Lauryn Seering

Lauryn Seering

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Sharing the crank mail

Was it too early to crank up our annual War on Christmas? Definitely, wrote quite a few of our correspondents, their comments printed as received.

Freedom: Your religion is of the Anti-Christ an I am sick of you imposing your beliefs on others. You can keep Satin to yourself. He can get behind me as well as you. — Tim Sykes, Sandy Hook, Conn.

America was founded by the word of god: We know damn good and well that the very Constitution that grants you any rights was based off the word of god a.k.a. the Holy Bible. whats the last 2 lines of our national anthem? one nation under god, with liberty and justice for all? I give you all an extended invite to come on down to good ol spokane washington and try that delusional crap. You'll be lucky if you make it back out of the city limits. each and every one of you and your dip shit desperate lawyers to. welcome to America bitches now go find something productive to do with your time before its over! — Bradley Simon, Spokane Valley, Wash.

War on Religion: You have the right to your unbelief, but quit denigrating those who do. After all you have your holiday, April 1st. — Thomas Batterman, Ohio

Fuck you all the way to hell: I hope somebody comes to your office one day and kills every one of you. Let me make it very clear this is not a threat but I surely wish you'd all fucking die and leave my world a better place! You're fucking hatred and wickedness cannot go un-answered. — David

I hate you and RonReagan more than all of hell: You and my hero Ronald Regan's son should burn in worse than hell. You are the lowest form of life that ever existed! Burn in the hottest Fire of Hell for trillions of years! — Robert Keck

New York Times Ad: I agree with your statement that the rapid increase of world population is the biggest factor of global worming. But you picking on the wrong guy "the Pope". The Catholic religion has the slowest rate of increase compared to the rest of the world religions. — rag80

Just in general: You can kiss my lilly white ass. — Price Clevenger, Ohio

Message: You can take God out of America, but you can't take Him out of Americans. — Lori Meeker, Ocala, Florida

In God We Trust: Like Chief Adrian Garcia said, "You and your foundation can go fly a kite." I agree with him. Go outside, fly a kite, play tag and hide-n-seek, run barefoot through a meadow, walk along the beach, take a tropical vacation. God Bless You. You know what, He will whether you believe in Him or not. — Alisa Burgener, LaVerne, Calif.

Childress Texas: What Police Chief Adrian Garcia wanted to tell you was actually was go fuck yourself, but he was too much of a gentleman. — Bud in PA

In God We Trust on cop car: You come across as whining 3rd graders. And I think what the officer really wanted to tell you is "Go fuck yourselves!!!" — steve doocey

nativity lawsuit: Facism is the idea that 1 person or group knows what's better for someone then the other. Stay out of county and school affairs and stop trying to steal my tax dollars for you're orginizations selfish and biggeted viwes. Leave indiana and my an all our freedom alone! — Jonathan Rider, Elkhart

The air you breathe: If you don't believe in him, why do you waste his air , and trees everytime you wipe your butt?? Toilet paper is made from his trees. I pray whom ever reads this, may find God one day before , You take your last breath. — Rufus, Blairsville Ga.
freedom: May the GOOD LORD turn you all into trees, so I can turn you into paper to print the bible. — Tori Dwight, Massachusetts

End of Business: You WILL be out of business in 30 days. — Bret Jerrow

In God We Trust: In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust In God We Trust — Michael Carraway

Sickening: It's your fault God isn't in schools anymore. Years ago you didn't hear about someone shooting up a school, you know why cause God was a loud in the classroom. Ask your parents or grandparents I bet they didn't have to go to school and pass thru a metal detector. — Beverly Wiatrowski

Violation: I just wanted to let you know that I wear a crucifix all the time. Yep, in government buildings, schools, etc., not a damn thing you can do about it! Oh, and being gay is a perversion. The male penis isn't intended to be inserted into another man's anus. Your schools really do owe you a refund. Have a hellish day! — REH

Shame: I find it rather telling that you are not willing to publish the email addresses of ANY of your staff so that those who are concerned about your agenda can meaningfully engage your staff. Not scared much, are you? — John Doe, Tennessee

Jesus: I just saw y'all are protesting against Jesus being part of Christmas, he is the reason why this holiday exists. I think y'all should find something better to do with your lives. Go research John 3:16 and the 2nd Amendment. — Christopher Madaris

Scum: You people are disgusting parasites. The only reason you cocksuckers are getting away with what you do is because that liberal stickerhead you d bags voted in. Go get a fucking job and stay out of normal peoples way of life. Bunch of knuckledragging troglodytes!! Go fuck yourselves ass clowns. — James Webb

Youre group: Shame on you guys for wanting to stop christmas choirs singing at the grotto because of christianity and catholicism. I am a christian and i dont support you at all. dont you dare go around and say highschool choirs cant sing there when its trtradition just because there catholic or christian. Grotto is a catholic place so you guys have no right to say anything. — Kristen Marston

However you want to take it: I just seen on the news about what you people are trying to do to christmas. Since you people obviously dont know your historty christmas is about jesus christ so obviously you arent to bright trying to mess with christmas. why dont you worry about muslums the way you worry about trying to go after christaniy. — Brandon Burdette

Diversity discouraged in religious communities

FFRF awarded Jazmyn $200.

By Jazmyn Glause

As a minority and nonbeliever in a small town in rural Wisconsin, I feel like others are constantly trying to force their beliefs upon me even when they don't realize it. In my community I have firmly come out as a nonbeliever for many reasons. Think of the positive effect that encouraging non-whites to become freethinkers or nonbelievers would have on our society.

I had not thought much about my religious standpoint until I moved to Rice Lake, Wis., in December 2012. After moving to such a religious community I realized that it seemed as if most religiously inclined people didn't have a grasp on their own opinions or morals.
Everything they believed was pulled right out of the bible, regardless of their understanding of the topic. The teenagers in town cling to the words spoken during Mass, not to mention that the depictions of the words and "beliefs" within the bible are usually blown out of proportion. It leads believers to be very unaccepting of diversity and revolutionary beliefs. I quickly decided that this was not what I wanted for myself. I am naturally a very accepting and loving person, yet I still question everything. I would never be one to believe something I read or heard without looking further into it. I came to the conclusion that I would rather not be involved in religion at all because I like to have my own morals, beliefs and opinions in life.

As a whole, I see much discouragement of diversity within the religious community, especially as a minority and a member of the LGBT community. Every day I am told, whether directly or indirectly, that my way of life should be corrected or I should be involved in the church to stay out of the "trouble" that "people like me" usually get into. It's apparent that anyone who doesn't fit the mold that religion has created for our society will not be accepted by believers, or believers will try to "correct" diverse people without their consent.

As for nonwhite communities, I feel that it would be a good idea to encourage freethought and/or nonbelief. In politics, the people who support non-white communities in the greatest ways are the liberals, who most of the time aren't as heavily religious as conservatives. If we can encourage freethought within these communities, we can continue to elect officials who are working toward the betterment of a wider spectrum of people, not just those who have fit the perfect cookie cutter mold of past generations. If we show non-white communities that they will be more widely accepted by those whose beliefs aren't fueled by religion, they will be more likely to look into freethought and/or nonbelief themselves. In doing this we will be able to work toward a society with a great variety of beliefs, morals, opinions and values. In return, more people will be accepted and treated as equals no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status or anything else that seems to divide our nation.

I am confident in my decision to be out as a nonbeliever in my community and my country. I believe my decision will have a positive impact on my community and open a door for freethought within it. I will continue to break down barriers as a minority and as a freethinker in my small town in rural Wisconsin, and I will take these beliefs with me wherever I go.

Jazmyn Glause, 18, attended Rice Lake High School in Rice Lake, Wis., but was originally born in Grand Island, Neb. She is a sponsored skateboarder and works as a bike mechanic at a bicycle shop in Rice Lake. She is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in art with an emphasis in graphic design.

Staying strong in a world of believers

FFRF awarded Taressa $200.

By Taressa Straughter

"What? You're an atheist? Why?" Those are the questions that I always hear when I tell people that I am an atheist. I honestly don't think that it's a big deal, I just don't believe in God. Ever since I was a little girl in church, I always questioned the existence of God. It just didn't make sense to me. Why worship someone that I can't see? My life as an atheist has not been easy, but it's even harder when you're a black teenage atheist. Yes, I know that's very rare, but I assure you that we do exist. Growing up in a predominately black community, it is considered an abomination if you say that you're an atheist. Where I grew up, you always went to church on Sunday and worshipped the Lord. You were told to fear God and you would enter heaven when you died. Being a black female atheist comes with a lot of challenges, but I always stayed true to what I believed in: science.

I grew up with my Pentecostal mother and grandmother. My six siblings and I went to church on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and twice on Sundays. They were true holy rollers, and if we even asked to stay home, we were punished. I would be bored out of my mind in church. The preacher would talk for hours about the same thing, and I always thought he was a moron. For years, I just stayed in church and tolerated it. I knew that I was a nonbeliever; science just made more sense to me. When I was in the eighth grade, I told my mom that I was an atheist. "All nonbelievers will burn in hell," she said in anger. I was shocked and cried that entire day. I felt as though it was me against the world. However, the fun really began when I entered high school. I went to a historically black high school, and that meant at every event there was a prayer. That meant at every award ceremony, the students would thank God for the "blessings" they received. I was really uncomfortable when people would pray over their food at my school's alumni banquet, or when random old women would scream "praise God" out of the blue. But the absolute worst part was the questions that people would ask me, and then they would question my atheist beliefs. "Why don't you believe in God?" "Where do you think you would go when you die?" I think it would be more logical to interrogate them about their God. They are worshipping a being that they can't see, feel or hear. I always tell them that I am a believer of science and that it has more evidence than that dreadful book of a bible.

Even though I've been the recipient of many angry expressions, I am proud of who I am. I am proud to be black, to be a woman, and to be an atheist. I think that everyone is entitled to believe what they want to believe, or even to not believe at all. I want freethinkers in my community to be proud of who they are and not have to live in the shadows. You can't really change what someone already believes in, but you change their perspectives of how they see people from other religions. All of that can happen with education and information. Freethought can be more attractive to nonwhite communities by informing them about freethought and debunking stereotypes about freethinkers. Ignorance can overpower by knowledge, and that can bring diversity to the freethought movement. I hope that people will be more understanding and accepting of my atheist views.

Taressa Straughter, 18, is from Miami, Fla. She attended Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami and is attending Purdue University. She plans to be on the pre-med track and to attend medical school at Johns Hopkins University and her dream career is to become a neurosurgeon.

FFRF Co-Presidents

DAN BARKER and ANNIE LAURIE GAYLOR are co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and co-hosts of Freethought Radio. A former minister and evangelist, Dan became a freethinker in 1983. His books, Just Pretend: A Freethought Book for Children and Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher To Atheist (1992) are published by the Foundation. His newest book, Life Driven Purpose: How an atheist finds meaning, was published by Pitchstone Press in 2015. His previous book, the autobiographical Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists, was published in 2008. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Religion, Dan now puts his knowledge of Christianity to effective freethought use. A professional pianist and composer, Dan performs freethought concerts and is featured in the Foundation's musical cassettes, "My Thoughts Are Free," "Reason's Greetings," "Dan Barker Salutes Freethought Then And Now," a 2-CD album "Friendly Neighborhood Atheist," and the CD "Beware of Dogma." He joined the Foundation staff in 1987 and served as public relations director. He was first elected co-president in November 2004.

Annie Laurie was also editor of Freethought Today from 1984 to 2009, when she became executive editor. The paper is published 10 times a year. Her book, Woe To The Women: The Bible Tells Me So, first published in 1981, is now in its 4th printing. In 1988, the Foundation published her book, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, the first book documenting widespread sexual abuse by clergy. Her 1997 book, Women Without Superstition: 'No Gods, No Masters'is the first collection of the writings of historic and contemporary women freethinkers. A 1980 graduate of the UW-Madison Journalism School, she was an award-winning student reporter and recipient of the Ken Purdy scholarship. After graduation, she founded, edited and published the Feminist Connection,a monthly advocacy newspaper, from 1980-1985. She joined the Foundation staff in 1985. She has been co-president since 2004. She co-founded the original FFRF with Anne Gaylor (see below) as a college student. Photo: Timothy Hughes

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FFRF President emerita

Anne Nicol Gaylor
Photo by Brent Nicastro.

ANNE NICOL GAYLOR was a founder and president emerita of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. She served as executive director from 1978 to 2005, and worked as a consultant to the Foundation. Born in rural Wisconsin, she was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She owned and managed successful small businesses and was co-owner and editor of an award-winning suburban weekly newspaper. A feminist author, she did substantial volunteer work for women's rights (including serving as volunteer director of the Women's Medical Fund). Under her leadership the Freedom From Religion Foundation has grown from its initial three Wisconsin members to a national group with representation in every state and Canada.

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Director of Operations

LISA STRAND is director of operations of FFRF. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Library Association. She has 25 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, both as a staff member and volunteer leader, including having served as board president of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives and the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin. She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Lisa is married with a daughter, as well as three cats, a guinea pig and an untended garden that will someday be beautiful.

FFRF Legal

REBECCA S. MARKERT attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and received her B.A. in political science, international relations and German in 1998. After graduating from UW–Madison, Rebecca spent one year working as a legislative fellow at the German Parliament in Bonn, Germany. In the fall 1999, she returned to the United States and began working as a legislative correspondent and assistant to the chief of staff for United States Senator Russ Feingold in Washington, D.C. In 2002, she returned to Madison, Wisconsin, to work on Senator Feingold’s 2004 re-election campaign. After the campaign, Rebecca attended Roger Williams University School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 2008. She joined the Foundation staff in October 2008.

Rebecca is the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s first staff attorney and primarily works on Establishment Clause cases. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Dane County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.

PATRICK ELLIOTT, the Foundation's second staff attorney, hails from St. Paul, Minn. Patrick received a degree in legal studies and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. He attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 2009. While in school, Patrick took an interest in the First Amendment and constitutional law. He joined FFRF as a staff attorney in July 2010, after working part-time for the Foundation since February. Patrick is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin.

ANDREW SEIDEL graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.S. in neuroscience and environmental science and magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where he was awarded the Haber J. McCarthy Award for excellence in environmental law. He studied human rights and international law at the University of Amsterdam and traveled the world on Semester at Sea. In May of 2011, Andrew completed his Master of Laws at Denver University Sturm College of Law with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Outstanding L.L.M. Award. He has written a book on International Human Rights Law and his essay on the role of religion in government and the founding of our nation placed second in the FFRF's 2010 graduate student essay contest. Andrew is a former Grand Canyon tour guide and accomplished nature photographer; his work has been displayed in galleries in Colorado, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Maryland. He joined the FFRF staff as a constitutional consultant in November 2011.

ELIZABETH CAVELL received her B.A in English from the University of Florida in 2005. After college, Elizabeth spent a year as a full-time volunteer in AmeriCorps*NCCC. She attended Tulane University Law School and received her Juris Doctor in 2009. After law school, she worked as a deputy public defender in southern Colorado. She joined the Foundation as a staff attorney in January 2013, after working for the Foundation part-time since September 2012.

SAM GROVER received his B.A. in philosophy and government from Wesleyan University in 2008. He first worked for FFRF in 2010 as a legal intern while attending Boston University School of Law. In 2011, his article on the religious exemptions in the Affordable Care Act’s individual health insurance mandate was published in the American Journal of Law and Medicine. After receiving his J.D. from Boston University in 2012, Sam worked as a law clerk for the Vermont Office of Legislative Council where he drafted legislation on health care, human services, and tax issues. He returned to work as a constitutional consultant for FFRF in the fall of 2013. Sam has written a paper on counterterrorism and the law that was published by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City and has traveled to southern Africa to work under Justice Unity Dow of Botswana’s High Court.

MADELINE ZIEGLER graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2011 with a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science. She attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and received her Juris Doctor in 2014. She has worked at FFRF in some capacity since May 2012, starting as a legal intern/extern, and currently works as a legal fellow.

CALLAHAN MILLER graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin — Madison in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology and Legal Studies and a certificate in Criminal Justice.  She received a Distinction in the Major for Legal Studies and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Delta.  For the majority of her time as an undergraduate, she was a leading member of UW’s ground-breaking Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics student organization.  She joined the FFRF team as an official staff member in January of 2015 after having previously been an intern and intends on going to law school herself in a few years.

RYAN JAYNE received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Honors College in 2007. After graduating, Ryan taught piano and chess lessons while working as a financial advisor until 2012, when he began law school at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. In law school he focused on intellectual property and animal law, serving as an associate editor for the Animal Law Review at Lewis & Clark and co-founding the Pacific Northwest’s first Secular Legal Society. Ryan graduated cum laude in 2015, began working with FFRF in January of 2015, and became a Diane Uhl Legal Fellow in September, 2015, specializing in faith-based government funding.

FFRF Staff

JACKIE DOUGLAS is the office manager at the Foundation. She graduated in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Human Development and Family Services. Jackie is happily married, owns a home on the east side of Madison, and has a black cat named Lucky.

ALYSSA SCHAEFER is FFRF’s Program Assistant.  She graduated from The George Washington University in 2014 with a BA in International Affairs, concentrating in Security Policy.   A native of Wisco, she recently moved back to Madison from the east coast. In her free time Alyssa enjoys traveling, exploring the great outdoors, live music, and lazy Sundays with her cat Lola.

PJ SLINGER is editor of Freethought Today. A Green Bay native, he has a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as a sports reporter, news reporter, copy editor, web editor and photo editor in newspapers in Marshall (Minn.), Mankato (Minn.) and Madison (Wis). Prior to coming to FFRF in 2015, he worked for 15 years at The Capital Times in Madison. He has a wife and three kids.

BILL DUNN is the editor of Freethought Today. He has a degree in history and mass communications (journalism emphasis) from the University of South Dakota and has worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor in South Dakota and Wisconsin since 1980. Bill joined the Foundation staff in July 2009. He has two daughters, Kaitlin Marie and Jamie Lee.

LAURYN SEERING is the publicist, assistant webmaster & communications coordianator. She was born in Wausau, Wis. and studied abroad in Nagasaki, Japan. Lauryn graduated from the UW-Stout in 2012 with her BS in Professional Communications and Emerging Media, concentrating in Technical Communication & International Studies. Lauryn moved to Madison in 2013 and enjoys reading about space stuff, biking and creating art at coffee shops. 

JAKE SWENSON started as FFRF’s first graphic designer in 2015. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, and graduated with a degree in fine art from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. He enjoys music, cycling, photography, traveling, and coffee.

LISA TREU is our Director Of First Impressions at FFRF.  She comes to us after working in broadcasting for iHeart Radio in Madison, Wisconsin.  She hosted various radio programs for fifteen years.  Lisa and her husband ran their own Birdhouse/Birdfeeder manufacturing company called Northwoods Mfg., Inc. during the 1990’s where she had her own line of decorative birdhouses that she designed and painted herself.  Lisa is the wife of Harry and is the mother of twin daughters Katrina and Karinthia.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, painting, gardening, feeding the birds, getting silly with her daughters and lounging with her two cats.

ELEANOR MCENTEE has over a decade of experience as a nonprofit bookkeeper and is very dedicated to nonprofit organizations.  In her free time, she journals, spends time with her cats Steven and MacNcheez, and rides her Harley all over Wisconsin and more!

FFRF Honorary Board


The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the formation of a new FFRF Honorary Board of distinguished achievers who have made known their dissent from religion.

The FFRF Honorary Board includes Jerry Coyne, Robin Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Ernie Harburg, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Mike Newdow, Katha Pollitt, Steven Pinker, Ron Reagan, Oliver Sacks, M.D., Robert Sapolsky, Edward Sorel and Julia Sweeney.

“We are so pleased that these outstanding thinkers and freethinkers have agreed to publicly lend their endorsement to the Foundation, and its two purposes of promoting freethought and the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause,” said Dan Barker, Foundation co-president.

  • Jerry Coyne, Ph.D., professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago, is author of the popular book 'Why Evolution is True' and the blog of the same name.
  • Richard Dawkins, probably the world’s most famous contemporary atheist and a distinguished evolutionary biologist, is Oxford professor emeritus. In his blockbuster book, The God Delusion, Dawkins writes: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.”
  • Daniel C. Dennett is Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts, and author of the bestselling book about religion, Breaking the Spell. In a newspaper article about his nonbelief, Dennett once wrote: “I’ve come to realize it’s time to sound the alarm.”
  • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of 36 Arguments For the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction and a research associate in Harvard’s psychology department, is FFRF Freethought Heroine of 2011. Goldstein is a 1996 MacArthur Fellow (the “genius” award). She has taught at Barnard and in the Columbia MFA writing program and the Rutgers philosophy department. She’s been a visiting scholar at Brandeis and at Trinity College in Hartford.
  • Ernie Harburg, a retired research scientist, is president of Yip Harburg Foundation and co-author of Who Put the Rainbow in the Wizard of Oz? Ernie has dedicated his retirement to furthering the lyrics, music, memory and progressive views of his freethinking father, the lyricist Yip Harburg, author of classic songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and of Rhymes for the Irreverent, recently republished by FFRF.
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht, poet, historian and author of the acclaimed Doubt: A History and The End of the Soul, told the FFRF 2009 convention audience: “If there is no god — and there isn't — then we [humans] made up morality. And I'm very impressed.”
  • Susan Jacoby, bestselling author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, and program director of the Center for Inquiry-New York City, told FFRF convention-goers in 2004: "[President] Kennedy had to speak about his religion because he was suspected of insufficient dedication to the Constitution's separation of church and state. Today's candidates are suspect if they display too much dedication to secular government."
  • Robin Morgan, feminist pioneer, global activist, author of the groundbreaking "Sisterhood is Powerful" and more than 20 books, was formerly Ms. Magazine editor and consulting editor. She is the co-founder of the Feminist Women's Health Network and Women's Media Center and currently hosts "Women's Media Center Live" the radio "talk-show with a brain."
  • Mike Newdow is working pro bono to challenge such violations as the addition of “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. He told the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments: “I am an atheist. I don't believe in God. And every school morning my child is asked to stand up, face that flag, put her hand over her heart, and say that her father is wrong.”
  • Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard, is author of The Blank Slate: “I never outgrew my conversion to atheist at 13.”
  • Katha Pollitt, “Subject to Debate” columnist for The Nation, author and poet, has spoken out regularly and energetically as a freethinker, in such columns as “Freedom From Religion, Sí!”
  • Ron Reagan, media commentator, describes himself in a radio ad he taped for FFRF as: “Unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
  • Robert Sapolsky, a neurologist, Stanford professor and bestselling author, once suggested FFRF put up a sign at its conventions: “Welcome, hellbound atheists.”
  • Edward Sorel, satiric cartoonist and irreverent illustrator who is a regular contributor to The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and whose caricatures have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, has been a Foundation member since the 1980s.
  • Julia Sweeney, comedian and actress, is writer/performer of the play, “Letting Go of God”: “How dare the religious use the term 'born again.' That truly describes freethinkers who've thrown off the shackles of religion so much better!”

In Memoriam 

  • Christopher Hitchens, the iconoclastic journalist, is author of the bestselling God Is Not Great: “Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most reasonable conclusion is that they are all wrong.”
  • Oliver Sacks, M.D., the compassionate neurologist and bestselling author, describes himself as “an old Jewish atheist.”

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