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Sacramento chapter celebrates 10 years

Greater Sacramento Chapter Vice President Barri Babow, right, presents President Judy Saint with a certificate signed by FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker.

A speech by author and journalist Katherine Stewart highlighted the 10th anniversary gathering of the Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF on March 12.

Each attendee received a one-page handout that summarized 10 years of the Sacramento chapter’s proudest legal wins, impressive projects and grant giving.

Chapter President Judy Saint was presented with a certificate from FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker recognizing Judy’s service as founder and founding president of the Greater Sacramento Chapter, and congratulating her on “10 ‘Unsaintly’ Years of Secular Leadership and Irreverent Activism.”

Keynote speaker Stewart then spoke about “Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism.” She detailed the inner workings of the far-right’s orchestrated, well-funded efforts to turn the United States into a Christian nationalist country. 

“The talk was riveting, and no one stirred the entire 40 minutes that she spoke,” wrote Chapter Vice President Barri Babow. A lively Q&A session followed Stewart’s speech.

The anniversary event was staffed by 15 volunteers, about whom Saint raved.

“It blows me away how people step up and love to help. No one said no, and some asked how they could help at future events. It makes me swell with pride and appreciation for the love they have for this cause and this chapter.” 

Babow summed up the anniversary event: “All in all, it was a fabulous celebration, and we look forward to the next 10 years as the Greater Sacramento Chapter continues to educate the public on nontheism and have a positive impact on keeping church and state separate in our community.”