NATIONAL DAY OF REASON
(Extensions of Remarks - May 03, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E588]
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                         NATIONAL DAY OF REASON

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                       HON. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON

                      of the district of columbia

                    in the house of representatives

                          Friday, May 3, 2013

  Ms. NORTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask the House of Representatives 
to join me in recognizing the National Day of Reason. The American 
Humanist Association has issued a statement, which I submit on their 
behalf.
  ``The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and 
the positive impact it has had on humanity. It is also an opportunity 
to reaffirm the constitutional separation of church and state in an age 
where the line between religion and government is increasingly blurred.
  ``The National Day of Reason is also an opportunity for nonreligious 
and secular Americans to get out and help local communities. Community 
service events, such as food and blood drives, are some of the ways 
that people have worked to help those in need on the Day of Reason and 
during the rest of the year.
  ``Therefore, I encourage all citizens to join in observing this day, 
focusing on the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific 
method, and free inquiry to the resolution of problems for the welfare 
of humanity.''
  Mr. Speaker, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in 
recognizing the National Day of Reason.

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