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Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee Declares May 1 “Day of Reason”

Lincoln Chafee Day of ReasonRhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has issued a proclamation declaring May 1 a “Day of Reason” in honor of the state’s religious nonbelievers.

For the second year in a row, Chafee, a former Republican US Senator who is now a Democrat, has issued a “Day of Reason” proclamation. The Humanists of Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition of Rhode Island had requested the move.

The governor’s proclamation states that reason has “proven to offer hope for human survival upon earth by cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interaction among people.”

The secular groups requesting the proclamation are planning events to coincide with National Day of Reason, which is also May 1. That is also National Day of Prayer, for which Gov. Chafee has also issued supportive proclamations.

Providence, Rhode Island, along with nearby New Bedford, Massachusetts, was recently named America’s “least Bible-minded” metropolitan area by the American Bible Society.

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