BE. Orlando believes in the right of every American to have and practice their faith or non-faith. We promote respect for diversity and inclusion, and recognize the importance of efforts like the National Day of Reason (NDoR) that are working to ensure true religious liberty and end divisive religious practices. We appreciate local organizations like the Central Florida Freethought Community for their vigilance and active engagement promoting the separation of church and state in Florida. And we actively support the Secular and Religious Minority Awareness initiative at the University of Central Florida, promoting respect for individuals of all faiths and non-faith and educating about the challenges faced by minority faith identities in our culture.
The first Thursday of every May is designated the National Day of Reason. It exists to inspire the secular community to be visible and vocal – on this day and throughout the year – so that we can overcome exclusionary practices, bigotry, hatred, and discrimination normalized by the National Day of Prayer (which falls on the same day). It brings an inclusive secular worldview into the national conversation on a day when there is so much effort to force Christianity into our schools, workplaces, and government.
In our diverse society, including everyone of all faith and non-faith perspectives is imperative. NDoR celebrates freedom of all from governmental intrusion into private faith practices and works to reduce stigmatization of those of non-faith and minority faiths. NDoR seeks to include ALL people, regardless of faith or non-faith, in a day to celebrate reason and religious liberty.
We are grateful for the efforts of the American Humanist Association and other secular leaders and organizations that spearhead NDoR efforts, and for local leaders who are working toward an inclusive Central Florida.