CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has issued a proclamation saying that Thursday is a Day of Reason, lending his name for the second consecutive year to a movement that emphasizes the separation of church and state.

The American Humanist Association, a co-sponsor of the day, said on its website, that, with the religious right s influence in Congress, and with the threat to our Judiciary looming large, there has never been as important a moment in which to affirm our commitment to the Constitutional separation of religion and government, and to celebrate Reason as the guiding principle of our secular democracy.

Foxx, a Democrat, also issued a proclamation saying that Thursday is also a National Day of Prayer. That is a congressional-sponsored day that encourages people of all religions and faiths to pray for the country.

Foxx attends the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte.

The website for the National Day of Reason lists some public officials who have endorsed the even in the past. They include the New Orleans City Council and Neb. Gov. Dave Heineman.

Foxx was nominated Monday by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Transportation Secretary.

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