"Heavy metal music is the central belief of a culture that exists among us, and Slayer is the perfect spokesperson. We are a pluralistic nation composed of many cultures, some of which you're born into and some you choose. For many of us, metal becomes the only culture that makes sense to us, and it's only fair we get representation."
-- Brett Stevens of the International Day of Slayer Task Force, a group petitioning the White House to create a national holiday honoring Slayer
The requested proclamation reads as follows:
"WHEREAS, Hessians are a legitimate elective culture that should be recognized with their own national day of celebration and...
WHEREAS, Slayer is freaking awesome and one of the most influential metal bands in history and...
WHEREAS, The theme of the National Day of Slayer is 'Don't go to work, listen to Slayer,' which reflects the imminent importance of Slayer in the lives of hessians across America and...
NOW, THEREFORE I, Barack Obama, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, hereby proclaim the day of June 6, 2009, as National Day of Slayer, saluting the valuable artistic contributions of the band Slayer and the legitimacy of the hessian culture that supports them. And I call upon all Americans to listen to Slayer on this day and every day hereafter."
This is for real, by the way.
Finally, something we as a nation can all get behind.
National Day of Slayer Website