Action, Not Passive Prayer

Counter ‘Day of Prayer’
with Positive Action

Secular Groups Nationwide Are Invited to Join in a Program to Donate Blood on May 4, 2006

Life-Saving Action, Not Passive Prayer, Is Our Message

New York — If you decry the so-called National Day of Prayer as a forced encroachment of religion into our official calendar, join us, the Center For Atheism (CFA) in celebrating the supremacy of reason by donating blood on May 4, 2006 in a nationwide program. In 2005, we in CFA sought a way to celebrate the newly renamed (by secularists) “Day of Reason.” We wanted to make a public statement about how non-religious people might observe the day and at the same time let America know that there are millions of us who do not pray. We were looking for a positive alternative to prayer, something that would reflect the life-affirming ideas of nonbelievers.

Someone suggested the idea of donating blood as a group. It seemed to fit the idea of “positive protest”: It is a gift that gives life to others.

On November 3, 2005, a group of New York City atheists went to the New York Blood Bank to donate blood and sign up for organ-donor programs. The Blood Bank was delighted to have us and even allowed us to post our Atheist banner as we took pictures. Blood banks nationwide are eager for donations, will accommodate groups and encourage publicizing group donations.

Blood donation proved to be a simple way that any secular person can observe the Day of Reason in a positive way. Everyone can take part: There is no marching or picketing, no placards to make or carry, no permit is necessary, there is no confrontation with authorities or the religious community.

We called our blood donation program BLOOD, an acronym for

and we intend to do it every year on the Day of Reason.

To start your own BLOOD program, it’s simple. Here’s what you do:

  1. Find your local blood bank by accessing www.americasblood.org
  2. Phone the blood bank to make arrangements for a group donation. You will find them amazingly supportive and accommodating.
  3. Notify your local newspaper, TV and other media that your group is doing this and why.

It’s simple, it’s positive, it’s effective. Come on, agnostics, atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists, nonbelievers, separation of church and state advocates, join us in our

For further information, contact Ken Bronstein at
FireBell1(at)aol(dot)com or call (212) 535-7425