An affiliate of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
Our goals: To educate the public on non-theism and protect the First Amendment - Separation of Religion from Government.
The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF is a local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. We are a non-religious community of local people committed to living our lives free from religion, superstition, dogma and mysticism. We are freethinkers - people who form opinions about religion and spirituality independent of tradition, authority or established belief, in favor of rational inquiry.
Our members are composed of Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, Skeptics, Deists, and secular-minded people still searching for answers who come from all walks of life. The common thread we all share is that we uphold the US and California Constitutional principles of separation between government & religion.
Living in the current "Christian Frenzy" era, that has been gaining popularity by leaps and bounds since the mid-1950s, accelerated by 9/11, we must be ever more vigilant about especially Christian Fundamentalism working hard to dominate the political arena at all levels. Thus we educate the public with letters to the editors, news releases, legally savvy communication with our local government agencies, and one-on-one encounters, as appropriate, by our members, legally taking appropriate action to preserve our rights when necessary.
Sacramento is wonderfully supplied with many freethinking organizations which all provide many social opportunities for the local freethinkers, such as potlucks, game nights, book clubs, skeptic gatherings, movies, historical discussions, notable speakers, activist opportunities, and other events. So, this Chapter of FFRF does not feel the need to organize more of these events. Members are, instead, asked to join other local groups doing those things. Many of our members belong to multiple local groups. For a comprehensive local events calendar, please see http://sacramentocor.org.
Instead, and the reason we formed, is to support eyes and ears on the ground, at the small, local level, to simply monitor separation issues. We began as a response to one atheist in a small outlying town standing up by herself against seeing religious infiltration of their official town holiday celebration. Before this Chapter was even officially announced, another infraction was caught and stopped by another local city wanting to support an evangelical fund-raiser. It's all around us. Our members are called Monitors, all of them, whether they monitor weekly city council agenda and minutes and school board agenda and minutes, or if they simply want to support other local friends, neighbors and members who are more actively pursuing this cause.