Friday, May 4, 2012

Brief Post: Thank you Rep. Pete Stark (D) CA

Rep. Pete Stark, (D) CA
Yesterday was a day which will live in secular infamy. It was the day chosen in 1952 by the Congress of the United States to institute an annual National Day of Prayer.  In the decade of the 1950’s, the country also inserted “in god we trust” on our currency and also the phrase, “under god” into the national pledge.

If one were to ask people today how long these specific pro-faith items were adopted, most would say from the beginning of our nation’s history. But they would be wrong although the United States has had brushes with organized theism and advocates for such a confluence throughout its history.  

Since the founding of the nation public attribution for any deity has been limited. This was and remains a boon to secular democracy and is codified within the Constitution.
The genesis (or should I say evolution?) of these modern faith-based initiatives came about after World War II, with the start of The Cold War. This pitted the United States against both Soviet and Chinese Marxist governments and their differing cultural, economic and social philosophies.

The low and high intensity battles of the Cold War changed the world in many ways. In the U.S. during the 1950’s and through the 1990’s this resulted in black lists, the red baiting of Senator Joseph McCarthy, and numerous bloody client wars and anti-diplomacy actions across the globe.

But this blog isn’t about global politics per se.  It does report on and support the efforts of free-thinkers, atheists and others who choose to create and uplift humanity through non-theism. It also attempts to expose organized faith as a virus rather than the cure to humanity’s ills.

So please let us celebrate the wonderful work of Representative Peter Stark (D-California). Congressman Stark is the only openly Atheist member of Congress. In response to the legislated prayer day, Rep. Stark issued a House Proclamation declaring yesterday the National Day of Reason.  Here is the start of the proclamation:

“The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the positive impact it has had on humanity.  It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the Constitutional separation of religion and government.”

The rest of the proclamation can be found  here.

The “Reason Day” is also supported by the American Humanist Association.  Here is their website and also the NDOR website. 

National Day of Reason (NDOR)

I've also included other non-theist associations involved in stopping the government’s clear violation of the separation clause of the Constitution who also support secular civil rights. You can also find these and many other association sites on the left side-bar of this blog.

American Atheists

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