Sad, Lonely Atheists Gather For Weeklong Benediction Of Nothingness, Fundraising

Eric Owens | Editor

America’s godless heathens will celebrate Thursday, May 7 as America’s National Day of Reason. This entire week, in fact, is a festival of the renewing power of nothingness for people who describe themselves variously as atheists, agnostics, skeptics, humanists and freethinkers.

America’s annual National Day of Reason occurs on the first Thursday in May, and its storied history goes all the way back to 2003. The holiday exists primarily to counter the National Day of Prayer, which also occurs on the first Thursday in May.

Organizers believe the National Day of Prayer violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by favoring the concept of religion over some nihilistic vision of no religion at all.

As of this year, coalitions of groups in 39 states and the District of Columbia sponsor Reason Day events across the country.

For example, a group called the Central Coast Coalition of Reason has purchased newspaper ads emblazoned with the words “Don’t believe in a god? You are not alone.” The ads will run in a handful of area newspapers all week.

The Coalition of Reason’s powerful assurance of herd-like comfort will also appear on banners at local events for religious skeptics slated to occur this week.

On Tuesday, for example, there will be a social fundraising dinner at Pappy McGregor’s in downtown San Luis Obispo. Wednesday’s big event will be a Skype presentation about critical thinking in public schools at the San Luis Obispo Library. And don’t miss the main event: A celebration of the National Day of Reason at the San Luis Obispo farmer’s market.

Similarly, in the Boise, Idaho area, a consortium of seven atheist, freethought and humanist groups will host an observance of reason and church-and-state separation on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol.

Also, there are at least seven atheist, freethought and humanist groups in and around Boise, Idaho. (RELATED: Atheists And Agnostics Have A SHOCKING Race Problem)

“As a lifelong Idahoan I am glad to see the National Day of Reason coming to Boise because it’s a way for our secular community to show solidarity,” Lauren Studley, vice president of Idaho Atheists, explained in a press release sent to The Daily Caller.

“The National Day of Prayer is a relic of McCarthyism and by it’s [sic] very nature and design is alienating to atheists and other non-religious people,” added Dustin Williams, an organizer of the Idaho festivities.

“The point of our national awareness effort is to reach out to the millions of humanists, atheists, skeptics and agnostics living in the United States,” preached United Coalition of Reason executive director Jason Heap in a separate email. “Nontheists sometimes don’t realize there’s a community for them because they’re inundated with theistic messages at every turn. We hope our effort will serve as a beacon and let them know they aren’t alone.”

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