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FFRF’s ‘unabashed atheist’ Reagan ad to air on 'The Daily Show'

8/4/2015 · Click here to preview the ad.The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which debuted its TV ad featuring Ron ("not afraid of burning in hell") Reagan last year on "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," is running the commercial again this week as a farewell … More »

FFRF: Remove religious quotes from Texas school district's walls

8/3/2015 · Mount Vernon Independent School District in Texas should remove quotations on its school walls that "unconstitutionally endorse religion," the Freedom From Religion Foundation contends in a letter sent last week. At least seven bible quotes are posted on the walls of schools in the MVISD, among … More »

Fla. school district paid $86,000 to contest FFRF lawsuit

7/30/2015 · Orange County Public Schools, Fla., spent $86,164.68 paying its attorney to defend a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation—only to eventually do what FFRF requested it do months before filing suit. That money could have bought 861,645 No. 2 pencils, 47,869 elementary school … More »

Can Tennessee recognize reason along with faith?

7/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to put reason on an equal footing with religious faith, if only for a day, due to a new state law that requires the governor to designate the first weekend in August of each calendar … More »

Settlement ousts Cowboy Church from Colorado school

7/30/2015 · A Colorado teacher in the Fremont RE-2 School District has favorably settled his case against the district, which has long drawn the ire of the Freedom From Religion Foundation for unconstitutional insertion of religion into school activities. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel had sent the … More »

FFRF asks Pensacola, Fla., to take large cross down from public park

7/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter yesterday asking that the city of Pensacola, Fla., take down a 15 to 20-foot tall cross that stands in Bayview Park, a public park. The cross was put up decades ago, and has been a popular location for Easter … More »

FFRF combats ‘In God We Trust’ police bumper sticker trend

7/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent seven letters recently to police and sheriff's departments across the South that have decided to display "In God We Trust" on their law enforcement vehicles. Law enforcement agencies contacted include:  • Amory Police Department, Miss.• Bay County Sheriff's Office, Fla.• Bonifay Police … More »

BSA stands still on ban on atheists

7/27/2015 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation What's wrong with this picture? In a laudable development, the national Boy Scouts of America organization is expected today to end its blanket ban on gay leadership, after moving in 2013 to permit participation by gay youths. Notably, BSA cut … More »

FFRF statement on decision in school Ten Commandments challenge

7/27/2015 · Judge Terrence McVerry ruled on July 27 that FFRF and a parent of a student who challenged a Ten Commandments monument in front of a public school do not have standing to bring the lawsuit. The opinion did not address the constitutionality of the … More »

N.C. Supreme Court sets public education back

7/24/2015 · The Supreme Court of North Carolina delivered a stunning blow to public education and the separation of state and church yesterday. In a tellingly partisan 4-3 decision, the court upheld the state's "Opportunity Scholarship Program," reversing a trial court opinion that struck down the program … More »

FFRF raises alarm about 'religious coercion' from new Iowa State basketball coach

7/20/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the president of Iowa State University to raise concerns about Steve Prohm, the university's recently hired head basketball coach, due to "numerous reports of Mr. Prohm's promotion of religion through his coaching position." To combat Prohm's anticipated … More »

Budget will erode Wis. public schools

7/20/2015 · Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget that is, as a Washington Post blogger put it, "a blueprint for abandoning public education," the Freedom From Religion Foundation charges. The highly controversial 2015-17 budget passed on July 9 contains several attacks on public education, including a plan … More »

La Crescent cross violates constitution, contends FFRF

7/17/2015 · La Crescent, Minn., has long played host to a cross and a star that are lit up to celebrate Easter and Christmas. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has lodged a complaint on behalf of local residents in protest of the … More »

Orwellian First Amendment Defense Act would privilege religious bigotry

7/16/2015 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has proposed the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a name that would make George Orwell's Big Brother proud. To date, 124 representatives are sponsoring the misnamed bill. H.R. 2802 does nothing to defend the First … More »

FFRF charges Pompano Beach, Fla. with discriminating against atheists

7/16/2015 · The City Commission of Pompano Beach, Fla., recently adopted a resolution to severely restrict who is allowed to give invocations before its meetings, limiting the pool to religious speakers only. Under the new policy, the "invocation speaker" must be chosen from " 'churches,' 'congregations,' or … More »

FFRF challenges Congressional rep’s mission trip to Belarus

7/14/2015 · New Mexico U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's recent trip to Belarus mixed religious evangelism with diplomacy, blurring the constitutional line between the state and church, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a letter sent to Pearce. Pearce traveled to Belarus in June, speaking to the … More »

UPDATE: FFRF objects to Texas clerk’s wall of crosses

7/9/2015 · In this photo published in the Longview News-Journal, Gregg County Clerk Connie Wade shows off the county's cross collection UPDATE: Local news sources are reporting that the crosses have been removed. The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to Connie Wade, a county clerk in Gregg … More »

FFRF denounces Ohio's $300,000 grant to Christian ministry

7/9/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter July 9 criticizing the state of Ohio's $300,000 grant to Athletes in Action, a Christian youth sports ministry. Attorney General Mike DeWine's office announced the grant on July 1 for the group "to initiate new, or accelerate existing, sports … More »

Answer to school funding crisis: halt vouchers

7/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has the answer to the school funding crisis: remove the outrageously expensive — and unconstitutional — voucher expansion from the state budget. "Where's the uproar and outrage over what will be the demise of public education, and a windfall of … More »

Kansas Gov. Brownback showcases his impotence

7/8/2015 · In an attempt to do something — anything — in the face of marriage equality, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has issued an entirely superfluous and pointless executive order. As Brownback's order recognized, the U.S. Constitution and the Kansas Constitution already protect the freedom of religion. Religion … More »

Brevard County Board must not discriminate against nontheists, civil liberties groups say

7/7/2015 · The Brevard County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners' policy of excluding nontheists from offering pre-meeting invocations is unconstitutional, several civil liberties groups say in a federal lawsuit. In legal action filed today by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American … More »

Congress honors FFRF founder Anne Gaylor

7/7/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor, who has been memorialized in the New York Times and other publications after her death on June 14, will leave another permanent legacy in print, in the United States Congressional Record. On July 7, 2015, U.S. … More »

Glencoe, Ala., takes down Christian flag thanks to FFRF

7/6/2015 · The City of Glencoe, Ala., has removed a Christian flag from its police station after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "Hallelujah!" said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. "Reason will prevail. In this case, it was so patently obvious why a civil, … More »

FFRF breaks up church-city partnership

6/30/2015 · The city of Casselberry, Fla., cancelled a planned partnership with Church Together, an evangelical Christian church, for a city camp's soccer event, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint. Camp Casselberry, a city-run youth program, was scheduled to partner with Church Together for … More »

FFRF celebrates Okla. decision downing decalog

6/30/2015 · The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the divisive Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds violates the Oklahoma Constitution and "is enjoined and shall be removed." "This decision ensures 'Thou shalt honor thy First Amendment' and the constitutional separation of state and church," … More »

FFRF: Orange, Calif. unlawfully sponsors annual Christian prayer breakfasts

6/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion has uncovered evidence via a records request that the City of Orange, Calif., used city time and resources to coordinate Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts in 2013 and 2014. FFRF sent the city a letter today to ensure there is no similar unconstitutional sponsorship in the … More »

Equality trumps dogma! SCOTUS approves gay marriage

6/26/2015 · Over the predictable dissents of four Catholic male justices, the Supreme Court on June 26 finally recognized the right of Americans of any sexual orientation to marry. The decision was a long time coming, in large part because of the terrible control religion exercises … More »

FFRF condemns possible arson in Hawkins, Texas

6/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation expressed dismay over a possible arson attack at Will Rogers Coffee Company early Wednesday in Hawkins, Texas, where FFRF has recently objected to a religious sign on city property. Wood County fire marshals are investigating. According to local news, … More »

FFRF asks Ark. county to take down 'Appeal to Heaven' flag

6/23/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Bradley County judge in Warren, Ark., to remove a flag reading "Appeal to Heaven" from the courthouse flagpole, calling it a sectarian symbol that indicates government endorsement of Christianity. The flag currently flies at the Bradley County … More »

FFRF calls upon key Wisconsin Senators to end voucher expansion

6/17/2015 · In an effort to further highlight the dangers of the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee education budget, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters on Tuesday to select members of the Wisconsin Senate, drawing their attention to the harm facing public schools within their legislative districts. … More »

FFRF asks NY legislators to oppose religious school tax schemes

6/16/2015 · In response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Parental Choice in Education Act" and similar bills proposed by the New York Assembly and Senate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters to every member of the New York Assembly urging them to take … More »

Anne Gaylor, FFRF principal founder, dies

6/15/2015 ·    1975, 2015 Anne Nicol Gaylor, 88, the principal founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, died just before midnight on Sunday, June 14, at a hospice in Fitchburg, Wis. She was hospitalized May 30 after a bad fall in her independent living apartment in Madison.  Anne … More »

FFRF criticizes sermonizing Fla. sheriff

6/15/2015 · Screenshot from First Baptist Church on the Mall website. The Freedom From Religion Foundation today sent a letter to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in protest of the sheriff delivering sermons in uniform at Lakeland, Florida's First Baptist Church on the Mall. Judd, as a guest … More »

Chino Valley School District a “no show” for scheduling conference

6/9/2015 · A religious legal group representing a California school district being sued over school board prayer by the Freedom From Religion Foundation failed to show up for a mandatory scheduling conference June 8 before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Federal Judge … More »

Taslima Nasrin given $20,000 on March 4 from FFRF’s Atheists in Foxholes Support Fund

6/2/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wired $20,000 to Taslima Nasrin on March 4, in rapid response to her appeal to the freethought and humanist community for help after her friend, Avitji Roy, was brutally hacked to death on the streets of Bangladesh and his … More »

FFRF objects to Ga. teacher’s classroom proselytizing

5/28/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has lodged a complaint with the Douglas County School System after learning that science teacher James Tillman reportedly promotes his personal beliefs to students and actively tried to convert one atheist student to Christianity. A parent of a Douglas County … More »

Colo. school breaks promise to FFRF of no grad prayer

5/27/2015 · Julesburg High School in Colorado included a prayer at its graduation ceremony, despite Julesburg School District Superintendent Shawn Ehnes assuring FFRF that there was "no chance" there would be prayer. FFRF originally wrote to the district on February 27 after receiving a report that the public … More »

FFRF urges Congress to consider RFRA in drafting LGBT conversion therapy ban

5/26/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a warning for the Congressional co-sponsors of HR 2450, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would ban therapy attempting to "convert" LGBT people: beware RFRA. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act could provide a loophole for practitioners of such "treatments," says FFRF … More »

FFRF: Wisconsin Voucher Bill 'insidious' and harmful to public schools

5/22/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling a proposal to uncap school vouchers in Wisconsin harmful and an insidious attempt to transition from a public education system to one that sends students to religiously segregated schools. The Wisconsin Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance voted this … More »

Secularists are on the march

5/19/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation I've been saying for years that public officials, and the media, haven't caught up with the changing secular demographics in the United States. The newest Pew report on the growing population of religiously "unaffiliated," released last week, … More »

Time to reject bible-based death penalty

5/19/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation While Wisconsin's reputation for progressivism is sadly overrated, there is one fact, as a state native, that I remain very proud of: Wisconsin was the first U.S. state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. (A … More »

FFRF protests exemption for religious retirement plans

5/13/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has weighed in on two federal court cases that deal with large companies taking advantage of an exemption to retirement plan regulations for churches. In amicus briefs, FFRF makes the unique argument that the "church plan exemption" itself is … More »

FFRF: National Day of Prayer still unconstitutional

5/7/2015 · This year, like every other, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has continued to receive complaints about local government officials planning and speaking at National Day of Prayer events in their official capacity. Federal law also requires the President to "issue each year a proclamation designating … More »

Orange County literature distribution case comes to an end

5/4/2015 · Today, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Ga., closed the book on a literature distribution case in Orange County Public Schools (Fla.) filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog with more than 22,500 members and … More »

Florida city nixes godly motto in council chambers

4/30/2015 · After protests by local activists and a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Venice City Council voted 5-2 at its Tuesday meeting against erecting an "In God We Trust" display in its chambers. David Williamson, head of the Central Florida Freethought Community, a … More »

FFRF weighs in on California prayer case

4/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief in a case over government-sponsored prayer in the city of Eureka, California. The brief was filed with the court on April 22. In the case, Beaton v. Eureka, city resident and atheist Carole Beaton filed suit over … More »

FFRF’s ‘Nonbelief Relief’ Fund contributes $10,000 to help Nepal

4/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made a $10,000 donation under a new project, its Nonbelief Relief Fund, to help earthquake-ravaged Nepal. FFRF is evenly splitting the donation between the United Nations World Food Program and Doctors Without Borders, both of which rate well … More »

FFRF and Dawkins Foundation expel creationism from Calif. school

4/29/2015 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a California science teacher will not be allowed to continue teaching creationism. The groups sent a letter that sparked an investigation by the Lucia Mar Unified School District into the creationist … More »

Fla. student groups support FFRF in protest of bible verse inscription

4/27/2015 · Two student groups at the University of Florida, Gator Freethought and Humanists on Campus, recently sent a letter to University President W. Kent Fuchs in support of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's objection to a bible verse inscribed on a new building on campus. New … More »

After legal battle, 'reason station' to go up in Warren, Mich.

4/27/2015 · City Hall in Warren, Mich., will be a lot more reasonable starting tomorrow. Douglas Marshall will finally be allowed to set up a "reason station" in the City Hall atrium April 28, following a legal battle for equal treatment. For years, the city permitted volunteers at … More »

FFRF and Dawkins Foundation combat creationism in Calif. school

4/23/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science have teamed up to protest an Arroyo Grande High School teacher who is reportedly pushing creationism in his classroom. A concerned family reported that science teacher Brandon Pettenger is attempting to … More »

FFRF to Wis. schools: Protest Walker voucher scheme

4/20/2015 · In response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposed massive expansion of the state's private school voucher system, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters to every superintendent in Wisconsin, urging them to speak out now in support of public funding for public, not … More »

‘V(ouch)ers hurt our public schools’ billboard goes up in Madison

4/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation just posted a timely message, "V(ouch)ers hurt our public schools," on a billboard at the corner of 405 S. Park St. and West Washington Avenue in Madison, Wis. Although the message is "punny," what's at stake is no laughing matter. … More »

FFRF criticizes Okla. AG's school 'religious freedom' initiative

4/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is offering support to Oklahoma schools to "defend religious freedom"—which is what he calls making sure people can distribute bibles to public school students. Pruitt sent a letter to every school district in Oklahoma saying … More »

FFRF raises alarm in Green Bay over Walker voucher scheme

4/15/2015 · Watch FFRF ad. (Scroll down to view second ad.) Green Bay citizens are being urged to take alarm and vigorously oppose Governor Scott Walker's proposal to open the floodgates on religious school vouchers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been airing two 30-second TV commercials on … More »

FFRF protests bible verse on building at University of Florida

4/13/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a complaint letter to the University of Florida – Gainesville after learning the university inscribed a bible verse into a new building on campus. The business school building, Heavener Hall, has a bible verse on an archway reading, "He has … More »

No God But Funny Contest Offers $40,000 in Prizes for Sitcom Scripts With Positive Atheist Characters

4/9/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and The Center for Inquiry have teamed up to create a unique competition for current and aspiring television writers and directors, the No God But Funny Contest. The contest will award $15,000 to those crafting the winning sitcom script and … More »

Alabama Senate passes grossly misinformed religious display bill

4/9/2015 · The Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 277, the so-called "Religious Display Freedom Act," on Tuesday, April 7. The bill purports to allow municipalities to place nativity scenes and other religious displays on government property. Protections against government-endorsed religious messages are codified in the U.S. Constitution, … More »

Texas baseball coach strikes out on state/church separation

4/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter of complaint to Pittsburg Independent School District in Texas after learning that a Pittsburg High School coach regularly brings religion into his interactions with students. Head baseball coach Tommy Stewart reportedly conducts bible study with players … More »

FFRF to air TV ads, billboards against Walker’s Wis. voucher expansion

4/3/2015 · Vouchers hurt schools - Click to watch ad. Vouchers Supreme Court - Click to watch ad.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has produced two 30-second TV commercials to air in Madison, Eau Claire-La Crosse and a few other Wisconsin markets, raising the alarm on Wisconsin Gov. … More »

FFRF to run anti-hate, anti-RFRA ad in New York Times

4/3/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a leading opponent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, is taking its "Repeal RFRA" campaign to the readers of The New York Times. Its quarter-page advocacy ad, headlined "No hate in any state — or in these United States" … More »

FFRF secular display returns to Daley Plaza for Easter balance

4/3/2015 ·  The nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics and its Chicago chapter are placing a patriotic red-white-and-blue secular display to counter a large Catholic Easter display at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago for the second Easter in a row. Two colorful 8-foot banners on a … More »

FFRF asks Conn. and Va. governors to repeal own state RFRAs

4/2/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the governors of Connecticut and Virginia to take the lead in repealing their states' versions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While thanking Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for speaking out against … More »

FFRF’s In Reason We Trust display stolen from Wis. Capitol

4/2/2015 ·   A Freedom From Religion Foundation “In Reason We Trust” sign was stolen March 28 from the first floor Capitol rotunda in Madison, Wis. The sign features Thomas Jefferson with his thought-provoking quote, “Question with boldness even the existence of a god. . .” FFRF Staff … More »

Hip, hip hooray for the Madison City Council and Anita Weier

4/1/2015 · In the face of the cascade of state laws being adopted letting religionists discriminate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce some good news: that the Common Council in Madison, Wis., last night adopted a first in the nation amendment to make "nonreligion" … More »

Atheist inspirational book no April Fool’s joke

4/1/2015 · Dan Barker's newest book, debuting today, Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, challenges the Rev. Rick Warren. Rev. Rick Warren's best-selling Christian book, Purpose Driven Life, begins with the sentence, "It's not about you." God planned your life before you were born, Warren preaches. … More »

FFRF objects to evangelist's speech at Mich. school

3/31/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter of complaint and records request to Iron Mountain Public Schools in Iron Mountain, Mich., after the school district allowed speaker Bob Lenz to use a presentation during school hours to recruit students to attend a … More »

Stop the hate, #boycottindiana, overturn RFRA laws everywhere

3/31/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorFFRF Co-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation When my mother-in-law Pat Barker's eyes were opened to religion after a lifetime of devout fundamentalist belief, she poignantly told my husband, Dan: "I'm so glad I don't have to hate anymore." "You don't have to hate … More »

FFRF expels ‘Bible Man’ from Tenn. school

3/27/2015 · An evangelist known as "Bible Man" will no longer be permitted to lead religious classes at Coalmont Elementary School in Altamont, Tenn., after the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint with the Grundy County Department of Education. The school district for decades had allowed … More »

FFRF condemns passage of RFRA law in Indiana

3/27/2015 · Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" into law yesterday, which gives religious citizens and corporations freedom to break laws that they feel go against their religion. The law creates a legal loophole for anyone who wishes to discriminate in the name … More »

FFRF, ACLU file second suit against Franklin County, Ind.

3/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a second lawsuit yesterday against Franklin County, Ind., after the county denied its application for a seasonal display about the Bill of Rights on the Franklin County Courthouse lawn. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog with more than 340 members in … More »

FFRF slams five more universities with basketball team chaplains, Wichita State investigating

3/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has sent letters to five more public universities that inappropriately employ religious leaders for their basketball teams. The letters follow yesterday's letter and records request to Wichita State University. WSU informed FFRF today that it … More »

March Madness: FFRF challenges Wichita State’s basketball chaplain

3/24/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the president of Wichita State University after learning that the public Kansas college employs a team chaplain for its Sweet 16-bound basketball team. FFRF is a national state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 nonreligious members … More »

Ron Reagan FFRF ad now on CNN, banned by CBS, ABC, NBC

3/24/2015 · Click here to watch the ad.A 30-second TV spot recorded by Ron Reagan for the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been refused by the three major networks, ABC, NBC and CBS. Meanwhile, the ads have been airing successfully on CNN last week and this … More »

Chicago atheists come out of closet in third billboard campaign

3/3/2015 · Please click on photos to view high resolution images. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, this week are placing their third set of friendly but thought-provoking billboards in Chicago, which feature the diverse faces and "testimonials" of local … More »

Announcing our 2015 William J. Schulz High School Essay Contest

2/27/2015 · Why I’m Good Without God: Challenges of being a young nonbeliever or Young, bold and nonbelieving: Challenges of being a nonbeliever of color For College-Bound High School Seniors First place: William J. Schultz Memorial Award: $3,000Second place: $2,000Third place: $1,000Fourth place: $750Fifth place:— $500Sixth place - … More »

FFRF announces trio of student essay contests

2/27/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation announces its 2015 high school, college and graduate/mature student essay scholarship competitions, which offer more than $23,000 in total cash prizes. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 members nationwide, offered its first student competition in 1979. FFRF … More »

FFRF, NPR, Doctors Without Borders and 7 others receive $83K from Reddit

2/26/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was chosen from more than 8,000 charities to receive an $82,765.95 donation from Reddit, the social networking and news website. The social media giant decided to donate 10% of its 2014 gross ad revenue to 10 charities selected by … More »

Federal court approves settlement requiring Warren to give atheists equal access to city hall

2/23/2015 · In a victory for religious freedom, a federal judge today approved a settlement requiring the City of Warren to allow an atheist to set up a "reason station" inside city hall after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ACLU, and Americans United for Separation … More »

FFRF protests illegal bible distributions in Oklahoma schools

2/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters of complaint to 26 Oklahoma school districts after learning that Jamison Faught, son of Oklahoma State Representative George Faught, teamed up with Gideons International to unlawfully distribute bibles to students across the state. Faught bragged on Facebook that … More »

FFRF calls on Wis. legislature to investigate, end voucher program

2/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not only urging members of the Wisconsin Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance to investigate rampant voucher fraud, but to end the disastrous voucher experiment altogether. In a February 16 letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott providing detailed analysis, FFRF … More »

No records of Walker communication with deity

2/16/2015 · The Office of the Governor in Wisconsin has no record of communications between Gov. Scott Walker and any deities, according to the office's legal counsel. While it's on the record that the governor is communicating with higher powers like billionaire and political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson, … More »

Staff Attorneys Elliott and Seidel’s testimony to the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission

2/13/2015 · Staff Attorneys Andrew Seidel and Patrick Elliott testified yesterday before the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission about a proposed amendment to the Equal Opportunities Ordinance, which would grant protections to atheists in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Information on the proposed amendment to the ordinance is … More »

FFRF joins amicus brief against Colorado discrimination

2/13/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has signed on to an amicus brief in support of a gay couple who were refused a wedding cake by a Colorado bakery owner. While FFRF does not usually get involved with issues that do not fall under the Establishment Clause, FFRF … More »

FFRF objects to bible verse in Mich. county park

2/12/2015 · The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners recently voted to reinstate a religious sign on public property, after the county parks department took it down following a local complaint. Hager Park, a public park, displayed a sign reading, " 'The heavens declare the glory of God; … More »

FFRF kicks teachers out of ‘Kids for Christ’ clubs in La. and Ill.

2/12/2015 · College Oaks Elementary School in Lake Charles, La., and the High Mount School in Swansea, Ill., have both barred teachers from leading bible clubs for students, after complaints lodged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 members … More »

Walker: Proof evolution ain’t fool-proof

2/12/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation It's almost too delicious. Just in time for the anniversary today of the birth of Charles Darwin, Wisconsin's own Governor Scott Walker, who was speaking Wednesday in London, "punted," as he put it — not on the … More »

FFRF condemns shooting deaths attributed to purported atheist

2/11/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is horrified by the fatal shootings of three Muslim students who died yesterday near the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Fox News is reporting that their murder was "motivated by an ongoing dispute over a parking space, despite widespread … More »

FFRF sues over egregious school prayer in Swainsboro, Ga.

2/10/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit yesterday challenging the infliction of daily prayer upon a captive audience of elementary school children in the Emanuel County School System, Swainsboro, Ga. Defendants include Superintendent Kevin Judy, Swainsboro Primary School Principal Valorie Watkins, Swainsboro Primary … More »

Roy Moore and Scalia: 'They make a lovely couple'

2/10/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation More than five decades after Alabama Governor George Wallace infamously blocked the schoolhouse door in 1963 to prevent black children from entering, infamous Alabama Chief Justice (or should we make that Chief Pastor?) Roy Moore is trying … More »

Nothing fails like a National Prayer Breakfast

2/7/2015 · Statement by Dan BarkerCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation The reactions of outrage to President Barack Obama’s remarks at the so-called National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday show once again that mixing religion and government is a terrible idea. He should have taken his own advice, … More »

FFRF protests open bible in Ariz. House lounge

2/5/2015 · In response to the news that the bible is the only reading material available in the Arizona House of Representatives' lounge, FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker sent a letter today to Speaker David M. Gowan outlining why the bible should be … More »

Congress crosses line with pope address

2/5/2015 · U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Roman Catholic, confirmed today that Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24 — the first time a religious leader who serves as a head of state has addressed a joint session. "It will be a historic visit, and … More »

Madison considers making ‘atheist’ a protected class

2/4/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation Let's hear it for Alderperson Anita Weier of Madison, Wis., who just introduced an intriguing resolution to add not only the homeless, but atheists, to a long list of protected classes under the city's Equal Opportunity Ordinance. The proposal … More »

FFRF ends numerous constitutional violations in Ala. school district

2/4/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation resolved several constitutional violations in Homewood City Schools, Ala., after sending a complaint letter about religious entanglements reported by a concerned district family. FFRF is a national state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 members, including over 200 in Alabama, which … More »

FFRF protests proposed bible distribution to Ga. students

2/2/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation forcefully objected to a plan by the Gideons International, an evangelical Christian men's organization, to distribute New Testaments students in Georgia's Dougherty County School System. Glenn Phelps, a Gideons representative, addressed the Dougherty County Board of Education at its Jan. … More »

More ‘friendly neighborhood atheists’ go up on Chicago billboards

1/27/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, has just placed three additional bulletin-sized billboards in the Chicago area, as an encore to the 11 thought-provoking billboards it put up in December featuring area freethinkers.  “Your atheist neighbors” include Allen Cosnow, … More »

Daniel C. Dennett featured in FFRF’s monthly Scientific American ad

1/22/2015 ·   Click to view larger image. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly featuring freethought “testimonials” by scientists and scientific thinkers in its monthly ad in Scientific American Magazine. In the just-published February issue, Daniel C. Dennett is featured. The Tufts University professor of philosophy and … More »

One-of-a-kind contest seeks original sitcom, webisode featuring atheist

1/22/2015 · Calling all writers, producers, and funny freethinkers! The No God But Funny contest is looking for laughs. “Contribute to the downfall of civilization by writing a sitcom and/or producing a webisode that features a likeable atheist,” for a chance to win $15,000 (for a … More »

FFRF records request reveals $25,000 spent on Orlando police chaplains

1/20/2015 · In the last two years, the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department spent about $25,000 on its police chaplain program according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog. Most notably, the department spent over $15,000 on a new Ford Focus for chaplain use, and … More »

FFRF: Ohio mentorship changes don’t go far enough

1/20/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation remains unconvinced that Ohio Governor John Kasich's Community Connectors mentorship program is free from unconstitutional religious requirements. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, represents more than 21,500 nontheistic members nationwide, including more than 600 in Ohio. Ohio remains on FFRF's "top … More »

FFRF helps shelve Florida school bible distribution

1/16/2015 · Instead of being subjected to a religious debate, students in Florida's Orange County Public Schools will have a normal school day today, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Upset that allowing Christians to distribute bibles meant other groups had to be given the same … More »

FFRF condemns proclamation that God 'owns' Alabama city

1/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation this week denounced a proclamation issued by Mayor Randy Price and the Winfield, Ala., City Council declaring Winfield "a City under God" that "is where it is today because of God's grace and mercy." "Such a proclamation might be expected … More »

FFRF awards Charlie Hebdo $20,000 as true ‘atheists in foxholes’

1/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is bestowing $20,000 USD to the Parisian magazine Charlie Hebdo "in a show of admiration and solidarity from your atheist and freethinking brothers and sisters across the Atlantic," FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor announced Jan. 15. "FFRF … More »

FFRF's holiday greetings displayed in Puerto Rico

1/6/2015 · The Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (Secular Humanists of Puerto Rico) held a protest on the steps of the Judicial Center of San Juan to object to the common government practice of displaying nativity scenes inside courthouses in Puerto Rico. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is … More »

FFRF takes “atheists in foxholes” ad in USA Today’s Year in Defense edition

1/6/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog which is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has a full-page ad geared at “atheists in foxholes” in the 2015 USA Today Department of Defense Special Edition Commemorative Publication. “You are not alone,” the … More »

What I want for Christmas...

12/25/2014 · By Robert Green Ingersoll The Arena, Boston, December 1897  If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves. I would have all the nobility crop their … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/24/2014 · For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing the season with them, but we don’t like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic … More »

Vandals tear down FFRF banner; more religious signs go up

12/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's solstice banner on the lawn of the Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro, Ga., was torn down by vandals. FFRF's local member coordinating the display was able to resurrect it. "It seems there is no peace, good will to all in … More »

FFRF/atheist billboards blanket Chicago for holidays

12/23/2014 ·   Correction: The removed billboard referenced was originally at 130th St. and Saginaw Avenue in Chicago and is being moved to Cottage Grove Avenue and Joe Orr Street in Chicago Heights. What do the members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation do at Christmastime? In Chicago … More »

FFRF suit results in early removal of Indiana crèche

12/23/2014 · The devotional Christian nativity scene on the Franklin County, Ind., courthouse lawn will come down this Friday, Dec. 26, instead of staying up through at least mid-January as it typically has for 50 previous years. The early removal comes pursuant to an agreement between … More »

FFRF puts up freethought solstice banner in rural Ga.

12/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation set up a banner outside the Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro, Ga., in protest of a nativity scene hosted on the courthouse's lawn. The prominent state/church watchdog, the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), is placing the banner … More »

FFRF display joins others at Michigan capitol

12/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has entered the holiday display fray at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. A local member of FFRF put up a display today to accompany a nativity scene and the Satanic Temple's "snaketivity" display on the capitol lawn. The prominent state/church … More »

‘Reason’s Greetings’ by nonbelievers goes up in N.Y. park

12/19/2014 · A freethought display will go up today in VFW Park in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., to counter two religious holiday displays traditionally hosted in the park, a Catholic church's nativity scene and a menorah put up by the Chabad. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church … More »

Nebraska Statehouse crèche balanced by “no god” sign (briefly)

12/19/2014 ·   When Scott Braly, a local Lincoln freethinker, read a disturbing news article that the Roman Catholic Thomas More Society had placed a nativity in his state Capitol for the first time ever, he phoned the Freedom From Religion Foundation last night asking for help. FFRF … More »

Georgia U reprimands creationist prof.

12/17/2014 · Georgia Southern University ordered a proselytizing professor to stop promoting religion in his classroom after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science prompted a university investigation. FFRF worked with renowned evolutionary biologists Richard Dawkins of RDFRS and Jerry Coyne to … More »

FFRF sues Walker administration over open records violation

12/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed its first lawsuit over a violation of open records law, after a track record of taking more than 60 Establishment Clause lawsuits. In a suit filed today in Dane County Circuit Court, Wis., the Madison-based national state/church watchdog charges that … More »

Friendly atheists featured on 11 billboards in Chicago this month

12/16/2014 ·   Eleven friendly and thought-provoking billboards featuring members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, are going up this week in Chicagoland in a public relations campaign to introduce area atheists and agnostics to their community. Additional billboards … More »

FFRF sues Indiana county over its nativity display

12/16/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit today against Franklin County, Ind., which annually places a prominent nativity display in front of the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville. The devotional tableau is erected shortly after Thanksgiving and stays up until early to … More »

FFRF adds 18 plaintiffs to school board prayer suit in Chino, Calif.

12/15/2014 · Nearly 50 Chino residents have contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation in support of FFRF’s lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District School Board, Calif, since the state/church watchdog filed a federal court case on Nov. 13, challenging school board meetings that "resemble a church … More »

FFRF case rests in second Pa. Ten Commandments case

12/15/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed for summary judgment Friday, Dec. 12, in its federal lawsuit against a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of New Kensington-Arnold School District’s Valley High School. The filing follows a similar motion in FFRF’s other Ten Commandments case in Connellsville … More »

FFRF lawsuit ends grad prayer in S.C. school district

12/12/2014 · A federal lawsuit first filed in June 2012 by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of graduating seniors subjected to graduation prayer — who were forced to vote on whether to hold such prayer— is coming to a close in Lexington-Richland Five School … More »

FFRF boots nativity from Fla. city hall

12/12/2014 · After a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation — and some advice from the town attorney —  the town council in Jay, Fla., this week declared a nativity scene "surplus property" and sold it to the local ministerial association to be displayed on private grounds. Jay … More »

FFRF disputes N.Y. fire department’s birthday wish for Jesus

12/12/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a second complaint to the City of Utica, N.Y., after the Utica Fire Department Station 4 once again put up a prominent sign outside its main building reading "HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS WE LOVE YOU." FFRF originally sent a letter to … More »

FFRF protests Ga. school’s bible distribution

12/12/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was forced to revive what it thought was a settled complaint with the Bartow County School System in Georgia, over illegal distribution of bibles to elementary students by Gideons International. At least one teacher at Cloverleaf Elementary School in Cartersville … More »

No speech, free or paid, for atheists in Pitman, N.J.

12/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been denied space to place light-hearted billboards promoting freethought in Pitman, N.J., by Clear Channel Outdoor, as well as being censored by Pitman officials. Although FFRF had a contract with the company signed on Jan. 10 — eleven months ago — for three … More »

FFRF suit: Remove Ten Commandments from Pa. junior high

12/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and anonymous plaintiffs asked a federal court in Pennsylvania yesterday for a final ruling in its lawsuit against a prominent Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of a public junior high school in the Connellsville Area School District, Pa. "While … More »

Milwaukee Courthouse has ‘room at the inn’ for FFRF’s solstice display

12/9/2014 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice sign has returned to the Milwaukee County courthouse for the fourth year in a row. The Madison, Wis.-based state/church watchdog has more than 21,500 nonreligious members, including more than 1,200 in Wisconsin. FFRF placed the winter solstice message … More »

FFRF to W.Va. commission: rescind $1,000 grant to church

12/9/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter yesterday to the Harrison County Commission in West Virginia protesting its vote to appropriate $1,000 in county funds to Immaculate Conception Men’s Group, a Roman Catholic church group. The grant is meant to help fund a concert … More »

FFRF contests Ga. mayor’s Thanksgiving church service

12/9/2014 · Mayor James Thomas of Hinesville, Ga., organizes an annual “Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service,” a church service at a local chapel. After receiving a complaint, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent the mayor a letter last week calling the service “inarguably a … More »

FFRF solstice banner, sign vandalized in Arlington Heights

12/8/2014 ·   For the second year in a row, the sign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter was vandalized in a city park in Arlington Heights, Ill. The solstice sign, along with a large "A" (for atheism) light display, was erected to counter … More »

FFRF stops Ohio football coach from imposing prayer on students

12/8/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped Middletown High School’s football coach from leading prayers and proselytizing students after he reportedly kicked a student off the team for refusing to pray. FFRF originally contacted Middletown City Schools in Ohio last spring about football coach Chris Wells leading … More »

FFRF’s ‘nativity’ goes up in Florida rotunda for second year

12/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will place a "Bill of Rights nativity" Monday, Dec. 8, in the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee proclaiming the Winter Solstice as the "true reason for the season." The prominent state/church watchdog, the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists and … More »

FFRF halts Alabama city’s ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ parade

12/2/2014 · FFRF received word Dec. 1 that a city-sponsored “Keep Christ in Christmas”-themed parade meant to “reflect our strong belief in prayers” would be retitled the “City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.” An attorney for the city of Piedmont, Ala., wrote a letter notifying Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel … More »

FFRF sends fourth complaint to Ohio school district

12/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent another letter of complaint to the Licking Valley Local School District in Newark, Ohio, its fourth letter since September. The latest letter details a report that the Licking Valley High School football program employs a chaplain, a youth pastor … More »

FFRF’s solstice sign makes 19th appearance; ‘natural nativity’ returns for 4th

12/1/2014 · 'Tis the season — for reason. What do atheists and freethinkers do during Christmas time? They send winter solstice greeting cards, reclaim a "natural" holiday and balance religious signs and symbols on government property. And, of course, gather with friends and family to share their joys … More »

FFRF, Chicago chapter counter nativity scene with atheist display

11/26/2014 · Below: Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, brave the elements to put up a display in Daley Plaza. For the second year in a row, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have placed a unique winter solstice … More »

FFRF challenges Piedmont, Ala., 'Keep Christ in Christmas' themed parade

11/26/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter Monday telling the City of Piedmont, Ala., that its planned “Keep Christ in Christmas” parade is unconstitutional. According to the Piedmont Journal, the theme “reflect[s] our strong belief in prayers.” The city’s annual Christmas parade is set … More »

Okla. school district rejects Hobby Lobby bible class

11/25/2014 · Photo credit: Alejandro Zeballos  Thanks to efforts by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and other organizations, Mustang Public Schools is canceling plans to conduct a bible course developed by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, a zealous evangelical Christian advocate. The district's announcement came in response to a … More »

Colorado Supreme Court slams courthouse door shut against nonreligious citizens

11/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation criticized today's decision by the Colorado State Supreme Court saying that FFRF and four of its Colorado state members have no right to sue the governor over his annual proclamation urging citizens to set aside an annual day for prayer. Chief Justice … More »

FFRF urges IRS to investigate Noah’s Ark theme park

11/19/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation yesterday sent a letter to the IRS asking it to investigate the tax exempt status of two nonprofits involved in operating and fundraising for the for-profit “Ark Encounter” theme park in Kentucky. The Noah’s ark-themed park, slated to open in 2016, … More »

FFRF objects to Va. professor’s promotion of Islam in classroom

11/18/2014 · A Virginia professor's "Introduction to Islam" course crosses the line from objective religious teaching to proselytization, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The national organization of atheists and agnostics, based in Madison, Wis., has more than 21,500 members, including 525 in Virginia. FFRF sent a … More »

FFRF sues praying school board in Chino Valley, Calif.

11/14/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a prominent national state/church watchdog, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday in the Central District of California, Eastern Division, against the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, whose meetings "resemble a church service more than a school board meeting," FFRF … More »

FFRF faults 7th Circuit timidity on clergy privilege case

11/13/2014 · Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, who learned today a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says they have no right to challenge the discriminatory "parsonage exemption," expressed disappointment that the court is unwilling to confront "this … More »

FFRF stands up for students’ right to omit “under God” from pledge

11/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation yesterday sent a strong letter to the Tracy Unified School District (Calif.) censuring the punishment of two West High School students who omitted the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Students in Shauna Baker's speech and debate class … More »

Ala. commission rescinds $3,000 faith grant to Baptist ministry

11/10/2014 · The Covington County Commission in Andalusia, Ala., voted unanimously Nov. 6 to rescind a $3,000 donation of taxpayer funds to the Covington Baptist Association for a men's ministry whose purpose was "to get more men to church." The vote was in response to an Oct. 27 … More »

FFRF urges mayor to cancel city-sponsored prayer breakfast

11/10/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog with 21,500 members, including more than 300 in Indiana, is pressing Mayor Jeff Gahan of New Albany, Ind., to end the city's extensive involvement in a long-running prayer breakfast. New Albany's 46th annual Mayor's Community Prayer … More »

FFRF reports electioneering churches to IRS

11/6/2014 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has reported several allegations of unlawful pulpit politicking to the Internal Revenue Service so far this year. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., in August voluntarily dismissed a high-profile federal lawsuit against the IRS, challenging its failure to … More »

FFRF protests many police chaplains nationwide, including in Orlando

11/6/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter and open records request to the Orlando Police Department (Fla.) on Nov. 3, objecting to the department's chaplain program. The complaint is the latest in a series of objections over law enforcement chaplaincies the … More »

FFRF combats ‘pervasive religious endorsement’ in Texas school district

11/4/2014 · A national state/church watchdog has lodged a formal complaint over "pervasive religious endorsement" by the Mt. Vernon Independent School District in Texas. The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted the district Oct. 31 on behalf of a local complainant. FFRF, based in Madison, Wis, has more … More »

FFRF raises multiple constitutional issues in Okla. school district

10/30/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has contacted Skiatook Public Schools, Okla., to protest several state/church violations reported by a district family. Among the allegations: District schools have taken students on field trips to a creationist park, Safari Zoological Park in Caney, … More »

FFRF, Dawkins, Coyne protest Georgia creationist prof

10/29/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has teamed up with two renowned evolutionary biologists, Richard Dawkins of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and Jerry Coyne, to ask Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to investigate a professor for promoting creationism. FFRF, the nation’s largest … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayer for two high school football teams

10/29/2014 · Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., and Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Ala., will no longer host unconstitutional prayers after receiving letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the Cape Henlopen School District on Oct. 8 after receiving a … More »

FFRF protests commission’s ‘direct deposit’ to Baptist ministry

10/28/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter Oct. 27 to the Covington County Commission in Andalusia, Ala., denouncing the commission’s unconstitutional donation of $3,000 in county funds to the Covington Baptist Association.  The commission voted Oct. 8 to appropriate $3,000 in taxpayer … More »

FFRF flags baptisms on football field

10/23/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Oct. 22 to Russellville City Schools in Russellville, Ala., after receiving a report that the high school football team chaplain baptized players on the football field. Mark Heaton, head coach and athletic director, and team chaplain Tanner … More »

2014 Brian Bolton Graduate/ Older Students Essay Contest Winners

10/20/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the seven currently enrolled student winners in its annual essay contest for graduate students to age 30 and undergrads ages 25-30. They were asked to write about "Why 'Religious Liberty' does not mean the right to impose your … More »

FFRF objects to judge's courtroom behavior

10/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is contesting blatantly unconstitutional conduct by a judge in Montgomery County, Texas. After FFRF was alerted that Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack was opening court sessions illegally with Christian prayer, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent him a letter of … More »

Georgia board agrees bible verses inappropriate

10/15/2014 · The Madison County School Board in Danielsville, Ga., unanimously affirmed on Oct. 14 that a religious monument outside the Madison High School football stadium will be removed or modified, as a school district attorney told the Freedom From Religion Foundation on Sept. 24. The monument … More »

‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ crosses legal, ethical line

10/2/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which was at the center of a high-profile lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over illegal church electioneering, warned this week that "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on Oct. 5 deliberately seeks to incite church pastors into flouting the law. All 501(c)(3) … More »

FFRF calls for bible-class moratorium in Rowan-Salisbury, N.C. schools

10/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has told the Rowan-Salisbury (N.C.) School System it must immediately drop unconstitutional elementary school-level bible classes. The national state/church watchdog, with more than 21,000 members, including about 550 North Carolina members and a chapter, the Triangle Freethought Society, is awaiting response … More »

FFRF: Ohio elementary school yearbook crosses the line

9/29/2014 · A national state/church watchdog has called on the superintendent of Gallia County Local Schools in Patriot, Ohio, to recall and replace a 2014 elementary school yearbook whose cover features a large Latin cross inscribed with the word, "Believe." The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has … More »

CBS, ’60 Minutes,’ reject Ron Reagan’s ‘unabashed atheist’ ad

9/29/2014 · Click here to watch the ad.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s ad featuring Ron Reagan describing himself as “an unabashed atheist” has been rejected for airing by CBS, not only by “60 Minutes,” the desired placement, but for any CBS TV show.  The ad aired last … More »

Georgia high school religious monument to be modified/removed after FFRF complaint

9/25/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, has scored another victory for secularism in a public high school. The Madison, Wis.-based group has 21,500 members nationally, including over 400 members in Ga. Madison County School District in Danielsville, Ga., will either modify or remove an overtly religious … More »

FFRF protests police-sponsored prayer vigil, chaplain program, and religious motto

9/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Ocala (Fla.) Police Department to cancel a "Community Prayer Vigil" scheduled for tonight, Wed., Sept. 24. Police Chief Greg Graham posted a letter on police letterhead to the department's Facebook page on Sept. 18 exhorting citizens … More »

Announcing 2014 Michael Hakeem Memorial Award college essay winners

9/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has awarded and sincerely congratulates the 21 currently enrolled college student winners in its annual essay competition. Currently enrolled college students were asked to write about the topic, "My atheist/unbeliever 'coming out' story" in 700-900 words. There were eight … More »

FFRF calls on Congress to disinvite Pope Francis

9/24/2014 · The nation's largest association of nonbelievers is calling on U.S. Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi to withdraw their invitation to Pope Francis to address Congress, in part over the pope's actions to harbor a Vatican official accused of sexually preying on minors. The Madison, … More »

FFRF to honor 3 at convention for secular ‘blessings’

9/23/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce it will be featuring the three top winners in its premiere “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” contest to spur secular activism when encountering prayer at local government board meetings. Following the Supreme Court’s injudicious decision “blessing” sectarian … More »

Heathens heading to City of Angels

9/22/2014 · Emmy Award-winning actor Scott Clifton will welcome attendees to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's 37th annual national convention the weekend of Oct. 24-26 in Los Angeles. Clifton starred in several network soap operas, including "One Life to Live" (fitting for skeptics!), won Daytime Emmys in 2011 and … More »

FFRF wants pope St. Augustine invite rescinded

9/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its Florida chapter and more than 21,000 members nationwide, is asking the mayor of St. Augustine to withdraw his invitation to Pope Francis to visit the city when he comes to the U.S. in 2015. Mayor Joseph … More »

Voting now open! Help FFRF choose ‘Nothing Fails Like Prayer’ winner

9/15/2014 · On the heels of the Supreme Court's injudicious decision "blessing" sectarian governmental prayer, FFRF has called on atheists, seculars and other freethinkers to fight back by asking for equal time to give secular invocations. The response, especially given the slow-moving wheels of government, has been … More »

Statement on Satanic Temple literature distribution in Orange County (Fla.) Schools

9/15/2014 · The Satanic Temple has announced that it will be distributing literature to students in Orange County Public Schools this year in Florida. The statement comes on the heels of FFRF's victory in which the schools promised to not censor any of FFRF's atheist literature. FFRF … More »

Allegheny County trusts in reason and the Constitution

9/10/2014 · Last night the Allegheny County Council voted against displaying "In God We Trust" in council chambers at their meeting this week. The vote needed eight votes in favor to pass, but failed in an 8-6 vote against it. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pledged to … More »

Winter Garden ends prayers, requirement to stand for pledge

9/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, have halted invocations at Winter Garden (Fla.) City Commission meetings.  On Aug. 28, Mayor Rees and the police chief ejected a local activist and member (whom FFRF pseudonymously calls John Thoreau) from the … More »

FFRF request removes bibles from Penn State hotels

9/4/2014 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation letter of complaint resulted in removal of Gideon bibles from hotels from a third public university. FFRF received word Sept. 3 from the general counsel at Pennsylvania State University that bibles have been removed from the Nittany Lion Inn … More »

Christian cross on vets statue still has no place in state park

9/3/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to object to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ decision to accept a wooden religious sculpture in Whitewater Memorial State Park. FFRF wrote to the DNR Aug. 20 to urge rejection of the proposed statue, an 8-foot-tall, chainsaw-carved veterans memorial that … More »

FFRF debuts 'Out of the Closet, Freethinkers' video campaign

8/29/2014 · Click here to view Out of the Closet, Freethinker videos.  The nation’s largest freethought association is debuting a new “friendly neighborhood atheist” video campaign to showcase the growing numbers of unbelievers in the United States.  The Madison, Wis.,-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, with more than 21,500 … More »

FFRF blasts mayor, police chief for ejecting citizen who wouldn't stand for prayer, pledge

8/29/2014 · Click on this image to view the video.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the mayor and police chief of Winter Garden, Fla., after the two men kicked a resident out of a city commission meeting on Aug. 28 for refusing to stand during … More »

FFRF ends Florida team chaplain programs

8/28/2014 · The same Florida school district that is allowing atheists to distribute literature is now abolishing athletic chaplaincies for its teams and removing bible verses from sports venues and apparel.   The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog, has contacted Orange County Public Schools about more … More »

W.Va. Dept. of Education: 4K Instruction must be secular

8/27/2014 · After the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted a West Virginia school district over a four-year-old kindergarten program run by a religious daycare center and overseen by the district, State Superintendent of Schools Charles Heinlein advised that West Virginia 4K providers must not offer religious … More »

Christian cross on vets statue has no place in state park

8/20/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Aug. 20 to contest the proposed placement of an 8-foot-high statue that includes a Christian cross in Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Ind. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent the letter to Cameron Clark, director … More »

Announcing 2014 William J. Schultz High School Essay Award winners

8/13/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sincerely congratulates the 16 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's FFRF essay competition. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog that has more than 21,000 members nationwide, has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment in Carolina prayer case

8/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a motion Aug. 7 for summary judgment in its suit against a South Carolina school district for sanctioning graduation prayers and for opening school board meetings with prayer. The original focus of the lawsuit was on graduation prayers. FFRF … More »

FFRF Victory! Bibles to be removed from Navy Lodges after FFRF complaint

8/11/2014 · Two concerned service members separately contacted FFRF earlier this year to report finding Christian bibles in every Navy-operated hotel room in which they had stayed during decades of service. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the country’s largest association of atheists and agnostics, with … More »

Diner drops discriminatory prayer discount

8/7/2014 · Mary's Gourmet Diner agrees with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that all of its customers should be treated equally instead of some being rewarded for praying in the restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote an Aug. 4 letter of complaint after FFRF, a national … More »

FAQ on FFRF’s settlement with the IRS over electioneering by religious organizations

8/7/2014 · Over the last few weeks, there have been numerous media outlets and news organizations reporting misleading and factually inaccurate information about FFRF’s joint dismissal of the FFRF v. Koskinen lawsuit. FFRF would like to set the record straight. What was FFRF’s lawsuit about and what happened? FFRF sued … More »

FFRF to Oklahoma AG: Stop the smears

8/7/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt to stop his smear campaign against FFRF, the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics.  As part of an Aug. 5 records request to the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department … More »

FFRF: Paying customers better for business than praying

8/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken action against a well-publicized violation of the Civil Rights Act by a restaurant in Winston–Salem, N.C., which is offering a 15% discount to customers “who pray over their meals.” Mary Haglund, owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner, has reportedly … More »

FFRF endorses military 'access to contraception' bill

8/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has joined a coalition supporting the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014 introduced Aug 1 by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The bill has 14 Senate co-sponsors. FFRF, a state-church watchdog and equal-rights advocate based … More »

FFRF anti-church electioneering victory is final

8/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a major victory: compelling the Internal Revenue Service to resume doing its job by policing tax-exempt churches that engage in illegal electioneering.  U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman, Milwaukee, this week issued an order approving the joint motion for … More »

FFRF, IRS poised to settle church politicking suit

7/31/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service are poised to resolve FFRF’s closely-watched federal lawsuit challenging the IRS’s non-enforcement of anti-electioneering restrictions by tax-exempt churches. The expected settlement would be a major coup for FFRF, a state/church watchdog and the nation’s … More »

FFRF requests more records from Wis. ‘Commissioner of Disinformation’

7/28/2014 · The Office of the Commissioner of Information is backpedaling following reports last week that it would not enforce a Wisconsin law mandating that all health insurance plans include contraceptive coverage. Today FFRF filed a second open public records request to learn what’s going on.  An Office spokesperson … More »

Federal lawsuit challenges Warren’s rejection of atheist display

7/23/2014 · To protect the First Amendment rights of all residents of Warren, Mich., regardless of religious or philosophical beliefs or non-beliefs, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a federal lawsuit this … More »

FFRF blasts phony excuse by state agency to deny contraceptive coverage

7/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to Theodore Nickel, of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, protesting his decision, as reported by some media outlets, to stop enforcing a state law requiring insurers to cover contraception as part of … More »

Obama withstands religious bigotry, signs inclusive executive order

7/21/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation salutes President Barack Obama for doing the right thing today — by not caving to the ugly demand by many religious leaders of various denominations seeking the privilege to discriminate against gays and lesbians while receiving federal contracts.  This morning … More »

FFRF sponsors ‘First in the Family Humanist Scholarship’ for South L.A. atheist student

7/18/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kelvin Manjarrez, a graduate from Gardena High School who will be attending El Camino College, Calif., in conjunction with Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ 2014 First in the … More »

FFRF lends moral support to historic secular invocation in Greece, N.Y.

7/17/2014 · Greg Lipper, Linda Stephens, Dan Courtney, Susan Galloway, David Niose, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Ron Lindsay.  FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor was on hand, along with representatives of several other national secular groups, to witness the first invocation by an atheist delivered at a town … More »

FFRF, IRS settle suit over church politicking

7/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service reached an agreement today (July 17) that resolves for the time being an ongoing federal lawsuit over non-enforcement of restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt religious organizations and churches.  “This is a victory, and we’re … More »

FFRF to distribute more atheist literature in Orange County Schools; court dismisses case

7/15/2014 · Judge Kendall Sharp of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has dismissed FFRF’s free speech case against the Orange County School District as moot because the district has agreed to let FFRF distribute all of the literature it had previously … More »

FFRF calls out Hobby Lobby for disinformation campaign

7/14/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted the Hobby Lobby craft store chain a year ago about numerous distortions in its full-page July 4 ad featuring quotes supposedly showing the U.S. government is predicated on a god. The company, founded and operated by preacher’s son David … More »

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