National Freethought Day
In a world that seems increasingly ruled by propaganda and misinformation that’s constantly spread through social media, the world needs National Freethought Day now more than it ever did. This holiday is observed on October 12th every year and encourages people to gather their facts from trusted sources and make their decisions based on reason, logic, and science. Modern society requires critical thinking and this holiday is designed to help people see the importance of used evidence-based reasoning to make decisions.
The History Of National Freethought Day
This holiday was created around the turn of the 21st century but was publicly observed in 2002 in Sacramento, California. It was dubbed as a festival of reason and included speakers and live entertainment. This holiday was created by several different groups including the Secular Coalition For America, the Freethought Society, and the American Humanist Association.
The date of this holiday was chosen because it’s the date when Massachusetts Governor William Phips sent a letter to the Privy Council of the British monarchs during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. His letter expressed concern about the “spectral” evidence used during the trial and how the whole process had devolved into a mockery of justice. Eventually, the tone of the trials changed and although spectral evidence was still being allowed, it was quickly discounted. People convicted as “witches” were pardoned by Phips after the trial.
Observing National Freethought Day
All that’s required for anyone to celebrate National Freethought Day is for them to apply evidence and reason to any piece of information they come across—regardless of whether that piece of information is delivered by your Aunt Rose or through social media. They can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalFreethoughtDay to their social media posts for the day.