Join us to commemorate the National Day of Reason, which honors the principles of secular government and separation of religion and state that have guided our country since its founding. We observe this day to remind lawmakers that public policy should be based on reason, science, and evidence to promote the general welfare.
The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and you are invited to attend the entire event or to drop in when you can. (Continental breakfast will be available throughout the morning.*) We are inviting all legislators to attend and some have already said they will be there. We will update the agenda as we get more confirmations.
*As long as food lasts.
8:30 a.m. Doors open. Help yourself to breakfast.
9 a.m. Remarks by humanist leaders and other supporters of the Day of Reason.
9:30 a.m. Mingle with attendees, visit tables of groups that have endorsed the event.
10 a.m. Remarks by Sen. John Marty and Rep. Ray Dehn. David Schultz, professor of political science at Hamline University, will speak about "American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief over Evidence." (Reps. Jim Davnie, Mike Freiberg, and Tina Liebling will also give remarks when their schedules permit.)
10:30 a.m. Fill out postcards to deliver to your legislators urging them to uphold secular values.
The event is co-sponsored by Humanists of Minnesota, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Or Emet Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. It has been endorsed by Black Nonbelievers. Camp Quest North. (University of Minnesota) Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists. Central Minnesota Freethinkers. Compassion & Choices Minnesota. Lake Superior Freethinkers. Minnesota Atheists. NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota. Secular Student Alliance, Minnesota State University, Mankato. UU Humanist Association. Rochester Area Freethinkers. (This list will be updated as others sign on.)
NOTE: THE EVENT IS FREE BUT WE ARE ISSUING TICKETS SO WE KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD TO ORDER. PLEASE REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-day-of-reason-breakfast-with-minnesota-legislators-tickets-59994816110.
Make a day of it! Minnesota Atheists will hold an event in the Rotunda of the State Capitol Rotunda at 1:15 p.m. to observe the Day of Reason. They will assemble citizens from around the state who use their voices and actions to promote secular government. Get details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/440563670051824/