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Lauryn Seering

Lauryn Seering

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 heartening. FFRF received 14 qualifying entries and is asking for your help selecting the winner!

Voting is only open for 72 hours so please vote now! (Voting closes at noon Central Time, Thursday, Sept. 18.)

The winner of FFRF's ongoing "Nothing Fails Like Prayer Contest" this year will be given an all-expenses paid trip to FFRF's national convention in Los Angeles on October 24-25 to open the conference with a secular blessing. The winner will also receive an honorarium of $500 and a plaque.

HOW TO VOTE

You may vote for any and all videos you think should win. (In other words, you don't have to choose only one winner.) First, go to YouTube and enjoy watching the videos. There are three easy ways to vote:

1. Vote via YouTube. A thumbs-up counts as a vote (or vote by leaving a comment on the video).

2. Vote via Facebook. Leave comments for videos you think should win on our Facebook threads announcing the voting. (Trolls naming an entrant will count as a positive vote.)

3. Vote via email. Email the name and entry number of the invocation in the subject line of an email to .

All votes, views, likes and comments will be plugged into FFRF's proprietary algorithm to help determine the winner. Other factors include FFRF staff votes, originality, "cheekiness" and the persuasiveness of the invocation (i.e., did it convince the government to change its ways?). Winners will be announced by Monday, Sept. 22.

The contest is ongoing until we can persuade governmental bodies to pray on their own time and dime or the Supreme Court overturns the infamous Town of Greece v. Galloway ruling. New entries received from this point on will be considered for the 2015 award.

So get out there and give your local government a piece of your secular mind! Read the contest rules here.

desecrationChristian privilege is an insidious cancer prevalent in this country. This time the victim is a 14-year-old prankster with an irreverent sense of humor. The unidentified teen posted pictures of himself and a Jesus statue in which it appears the Lord is fellating the teen.

Sure, the photo is tasteless. But poor taste is not a crime (and Christians should be thankful for that). Neither is desecration of a venerated object. Yet the boy has been charged in juvenile court with that crime.

First, there was no damage done, the kid took some photos. Second, desecration is not a crime. FFRF's litigation attorney, Bob Tiernan, won a nearly identical criminal case in Colorado in 2000.  Rodney Scott was charged with "desecrat[ing] an object venerated by the public" for removing illegal and unlicensed roadside memorial crosses. The court found that the roadside crosses were "litter" so they could not be venerated.

But so what if they were? "Desecration" and "venerated" are clearly terms meant to protect religious sensibilities—and religious objects—from harm. But we already have laws in place that do just that—laws that prohibit vandalism, property destruction, and theft. Why do we need a separate law for religious property?

Obviously, we don't. But these laws, which exist in other states, are a codification of Christian privilege. Other examples abound. Christian privilege is also codified in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Hobby Lobby recently used to impose its anti-scientific, anti-woman religion on employees.

Christian privilege abounds in laws and symbolism:

Christians think our nation trusts in their god. We do not.

Christians think our nation is united under their god. We are not.

Christians think America is great because their god ordained it so. Those who behead journalists and fly airplanes into skyscrapers believe something similar. They're both wrong. Freedom makes a country great. Equality makes a country even greater. And privileging one class of people because they all believe the same 2,000-year-old myth is not freedom or equality.

And, perhaps most of all, Christians think that their god cannot to be mocked (something else they have in common with cartoon-hating Muslims). Both are wrong. According to their own book, god is a genocidal tyrant and a blackmailing scapegoat. Even if such a god did exist, he would not be worthy of worship—he would be worthy only of mockery.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, other like-minded groups, and the burgeoning ranks of godless Americans are working tirelessly to end this unjustified Christian privilege. Soon, Christians will no longer be able to call the police when somebody makes fun of their imaginary friend.

[Note: if the attorney or public defender wishes to consult FFRF's legal staff on the unconstitutional nature of the desecration statute, he or she may get in touch with us by filling out this form: http://ffrf.org/legal/report]

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