NATIONAL FREETHOUGHT DAY
October 12 annually celebrates National Freethought Day.
This day occurs on the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch trials on October 12, 1692. On this day, Massachusetts Governor William Phips wrote a letter condemning the use of spectral evidence against the accused.
At some point, the trials did resume and “spectral evidence” was allowed but largely discounted and those convicted were swiftly pardoned by Phips.
The purpose of National Freethought Day is to encourage people to be free thinkers and to base opinions on facts, science, logic and reason.
Think rationally and post on social media using #NationalFreethoughtDay to encourage others to do so as well.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Freethought Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.