Let's honor Benito Juarez at his statue with a rally on Saturday 22nd at noon. It's in Pantoja Park, a small park near Seaport Village at India St. and G St., downtown San Diego. If you're arriving by trolley take the Orange Line train to Seaport Village station.
Benito Juarez is a national hero in Mexico for leading the nation to independence from European rule. Freethinkers can honor him for setting up Mexico as a secular republic, where the power of the Roman Catholic Church is curbed. To this day, the Church objects to him for this. But for 150 years the Republic has developed with the Mexican people, not the Vatican, in command of religious interests and properties throughout the country.
The Mexican Consul or his representative will be there on Saturday. We will give out copies of the Humanist Manifesto in both Spanish and English, and a message from Americans for Religious Liberty, Washington DC, in both languages.
If possible this event will be filmed for a video clip to go worldwide on YouTube, so bring flags of the USA, Mexico and California if you have them, and wear bright clothing, showy hat, etc., to make this event, even if small in number, visually noticeable and worth videotaping.
Hopefully the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego can trigger the honoring of Benito Juarez as an annual event and encourage similar celebrations in other places. Darwin Day, February 12, originated with the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley five years ago and is now worldwide. Maybe we can set off a wide annual recognition of Benito Juarez, a hero of separation of church and state. If so, you will be able to look back and recall that you were there at the beginning.
Come and honor a leader who put boundaries on the power of the Church, and stands out as a symbol of separation of church and state. Pantoja Park, India St. and G St., San Diego, Saturday 22nd at noon. For more information, contact us - see below.
The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego
Chapter of the American Humanist Association
P. O. Box 12163, San Diego CA[masked]
E-mail: [address removed]
Telephones:[masked]--4159 (Susi);[masked] (voicemail)