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A TV commercial promoting the Freedom From Religion Foundation â€” featuring Ron Reagan, the â€śunabashed atheistâ€ť son of President Ronald Reagan, who quips heâ€™s â€śnot afraid to burn in hellâ€ť â€” will air on many major regional markets this Sunday during the â€śCosmosâ€ť show on Fox national broadcasting.
The riveting update of the original Carl Sagan series, written by Ann Druyan, his widow, features Neil deGrasse Tyson, and is a promising vehicle for FFRF, a state/church watchdog that serves as the nationâ€™s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics).
FFRFâ€™s commercial was rejected for national â€śCosmosâ€ť airing because itâ€™s an advocacy ad, but FFRF was able to secure broadcasting during the program in major metropolitan markets. These are: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando, Seattle and Madison, Wis., home turf of FFRF.
The ad reads:
Hi, I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and Iâ€™m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.
The 30-second spot debuted May 22 on Jon Stewartâ€™s â€śDaily Showâ€ť and â€śThe Colbert Reportâ€ť on Comedy Central. Reaganâ€™s an honorary director of FFRF. Reagan was previously awarded FFRFâ€™s Emperor Has No Clothes Award, a statuette depicting the legendary emperor, which is reserved for public figures who make known their dissent from religion. (Read acceptance speech here.)
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â€śWe think Ron deserves so much respect, for unflinchingly coming out as an atheist even in the 1980s,â€ť said FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. â€śWeâ€™re honored by his lending his name and support for FFRFâ€™s advancement of reason, freethought and a secular government.â€ť