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0.7% of House of Representatives supports Reason as avenue for solving social problems

Imagine a statement being made in support of the use of reason to solve the problems that face humanity. Imagine that the statement reads as follows:

Auguste Rodin's The Thinker Statue“Whereas the application of reason has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth, improving conditions within the universe, and cultivating intelligent, moral, and ethical interactions among people and their environments;

Whereas those who wrote the Constitution of the United States, the basic document for governing the affairs of humankind within the United States, based it upon principles delineated within the philosophies distinguishing the historical Age of Reason;

Whereas most citizens of the United States purport to value reason and its application;

Whereas it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to promote the development and application of reason; and

Whereas May 5, 2016, would be an appropriate date to designate as a “National Day of Reason”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That The Body Assembled —

(1) supports the designation of “National Day of Reason”; and

(2) encourages all citizens, residents, and visitors to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thought, the scientific method, and free inquiry to the resolution of human problems and for the welfare of humankind.”

Is this the kind of idea that you could get behind?  I should hope so.

The curious thing is that, if you substitute “House of Representatives” for “The Body Assembled,” you have the exact and full verbatim text of H.Res. 670, a bill submitted for consideration by the U.S. Congress on April 12, 2016.

Only three members of Congress have signed on in support of this bill:

  • Rep. Michael Honda
  • Rep. Judy Chu
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

The rest of the United States Congress remains unmoved by the idea of reason.  It may be that “reason, critical thought, the scientific method, and free inquiry” are distasteful to the supermajority of members of Congress. It may be that in the current American cultural climate, such ideas are simply too dangerous for a popular politician to touch,

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