RE: [atheists-453] FW: Action Alert: Object to White House NDP Tweet

From: Ruthe
Sent on: Friday, April 16, 2010 9:40 AM

Will���We already have.�� Do you know about National Day of Reason?�� It is and has been a great alternative.

 

Here���s AHA���s press release last year:

 

National Day of Reason Offers Inclusive and Constitutional Alternative to National Day of Prayer

For Immediate Release - Contact Karen Frantz at [masked]
[address removed] - www.americanhumanist.org

(Washington, D.C., May 5, 2009) The federal government typically observes the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May--this year it will be held on May 7--and has done so since the Day of Prayer's creation in 1952 by an act of Congress. However, increasing numbers of people every year are instead showing their support for the National Day of Reason, which is held in parallel to the National Day of Prayer as an inclusive--and constitutional--alternative, said the American Humanist Association today.

"Secular Americans understandably get exasperated each May when the federal government exhibits a complete disregard for the separation of church and state with its many National Day of Prayer observances," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. "The National Day of Reason is the nontheist's response to this annual abuse of the U.S. Constitution. It's for all those who value reason over dogma and expect their government to do the same."

Each year on the National Day of Reason, events are held across the United States that often are geared towards raising the visibility of the secular community and to setting the right example for how to effect positive change. Local events may include a day of volunteer work, a charity event, or simple conversation designed to foster rational thought. "Above all else, we want to create a positive, inclusive experience for all people--regardless of religion or non-religion," said Speckhardt.

Some religious advocacy groups have called on President Obama to declare that the National Day of Prayer is for all Americans--even nontheists. "Though urging the inclusion of everyone is certainly in the correct spirit, we don't see how a National Day of Prayer could ever be inclusive of people who don't believe in a god," said David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association. "Rather, we'd urge President Obama to instead endorse the National Day of Reason, thereby including all Americans and calling attention to a value that's essential to effective democracy."

The American Humanist Association along with the Washington Area Secular Humanists host a website for the National Day of Reason (http://www.nationaldayofreason.org/), where individuals can access a wealth of resources, including a listing of NDoR events in their area, facts and statistics regarding the National Day of Prayer, and essays on church-state separation.

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The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Will
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2010 2:52 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [atheists-453] FW: Action Alert: Object to White House NDP Tweet

 

No I will not write objecting to a National Day of Prayer.  Before we deprive millions of their superstition we need to put something in it's place.  To create a social vacuum is a bad thing that usually results in social disaster.

On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 12:58 AM, John Kelly <[address removed]> wrote:

Obama's looking toward a potentially difficult mid-term election  He's going to avoid alienating potential votes.


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From: "Ruthe" <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:49:37 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [atheists-453] FW: Action Alert: Object to White House NDP Tweet

Action Alert

THE WHITE HOUSE TWEETS:

Obama Will Still Hold National Day of Prayer Despite FFRF���s Win!

April 15, 2010

Shortly after the news broke today that FFRF won its National Day of Prayer lawsuit, the White House tweeted: "As he did last year, President Obama intends to recognize a National Day of Prayer" with a link to the presidential proclamation from 2009.

Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor expressed surprise and disappointment at the White House's response to "tweet" over a constitutional issue of this magnitude. 

"President Obama is a constitutional scholar, and knows the issues at stake. He couldn't possibly have read the 66-page historic ruling by Federal Judge Barbara Crabb at the time of this 'tweet,' " said Gaylor.

Twitter is a public forum, so please tweet back that you object to the National Day of Prayer! Twitter is easy to use, and to tweet back at the White House, simply start your tweet with:

@whitehouse

Here's one example of a recent tweet from Twitter's "Public Timeline":

Killarny: @whitehouse Can we have a National Day of Atheism too? Or how about honoring the separation of church and state? :)

While you're in the Twitterverse, check out FFRF's Twitter account: http://twitter.com/FFRF

Action Alert by Bonnie Gutsch

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is a national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics) that has been working since 1978 to keep church and state separate.

 

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