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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 15, 2017

California State Capitol Building

About Freethought Day

The 16th 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, 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.

Our Theme: Engage with Reason

Engage with ReasonA community is what its members make of it. Does it lean politically to one side or another, or span the entire spectrum? Does it focus on legislation, improving awareness, responding to crisis, social bonding, scientific literacy, or… all of the above?

The secular community is as diverse in its focus as it is in its membership. This may be its greatest weakness as well as a powerful strength. Whatever its focus, our goal this year is to empower individuals to become more active within the community by shaping it to something closer to their own, personal vision... something they want to be a part of.

A movement, and its community, is only as strong as the people who drive it forward. It is for this reason we hope that our audience will be inspired to Engage with Reason.  

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
  • Becky Mark, Treasurer
  • Carly Beard, Secretary
  • Nick Grey
  • Mashariki Lawson

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

Committee Members

  • Angela Garvie
  • Bill Potts
  • Eileen Ferber
  • Kaeleigh Pontif
  • Ken Nahigian
  • Marie Bain
  • Matt Martin
  • Sasha Miranda
  • Susan McLean
  • Tom Ikelman