Today is either National Day of Reason or National Day of Prayer
Today is the National Day of Prayer, it is also the National Day of Reason. Only one of these concepts is our nation founded upon, and no, it's not the former. Our nation is a product of the Enlightenment. Men such as Thomas Paine, James Madison, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson believed in a deity. But, they believed in a deity based on reason. They believed any deity that exists would value reason over faith.
Reason is what built our nation, and our technology. It is what allowed us to go to the moon. It is what allowed us to cure diseases and unravel the humane genome. Reason built this computer I am typing on. Reason developed the system of rights that we have today, along with the vote. The bible of course, nor any religious text, did none of these things.
The fact is, those who want the government to endorse their religious beliefs by proclamations don't really believe in liberty. Just here in Wisconsin the religious right-wing has banned car sales on Sundays. No atheist has ever banned when a theist might shop for a car.
The religious right-wing wants to ban adult material that you watch and view, no atheist wants to ban what Christian conservatives watch or view. The religious right-wing has succeeded in banning sex toys in Alabama. Again, no non-believers care about what you do in your own bedrooms. We don't want to imprison anyone for having the supposed wrong kind of sex or to to ban contraceptives.
Many in the religious right-wing wish that the government can jail or punish gay men for their sex lives. Texas Republicans voiced support for these laws. The religious rightwing oppose a right to die. No atheist wants to mandate your time of death. I, an atheist, according to them, must die in great pain, if need be, because of their beliefs.
Now, I will concede that atheists such as I do advocate for government neutrality when it comes to religion. We even at times strongly critique the bible, but if we didn't fight back at all against the assaults by the religious right-wing, how little rights would we actually have?
The people who run this so called National Day of Prayer have discriminated against Jews and even Mormons, at their events. If this is a national day of prayer, doesn't that mean all theists, at least, are warmly welcomed? Or, does it only mean evangelical/fundamentalist Christians? Atheists and humanists such as I aren't demanding the president endorse our beliefs. (There is though an interesting event in Connecticut where humanists will exchange your bible for a book on science, today.)
But the religious right-wing want to promote religion through prayer proclamations issued by the government, along with a god mentioned in our Pledge of Allegiance and on our money. They want school prayers and bible readings. U.S. District Judge Crabb in a ruling stated that the National day of Prayer is "an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function." She is exactly right, of course. So, today, use your reason and don't go down, on bended knee to a god that just isn't there.