Mike Honda touts ‘National Day of Reason’

Following in the footsteps of former colleague Pete Stark, Rep. Mike Honda has spoken out on behalf of a “National Day of Reason” this Thursday, May 2, to counter the government-sponsored National Day of Prayer.

honda.jpg“The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the positive impact it has had on humanity,” Honda, D-San Jose, declared in the Congressional Record last Thursday. “It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the Constitutional separation of religion and government.”

The American Humanist Association says support from Honda and from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is particularly notable this year in light of the recent controversy over the refusal to include secular representation at the official memorial service honoring the victims of the recent Boston bombings.

The group says the National Day of Prayer Task Force’s state purpose to represent “a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance” is exclusionary.

“Our elected officials dishonor their office and their constituents when they promote and attend divisive events that tell a growing minority of Americans that they aren’t worthy of full citizenship,” AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt said in a news release. “Our secular government has no business endorsing expression of some beliefs while excluding others.”

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. The AHA 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.”

Stark – who was Congress’ only avowed atheist, and who was unseated last year by fellow Democrat Eric Swalwell – had issued several National Day of Reason proclamations while in office. Honda describes his religious belief as Protestant Christian.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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    Next step: Carve Voltaire’s likeness at Mt Rushmore

  • JohnW

    “Following in the footsteps of former colleague Pete Stark…”

    Considering where those footsteps led for Pete, Honda might not appreciate that lead-in.

    1952: National Prayer Day established
    1954: “Under God” added to the Pledge
    1956: In God We Trust replaces the 1786 national motto, E pluribus unum, thereby adopting the same motto as the Republic of Nicaragua
    1957: In God We Trust added to paper currency (a gesture undoubtedly appreciated by God Almighty himself).

    Now that I think about it, National Day of Reason sounds pretty, well, reasonable.

  • GV Haste

    “Following in the footsteps of former colleague Pete Stark, Rep. Mike Honda has spoken out”

    I know it was said before by JohnW, but that line is just too funny.

    What next, he hires Sharon Cornu?

    My advice to Honda. Superficial to be sure, but he should drop about 20 to 40 pounds. Try to look like he has some energy and perhaps a new idea.

    Why keep him for two more years, unless you think he is good for 6 more years? How old will he be then?

  • Camel

    Yes National Day of Reason is a good idea. It gives us people whom bless abortionists with God. There is a Reason for God. It gives us Dr. Gosnell. There is a Reason for God. It gives us praise for Hitler, Stalin, and worse. There is a Reason for God. It gives us no constitution. There is a Reason for God. It gives us our minds over Gods and greedy politicians. There is a Reason for God.

    It seems like a good idea.

    God bless everyone whom reads this.