Triangle Freethought Society Hosts
National Day of Reason
On North Carolina’s Capitol Grounds
Raleigh, NC – Capitol Grounds
Thursday, May 5th
11:45am – 1:15pm
The Triangle Freethought Society will be hosting events for the National Day of Reason on the State Capitol grounds In Raleigh, NC on Thursday, May 5th, from 11:45am until 1:15pm. The lunchtime program is in response to the government endorsed National Day of Prayer, and will include nationally recognized speakers:
Roy Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues. He’s appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, numerous national radio shows, and has spoken to dozens of local humanist groups across the country. He also serves as a board member of the Humanist Institute and the United Coalition of Reason and as an advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance.
Sean Faircloth is the executive director for the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the non-theistic community in the United States.
Cecil Bothwell was elected on November 3, 2009, to the Asheville, NC city council. Following the election, opponents of Bothwell challenged his election because the North Carolina constitution does not allow for atheists to hold public office in the state. He was recently voted Most Courageous Elected Official of 2010 by American Atheists. You can read more about his lofty plans (like running for a much bigger office) at his website.
Todd Stiefel is a secular humanist, an atheist and full-time freethought activist. He is the founder and president of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation. Todd serves as the Vice President of the Secular Coalition for America and is the co-host of the Humanist Hour, the official podcast of the American Humanist Association. His mission is to gain respect for freethinkers and ensure the complete separation of church and state. Todd envisions a world where government favors liberty over dogma and freethinkers are overt, united and influential.
Triangle Freethought Society is an example of local secular activism done right. They are like our ‘big brothers’ and many of the members of their leadership have been instrumental to our success. They have quite a lineup for their lunchtime event. They are likely to create quite a stir, having swiped the same location that the Christian groups used last year from under them.
Read much more about it here.
Todd Stiefel is not only on the Rock Beyond Belief lineup, but his foundation is the single driving financial force behind the scenes. His philanthropy is unprecedented, and he describes his strategy as “funding little startup projects, getting things going…”
Cecil Bothwell will be speaking at our local chapter of the Military Atheists and Secular Humanists on Friday May 6th. Cecil has graciously waived his honorarium for us, so please if you attend – buy one of his books! Sign up here (please only if you live close enough to actually attend.)