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Freethought Day - 2012

Freethought Day

The 11th Annual Sacramento Freethought Day is Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Ben Ali Shrine Center, and combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference.

Join us for engaging speakers, live entertainment, family activities, an authors' panel, and more!

Register today -- it's free and you'll be entered to win door prizes!


  • Michael Werner - American Humanists Association
  • Mikey Weinstein - Military Religious Freedom Foundation
  • Jessica Ahlquist - Student Activist
  • Chris Lombardi - Secular Coalition of America
  • A.J. Johnson - Atheist Activist
  • Steve Newton - National Center for Science Education
  • Rebecca Hensler - Grief Beyond Belief


  • Baba Brinkman - Hip-Hop Artist
  • Brian Dalton - Mr. Deity
  • Victor Harris - Poet
  • The Mockingbirds - Choir

And performing exclusively at our Fundraising Reception, Keith Lowell Jensen and Eddie Scott.

Authors' Panel

  • Dr. Richard Carrier
  • Dave Fitzgerald
  • Andrea Griffith
  • Cleo Kocol
  • Brendan Powell Smith
  • AmyJo Matthais


  • Freethought Inductees Gallery
  • Contests, Giveaways, and Drawings
  • Awards and Presentations
  • Organizations, Exhibitors, and Vendors
  • Family Fun Zone, by Camp Quest West

Other Awesome Stuff

  • Fundraising Reception (Friday)
  • Leadership Day (Sunday)

Support and Volunteer

Here's just a few ways you can support the event:

  • Support Freethought Day: Those that wish to support Freethought Day will be recognized in the program and on the website. And you can show your support with a keepsake button, all for just $20.

  • Fundraising Reception: Attend this special evening event on Friday, October 5th which features live entertainment, a selection of great appetizers and desserts, wine, and the company of our speakers for just $75 or $125. Also includes Reserved Seating at Freethought Day and an event poster signed by our speakers.

  • Host a Table: If you're an author, business, freethought group, or any other community organization you can have your own table at Freethought Day. It's free for student groups, $25 for authors, $50 for non-profits, and $100 for businesses.

  • Sponsorship: Businesses and organizations looking for exposure can sponsor Freethought Day starting at just $250. Benefits include reception attendance, on-stage announcements, an exhibitor table, program advertisements, reception tickets, and more.

For questions regarding support and volunteering, please contact David Diskin at [masked].

Directions, Parking, and Carpooling

The Ben Ali Shrine Center is located at 1600 Los Robles, near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Capital City Freeway 80, across the street from Hagginwood Park. There will be plenty of free, on-site parking. Directions are here.

For those who prefer to carpool, please use the comments area on this page to make arrangements.

More Information

Register today -- it's free and you'll be entered to win door prizes! Consider supporting the day, too!

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  • Kenneth E. N.

    Fun, educational, inspiring. The weather was perfect. Someone up there must like us.

    October 7, 2012

  • Robert N.

    The event went great. Loved the speakers and really enjoyed the chance to get to know some of the organisers and volunteers better during the tear-down at the end. And the location, though smaller than last year, was just beautiful.

    1 · October 6, 2012

  • Brooke

    Amazing job, organizers! Loved the speakers and all the tables of different groups.

    1 · October 6, 2012

  • David D.

    Our fundraising reception is just 18 hours away! If you haven't bought your ticket now, what are you waiting for? $75 gets you some great food, wine, desserts, and the chance to meet and hang out with our weekend's speakers. Oh, and exclusive live entertainment! And just maybe a one-of-a-kind gift bag. Register for the reception at The venue address will be emailed to you shortly thereafter.

    October 5, 2012

  • Rachael

    We need a lot of volunteers this year (setup, registration, parking, etc.)
    Please let me know if you can help!

    1 · September 19, 2012

  • David D.

    Hey everyone! Glad to see so many RSVPs!

    Don't forget you need to officially register to qualify for door prizes and get a free program. And, please consider a donation or attending the Fundraising Reception.

    September 18, 2012

  • Judy S.

    Wear your Ask an Atheist bright blue t-shirts to show your support of Coming Out Atheist and SacFAN! You can get them from me now (I can deliver), or at the event. $10. Email me judysnt *at* gmail *dot* com.

    2 · September 17, 2012

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