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Vol. 20 No. 9 - Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. -
November 2003

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New Mystery Features "FFRFer"

"Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" mystery writer Jane Haddam

The latest Gregor Demarkian mystery by Jane Haddam, Conspiracy Theory (St. Martin's Minotaur, July 2003, 288 pages, $24.95), contains several references to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Haddam, who has been a finalist for both the Anthony and the Edgar Awards, has created "my latest atheist character," a woman protagonist who is a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

At the start of the novel, the woman "considered pinning her Freedom FROM Religion button to her sweater. . ."

She is also described as having a three-by-five card stuck in her car mirror advertising the Foundation's website: "Freedom From Religion Foundation:"

At her own website, Jane Haddam writes in an essay: "I'm thinking of ordering a t-shirt that says 'Friendly Neighborhood Atheist,' if only to stop people from assuming I'm not one."

November 2003 Excerpts