May3 Minneapolis/St. Paul – Nation Day of Reason at the State Capitol

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Do you believe public policy should be guided by reason, evidence, and science? That lawmakers should maintain a secular government, without favoring one religion over another or the religious over the nonreligious? If so, please join us to commemorate the National Day of Reason on May 3.

Three humanist organizations are sponsoring a breakfast and reception that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Minnesota State Capitol. You are invited to attend the entire time or to drop in when you can.

Our guest speaker will be Andrew Seidel, vice president of strategic communications at Americans United for Separation of Church, who will discuss “Christian Nationalism’s Threat to Democracy.” Andrew is author of The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American and American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom.

All legislators are invited and members of the new Secular Government Caucus will speak. Advocacy groups that support the Day of Reason principles will be tabling and speaking at the event.

Unfortunately, especially with the rise of Christian nationalism, we continue to witness the intrusion of religious ideology, and the denial of scientific and historical knowledge, in critical areas including abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change, public health, school curriculums, access to books, and medical aid in dying. Help us stand up for the separation of religion and government that is guaranteed by our Constitution.

Our Day of Reason events are free but if you are able to make a donation to help cover speaker and food costs, it would be most appreciated! Contribute here and select “National Day of Reason” in the dropdown menu.


8:30 a.m. Doors open. Help yourself to continental breakfast.

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Remarks by humanist leaders and other Day of Reason supporters.
  • Keynote speech by Andrew Seidel (at 10 a.m.)
  • Remarks by legislators, including members of the Secular Government Caucus.

10:30 a.m. Fill out postcards to deliver to your legislators urging them to uphold secular values. Visit advocacy tables.

Follow the National Day of Reason Facebook page to get updates.


Who is sponsoring this event?


First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

Or Emet – Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.

Are tickets required?

Yes, if you want breakfast. We need to know how much food to order.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

See this advice from the State Capitol:

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Suzanne Perry at