Ask Mayor Lee to Proclaim a San Francisco Day of Reason

On May 3, 2012, Americans all across the country will celebrate reason, science, and free inquiry as they observe the National Day of Reason, and San Francisco has an exciting and unique role to play this year!

One key goal of the secular and skeptic movements is to remove religion and superstition from government, yet year after year public office-holders make proclamations establishing expressly religious observances (think of George W. Bush, when he was governor of Texas, proclaiming June 10, 2000 the state’s “Jesus Day”). Of course, no such proclamation is more notorious than the yearly unconstitutional ritual of the reaffirmation by U.S. presidents of the National Day of Prayer.

But we have one great opportunity to begin to right the ship. In honor of the National Day of Reason, citizens of the City by the Bay will petition Mayor Edward M. Lee to proclaim May 3, 2012 a Day of Reason for San Francisco! View the formal proclamation that will be submitted to Mayor Lee, and if you are a citizen of San Francisco city or county, add your name to the petition!

Don’t stop there! Make sure you share this petition with everyone in your community who values science and critical thinking over faith and magical thinking. And remember—this is not just for nonbelievers, but for all citizens, religious or otherwise, who believe in a secular America.

We are, after all, in the midst of a Secular Spring, and we all know how lovely spring can be in San Francisco!


The Proclamation

WHEREAS, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth, improving the human condition everywhere , and cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions among our people and their environments, and 

WHEREAS, those who wrote the Constitution of the United States of America, the basic document for governing the affairs of humankind within the United States, based it upon principles delineated within the philosophies distinguishing the historical Age of Reason, and 

WHEREAS, most citizens of the United States purport to value reason and its application, and 

WHEREAS, it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to promote the development and application of reason 

NOW, THEREFORE, I Edward M. Lee, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco hereby proclaim Thursday, the 3rd day of May, 2012 a


and I encourage all citizens, residents and visitors to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method, and free inquiry to the resolution of human problems and for the welfare of human kind. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereunto set my hand and cause the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco to be herein affixed.

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