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Governor declares Humanist Community Day

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This past December 8 was proclaimed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick as Humanist Community Day. This is pretty big, because while politicians fall all over themselves to applaud prayer (pleading to an invisible being in the sky) they almost never celebrate reason, human rights, freedom of expression and other humanist values. Humanism is a direct product of the Enlightenment.

The Enlightenment was a movement built on human reason instead of religious superstation. Modern humanists owe a debt to such men as Thomas Paine and James Madison who gave a foundation for the humanist movements which we enjoy today.

Considering that the Revolutionary War (one of the first wars fought on Enlightenment/humanist values) was first fought in Massachusetts makes it even better.

We in this nation need to encourage reason and freethought, not faith, which teaches children not to not use critical thought, but to believe for the sake of belief.

Thanks Gov. Patrick and maybe someday the governors of Bible Belt states such as Alabama and Oklahoma (let alone less religious states like Wisconsin) will sign similar proclamations.

Of course, you can support humanism and freethought by supporting the American Humanist Association and the Center for Free Inquiry.

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