Harkin To Appear At “Godless Gathering”

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has reportedly decided to offer his support for a secularist rally slated to take place in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has reportedly decided to offer his support for a secularist rally slated to take place in Washington, D.C. later this month.

The so-called ‘Reason Rally,’ will be held March 24 on the National Mall by a coalition of secularist groups who say their aim is to “embolden” non-religious citizens “to gain legislative and social equality.”

“We’re proud to have Senator Harkin’s support,” said Jesse Galef, a spokesman for the Reason Rally. “Politicians are starting to realize that Secular Americans are a growing force in this country, and that we deserve respect. If political figures can speak at churches, it shouldn’t be controversial for them to speak to a nonreligious gathering.”

According to Galef, Harkin, who received an “A” grade in 2009 by The Secular Coalition for America, will tape a video message that will be broadcasted at the event. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) is the only other member of Congress scheduled to appear.

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