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Blasphemy laws violate the First Amendment.  They promote religion, specifically Christianity, over nonreligion in violation of the Establishment Clause.  They prohibit speech in violation of the Free Speech Clause.  They violate the guarantees of religious free exercise and free press. …
Evolution is the scientific theory that explains Earth's wide variety of species and their striking similarities. Evolution explains how species descended from a common ancestor and were modified by natural selection during that descent. Essentially, parents pass traits on to…
This nontract is available at the FFRF shop Critics of the Christian bible occasionally can score a point or two in discussion with the religious community by noting the many teachings in both the Old and New Testaments that encourage…
This nontract is available for sale from FFRF's shop The U.S. Constitution is a secular document. It begins, “We the people,” and contains no mention of “God” or “Christianity.” Its only references to religion are exclusionary, such as, “no religious test…
For an overwhelming part of U.S. history, America's motto was purely secular, "E Pluribus Unum" (From many [come] one). E Pluribus Unum was chosen by a committee of Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. Many Americans mistakenly assume our founders chose "In…
Registering to create your own online profile has many other benefits for you and for FFRF. Features include:• CONTACT INFO & PASSWORD. Manage your contact information (for example, updating your postal address, phone numbers and email addresses) and change your…
Click on the buttons above to print and share on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Did you know that American law is not based on the Ten Commandments? Some Christians believe* that American law is based on biblical law. One of…
Please read the series of articles Secular Memorials and Funerals Without God for a sample service, poetry, reading, and music suggestions and references.
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The purposes of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., as stated in its bylaws, are to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism. Incorporated in 1978 in…
Can Gideons pass out bibles at my child's public school? Every school year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation receives countless complaints from parents about The Gideon Society or other similar groups who are distributing bibles to their children at public…
A church is meeting in a public school. What can I do about it? The Freedom From Religion Foundation often receives queries from shocked members of the public who receive flyers at their home inviting them to attend “church” at…
The “See You at the Pole” movement started in Texas in 1990, as an ostensibly “student-initiated” and “student-led” religious expression. Students meet at their school’s outdoor flagpole to pray before classes begin on the fourth Wednesday of September.
Can Public School Graduations Include Prayers? No. The Supreme Court has continually struck down school-led prayers at school-sponsored events, including public school graduations.  High school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students.
  Do I (or my child) have to participate in the religious Pledge of Allegiance in my public school? No. You (or your child) have a constitutional right not to be forced to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. Nor…
What is the law about prayers in public schools? Public schools exist to educate, not to proselytize. Children in public schools are a captive audience. Making prayer an official part of the school day is coercive and invasive.
Can public schools offer early release times for students wishing to participate in religious activities? Public schools may release students during school hours to participate in private religious activities with parental consent. In McCollum v. Board of Education, the Court found…
My child's choir is singing religious music. Is that legal? In its more than three decades of activism, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken more complaints over promotion of religion in public school music classes and team sports than…
A teacher is sending my child home with religious literature. Can I stop it? Parents frequently contact the Freedom From Religion Foundation with complaints about religious fliers being sent home with their school children—sometimes as young as five years old.…
Is it lawful to hold a “See You at the Pole” prayer gathering at my public school? The “See You at the Pole” movement started in Texas in 1990, as an ostensibly “student-initiated” and “student-led” religious expression. Students meet at…
A public high school is holding a religious baccalaureate service. Is that legal?It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a public school may not advance, prefer or promote religion. Because it is generally understood that a baccalaureate…
I want to become a U.S. citizen, but am not religious and don’t want to take a religious oath. What are my rights? The Freedom From Religion Foundation doesn’t want you to be forced to take a religious oath, either!…
I've been called for jury duty. Or, I need to testify at a trial. Am I going to have to take a religious oath or place my hand on a bible? Unfortunately, most state statutes routinely provide for religious oaths…
When we went to apply for our marriage license, the county clerk told us we had to state an oath to "God." What can we do? Although most state statutes routinely provide for religious oaths, they also usually provide for…
I live in a HUD-subsidized housing. What are my rights to avoid religious activities and decorations? A typical complaint involves the exhibition of religious holiday decorations in common areas (lobbies, recreation facilities, laundry rooms) of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)…
Are religious holiday displays a violation of the First Amendment? The most frequent complaint that FFRF receives during November and December concerns religious displays on public property. The majority involve a crèche, or nativity scene, being displayed at a public…
They make us listen to prayer before we eat lunch at public-funded senior centers. Help! An unfortunately common state/church violation concerns prayer imposed on a captive audience of senior citizens before lunch at public-funded senior centers. This is illegal!
Why do some states require a religious test for public office? Isn't that unconstitutional? The Supreme Court ruled in 1961 that States cannot impose a religious test for public office, in conformity with Art. VI of the U.S. Constitution.
Is it legal for government offices and public schools to close for Good Friday? FFRF often receives complaints from the public about government offices and public schools closing for Good Friday.
Is an Establishment Clause violation occurring at government meetings? One of the most frequent complaints to the Freedom From Religion Foundation from the public over state/church violations concerns government officials opening government meetings with prayer.
A religious group is holding meetings in a public library. What can I do about it? Like most government property, public libraries are not automatically open for individuals and private groups to exercise free speech. Once a government body chooses…
Can a court, prison, or probation officer sentence me to attend A.A., which is a religious program? The trend of current case law shows that forcing a prisoner or probationer to attend A.A. or N.A. or other religiously centered rehabilitation…
A court has ordered that my ex-spouse has the right to take my son/daughter to a church, religious school or other religious event with which I disagree. What are my rights? Family law, custody battles, etc., are beyond the purview…
A store is offering a discount or promotion for bringing in a church bulletin. Is that legal? Often FFRF will receive complaints from members that a private-owned business in their area is offering a discount to customers who present a…
I am tired of stores and restaurants playing gospel music. I feel this violates my right to 'freedom of religion.' Is there anything that can be done about it? This is a consumer complaint, not a state/church violation. As a…
My state/town has a law restricting the sale of certain items on Sundays. Is this legal? Many states and local governments have established a variety of laws restricting the sale of certain goods on Sundays. An example of a law…
Religion in the workplace — Is it legal? The Freedom From Religion Foundation specializes in cases concerning the separation of religion and government. Private employment disputes fall outside the purview of FFRF and its purpose. If your complaint concerns a…
A church is being used as a polling location. Is that legal? It is a basic principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that the government is prohibited from promoting a specific religious belief. Furthermore, the government cannot compel a citizen to…
A church is participatiing in political lobbying. What can I do about it? Every election year, the Foundation receives complaints and questions by its members and members of the public about churches involved in political activity
Tax exemption of churches — Is it constitutional? As much as one quarter or one-half of a typical U.S. city may be made up of tax-exempt property, much of that churches or church schools. FFRF receives many queries by disgruntled…
Podcasting allows you listen to the latest episode of your favorite internet video or radio program (like Freethought Radio) as soon as it becomes available using a "podcatcher" application like iTunes, Zune or ZENCast. Find out more: BBC's Podcasting help…
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds allow you to stay up to date with new website content as soon as it is published, by using a "feed reader" application. Web based newsreaders such as Bloglines or Google Reader…
First Amendment violations are accelerating. The religious right is campaigning to raid the public till and advance religion at taxpayer expense, attacking our secular public schools, the rights of nonbelievers, and the Establishment Clause. The Foundation recognizes that the United…
Do flag-folding ceremonies have a Christian meaning? No.

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