Secular Americans Encourage All to Celebrate National Day of Reason

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Secular Coalition for America is encouraging Americans of all religious backgrounds and none, to celebrate the National Day of Reason, on May 1. The National Day of Reason is a more inclusive alternative to the congressionally endorsed National Day of Prayer and aims to raise awareness of the persistent threat to true religious liberty posed by the insertion of religious belief into secular law.  

Secular Coalition for America Executive Director, Edwina Rogers, said the National Day of Reason reminds us of the importance of our nation’s founding principles and offers reason as something everyone can celebrate as opposed to government-sponsored prayer, which excludes millions of Americans who do not pray or believe that prayer should be personal and private.

Rogers said the National Day of Reason has particular significance this year as the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of legislative prayer in the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision expected in a few months.

“Our Founding Fathers recognized that secularism and religious freedom, which includes freedom from religion, are the best guarantee of individual rights,” Rogers said. “Whenever government involves itself in religious practice, it undermines the constitutional principle of church-state separation.” The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by an act of Congress to be held each year on the first Thursday of May. In response to what it regards as an ongoing violation of the First Amendment, the American Humanist Association—a Secular Coalition voting member organization—together with the Washington Area Secular Humanists, created the National Day of Reason “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.”

Many secular and nontheistic groups across the country observe the National Day of Reason by participating in blood drives, holding rallies outside state government building or host social gatherings. Some groups also hold rallies outside state government buildings or host social gatherings.

The Secular Coalition for California is organizing a lobby day on the National Day of Reason in Sacramento. Secular Lobby Day will include lobbying training and scheduled lobbying visits with the offices of legislators at the California State Capitol. The Secular Coalition for Rhode Island was instrumental in convincing Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee to issue a proclamation declaring May 1 a “Day of Reason” in the state.

The Secular Coalition for America urges all Americans to support the constitutional principle of church-state separation by recognizing the National Day of Reason. Supporters are encouraged to visit the official website,, to post an event in their area and learn how to encourage local governments to issue a National Day of Reason proclamation.


CONTACT: Lauren Anderson Youngblood, SCA Communications Manager at [email protected] or (202)299-1091 ext. 205, cell (202)630-9725

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