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May 6 -- Madison, Wis

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hosting the first-ever "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" anti-National Day of Prayer rally, Thursday May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in Madison, Wis., at the Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street entrance. (The event will take place at the same time as a National Day of Prayer Christian prayer service at the opposite corner of the Capitol.) 

Along with short speeches will be irreverent songs at the keyboard by Foundation Co-President Dan Barker, including "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" and "Battle of Church and State." Needless to say, there will be no moment of silence, but the group promises a tongue-in-cheek "moment of bedlam" instead — and lots of applause for Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling. Speakers will include FFRF co-presidents and staffers, Progressive editor Matt Rothschild, Prof. James Coors and others.

FFRF members have been busily organizing other anti-National Day of Prayer events (taking place on Thursday, May 6) around the country. Some of these include:

  • St. Paul, Minn: Minnesota Atheists is sponsoring the Atheist "Day of Reason" celebration at the State Capitol, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, contact August Berkshire at
  • Raleigh, NC: The Triangle Freethought Society is sponsoring a vigil to promote a National Day of Reason, at noon across from the NC State Capitol (on E. Edenton Street). For more information, contact Mark Zumbach at
  • Oklahoma City, Okla: A group of local freethinkers will be gathering to protest the National Day of Prayer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, on the south side of the Capitol Building parking lot (not to be confused with NDP events closer to the building). For more information, contact James at 405-843-3651
  • San Antonio, Texas: The Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT) is heading a protest of NDP events at noon on the steps of City Hall in San Antonio (100 Military Plaza). Bring protest signs. For more information, contact Sally at 210-656-3796 or 
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