His decree begins, “Whereas, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth by cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions among people and their environments...’’
And concludes, “I, Lincoln D. Chafee, governor of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2014 as Day of Reason in Rhode Island and encourage all state residents to join me [in] recognizing the importance of this day.’’
According to the Providence Journal, the governor signed the proclamation at the request of the Humanists of RI and the Secular Coalition for RI to help “raise awareness throughout the State of Rhode Island of the importance of Reason as a guiding principle of our secular democracy.’’
The “Day of Reason” is timed to coincide with the “National Day of Prayer,” an observance instituted formally by Congress in 1952.
According to a press release from the two groups, “The Secular Coalition for Rhode Island and the Secular Coalition for America share the common mission to increase the visibility of and respect for non-theistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.”