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National Day of Reason

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The National Day of Reason is a secular celebration for humanists, atheists, and other secularists and freethinkers in response to the National Day of Prayer, a legal holiday in the United States.[1][2] The day is celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year, to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, which many atheist and secular groups view to be unconstitutional.[3] The purpose of the National Day of Reason is 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."[4] The National Day of Reason is also meant to help build community among the non-religious in the United States.[5][6]


  1.  Lucy Madison (May 5, 2011). "National Day of Prayer sparks celebrations, protests"CBS News.
  2.  National Day of Reason Celebrated as an Alternative to National Day of Prayer American Humanist Association Press Release
  3. Niose, David (2012). Nonbeliever nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. pp. 173–175. ISBN 9780230338951.
  4. Wackrow, Richard E. (7 May 2015). "National Day of Prayer, National Day of Reason"Missoulian.
  5. Owens, Eric (6 May 2015). "Sad, Lonely Atheists Gather for Weeklong Benediction of Nothingess, Fundraising"The Daily Caller.
  6. Stanley, Paul (30 April 2012). "National Day of Reason Set to Compete With 2012 Day of Prayer"Christian Post.

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