Do you believe public policy should be guided by reason, evidence, and science? That lawmakers should maintain a secular government, without favoring one religion over another or the religious over the nonreligious? If so, please join us for the National Day of Reason event on May 5 at the State Capitol.

Join us along with HumanistsMN and Or Emet – Minnesota Congregation For Humanistic Judaism to remind lawmakers to uphold our secular government as our Constitution mandates.

We are sponsoring a breakfast and reception that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the State Capitol. You are invited to attend the entire time or to drop in when you can.

Day of Reason Activities

Continental breakfast will be served. Guest speaker is Rachel Deitch, Policy and Social Justice Director at the American Humanist Association. We will also hear from legislators including Sen. John Marty and Reps. Robert Bierman, Sandra Feist, Mike Freiberg, and Tina Liebling.

Our guest speaker — Rachel Deitch, Policy and Social Justice Director at the American Humanist Association (AHA) — will discuss “Reason in an Unreasonable Time: Defending our rights from novel threats.” Deitch will describe how the AHA and its partners are pushing back against the ever-expanding threats to secularism and civil rights by building coalitions based on reason and compassion.

Agenda

  • 8:30 a.m. – Doors open. Help yourself to breakfast.
  • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Remarks by humanist leaders and other supporters of the Day of Reason.
    • Keynote speech by Rachel Deitch.
    • Remarks by Sen. John Marty, Reps. Robert Bierman, Sandra Feist, Tina Liebling, Mike Freiberg, and other legislators.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Fill out postcards to deliver to your legislators urging them to uphold secular values. Visit advocacy tables.

About the National Day of Reason

Humanist and advocacy groups will gather to observe the day, which honors the principle of separation of religion and state that has guided our country since its founding.

In Minnesota, we continue to witness the intrusion of religious ideology, and the denial of scientific and historical knowledge, in critical areas including reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change, vaccinations, public health, medical aid in dying, school curriculum, and cultural diversity.

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