An unReasonable post by Maynard
Is this a big deal? Defenders of Anthony Foxx say it’s not. Decide for yourself.
The first Thursday in May is recognized as the National Day of Prayer. This is the day when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. It has been observed by Federal law since 1952.
Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, NC, and Obama’s designated Sec’y of Transportation, acknowledged the National Day of Prayer, and then declared Thursday “A Day of Reason” in his city.
Foxx said in his proclamation that May 2 should be A Day of Reason because “the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival on Earth.”
What’s wrong with this? Who could argue with reason?
Here’s the problem.
The American Humanist Association, whose slogan is “Good without a God,” created the National Day of Reason with the Washington Area Secular Humanists to raise awareness about government threats to religious liberty and up the profile of the non-religious community. The day will includes acts of service and discussions on rational thought.
In other words, Foxx is taking the occasion of the Day of Prayer to honor an institution that is hostile to the concept. The anger behind the “reason” movement is displayed clearly in their poster ==>
If we want to have a Day of Reason, that’s just fine. But why create a conflict in doing so? There’s no need to shoehorn yourself into somebody else’s holiday. This merely serves to divide us and increase domestic hostility. Let these “reasonable” people make their own holiday; no need to crowd out the other guy. They don’t do that because their purpose is to crowd out the other guy.
(As a personal note, I was raised in a secular environment. I’d call myself an advocate of “reason”, as far as it goes. But a few history lessons, and some observations of the state of the modern world, convinced me that reason alone is not an adequate foundation upon which to build a just or civil society. “Reason” is used to justify every bit of narcissistic nonsense and oppression and evil that man has concocted. “Reason” is all too often an excuse to rationalize our underlying emotional turmoil. “Reason” gave us the French and Russian revolutions; “reason” gave us Gulag and genocide. No, of course I’m not anti-reason. Life and history show that, yes, we must use our brains and our reason. But without God, we will find “reason” without wisdom, and we will go astray.)
Anyway, Foxx is the sort of man Obama recruits into his cabinet. The intolerant bully who makes a point of poking his finger into your eye.
All in the name of reason, of course.