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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 16, 2016

California State Capitol Building

About Freethought Day

The 15th Annual California Freethought Day celebrates secular rights, science, and the First Amendment.

California Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It's a festival of freethought. We'll have speakers and live entertainment, family activities, an authors' panel with Q&A, and more!

More than just a single event, the weekend is packed with plenty to do including workshops at Secular Leadership Day, a fundraising Reception with live entertainment and an open bar, plus an opportunity to promote the movement at Secular Advocacy Day.

Our Theme: #SecularPride

For too long, our community has feared the stigma that comes with the labels with which we self-associate. We see this around the dinner table, at the workplace, and in our polling places. And while our religious friends proudly wear symbols of their faith and place them on their cars, many in our community hide in the closet.

As a result, people are shocked to learn that one out of three abstains from religion, and that we are the fastest growing worldview. Our theme for 2016, “#SecularPride”, is meant to encourage change – for people to proudly proclaim the secular labels that ring true to them. Tweet it, share it, wear it, and say it.

Atheist? Agnostic? Humanist? Skeptic? Bright? Pastafarian? None? Whoever you are, show your #SecularPride.

Learn about themes in prior years.

The History and Culture of Freethought Day

Freethought Day dates back to 1692, during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Massachusetts Governor William Phips wrote, on October 12, about the quagmire that the trials had degenerated into, in part by a reliance on "evidence" of a non-objective nature and especially "spectral evidence" in which the accusers claimed to see devils and other phantasms consorting with the accused.

Learn more about Freethought Day from the Sacramento Atheists and Other Freethinkers and Wikipedia.

Secular Nation Article Secular Nation Article

And read this article about Freethought Day published in Secular Nation (v 20, i 3).

The Freethought Day Board and Committee

Here's the team that, along with dozens of volunteers, makes this weekend possible.

Board Members

  • David Diskin, President
  • Deb Smith, Treasurer
  • Mashariki Lawson
  • Nick Grey
  • Becky Mark

Our Bylaws and Guiding Documentation are available for all to read.

Committee Members

  • Marie Bain
  • Carly Beard
  • Tom Ikelman
  • Eileen Ferber
  • John Lucas
  • Tom Manger
  • Ken Nahigian
  • Rae Howard
  • Bill Potts
  • Rick Tracewell
  • Susan McLean
  • Kaeleigh Pontif