Raleigh conference a protest to National Day of Prayer

From staff reportsMay 1, 2014 

— The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Triangle Freethought Society are holding a two-day convention this weekend, partly to protest Thursday’s National Day of Prayer.

The convention, “Freedom From Religion in the Bible Belt,” will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel on South Salisbury Street.

The purpose of the convention is to “win hearts and minds for reason and secularism,” according to the foundation website. Speakers include former ministers, student activists and a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill religion professor. The event includes a “non-prayer” breakfast for $20.

Organizer Kim Ellington said the convention is a networking opportunity for those who have no religion. “It’s very easy, especially in this part of the country, to feel that you’re the only one who doesn’t have religion, but the fact is that a lot of us don’t,” Ellington said. “It’s a great place to find community.”

Registration for the event is $50 for foundation members, $55 for spouse or companion of a member, $90 for non-members, and $5 for students. For more information, go to www.ffrf.org.

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