Rep. Mike Honda
(D-Calif.) has introduced a resolution to honor a National Day of Reason
as an alternative to a National Day of Prayer.
The first Thursday of every May is a day that sees elected officials
getting together at Washington D.C. and other parts of the U.S. in
recognition of what is known as the National Day of Prayer. It’s one of
those special days, where everybody, right from the President to the
average civil servant, encourage citizens from all religious backgrounds
to take some time off and focus on their relationship with God.
However, a sizable 20%
of the U.S. population do not accept the existence of a divine figure
and prefer not to associate themselves with any specific faith system.
Many of these people, in recent times have expressed discomfort over the
idea of a government sanctioned day that completely excludes them.
It seems that their discomfort will soon be addressed as Delegate
Eleanor Holmes Norton from the District of Columbia and Rep. Mike Honda
of the California District have introduced a resolution to create an
alternative to the National Day of Prayer. This alternative is to be
named as the “National Day of Reason” and will be observed on the first
Thursday of every May, along with the National Day of Prayer.
In fact, it is believed
that the National Day of Reason will be recognized for the first time
on May 5 this year. According to the proponents of the resolution, the
National Day of Reason will serve as a platform for religious and
non-religious citizens to examine the role of reason in bettering
In a press release, Rep. Mike Honda stated that the use and application
of reason have been known to improve living conditions for people, bring
about hope for the survival of the human race, and encourage moral and
ethical behavior among people.