volunteers planted trees with the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) last Saturday just across the river from this year’s picnic location. COUNT will be helping families with hospitalized children staying at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House tomorrow, May 1st from 1-5 PM. HCCO is holding Bleed and Feed on Wednesday May 4 to collect blood and blood product donations for the Red Cross. Mid Ohio Atheists (MOA) will be collecting canned/nonperishable food items for donation to a Mansfield homeless shelter at their May 7th Pub Night. COUNT and HCCO will be working together serving dinner at the Van Buren Drive homeless shelter on May 10th.
About the National Day of Reason
A consortium of leaders from within the community of reason endorsed 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. [nationaldayofreason.org]
COGA, HCCO, MOA, COUNT and OA are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason (CoR). Secular Coalition for Ohio is a Friend of Columbus CoR.