National Day of Reason Event Draws Biggest Crowd Yet

More than 90 people, including seven legislators, gathered at the State Capitol on May 1 for our annual breakfast to observe the National Day of Reason and stand up for secular government — the biggest crowd since we started the event in 2019.

Ron Millar, political coordinator for the Center for Freethought Equality, and Deepinder Singh Mayell, executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota, spoke about the threat of Christian nationalism and the erosion of the constitutional principle of separation of religion and government.

HumanistsMN sponsored the breakfast, along with First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and Or Emet – Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.

Thanks to the legislators who spoke: Sens. Jim Carlson, Jen McEwen, and Liz Boldon and Reps. Steve Elkins, Sandra Feist, Frank Hornstein, and Mike Freiberg — all members of the Secular Government Caucus.

Thanks to Our Partners
The following groups had tables at the Capitol: ACLU of Minnesota, Christians Against Christian Nationalism Minnesota, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Gender Justice/UnRestrict Minnesota, Grand Rapids Area Freethinkers, Minnesota Atheists, Jews for a Secular Democracy, Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, OutFront Minnesota, and SMART Recovery.

Thanks to Our Supporters
These additional organizations endorsed the Day of Reason event: American Humanist Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Central Minnesota Freethinkers, Compassion & Choices Minnesota,, Pro-Choice Minnesota, Rochester Area FreeThinkers, Secular Student Alliance, World Without Genocide.

Photos by Craig Stilen

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