Letter: Don't take National Day of Reason or National Day of Prayer too seriously

May 20, 2013 

Reasonable column

Thank you for printing Sally Quinn's column from the Washington Post on May 6. An opinion piece admonishing both sides of a silly argument is something we need more often.

As president of the Tri-City Freethinkers, I'm often confronted about the methods we secularists use to get our message across. One of those methods is the National Day of Reason. The National Day of Reason is marketed as an objection to the National Day of Prayer, but most deity-free Americans don't take either one very seriously.

Secularists find the National Day of Prayer unneeded, and overall, we feel the same about the National Day of Reason. Formal designation of either is dispensable.

Religious classes I attended as a kid taught me prayer was something you give of yourself to others. As an evolving secularist, I've learned to channel my efforts into more active endeavors.

While we all strive in our own way to help others, we also need to find some common ground on which to rebuild our national unity. Getting rid of both days would be a good start.

JOHN LAWHEAD, Kennewick

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