Annie Laurie Gaylor’s Online Writing

Women and Religion

Why Women Need Freedom From Religion
“Organized religion always has been and remains the greatest enemy of women’s rights. . . .”

The Religious War Against Women
This speech was given from the pulpit of the historic Sixteenth Avenue Baptist church in Birmingham Alabama during the “week of remembrance and renewal” responding to the bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic.

What Does The Bible Say About Abortion?
“Absolutely nothing! The word ‘abortion’ does not appear in any translation of the bible! Out of more than 600 laws of Moses . . .”

Selected Quotes
Selected Quotes from Women Without Superstition: “No Gods – No Masters”

Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the Mystique of the Sheikh
“. . . The Double Standard is alive and well . . .”

On anniversary of women’s suffrage, equality still elusive
In The Progressive Media Project, August 19, 2003


A Pansy For Your Thoughts
Rediscovering a forgotten symbol of freethought

State/Church Separation

The Case Against School Prayer
This FFRF brochure was mailed to high-school principals around the nation.

Gideons Run Afoul Of First Amendment
Bibles in public schools

Pledge Furor Provokes Pious Patriotism
“A furor over the Pledge of Allegiance in normally laid-back, progressive Madison, Wisconsin, illustrates the frightening level religious hysteria has reached since the Sept. 11 terrorist acts. . .”

Every Knee Shall Bow
Annie Laurie Gaylor attended the 1995 Christian Coalition’s “Road To Victory” conference as a participant observer.

Listening In On The Christian Coalition “Road To Victory”

Stamp Out Postal Proselytizing
“Learning that ‘In God We Trust’ posters were ordered up in every post office in the nation in late November, I sought to confirm this rumor with the United States Postal Service. . .”

Voucher Ploy Makes No Sense
“The day oral arguments on the Ohio school voucher case were heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, I was one of several guests invited to discuss the topic on arch-conservative Alan Keyes’ TV talkshow ‘Making Sense’ on MSNBC. . .”

Hands That Prey On Sunday Morning
Voter Guides in churches

Black Collar Crimes

The Scandal of Pedophilia in the Church
“The general consensus in the United States is that if it is religious, it must be good. Criticism of religion is discouraged and stifled. . .”

“Zero Tolerance” for Cardinal Sins
” ‘If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?’–Luke 11:11. Yes–if that ‘father’ is part of the cabal of Roman Catholic cardinals who recently met at the Vatican . . .”

It’s Time To Make Wisconsin Clergy Accountable
“Wisconsin is the worst state in the union in which to be a victim of a sexually abusive priest, minister or church employee. . .”

Churches Challenged To Reform in Face of Black Collar Crimes
“On the basis of our new study on recent criminal cases of pedophilia in the ministry, Freethought Today is issuing an open challenge to churches to clean house . . .”

Confronting Religious Discrimination

Boy Scouts Of America Practices Discrimination
“Although it advertises itself as a fun youth club open to any boy, Boy Scouts of America has a recent history of blatant discrimination . . .”

Gay Marriage: “It’s Not a Christian Thing”
“The Associated Press ran a charming photograph in March of the beaming Mayor of San Francisco beside two blushing brides . . .”

Family Values–Brought To You By James C. Dobson

In Defense of “Godlessness”
“Freethinkers are often treated as 2nd-class citizens, particularly when they speak up for their rights or bring legal challenges to uphold separation of state and church. . .”

Religion–It’s Scary but Sometimes Good for a Laugh
“I couldn’t help taking great delight in Jerry Falwell’s shoot-himself-in-the-foot remarks over the September 11 terrorist attacks on our nation. . . .”

The Facts vs. “The O’Reilly Factor”
Annie Laurie managed to get the “fair and balanced” Bill O’Reilly to admit he made a mistake about the Constitution.

Piece Missing at Peace Rally
“Dan and I timed a brief vacation in New York City to take in comedian Julia Sweeney’s new monolog . . . We were thrilled when we realized our last day would coincide with the huge peace rally . . .”

Saga of a Civil Rights Complaint
Exchange of letters between Annie Laurie, FFRF’s attorney, and attorneys of a local merchant who was offering free milk to patrons who attend Catholic mass, resulting in a civil rights victory.

Calidas, Yoga and the Getting of Wisdom
” . . . There, right on the order form, was a drawing of an American eagle with the bible quote . . .”


“The Contender” a Secular Parable
“The last movie to show a woman admitting unbelief before a Congressional hearing was ‘Contact,’ . . . ‘The Contender,’ written and directed by Rod Lurie, takes this scenario one step further. . .”

Review: “Magdalene Sisters” a Masterpiece
“If you missed Peter Mullan’s exceptional film, ‘The Magdalene Sisters,’ during its short airing in U.S. theaters, it’s a must-rent. . .”

Atheist Chic at the Movies?
” ‘Chocolat,’ a sleeper hit based on a fable set in a small French village in 1959, proudly boasts an atheist heroine.. . .”

Battle Hymn on Ice?
“I’m no autograph hound, but several years ago I resolved that if and when figure skater Michelle Kwan ever came to town, my daughter Sabrina and I would go to see her . . .”

Freethought Pilgrimage to London
Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”

Anti-God Play Wows London
“. . . We saw Part I of Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ at the British National Theatre in the evening . . .”

Video Renter, Caveat Emptor!
“The Other Side of Heaven.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation