May reason prevail at Warren (Mich.) City Hall

A table outside a building with a banner above it reading "Reason Station"

The Reason Station has come back to the Warren (Mich.) City Hall for the first time since 2020.

After not being tabled for the past three years due to Covid-19 concerns, the Reason Station has returned to the Detroit suburban town. The station is organized and staffed by local freethinker Douglas Marshall. The station will be open during Solstice Season on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the month of December and will continue being available to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the new year to counter a Prayer Station. The Reason Station will offer information and opportunities for discussion from a nonreligious perspective. The centerpiece is fittingly a “May Reason Prevail” sign, which has a statement by FFRF’s principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. The sign reads:
At this season of the Winter Solstice
may reason prevail.
There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell.
There is only our natural world.
Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

The Reason Station faced challenges from the local government in the past, which didn’t allow it to operate on public property. This resulted in two lawsuits, which ultimately allowed the Reason Station to operate in the same area as a privately staffed Prayer Station.

FFRF thanks local activist Douglas Marshall for his dedication to fighting for secular representation during the Solstice season, as well as making an effort to counter religious intrusion in public spaces.

“We are grateful for the tenacity that Doug Marshall has shown in ensuring a space for freethought and reason in his hometown,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It is this kind of activism that will help reason and our secular Constitution prevail.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with over 40,000 members across the country, including more than 1,000 members in Michigan. Our purposes are to protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.

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