Godless Californians to Gather at California Capitol

(Sacramento, California, October 7, 2014) Atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists from all over California will converge on Sacramento the weekend of October 11-13 for the 13th Annual Sacramento Freethought Day. Organized by the Freethought Day Committee and co-hosted by the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason (Sacramento CoR), the event will be held at the north lawn and steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

The conference theme is "Magic and Wonder," with a focus on exploring the unknown and seeking answers to life's mysteries. Freethought Day is also being offered as a way for nonreligious and nontheistic people to learn they aren't alone.

"The nonreligious often don't realize there's a community for them because they're inundated with religious messages at every turn," said, David Diskin, lead organizer for Freethought Day. "Being visible is therefore important to us."

Freethought Day is a free event, open to the public, funded by a ticketed reception on Saturday evening. The event is also family-friendly, with children's activities hosted by a secular summer camp program, Camp Quest West.

By bringing in leading speakers, Sacramento Freethought Day also seeks to provide an opportunity for learning and sharing. Beyond its role as a working event, Sacramento Freethought Day aims to be a celebration of the secular movement and culture. It is also an opportunity for the non-religious of all stripes to make new friends across the region.

Featured speakers during the conference include science and feminist activist Rebecca Watson (who also co-hosts the popular podcast Skeptics Guide to the Universe); Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and author of numerous books such as Living the Secular Life, Faith No More, and Society Without God, Phil Zuckerman; from the podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie!, Ross Blocher; freelance columnist, special Correspondent for American Atheists, and author of Parenting without God, Dan Arel; and Legislative Chair for the Secular Coalition for California (SCCA), Tom Manger.

Entertainment will be provided by magician, Ryan Kane; poets Victor Harris and Bill Potts; and Sacramento's very own atheist choir, The Mockingbirds, led by Andrea Griffith.

Following the main event on Sunday, concerned secular advocates will gather at the Capitol again on Monday morning to meet with elected officials in partnership with the Secular Coalition for California. The group plans to voice their concern for issues including religious tax exemption and discrimination, health and safety, and education.

A full list of speakers, along with registration and other information, is available on the organizer's website at www.freethoughtday.org.

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Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason

* Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF)
* Brights Action Sacramento
* First Atheist Church of True Science (FACTS)
* Greater Sacramento Chapter of Freedom From Religion Foundation (Sac FFRF)
* Humanist Association of the Greater Sacramento Area (HAGSA)
* Sacramento Freethinkers Atheists and Nonbelievers (Sac FAN)
* Sacramento Area Skeptics (SAS)
* The Sacramento Organization for Rational Thinking (SORT)
* Stockton-Area Atheists and Freethinkers (SAAF)
* Sunday Assembly Sacramento

Campus Groups

* CSU Sacramento: Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
* Sacramento City College: Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
* Sierra College: Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
* UC Davis: Agnostic and Atheist Student Association (AgASA)

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For more information contact:

Freethought Day Committee
David Diskin, lead organizer
(209) 610-0651
[email protected]

General Enquiries for the Sacramento Area Coalition of Reason
(916) 572-7020
[email protected]