Outreach & Events - Freedom From Religion Foundation
Lauryn Seering

Lauryn Seering

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Victor Stenger

“Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.”

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Jerry DeWitt

“Skepticism is my nature, freethought is my methodology, agnosticism is my conclusion after 25 years of being in the ministry, and atheism is my opinion.”

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Robin Williams

“And the next day the miracle occurred, crucifixion, resurrection, and he rose again from the dead and if he sees his shadow another 2000 years of guilt.”

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Jamie Kilstein

“So my take is if I get up to Heaven and there is a God and he’s like, ‘You were wrong, how did you live your life?’ And I’m like, ‘I tried to help people, I tried to give to charity, I didn’t know if you were real, there was no evidence.’ And he was like, ‘Well, you didn’t worship me everyday.’ And I’m like, ‘Fine. Send me wherever is as far away from here as possible because you’re a sociopath!’”

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Andrew Hozier-Byrne

“I still wouldn’t define myself as an atheist – it’s too absolute. But I don’t have any faith. I think faith is an absurd thing but I’m OK with that. There are no answers because the universe never asked a question in the first place.”

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Flo Kennedy

“It's interesting to speculate how it developed that in two of the most anti-feminist institutions, the church and the law court, the men are wearing the dresses.”

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Bill Hicks

“The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love. That's the message we're brought up with, isn't it? Believe or die! Thank you, forgiving Lord, for all those options.”

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Barbara Mertz

“There are always, thank heaven, skeptics who challenge orthodox ideas. They are the great thinkers of all times.”

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A. Philip Randolph

“Our aim is to appeal to reason, to lift our pens above the cringing demagogy of our times, and above the cheap peanut politics of the old reactionary negro [sic] leaders. Patriotism has no appeal to us; justice has. Party has no weight to us; principle has. Loyalty is meaningless; it depends on what one is loyal to. Prayer is not one of our remedies; it depends on what one is praying for. We consider prayer nothing more than a fervent wish; consequently the merit and worth of a prayer depend upon what the fervent wish is.”

A high school in Jacksboro, Tenn., will vet future assemblies to ensure no inappropriate religious programming, after being contacted by an attorney from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about a problem at a March school assembly. According to a student in the district, Campbell County Comprehensive High School hosted an assembly in its gymnasium during the school day regarding drug use that opened and closed with a prayer delivered by a student, and featured religious leaders.

In addition to a county sheriff, the speakers included Caleb Arnold of the Hill College Ministry, representatives of the Stanfield Church of God, and the Christian alternative rock band the Birdsongs. This band describes themselves on their website as being, “passionate about spreading the gospel and pointing people to Christ.”

The complainant reported that “references to god and Christianity” and “quotes from the bible” were prevalent throughout the assembly and that “some of the speakers spoke about how drugs affected them and how God helped them overcome their problems.” One speaker told students that “Jesus Christ delivered [them] from methamphetamine.”

The complainant reported that not only was this assembly mandatory but said, “some people I know didn’t want to go, given their beliefs, and were forced to attend the assembly.”

FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a letter to the director of schools on March 28 to inform the district that it is inappropriate and illegal to take away instructional time from the students to expose them to Christian proselytization:

“Though teaching students about the perils of drug abuse is a commendable goal, allowing church representatives and an evangelical Christian band access to your student body gives the appearance that CCPS endorses those speakers’ religious messages.”

On July 9, after receiving two follow-up queries from FFRF, the district responded: “It was the assumption of the principal at the school that this would be a program in which the primary emphasis would be on curbing potential drug use. As a result of your letter we have spoken with the principal and have asked that he do a better job scrutinizing the content of future assemblies.”

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