A day of reason is desired by some. God gave all of us a brain with minds so that we use them every day. Part of that function is reason but there is oh so much more the human brain helps us do. I wonder sometimes if others don’t experience what I experience in my brain.
A US representative to the House wants a Day of Reason to coincide with the National Day of Prayer. It is fine with me to explore the merits for a day of reason but not to overlap it with the National Day of Prayer. Human reasoning is not even close to the realm of prayer.
The Huffington Post starts the article this way:
Each year, on the first Thursday of May, elected officials gather in Washington, D.C., and around the country for the National Day of Prayer. It’s a day when public servants from the president on down encourage Americans of all faiths to pray and contemplate the role of the divine in their lives. But 20 percent of Americans identify as religiously unaffiliated or simply don’t believe in God
In the past non-believing Americans were glad to let the believing Americans do the work of prayer and seeking God for the greater good of all people of this nation. Now supposedly “reasonable” people want to superimpose on top of the National Day of Prayer something I suspect they believe is superior to prayer and that is ‘reason’ and a day honoring reason.
I am a person of reason. I am a person of many things. Even making requests to my God involves lots of reason in it. But, others do not see that and don’t believe that prayer involves reason. It does! So, in our prayers we reason–we reason with God.
Representative Honda, thank you, we are already “reasoning” on the National Day of Prayer. Therefore, we don’t need something dedicated to “reason” superimposed on the National Day of Prayer. Reasoning is already occurring and it is reasonable to reason in prayer. (Prayer involves more that reason.)
Part of the bill:
That the House of Representatives–
(1) supports the designation of `National Day of Reason’; and
(2) encourages all citizens, residents, and visitors to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method, and free inquiry to the resolution of human problems and for the welfare of humankind.
See (2) above: Why visitors? This is really meant to be compelling if visitors to the USA are to stop and do as commanded here. This could be considered an insult by some visitors.
(2) above: This sounds good. May I point out–I know what the scientific method is and it is NOT the be all, end all atheists presume it is. There are many human and sociological/psychological/medical issues and many needs the scientific method can’t touch nor address and is useless regarding.
Please stop making the scientific method a god. It can never be one.
The real point to be made here is that the House of Representatives, the Senate, the SCOTUS, the President and many functions of government under them are to be about this endeavor every working day. Why don’t we just build that into their job descriptions if not already and see that this cause of problem solving and welfare of citizens are advanced to a greater degree. Let’s don’t just contemplate it on one day. Let’s focus on it every work day!!!