Events and Appearances Archives

November 17 — FFRF Communications Director Amit Pal to speak at global online event

Freedom From Religion Foundation Communications Director Amit Pal will be taking part in a global online event this Thursday, Nov. 17, dedicated to charting the worldwide rise of the far right.

The discussion, “Proto-Fascisms: The Far Right’s Threat to Humanity and the Environment,” headlined by intellectual luminary Noam Chomsky and including speakers and performers from all over the planet, will take place from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern this Thursday. Pal will be speaking at 9:45 a.m. Eastern with a focus on the rise of religious nationalisms in the United States and India. You can watch the event live here. People can take a look at the program and check and choose which speakers and musicians they wish to see here.

November 12 — Associate Counsel Liz Cavell to speak Southern California Secular Coalition Conference (Goleta, CA)

Associate Counsel Liz Cavell will be speaking at the virtual "Life Behind Bars: Compassion and Reform" Second Annual Southern California Secular Coalition Conference, in Goleta, CA held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., PST. Cavell will deliver a lecture entitled Imagine No Religion: Towards a More Secular Criminal Justice System, at approximately 5PM PST. The event is being cosponsored by the American Humanist Association and The Freethought Society. Click here for more information.

November 2 — Secular Day of the Dead Festivities

The 2022 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Nov. 2, via Zoom. Click here to register.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, Freethought Society, Center For Inquiry, Hispanic American Freethinkers and the American Ethical Union are co-sponsors of the event. Event organizer Freethought Society President Margaret Downey will welcome participants during this bilingual event. To reserve a three-to-five minute time slot to celebrate a deceased loved one, please email [email protected] as soon as possible. Participants include actor Jon Huertas, comedian Luis Alberto Torres Castro and performances will be by Salvador Leon, Daniel Zepeda, Kaneko Leyva and Juan Antonio Garcia Hernandez. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the honoring ceremony. Prizes will be awarded to the best Zoom box decor, face painting, honoring table, and hair/hat adornment.





Oct. 2nd — FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor to address Metro Chicago Chapter (Skokie, IL)

The Metropolitan Chicago Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will be hosting a free speaking engagement by FFRF Co-Founder and Co-President, Annie Laurie Gaylor. It will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1PM in Skokie, IL. Ms. Gaylor’s presentation will focus on the rise of Christian nationalism in the U.S. and its impact on the Supreme Court; including the court’s recent decision to overturn Roe V. Wade. She will also offer tips on how to get involved in the battle against encroaching patriarchal and totalitarian theocracy. A Q&A session will immediately follow. No RSVP is necessary. For more information, including the events address, please contact chapter board member, Brian McCaskill by clicking here.


September 22, 23, & 24 — Dan Barker to Speak at Latin American Free Thought Meeting (Pereira, Colombia)

FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be speaking at the Second Latin American Freethought Conference, in Pereira, Columbia. The meeting, co-sponsored by FFRF, invites students, teachers, activists, and authors to speak on topics related to skepticism, sciences, atheism, transversal rights to secularism, criticisms of religion, and sexual and reproductive rights. Admission is free. 

Sept. 11 — Dan Barker to Speak on New Book “The End of Worship” (Sacramento, CA)

The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF will be hosting FFRF's Co-President Dan Barker who will be speaking about his new book "The End of Worship," on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Roseville, CA. Doors will open to the public at 1:30 p.m. for a social with snacks. The program will begin at 2 p.m. with a Q&A and book signing to follow. No RSVP is needed. Please click here to contact The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF for location and details. 



Sept. 10 — Dan Barker to Speak on “The Battle of Church and State” (San Francisco, CA)

FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be speaking at the San Francisco Bay Chapter's inaugural event in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 10. Barker will discuss the "Battle of Church and State;" a timely topic as we adjust to a post-Roe world. The meeting will be held at the San Francisco Public library. Space is limited, and you can sign up by clicking here. For further information, email Bay Area Chapter Leader Walt Bilofsky by clicking here.



Sept. 17 — Constitution Day 2022 (Bentonville, AR)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be co-sponsoring an event with FFRF member Chris Sweeny to celebrate Constitution Day, in Bentonville, Arkansas. FFRF members are invited to explore the Crystal Bridges Museum to witness an exhibition titled “We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy.” Members will meet at the Eleven Restaurant in the Crystal Bridges Museum at 11 a.m. and, after viewing the exhibit, will join in marching to Bentonville Square. The event is free, and attendees are encouraged to wear clothes that support FFRF’s mission. If you are interested in this event, or in joining the soon to be affiliated FFRF Members of the Ozarks Chapter, please click here to contact chapter leader Chris Sweeny.

Aug 26-28, 2022 — Bluewater Atheists, Humanist, Agnostics Conference 2022 (Ontario, Canada)


We invite everyone to join us at our inaugural conference – BAHACON. Bluewater Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics (BAHA) is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to improving the image of Freethinkers and Atheists and to give back to our communities. All profits from our conference are returned back to the communities. We come from an area known as Bluewater Country with members from both sides of the river separating Michigan and Ontario.

With a great lineup of well known speakers, including FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Learn more and purchase your tickets here

August 21 & 22 — Celebrating Dissent 2022 (Cologne, Germany)

FFRF will be co-sponsering Celebrating Dissent 2022, which will be held in Cologne, Germany on August 21 & 22. Dan Barker and Annie Lauire Gaylor will be speaking at this event which includes over 50 speakers from 30 countries in the largest gathering of exMuslims, atheists and freethinkers. The two-day event is organized by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Freethought Lebanon and in partnership with Atheist Refugee Relief, Center for Inquiry, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Giordano Bruno Stiftung, National Secular Society and Volkshochschule Köln.

For further information, or to purchase tickets for this event, click here.


July 18, 2022 – Secular Attorneys Discuss SCOTUS Attacks on Church State Separation

The Supreme Court dealt several blows to the separation of church and state this summer. What exactly did they decide, and how will these decisions impact the nation? To break it all down for you, OnlySky is hosting an all-female virtual panel of secular attorneys from the new We Dissent podcast, including FFRF Legal Director, Rebecca Markert and FFRF Staff Attorney, Elizabeth Cavell. The online event will be held July 18, at 6 p.m.

June 16-18, 2022 — Thomas Paine Festival (New Rochelle, New York)

Thomas Paine 

FFRF is cosponsoring the festival, which will include the grand opening of the Thomas Paine New Rochelle Center, historic reenactments and music from the period, family-centered entertainment, a symposium with scholarly presentations and panels and a one-man play by Ian Ruskin. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will be among the panelists.

For information on registering and attending, click here.

June 5, 2022 — The Lake Superior Freethinkers Meeting (Duluth, Minn.)

Freedom From Religion Foundation's Senior Counsel Patrick Elliot will be speaking at the Lake Superior Freethinkers meeting, located at the College of St. Scholastica on Sunday, June 5th.

Elliot will reflect on FFRF's latest battles, and a US Supreme Court update.
The meeting will be held at 10am, located in Somer's Lounge, a presentation hall on the campus.

April 29 – May 1, 2022 — Religious Trauma Conference (Virtual Event)

Religious Trauma Conference

FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be speaking at the Religious Trauma Conference on April 29 - May 1, 2022. CORT speakers this year represent a variety of fundamentalist religious backgrounds including Amish, Evangelical, Mormon, Muslim, and Hasidic Orthodox Judaism. They will be covering a vast array of topics from cultural genocide to coercive control, fear of Hell to post-religious sexuality, and religious schooling to racism. In addition to presentations by psychologists, social workers, authors, and former clergy, survivors of religious fundamentalism are eager to share their own personal stories of trauma, recovery, and hope with you.

Learn more about this event and register today

March 4-6, 2022 — Orlando, Florida


Join FFRF co-president Dan Barker along with hundreds of humanists, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and scientific skeptics at FreeFlo 2022, March 4th through 6th, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. This three day event at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside hotel features informative presentations, networking opportunities, exhibitors, and entertainment from start to finish. 

Proceeds support the Florida Humanist Association Scholarship Fund in coordination with the Secular Student Alliance. Register here.

March 3, 2022 — Theocracy Is UnAmerican: a Rally for Secular Government (Des Moines, Iowa)

Theocracy UnAmerican

Secular government is under attack in the Iowa legislature. Christian nationalists control both the Iowa Senate and House and Governor Reynolds. They are busy filing bills threatening religious freedom, voting rights, LGBTQ lives, reproductive healthcare, teachers, public education, and science. Help us defend Jefferson's wall of separation between religion and government.

Please join us on March 3rd from 2:00-4:00 PM at the rotunda of the Capitol Building in Des Moines. Help us preserve our great experiment in secular government.

Our speakers include: Robert Cook, Activism Chair, Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers. Jason Bennell, Secretary and Press Officer with IAF. Thomas Harvey, long-time member of IAF. Ryan Jayne, Constitutional Lawyer with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

Join via Google Calendar.

Visit the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers website here


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