Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Will Speak at Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day and Secular Summit Event

As I’ve mentioned before, the Secular Coalition for America is sponsoring a Lobby Day and Secular Summit next week. It’s a packed event full of educational meetings, panels about issues non-theists care about, and addresses by government officials.

The SCA announced weeks ago that Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) would be a Keynote Speaker on the morning of Wednesday, April 25th. And they’ve just announced that their second keynote speaker (giving a talk that same afternoon) will be Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA):

Harkin, who has been in Congress since 1975 and the Senate since 1985 will be retiring after his term ends in 2015. He is currently the Chair of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

You may recall that Harkin, who is Roman Catholic (PDF), delivered a taped message during last year’s Reason Rally.

At the time, the organizers of the Rally were criticized for inviting him to speak, because Harkin had previously tried to get alternative medicine covered under ObamaCare. (His amendment ultimately failed.)

So that’ll make for a verrrrrry interesting speech next week.

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