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September 22

Secular invocations in the spotlight on FFRF TV show Sunday

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show highlights this Sunday the secular invocations freethinkers give at official meetings to counter religiosity. Orlando-based actress and community activist Randa Black won the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Nothing Fails Like Prayer Award last year for her … More »

September 22

FFRF condemns Wis. Legislature’s contemptuous response on abortion issue

Extremists in the Wisconsin Legislature are once again foiling Gov. Tony Evers’ attempts to overturn the state’s draconian 1849 abortion ban.  Evers announced yesterday that he would call a special session on Oct. 4 to ask the Legislature to put the pre-Civil Rights law up to … More »

September 22

Apologize for your Christian nationalist speech, FFRF asks Sen. Josh Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley should be ashamed of the erroneous and ignorant Christian nationalist rant that he recently delivered to a gullible audience, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. We are a revolutionary nation precisely because we are the heirs of the  revolution of the bible. … More »

September 20

S.C. religious school funding unconstitutional, charges new FFRF lawsuit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is filing a major lawsuit today against South Carolina officials on behalf of four Palmetto State citizens challenging the unconstitutional funding of a private religious school. “An upstate Christian organization that’s raising money to build a $14 million residential … More »

September 19

FFRF condemns death of 22-year-old Iranian for not wearing hijab

It’s an outrage. It’s inhuman. It’s horrifying. A 22-year-old woman has died in an Iranian hospital after the country’s morality police reportedly arrested her for not following hijab regulations. Mahsa Amini, who was traveling with her family from the province of Kurdistan to Tehran to … More »

September 16

‘I’m an atheist and I vote,’ proclaims ex-Mormon in Salt Lake City ads

“I’m an atheist and I vote,” will be the declaration by former Mormon Ray G. Matthews on a prominent digital billboard going up soon in Salt Lake City. Matthews is part of a provocative secular voter campaign the Freedom From Religion Foundation has launched, which … More »

September 16

White Christian nationalism the focus of FFRF TV show Sunday with guest Anthea Butler

An incisively insightful commentator on race, religion and Christian nationalism is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Professor Anthea Butler is the chair of the Department of Religious Studies and the Geraldine R. Siegel Professor of … More »

September 15

I’m a humanist and I vote,’ announces young Ohioan in secular vote campaign

“I’m a humanist and I vote,” maintains newly minted graduate student and researcher Charis Hoard on a billboard that has gone up in Bowling Green, Ohio. Hoard is part of a provocative secular voter campaign the Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching this week, which … More »

September 15

‘We are humanists and we vote,’ proclaim Michigan couple in national secular campaign

“We are humanists and we vote,” declare a Michigan couple in two billboards going up in Lansing. Emily and Steven Eikenhout are part of a provocative secular voter campaign the Freedom From Religion Foundation has launched, which points out that 75 million adult Americans — … More »

September 15

‘I’m an Atheist and I vote,’ says Louisianan in secular vote campaign

“I’m an atheist and I vote,” maintains Louisiana father and engineer Joe E. Mills on a billboard that has gone up on I-10 west of Dalrymple Drive in New Orleans. Mills is part of a provocative secular voter campaign the Freedom From Religion Foundation is … More »

September 15

‘I’m a humanist and I vote,’ says Oklahoma nurse in censored secular vote campaign

“I’m a humanist and I vote,” proclaims ICU nurse Jamie Hamel on a 14-by-48-foot billboard that has gone up on I-44, 500 feet west of North Kelley Avenue facing east. Symptomatic of the censorship that nonbelievers face, FFRF and Hamel were forced to change … More »

September 15

‘I’m an atheist and I vote’ message on five Trenton billboards

“I’m an atheist and I vote,” proclaims New Jersey writer Emily Eckart on five billboards up in various locations in the state capital.  The billboard messages in Trenton can be found: at East State Street, 50 feet east of Canal Street; 545 Brunswick Ave., 10 … More »

September 15

Missouri atheist on Jefferson City billboard as part of secular campaign 

“I’m an atheist and I vote,” courageously proclaims Missouri grandmother, volunteer and retired academic adviser Jodette C. Lenser, on a billboard going up this week on Highway 50, near the intersection of Highway 54, in Jefferson City. Lenser is part of a provocative secular voter … More »

September 15

New Hampshire nontheists participate in secular ad campaign

The Granite State will soon be home to a boldly etched message this election season. “I’m an atheist and I vote,” proclaims New Hampshire retired community activist Jack Shields on a billboard that will go up the week of Sept. 19 at 190 Elm Street, … More »

September 15

Rhode Island atheist on Providence billboard as part of secular campaign

  “I’m an atheist and I vote,” proclaims Rhode Island clinical therapist Todd W. Ellison on a 14-by-48-foot billboard that went up in early September on I-295 at Route 2 in Warwick, R.I.  Ellison is part of a provocative secular voter campaign by the Freedom From … More »

September 14

“I’m an atheist and I vote,” says proud Alabaman in Constitution Day billboard

“I’m an atheist and I vote” is the bold message from Alabaman Chris Nelson appearing on a billboard that has gone up this week in Montgomery as part of a national secular vote campaign. The provocative voter drive emphasizes that 75 million nonreligious adult … More »

September 14

“We’re atheists and we vote,” say proud Arkansans in Constitution Day billboards

  “We’re atheists and we vote” is the bold message from Arkansans Chris Sweeny and Megan McGuire appearing on two billboards that have gone up this week in Little Rock as part of a national secular values voter campaign.  The provocative secular voter drive emphasizes that … More »

September 14

FFRF launches ‘We’re atheists and we vote’ national campaign

A provocative new national secular voter campaign emphasizes that 75 million nonreligious adult Americans (nearly one-third of the population) are dedicated to the separation of state and religion — and are voting that way.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog with more than … More »

September 8

Withdraw a politicking Houston church’s tax exemption, FFRF urges IRS

  A blatantly electioneering Houston church needs to have its tax-exempt privileges taken away, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to the IRS. On Aug. 28, Pastor Ed Young of Second Baptist Church encouraged his congregation to vote out Houston and Harris County’s “left-wing progressive” … More »

September 8

Abortion rights constitutional expert guest on FFRF TV show Sunday

  A leading national authority on abortion rights and the Constitution is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Freethought Matters" TV show this Sunday. Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levy Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and has served as … More »

September 7

FFRF to Ala. school district: Stop imposing prayer on students

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted Jefferson County Schools in Birmingham, Ala., to warn that by scheduling and broadcasting prayer at school football games it is in violation of longstanding case law. The state/church watchdog was contacted by a concerned parent who reports that … More »

September 1

Texas populist icon Jim Hightower kicks off new FFRF TV season Sunday

Click here to watch teaser. Legendary populist Jim Hightower starts off the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show’s new season with a bang this Sunday. Hightower will fit in very well at  FFRF’s convention in San Antonio in October as a keynote speaker, since … More »

August 31

Repeal resolution granting Muslim school holidays, FFRF urges San Francisco

  Revoke your recent resolution closing San Francisco schools for two Muslim religious observances, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to the school board. The San Francisco Board of Education has passed a resolution to include the recognition of two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and … More »

August 25

FFRF warns: Christian nationalist gloves are coming off

The ugly and increasingly violent Christian nationalist chatter in this country is becoming alarming, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Some members of Congress, candidates and other public officials have begun to openly embrace the term Christian nationalist, after previously denying its existence. And other … More »

August 25

FFRF decries Fla. religious school’s tax-supported bigotry 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation finds detestable the anti-LGBTQ policy a Sunshine State religious school has recently announced. “A religious school in Florida says it will only refer to students by their sex assigned at birth, while pupils who are gay, transgender or gender nonconforming … More »

August 24

North Carolina lieut gov an embarrassment

  North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson continues to embarrass the nation with his intemperate and ignorant remarks, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. His latest contribution to dummying down the country is to suggest that grade school students shouldn’t be taught science. FFRF wrote to … More »

August 24

South Carolina lawmakers must rescind $1.5 million handout for religious school

The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly condemns as unconstitutional and irresponsible a $1.5 million budget earmark in South Carolina to help start up a Christian school. Christian Learning Centers of Greenville, which has indoctrinated public school students through release-time bible instruction, now want to build … More »

August 23

FFRF agnostic student billboard creates ripples in Sacramento

A billboard with a secular message is on display in the heart of the Golden State capital as part of a national Freedom From Religion Foundation campaign during this critical election year. Dulce Solorzano, a 20-year-old college student, is featured on a billboard on K … More »

August 23

Texas “In God We Trust” posters advance the lie of Christian nationalism

Many Texas public school students are being greeted this school year with new “In God We Trust” posters in their schools. This is not the fault of schools, but of the state Legislature that has passed a law requiring these displays, and of bad-faith actors … More »

August 19

Reject Colorado business’ anti-LGBTQ appeal, FFRF brief urges Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court must dismiss a manufactured case of a Colorado business so that religious discrimination is thwarted, the Freedom From Religion Foundation insists in an amicus brief.  The state/church watchdog has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a free speech case involving a … More »

August 18

New USDA rule on religious exemptions to Title IX is unwarranted and harmful

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has regrettably decided to allow religious schools to discriminate and still remain eligible for federal funding for meal programs for their students. USDA gives taxpayer funds to schools to pay for lunches, so long as the schools promise to abide … More »

August 17

FFRF awards almost $20,000 to 2022 BIPOC student essay winners

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly announces $19,350 in prize money to the winners of the 2022 David Hudak Memorial Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color Student Essay Competition. There were 11 top winners and 18 honorable mentions. BIPOC students were asked to write a … More »

August 16

FFRF prompts Kan. school board to repeal discriminatory dress code

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has obtained a victory for free speech in Kansas. Get rid of your discriminatory clothing policy, we urged a Kansas school district after a parent complained.  “I raise my children according to the seven tenets of Satanism, and while children of … More »

August 15

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: Scoring victories in Congress

Earlier this year, I spoke about how our strategic goal is to go on the offensive and we are doing that. I am pleased to report that this has been our most productive quarter — and we’re continuing to put points on the board. In … More »

August 12

FFRF deplores assault on Salman Rushdie

The Freedom From Religion Foundation decries the vicious attack on writer Salman Rushdie. Rushdie, of course, is perhaps best known for his Satanic Verses, which had Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a death sentence on the author for alleged blasphemy. Rushdie was reportedly stabbed while at … More »

August 11

Kan. school district’s satanic clothing prohibition infringes free speech, asserts FFRF

Get rid of your discriminatory clothing policy, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a Kansas school district.  “I raise my children according to the seven tenets of Satanism, and while children of other faiths can wear clothing that declares their family’s religion, my … More »

August 10

New rules for faith groups, FFRF and others urge Biden

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is part of a coalition that is urging the Biden administration to implement new regulations for funding of faith groups.  The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination was formed in the 1990s to monitor legislative and regulatory changes affecting government partnerships with … More »

August 8

FFRF to Ind. state Sen. Gaskill: You serve Constitution, not Jesus

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Indiana state Sen. Mike Gaskill’s un-American statements during a debate on abortion in which he said our government must “represent Jesus.” In supporting Amendment 58, which would have removed exceptions for abortions caused by rape and … More »

August 8

Stop a preaching coach, FFRF urges N.C. school system

Immediately halt the proselytizing activities of a local high school’s football coach, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a North Carolina school district.  A concerned Swain County Schools community member has informed the state/church watchdog that Sherman Holt, the new head … More »

August 3

FFRF cheers the protection of abortion rights in Kansas

Thank you, Kansans, for restoring the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “faith” in our nation’s commitment to individual liberties. Kansas voters yesterday resoundingly rejected the anti-abortion referendum on their ballot. Voters were put to the task to either preserve the 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision that … More »

August 3

Music cartoon video to lift secular spirits, compliments of FFRF

In honor of one of secularism’s many talented voices, the poet Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) — whose birthday is today, Aug. 3 — the Freedom From Religion Foundation is sharing the animated music video we produced featuring his charmingly irreverent poem, “Heaven.” FFRF Co-President Dan Barker, … More »

August 2

FFRF laments Christian flag flying at Boston City Hall, even once

While pronouncing as chilling the symbolism of a Christian flag flying with the flags of the United States and state of Massachusetts over Boston City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 3, the Freedom From Religion Foundation hopes it will be only once. The Supreme Court unanimously … More »

August 2

Nix upcoming religious staff meeting, FFRF urges Ala. school district

  An Alabama school district must call off an annual staff meeting scheduled for later this week that in past years has been suffused with religion, insists the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Calhoun County School District employee has informed the state/church watchdog … More »

August 1

FFRF gets teacher’s evangelizing halted in Alabama

An Alabama school district has put a stop to a teacher’s blatant proselytizing after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted it. A concerned Shelby County Schools parent had informed the national state/church watchdog that their child’s teacher had been openly propagating Christianity to … More »

July 29

FFRF critiques Justice Alito’s disturbing remarks against nonreligious

The Freedom From Religion Foundation takes umbrage over Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's recent remarks casting aspersions on nonbelievers as obstructors of religious liberty. Alito appeared to single out nonbelievers as implied enemies of religious freedom at the Notre Dame Law School’s Religious Liberty … More »

July 29

FFRF contests Ala. teacher’s inappropriate religious instruction

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is attempting to educate the Lawrence County School District in Moulton, Ala., that it must stop a teacher from providing religious instruction to her students.  A concerned Moulton Elementary School parent reported to the national state/church watchdog that … More »

July 28

Christian nationalism bares its claws — and media is taking note

The gloves are off as public officials and political candidates reveal themselves as self-avowed Christian nationalists. And, finally, the mainstream media is paying attention. It used to just be the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Christians Against Christian Nationalism, an off-shoot of the Baptist … More »

July 27

FFRF applauds advisory commission’s thumbs up for Paine memorial

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission has unanimously voted to support the proposal for a memorial to Thomas Paine in Washington, D.C. Today’s vote was a critical step to get the Department of the … More »

July 26

Safeguard abortion rights, FFRF asks Biden

The Biden administration must act boldly to protect reproductive rights, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. Although the president’s executive order on July 8 did take some important measures on this front, much more needs to be done, FFRF advises. Extremist anti-abortion legislators around … More »

July 25

FFRF to Trump: Citizens don’t kneel to God, we honor Constitution

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation takes strong exception to Donald Trump’s remarks today at an extremist gathering, in which he said, “We are Americans, and Americans kneel to God — and God alone.” Au contraire, Mr. Trump. Today the “Nones”  are the fastest-growing segment of … More »

July 25

FFRF: Reps. Greene and Boebert take Christian nationalism mainstream

It’s time for the Republican leadership to denounce Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s un-American call to turn the GOP into a “Christian nationalist” party, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “Where are such denunciations?” asks Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. “It is appalling that … More »

July 22

Discontinue police chaplaincy, FFRF advises Ohio police department

The Mansfield (Ohio) police department needs to get rid of its chaplaincy program at once, advises the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “Pastor Chad Hayes of Caesarea Baptist Church is the newest Mansfield police chaplain and his career path has included serving in law enforcement and … More »

July 21

FFRF condemns McConnell’s specious comment about nonreligious

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s spurious assertion about nonreligious Americans celebrating the disastrous recent Supreme Court rulings has been castigated by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and several other like-minded groups. McConnell recently said on the Senate floor: “Americans of any faith and no faith … More »

July 21

FFRF hails the House’s strong rebuke to the Supreme Court

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted that the House of Representatives has passed legislation codifying rights endangered by the extremist Supreme Court. On Tuesday, July 19, the majority approved the Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by Rep. Jerry Nadler, not only codifying the right … More »

July 19

Stop organizing baptismals, FFRF tells Indiana sheriff

An Indiana sheriff’s department must immediately cease putting together Christian events, including baptismals, inside its detention center, insists the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Several Decatur County residents have informed the state/church watchdog that the Sheriff’s Department has organized a number of religious functions involving inmates … More »

July 19

Illinois school district stops religious activity after FFRF objects

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded an Illinois school district to stop allowing proselytization events on campus during the school day. A concerned community resident reported to FFRF that Ray McElroy, a former NFL player who is now a pastor, was speaking to students at … More »

July 18

Penalize a shamelessly politicking Ariz. church, FFRF insists to the IRS

The IRS must immediately take action against a politicking Arizona church that is openly challenging the tax agency, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding. The Redeemer Apostolic Church in Mesa, Ariz., has recently been involved in blatant electioneering. The church hosted Pastor Joshua Feuerstein … More »

July 18

FFRF & Women’s Leadership Project announce Lorraine Hansberry scholarships

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce, in association with the Women’s Leadership Project, the awardees of the Hansberry Humanist Scholarship Awards. ​​The state/church watchdog has helped to fund scholarships for six college students this year. The honorees were chosen by the Women’s … More »

July 15

FFRF: Christian-right outfits becoming ‘churches’ is a growing scam

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has sued the IRS over tax code inequities favoring churches over secular nonprofits, is condemning the growing trend of right-wing groups evading financial scrutiny by reorganizing as churches.  FFRF contends that not only is this a scam, … More »

July 15

Don’t misconstrue Supreme Court decision, FFRF warns Calif. board it reformed

Do not misinterpret a recent Supreme Court decision, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a California school board against whom it won a historic judgment. After the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District was released in late June, some members … More »

July 14

Probe electioneering Ohio churches, FFRF urges IRS

The IRS should investigate five Ohio churches that have been blatantly campaigning for an Ohio senatorial candidate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. Northwest Baptist Church in Toledo invited Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for the Ohio Senate primary, and Sen. Ted Cruz to … More »

July 14

FFRF & dozens of other groups urge Sen. Schumer to confirm judicial nominees

  The Senate must prioritize confirming federal judicial nominees before August or postpone the August recess if necessary, a multifarious coalition is urging the Senate majority leader.  The federal judiciary must continue confirming diverse judges who are committed to civil and human rights to … More »

July 13

Roger Stone tape at Jan. 6 hearing proves Christian nationalist fervor

The Christian nationalist influence behind the Jan. 6 attack was laid bare at yesterday’s congressional hearing in the form of testimony entered about Roger Stone, longtime adviser to Donald Trump.   On the night before the insurrection at a rally at Freedom Plaza, Stone pushed … More »

July 13

FFRF condemns Arizona voucher expansion measure

Arizona has enacted the most expansive private school voucher program in the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s attempted destruction of state-church separation. Taxpayers in the Grand Canyon State are now required to pay for any student’s private schooling, including those who attend … More »

July 12

FFRF urges Biden to declare national emergency over abortion care

The White House must do much more than the baby steps it has recently taken to safeguard abortion access, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “This is a national health emergency,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, “and President Biden needs to act accordingly. The … More »

July 12

Preaching by public school still illegal, FFRF maintains to Ala. school

Stop preaching on your official social media, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling a Jefferson County (Ala.) middle school. A concerned local resident contacted the national state/church watchdog regarding Bragg Middle School’s promotion of Christianity on its official website. The “Life-Changing Truths … More »

July 11

FFRF extols new bill that’ll harness religious health care entities

Imagine an insurance company that doesn’t cover routine care or medications, can drop coverage or kick someone out for almost any reason (including a pre-existing condition), has a lifetime cap on benefits, isn’t regulated, doesn’t have to possess any cash reserves, and can hide … More »

July 11

Investigate Christian outfit’s claims of praying with justices, FFRF demands

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its allies are urging Chief Justice John Roberts to probe into a Religious Right outfit’s startling claims that it has prayed with Supreme Court justices inside the court itself.  Peggy Nienaber, vice president of Faith & Liberty, has insisted … More »

July 7

Bible distribution in Tenn. schools unlawful, FFRF declares to 146 superintendents

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that Tennessee school districts end unconstitutional bible distributions occurring within multiple schools. After receiving an increase in the number of complaints from Tennessee residents regarding bible distributions in the public schools, the national state/church watchdog has written to … More »

July 5

FFRF applauds Biden and Blinken’s commitment to non-religious freedom

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has come to the defense of President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who are being criticized by Fox News and 15 ultra-conservative members of Congress for ensuring that persecuted non-religious minorities are treated equitably with persecuted … More »

July 1

FFRF to Fla. Department of Education: Christian nationalist language must be revised

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its Florida membership, is asking the Florida Department of Education to remove miseducation about the Founders and Framers from Florida’s new, recently implemented civics standards.  Florida parents, and many teachers, have raised concerns that children … More »

July 1

FFRF lauds Wis. heroes, lambasts heartless ‘antis’ in abortion ban fallout

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is based in Madison, Wis., is praising Wisconsin’s governor and attorney general for quickly filing a challenge of the state’s 1849 law criminalizing abortion, which is creating chaos and crises by shuttering the state’s four abortion clinics. … More »

June 30

FFRF celebrates confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

Following a disastrous two weeks of Supreme Court rulings, one bright judicial spot was the swearing-in today of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. “This provides a much-needed ray of hope,” comments Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. Brown Jackson is the first Black woman … More »

June 30

FFRF asks Texas Board of Education to delete bogus Moses reference

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its Texas membership, is urging the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) to remove from its history curricula bogus references about the so-called influence of the biblical character, Moses, upon the U.S. Founders. The SBOE … More »

June 30

FFRF to Boebert; Churches don’t direct government, nation gives rights, not God

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a strongly-worded rebuke to U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert over her recent remarks to a church congregation, saying this nation’s purpose is to “glorify God” and that churches are “supposed to direct the government.” The state/church watchdog also contacted … More »

June 29

FFRF’s ‘We’re Atheists & We Vote” campaign launches over July 4th

Click to view the secular values voter campaigns in other states.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation over this patriotic holiday is announcing to the nation that there are 75 million nonreligious adult Americans who want religion out of government — and are voting that way. “We’re … More »

June 29

Wisconsin American Indian Atheist, composer stars on billboard, July 4 ads

A world-renowned composer and member of the Stockbridge Munsee Community is appearing on a full-size billboard proclaiming “I’m an Atheist and I Vote,” on the corner of Park Street and Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, Wis. The billboard will be up for one month. Brent Michael … More »

June 29

Hispanic Atheist couple on ‘secular vote’ billboard, July 4 Richmond ads

A 14x48-foot billboard featuring a Virginia couple proudly proclaiming “We’re Atheists and We Vote” has just gone up at I-95 and 1401 Commerce Road, Richmond, Va., as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this … More »

June 29

‘Foxhole Atheist’ in Vermont secular voter July 4th ad campaign

A Humanist Air Force veteran and 55-year volunteer firefighter will be featured in a “secular values voter” campaign in Vermont, appearing in full-page ads in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald over the weekend of July 2. Grant “Chip” Taylor will be featured in a … More »

June 29

‘Happily Atheist’ couple star on Philly kiosks, July 4 ‘secular vote’ ads

A local couple proudly proclaiming “We’re Atheist and We Vote” will be appearing on six prominent kiosks in downtown Philadelphia as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this critical election year. The kiosks will be … More »

June 29

Atheist ‘secular values voter’ stars on billboard, July 4 ads in Portland

A retired Portlander — mother, grandmother, hiker and kayaker — is featured on a full-size billboard at NE Portland Highway near Simpson Street proclaiming “I’m an Atheist and I vote.” The billboard will be up by the end of the week for a month. Cheryl … More »

June 28

Atheist student stars on billboard, July 4th secular voter ads in Austin

A 26-year-old pre-med college student is featured on a 14x48-foot billboard in Austin proudly proclaiming “I’m Atheist and I vote” that is up at South Lamar (west side) and Manchaca Rd., as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom … More »

June 28

‘Not everyone in Kentucky is religious,’ says Atheist couple on billboard, July 4 ads in Frankfort

A billboard featuring a Kentucky couple proudly proclaiming “We’re Atheists and We Vote” has gone up at East 7th Street near the state Capitol building as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this critical … More »

June 28

Atheist author stars on ‘secular values voter’ billboard, July 4 ads in Raleigh

A mother, author, activist, lifelong Carolinian and Atheist is featured on a billboard in North Raleigh on Wake Forest Road proudly proclaiming “I’m an Atheist and I vote.” The billboard will go up within the next week for a month, and is part of … More »

June 28

‘Not everyone in Tennessee is religious,’ says Humanist couple on billboard, July 4 Nashville ads

A billboard featuring a Tennessee couple proudly proclaiming “We’re Humanists and We Vote” has gone up at Charlotte Avenue near 11th Avenue, Nashville, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this critical election year. The … More »

June 28

Agnostic student stars on billboard, July 4th secular voter ads

A 20-year-old college student will be featured on a billboard on K Street and 20th in Sacramento proudly proclaiming “I’m Agnostic and I vote” next month, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this … More »

June 28

Atheist couple star on ‘secular voter’ rooftop billboard, July 4 ads in Albany, NY

A billboard featuring a distinguished retired couple proudly proclaiming “We’re Atheist and We Vote” has gone up on a rooftop on the corner of NY2 and Second Avenue in Watervliet, in suburban Albany, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by … More »

June 28

Humanist couple stars on secular voter billboard, July 4 ads in Des Moines

A prominent billboard featuring a Des Moines couple proudly proclaiming “We Are Humanists and We Vote” has gone up at Court Avenue near Second Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion … More »

June 28

Freethinker stars on Indianapolis secular voter billboard, July 4 ads

A billboard featuring an Indianapolis-area father and businessman proclaiming “I’m a freethinker and I vote” has gone up at 8300 North Bash St., Indianapolis, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this critical election … More »

June 28

Atheist 'secular values voter’ stars on billboard, Independence Day weekend ads in Denver

A billboard featuring a pediatric nurse proudly proclaiming “I’m an atheist and I vote” is going up this week at 14th Avenue and Fox, east of Speer, facing west in Denver, as part of a national multi-media secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom … More »

June 27

Humanist ‘secular values voter’ stars on billboard, Independence Day weekend ads in Phoenix

A Phoenix resident, “retired corporate executive, small business owner, great-grandfather, native Arizonian . . . and Humanist,” is featured on a full-size billboard at Van Buren Street 140 feet east of Third Avenue, proclaiming in Spanish, “Soy humanista y voto” ( “I’m humanist and … More »

June 27

Atheist Vet featured in secular voter July 4th ad campaign in Maine

A Vietnam combat veteran and secular activist is featured in a “secular values voter” campaign in Maine, and will appear in a full-page ad in the Maine Sunday Telegram on July 3. The ad is part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by … More »

June 27

‘Friendly Atheist’ stars on secular voter billboard, July 4 ads in Chicago

A 14x48 foot billboard featuring well-known ‘Friendly Atheist’ writer Hemant Mehta proclaiming “I’m an atheist and I vote” is up at Peterson and Artesian Avenues in Chicago, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in … More »

June 27

Atheist Marylander featured in timely secular voter July 4th ad campaign

A student of philosophy who identifies as an atheist is representing a national state/church watchdog in a “secular values voter” campaign in Maryland. Parrish S. Knight will appear in a full-page ad headlined “I’m Secular and I Vote,” in which he is shown wearing an … More »

June 27

Atheist 'secular values voter’ stars on billboard, July 4 ads in Hartford

A billboard featuring a grandmother proudly proclaiming “I’m an atheist and I vote” is going up this week at Allyn Street east of Union Place South, Hartford, Conn., as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation … More »

June 27

Retired Atheist couple star on billboard, July 4 ads in St. Paul

A billboard featuring a Saint Paul couple proudly proclaiming “We’re Atheists and We Vote” has gone up at East 7th Street near the state Capitol building as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in this … More »

June 27

FFRF denounces Supreme Court’s far-reaching Coach Kennedy decision

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excoriating a religion-pandering opinion with far-reaching consequences that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down this morning in a case involving an ostentatiously praying public school coach.   Last week, the high court repealed Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing … More »

June 27

Atheist Nevadan ‘secular values voter’ stars on billboard, Independence Weekend ad

A Reno resident who describes herself as “a Mom, an artist and an Atheist” is featured on a full-size billboard proclaiming “I’m an atheist and I vote,” currently up at 4945 Joule St., Reno, Nev., for one month. Tamami Tokutake is representing Nevada in a … More »

June 27

Georgia ‘Peach’ and atheist stars on billboard, July 4 ads in Atlanta

A billboard featuring Black Nonbelievers President Mandisa Thomas proclaiming “I’m an atheist and I vote” is going up this week at Courtland Street and JW Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, as part of a national multimedia secular voter campaign launched by the Freedom From Religion Foundation … More »

June 27

FFRF: Gov. Edwards was right to veto RFRA expansion

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed HB 953, an expansion to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). HB 953 was enacted amid misplaced fervor against churches being forced to hold worship … More »

June 24

FFRF blasts theocratic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns in strongest terms the devastating decision today by the Supreme Court’s ultraconservative supermajority to dismantle the fundamental right to an abortion, noting the result will be untold harm. Abortion rights are expected to fall or be rolled back … More »

June 23

N.C. sheriff’s adoption of Christian recovery program violates Constitution

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out Yancey County Sheriff's Office for partnering with Celebrate Recovery, a self-described “Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program.” Back in March, the sheriff’s office’s announced the partnership on its official Facebook page, quoting Sheriff Shane Hilliard: “I Thank … More »

June 23

FFRF condemns failed repeal of Wisconsin’s 1849 anti-abortion law

Fourteen seconds in the Senate. Twenty-five seconds in the Assembly. That’s how long each chamber convened during Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ special session to repeal a pre-Civil War abortion criminalization law. No action was taken and the dormant ban remains on the books. What … More »

June 22

FFRF re: Jan. 6 testimony: Constitution is ‘godless,’ not ‘divinely inspired’

The U.S. Constitution is “godless,” not “divinely inspired,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation reminds two public officials, who made that erroneous assertion yesterday at the hearing over the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. During testimony on June 21, Arizona Speaker of the … More »

June 22

FFRF: Funding boost for IRS should curtail church electioneering

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that Congress is planning to allocate more than $6 billion to the IRS to strengthen its enforcement efforts, which, among other actions, should allow it to crack down on abuse by politicking churches. “We hope this … More »

June 22

FFRF cheers Gallup poll showing godless at new high

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a new finding by Gallup that shows the percentage of Americans who do not believe in a god is the highest since Gallup began asking the question nearly 80 years ago. The just-released Values and Belief poll shows … More »

June 21

FFRF: Supreme Court ‘abandons longstanding doctrine’ in Maine school voucher decision

In a 6-3 decision issued today, the extremist supermajority on the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt another major blow to true religious liberty in its judgment on the Carson v. Makin school voucher case. Outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer, whose resignation is effective before the next term, … More »

June 16

FFRF to Madison council: Enact resolution to protect abortion rights

The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Madison Common Council to follow the lead of the city of Tucson and pass its own resolution on non-enforcement of Wisconsin’s 1849 law criminalizing abortion. The city of Tucson passed a resolution on June 7 in … More »

June 16

FFRF tells public officials to heed poll showing widespread support for state/church separation

Public officials, take heed: At a time when the nation has never faced greater religious interference with public policies, Pew Research is showing that “the vast majority of adults say religion should be kept separate from government policies.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation cheers the … More »

June 16

FFRF condemns Texas AG Paxton's 'God has a plan' remarks on Uvalde massacre

This official letter from Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan Barker was sent to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. This letter was sent today, June 16. The Honorable Ken Paxton Attorney General Office of the Attorney General PO Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711-2548 Re:   … More »

June 16

Jan. 6 select committee should offer witnesses secular affirmation, FFRF urges

A national association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics) is asking the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol to grant witnesses the option of making a secular affirmation when they’re being sworn in to testify.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a … More »

June 15

FFRF welcomes atheist recognition in State Dept.’s religious freedom report

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is relieved that the State Department recognizes the plight of atheists and other freethinkers around the world in its annual report on international religious freedom.   In the report’s recent publication, Secretary of State Antony Blinken remarked that while … More »

June 15

FFRF condemns Fla. governor’s fallacious smear of nonreligious

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing remarks by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that imply people who lack a “religious foundation” are prone to criminal violence. The state/church watchdog, which represents more than 36,000 members, including 1,800 in Florida, has asked DeSantis to retract … More »

June 15

FFRF hails passage of N.Y. abortion protections

Governors across the country need to follow New York’s lead and pass abortion protections in their state. On June 13, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed bills that would make the Empire State an abortion safe haven. This step is necessary, since the right to … More »

June 14

FFRF to Jan. 6 committee: Please probe white Christian nationalist roots

  A recent thwarted Patriot Front plot to violently disrupt an LGBTQ pride event in Idaho is proof that white Christian nationalism remains a threat to our nation and shows why its role in the Jan. 6 insurrection should be part of the House hearings. … More »

June 14

FFRF lauds Tucson’s protection of abortion rights

With the future of Roe v. Wade appearing grim, it is more important than ever that legislators at all levels defend abortion rights. Local officials in Tucson, Ariz., have done just that. Mayor Regina Romero and the City Council in that city passed a resolution … More »

June 13

FFRF op-ed highlights white Christian nationalism’s role in Jan. 6 attack

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent out an extremely timely op-ed emphasizing that white Christian nationalism was a major factor in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. In a piece for The Progressive magazine’s op-ed service sent out right before the … More »

June 10

‘Keep Religion out of Government,’ FFRF billboard in Denver proclaims

  A new billboard message boldly proclaiming “Keep Religion OUT of Government” has just gone up on Interstate 70 in Denver. The billboard can be seen by cars traveling eastbound between the Downieville (exit 234) and Dumont (exit 235) exits. It sits on the … More »

June 10

Local humanist voters on billboard, upcoming full-page Olympian ad

A smiling Chehalis couple appears on a 10.5-by-22.75 billboard proclaiming “We’re Humanists and We Vote” that has recently gone up for a month at East 5th Avenue near Jefferson in Olympia, Wash. The billboard is part of a national secular voter campaign that the … More »

June 9

FFRF castigates Rep. Gohmert for irresponsible Uvalde comments

The Freedom From Religion is condemning a Texas member of Congress for his abhorrent comments blaming the horrific school massacre in his state on irreligiosity and lack of prayer. On June 8, Rep. Louie Gohmert delivered remarks on the House floor implying that removing prayer … More »

June 9

FFRF applauds Gov. Evers’ special session to repeal abortion ban

The Freedom From Religion Foundation hails Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for calling a special legislative session to finally get rid of the state’s archaic 1849 law criminalizing abortion. FFRF’s home state of Wisconsin is one of nine states with an abortion ban that predates … More »

June 8

N.C. lt. gov. must retract intolerant remarks, FFRF insists

The North Carolina lieutenant governor must rescind his recent misogynistic and Christian nationalist remarks and offer apologies, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson reportedly told a Charlotte-area congregation in late May that Christians are “called to be led by men,” … More »

June 6

FFRF chastises Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for endorsing Christian nationalism

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s ignorant comments endorsing Christian nationalism.  Greene recently discussed religion and Christian nationalism in America on her show “MLG Live” in a program densely packed with misinformation. During Greene’s radio episode on June … More »

June 3

FFRF to Ohio school district: Keep bigots away from graduation ceremony

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising the River Valley School District after reports that an outside speaker told students to follow the bible and stop being gay. On May 27, local business owner Jim McGuire reportedly began a speech at the graduation … More »

June 3

FFRF to AGs and DAs: Pledge not to enforce criminal abortion laws

The Freedom From Religion Foundation calls on every attorney general and district attorney to publicly pledge not to enforce criminal abortion laws. The national state/church watchdog urges attorneys general to follow in the footsteps of Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, who has publicly pledged to … More »

June 2

FFRF lauds passage of New York’s secular addiction recovery bill

The state of New York will now require secular treatment options after Freedom From Religion Foundation’s membership encouraged the state Senate to pass legislation. The New York Senate has passed A 8163/S 7313, a bill that expands treatment options for New Yorkers in the criminal … More »

June 2

FFRF heartened that white Christian nationalism on national radar

It’s heartening that the growing danger of white Christian nationalism in our country is finally being recognized. A case in point is its recent mention on “The View,” the popular ABC daytime show, when co-host Tara Setmayer linked mass shootings with the “rise in violent … More »

June 1

FFRF cautiously commends S.C. birth control bill

The Freedom From Religion Foundation cautiously commends the passage of a South Carolina bill that allows women to purchase birth control pills at a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. South Carolina joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding access to … More »

June 1

Arizona district reins in proselytizing teacher per FFRF advice

The Scottsdale Unified School District has remedied a serious state/church violation following the advice of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned district student recently informed the state/church watchdog that a Chaparral High School teacher had been abusing his position to proselytize and … More »

May 31

FFRF: Religious politicians defame atheism over school shootings

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a recent barrage of troubling comments by politicians callously blaming the Texas school shooting on atheism, irreligiosity or lack of faith. FFRF has sent letters to four different high-ranking public officials who have recently made outrageous remarks … More »

May 31

FFRF lauds congressional step to end taxpayer fund misuse

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating the passage of a measure in Congress that aims to curtail the abuse of taxpayer money. FFRF has long opposed the federal government’s faith-based initiative and has even taken the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court. Taxpayers should … More »

May 27

Make sure Greg Locke’s church pays its taxes, FFRF urges IRS

The IRS needs to immediately investigate a politically partisan pastor’s tax-exempt status, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding. FFRF is a registered 501(c)(3) and it takes this designation, along with the accompanying benefits and responsibilities, very seriously. However, some churches have chosen to make … More »

May 27

FFRF demands Ga. school district action after superintendent’s graduation sermon

A Georgia school district must immediately act in response to its constitutionally wayward superintendent, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging.  A concerned district community member in attendance at the May 20 Dawson County High School graduation ceremony informed the state/church watchdog  that … More »

May 26

FFRF advises Ohio city council to leave prayer out of meetings

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging the Akron City Council to focus on civic matters and leave religion out of its proceedings. A concerned Akron resident recently raised concerns about a consistently Christian prayer delivered at Akron City Council meetings. The prayers are exclusively Christian … More »

May 26

FFRF goes to freethinking sculptor’s studio on Sunday TV show

Click here to watch the teaser. The Freedom From Religion Foundation ventures on a special visit to an acclaimed sculptor’s studio for its last “Freethought Matters” TV show of the season this Sunday. Zenos Frudakis is an internationally renowned sculptor and artist. More than 100 of … More »

May 25

FFRF: “Thoughts and prayers” are not enough for school shootings — and never have been

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sickened by the massacre at an elementary school in Texas in which 21 people, including 19 children, have been senselessly murdered by a young man armed with assault rifles. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the grieving families … More »

May 24

Stop teacher’s blatant proselytization, FFRF urges Ala. school district

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that an Alabama school district immediately halt a teacher’s blatant proselytizing. A concerned Shelby County Schools parent has informed the national state/church watchdog that their child’s teacher has been proselytizing to students and has been exhibiting other concerning … More »

May 24

FFRF’s comm director lambastes Russian church’s Ukraine invasion approval

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s communications director has written a widely read column excorating the Russian Orthodox Church’s enthusiastic backing of the Ukraine invasion. In a piece for The Progressive magazine’s op-ed service, Amitabh Pal dissects the various specious justifications that the church has offered … More »

May 23

New report details Southern Baptists’ despicable treatment of sex abuse victims

A recent bombshell report has revealed that officials of the Southern Baptist Convention engaged in a troubling pattern of abuse and cover-up. For the past 20 years, church members have been reporting abuses by clergymen “only to be met, time and time again, … More »

May 23

Book bans abhorrent and misplaced, FFRF tells Idaho school board

Book bannings are abominable, the Freedom From Religion Foundation admonishes an Idaho school board, but if any book deserves to be proscribed, it is the bible. The Nampa School District Board of Trustees has recently decided to ban more than 20 books from school libraries. … More »

May 20

FFRF to Florida residents: If your school district is banning books, make sure it bans the bible

A new Florida law gives easily offended parents a way to ban books from their childrens’ public school libraries. There have been more than 200 book bans across Florida in the past year, according to a report by the advocacy group PEN America. In … More »

May 20

FFRF condemns Oklahoma’s cruel new abortion ban

As we await the final nail in the coffin of what’s left of Roe v. Wade, anti-abortion state legislators are gleefully passing draconian abortion bans. The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Oklahoma’s action yesterday to pass a near-complete ban on abortion— the most restrictive … More »

May 19

FFRF calls on OK gov to honor secular Constitution or resign

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt for mixing church and state in justifying his near-total abortion ban.  SB 1503, a copycat of Texas’s notorious SB 8, is an abortion ban that does not contain an exception for pregnancies that result from … More »

May 19

“This Is Us” and “Castle” actor guest on FFRF TV show Sunday

Click here to watch the teaser. Acclaimed actor and nontheist Jon Huertas, who has played key parts in memorable TV serials, is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. For the past six seasons, Huertas has starred as Miguel … More »

May 18

All-women legal podcast makes its debut today

Four attorneys from three major secular organizations are launching today, May 18, the only legal affairs show for atheists, agnostics and humanists hosted completely by women lawyers. “We Dissent” will discuss religious liberty in federal and state courts and the work these attorneys do to … More »

May 17

FFRF mails ‘E Pluribus Unum’ decals to counter godly motto on Kansas police cars

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has mailed decals boasting America’s original motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” to the city of Haven, Kansas, to counter “In God We Trust” stickers on police cars there. The national watchdog, in a letter to Mayor Adam Wright, notes that the … More »

May 17

Breaking! FFRF wins lawsuit against praying W.Va. city council that ‘wrapped itself in a single faith’

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and two of its members have won a federal court challenge against a West Virginia city that, according to the ruling, “wrapped itself in a single faith” by opening with the Lord’s Prayer. U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. … More »

May 17

W.Va. school system and parent settle FFRF case over egregious bible classes

A long-running Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against a West Virginia school district challenging bible classes has finally been settled. The national state/church watchdog filed the federal case in 2017 on behalf of Elizabeth Deal and her daughter to stop Mercer County Schools from continuing … More »

May 16

FFRF links ‘replacement theory’ Buffalo killings motive to Christian nationalism

The Freedom From Religion Foundation deplores the Buffalo racial massacre by a young man who appears to be a white Christian nationalist motivated by the “replacement theory.” The 18-year-old shooter, who is in custody, outlined his racist ideology in a long statement averring that the … More »

May 16

FFRF announces S.D. student as ‘strong backbone’ activist awardee

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to bestow a South Dakota high school student with its $1,000 student activist award for her objections to her school board starting its meetings with Christian prayer. Shaye Beardsley, a senior at Stevens High School, has been granted … More »

May 13

Make Supreme Court justices ethical, FFRF and others urge Congress

More than a dozen leading organizations are urging Congress to pass legislation imposing ethics requirements on U.S. Supreme Court justices. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and several other prominent groups, ranging from League of Conservation Voters and Indivisible to the American Humanist Association and Secular Coalition for … More »

May 12

FFRF to Youngkin: You were elected Va. governor, not preacher

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excoriating Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s show of cultural tone deafness in using DEI training to proselytize state employees.   “Most of all, every one of us is made in the image of our Creator,” the narrator in the … More »

May 12

FFRF’s full-page ad on abortion in today’s New York Times rips religion

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a powerful full-page ad in the main news section of today’s New York Times showing the Statue of Liberty enshrouded in “Handmaid’s Tale” garb, with the word “Liberty” crossed out. That illustration, by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Benson, is … More »

May 12

No taxpayer funds for Palatka church pool, FFRF demands

A Florida city must reject a local church’s request for tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to refurbish a swimming pool, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned resident has informed the national state/church watchdog that the Palatka City Commission plans … More »

May 12

Legendary illustrator Ed Sorel on FFRF TV show Sunday

Click here to watch the teaser. You’re in for an illustrative treat in an interview with an illustrious illustrator on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Edward Sorel charts his remarkable life and irreverent artwork in his new memoir, Profusely Illustrated. … More »

May 11

Idaho is NOT a Christian state, FFRF reminds its Lt. Gov.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin retract and apologize for her recent “menacing” and religion-infused incendiary remarks. McGeachin said in an interview distributed widely on April 9, “God calls us to pick up the sword and … More »

May 11

FFRF: Abortion rights senatorial defeat dismaying

The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns U.S. senators who failed to support the Women’s Health Protection Act. The Women’s Health Protection Act not only would codify the provisions of Roe v. Wade, should the Supreme Court overturn the 1973 law legalizing abortion nationwide (as expected) … More »

May 11

Adopt a nondiscriminatory oath, FFRF advises New Jersey

You need to get rid of your discriminatory and exclusionary oath, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is recommending to the state of New Jersey. New Jersey statutes require a religious oath to assume any state office. As required by N.J.S.A. 41: 1-2: “Every person who … More »

May 10

New legal fellows join FFRF, including one on a prestigious fellowship

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is welcoming two new legal fellows from the class of 2022, including one who is on a distinguished fellowship. Kat Grant has received a fellowship through Equal Justice Works to work with FFRF, and Sammi Lawrence is from the … More »

May 10

‘There is no hell,’ FFRF billboard in northwest Arkansas proclaims

A cheery billboard message boldly proclaiming “The Good News Is . . . THERE IS NO HELL” has gone up in the heart of northwest Arkansas and will be up until the end of May. The digital board is north of Elm Springs Road, behind … More »

May 9

Stop teacher’s proselytization, FFRF urges Ariz. school district

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that an Arizona school district immediately halt a teacher’s blatant proselytizing. A concerned Scottsdale Unified School District student has informed the national state/church watchdog that a teacher at Chaparral High School has been abusing his position to proselytize and … More »

May 5

Biden’s Day of Prayer proclamation a craven ‘Declaration of Dependence’

The annual unconstitutional presidential proclamation of a “Day of Prayer” is a degrading “Declaration of Dependence” by a nation predicated on the Declaration of Independence and a godless secular Constitution. President Biden’s dutiful 2022 proclamation also erases the very existence of nonreligious Americans, as … More »

May 5

Secularist Rep. Jamie Raskin on FFRF Sunday TV show

Click here to watch the teaser.  A member of Congress who fervently advocates separation between state and religion is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Rep. Jamie Raskin, the co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, is the author … More »

May 4

National Day of Reason resolution offsets the National Day of Prayer

Several members of Congress have introduced a National Day of Reason resolution (House Resolution 1080) to counter the National Day of Prayer. Led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, several national legislators are championing a resolution proclaiming today, May … More »

May 3

Tulsa Public Schools must fire proselytizing teacher, FFRF insists

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that Tulsa Public Schools fire a teacher who chastised a student for non-Christian beliefs. A concerned Tulsa Public Schools student has informed the state/church watchdog that Amy Cook, a biology teacher at Memorial High School, has been abusing … More »

May 3

FFRF: Take action now over imminent overturn of Roe v. Wade

In light of the leaked draft of an expected Supreme Court decision that appears to overrule Roe v. Wade, and the widespread panic it has sparked, the Freedom From Religion Foundation urges five constructive acts of resistance. The first: to demand that the U.S. Senate … More »

May 2

FFRF: Supreme Court ruling on Boston Christian flag is narrow but concerning

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, while considering unfortunate today’s ruling involving a Christian flag at Boston City Hall, is cautioning that the decision does not mean governments in the future must fly religious flags. However, the state/church watchdog terms concurring opinions by the high … More »

May 2

FFRF applauds Connecticut abortion expansion bill

The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends Connecticut legislators for defending abortion access amid the anti-abortion blitzkrieg occurring in statehouses nationwide. Lawmakers in Connecticut have passed a bill that expands the types of medical professionals who can provide abortion care, such as advanced practice registered nurses, … More »

April 29

Report: U.S. must do more against blasphemy prosecutions

A recent U.S. report highlights the prominence of anti-blasphemy laws around the globe and urges the State Department to designate Nigeria as a country of particular concern. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) recently released its 2022 report, which flags religious liberty concerns country … More »

April 29

FFRF denounces Oklahoma’s new abortion ban

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sounding the alarm that religious extremists in control of statehouses and gubernatorial offices are decimating our reproductive liberties. The latest such assault occurred yesterday, when the Oklahoma House approved a copycat abortion-ban-and-bounty bill modeled after a Texas law, not … More »

April 28

New podcast, ‘We Dissent,’ offers legal wisdom — from a secular female viewpoint

Four attorneys from three major secular organizations are launching a monthly podcast — the only legal affairs show for atheists, agnostics and humanists hosted completely by female lawyers. “We Dissent” will discuss religious liberty in federal and state courts and the work these attorneys do … More »

April 28

Christians Against Christian nationalism featured on FFRF TV show

Click here to watch the teaser.  The head of a Baptist group that crafted a landmark joint report on the Jan. 6 insurrection with the Freedom From Religion Foundation is the guest on FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” Sunday TV show. Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist … More »

April 28

No prayers at school board meetings, FFRF insists to W.Va. school district

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Braxton County Board of Education to stop opening its meetings with prayer.  “OPENING PRAYER” is listed for each board meeting in its official agendas. A community district parent has informed the state/church watchdog that these prayers are … More »

April 27

FFRF Tenn. billboard encourages constitutional watchdogs

The East Tennessee chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is fed up with religion in government and wants citizens to help FFRF end such entanglements. To this end, it has put up a new billboard in the Knoxville area. The billboard, which is on … More »

April 27

FFRF decries court ruling ending challenge of Texas SB 8 bounty law

In a major blow to reproductive health and the separation of state and church, an appeals court yesterday effectively ended the court battle to overturn the infamous Texas abortion-ban-and-bounty law.   On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld SB … More »

April 25

Michigan prayer fight shows why legislature should stop invocations

A foofaraw in the Michigan Legislature over prayer epitomizes why our statehouses and other governmental bodies should finally drop the archaic ritual of opening with prayer.  Not only are legislators charged solely with secular and civil duties — terrestrial not celestial … More »

April 25

FFRF sees few boundary lines in Supreme Court coach prayer case

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is gravely concerned that some U.S. Supreme Court justices will seek to use the case they heard today, about an ostentatiously praying coach, as an excuse to allow school staff to push religion onto students. The lawsuit was brought by … More »

April 25

Fanatical religious backlash is a bad business

The usual tenets of ultraconservatives are being jettisoned in order to promote a Christian nationalist agenda, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ revenge against pro-LGBTQ Disney reveals. When extremist politicians who run on campaigns promoting “big business” start going after big business entities — even icons … More »

April 22

FFRF thanks home county board for removing prayer from agenda

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to report that the Dane County Board of Supervisors has officially voted to remove prayer from board agendas. Due to this action taken at its meeting earlier this week, the agenda will return to listing only “inspirational messages” … More »

April 21

Pulitzer-winning atheist interviewed on FFRF Sunday TV show

Click here to watch the teaser.  A Pulitzer Prize-winning exponent of science and freethought is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show Sunday. Natalie Angier, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, is the author of a number of fascinating books. … More »

April 21

Eminent historian endorses Thomas Paine D.C. memorial

A prominent scholar and historian has endorsed the construction of a statue of Thomas Paine in the nation’s capital — providing the project a huge spur.  Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., introduced legislation in February (HR 6720) to authorize the building of a much-needed memorial to … More »

April 20

FFRF applauds Connecticut’s abortion expansion bill

  Sometime in the next two months, the heavily conservative U.S. Supreme Court will possibly decimate the foundation of Roe v. Wade — and the legality of abortion care will be left up to each state. That’s why the Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding … More »

April 19

FFRF lauds Supreme Court Covid action, criticizes Trump judge’s mask ruling

The Freedom From Religion Foundation hails a recent Supreme Court ruling and castigates a President Trump-appointed judge’s action — both related to the pandemic. The nation’s highest court ruled that the Pentagon can discipline an Air Force officer who refused, because of religious objections, to … More »

April 19

No evangelical access to schools, FFRF urges TX school district

  Stop faith-healing evangelicals coming into your schools, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has told a Texas school district. The state/church watchdog has been informed that on April 12, a teacher at Cigarroa High School in Laredo, Texas, brought Time to Revive, a religious … More »

April 19

FFRF makes its presence felt — again — in Chicago’s Daley Plaza

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Windy City chapter has yet again done stellar work on the behalf of secularism. On Thursday, April 14, FFRF’s Metropolitan Chicago Chapter (FFRFMCC) placed in Daley Plaza (in the heart of downtown Chicago) colorful banners promoting the secular views of … More »

April 15

FFRF ends intercom prayer in Louisiana elementary school

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s objection to daily intercom prayer in a Louisiana elementary school has quickly had the desired effect. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that Riverbend Elementary School in West Monroe, La., required its students to recite a prayer … More »

April 14

FFRF denounces Kentucky abortion ban

The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the Kentucky Legislature for overriding a veto and making Kentucky the first U.S. state without legal abortion access since Roe v. Wade.   Yesterday, on April 13, while protesters chanted “Bans off our bodies now,” Kentucky … More »

April 14

Florida “Do Say Gay” student activist on FFRF Sunday TV show

Click here to watch the teaser.  A Florida high school student who is in the forefront of protests against Florida’s anti-LGBTQ “Don’t Say Gay” law is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Florida's controversial Parental Rights in Education … More »

April 13

Hatchett job by House extremists presages trouble for our secular republic

The scuttling by House Republicans of a plan to name a courthouse for a pioneering Black judge because he’d ruled correctly against student-led school prayer is cause for serious alarm. It is also cause to expose the role that Christian theopolitics is playing in Congress … More »

April 13

FFRF asks La. parish to end daily prayer practice

Immediately halt the imposition of prayer on your students, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Louisiana school parish. A concerned parent has informed the state/church watchdog that Riverbend Elementary School in West Monroe, La., requires its students to recite a prayer each day … More »

April 13

FFRF: Abortion bans in Oklahoma, other states are not OK

Everything is not OK when it comes to the state of abortion abortion rights in the United States. Oklahoma is the most recent state to inflict injury on Roe v. Wade’s fundamental protection of the right “to be free from unwarranted governmental … More »

April 13

Lifting up secular health care for Black Maternal Health Week

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation salutes Black Maternal Health Week, which is taking place April 11-17. The week was first recognized by the White House last year.  Secular values align with Reproductive Justice, because when religiously rooted legislation denies and restricts abortion … More »

April 12

FFRF lauds Md. abortion expansion law and Idaho court ruling

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Maryland lawmakers for standing up in defense of abortion rights and the Idaho Supreme Court for halting that state’s draconian ban.  This past weekend, Maryland legislators voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that … More »

April 11

Reagan’s “unabashed atheist” ad returns to ‘Rachel Maddow’ show tonight

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s iconic ad featuring a presidential son touting FFRF’s work and his own “unabashed atheism” returns tonight to premier television. The commercial with Ron Reagan inviting viewers to join FFRF will air over the next two weeks on one the … More »

April 11

Quit your unconstitutional pandering, FFRF rebukes Sen. Tuberville

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chiding Alabama’s junior senator for his support of an unconstitutional school practice that the state/church watchdog has gotten stopped. Jefferson County Schools in Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s home state recently ended its unconstitutional custom of broadcasting prayer … More »

April 11

FFRF asks Arizona Capitol to remove Christian nationalist flag

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Arizona state Capitol to remove a highly problematic Christian nationalist flag currently on display there.  The flag, which reads “Appeal to Heaven,” is currently flying on the second floor of the Arizona legislative building. This … More »

April 7

FFRF applauds Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation

The Freedom From Religion Foundation hails the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the newest Supreme Court justice. Brown Jackson will become the first Black woman to serve on the court, chipping away at the massive divide between the court’s makeup and the makeup … More »

April 7

W.Va. student activist/plaintiff appears on FFRF TV show Sunday

Click here to watch the teaser. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday features the intrepid young student who initiated a West Virginia school walkout that’s led to an FFRF lawsuit. Max Nibert, who is the principal student plaintiff in the newsmaking … More »

April 6

FFRF condemns long prison sentence of Nigerian freethinker

The recent announcement of a prolonged prison term for a Nigerian freethinker, for the alleged crime of “blasphemy,” is appalling, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Mubarak Bala, an atheist, was the head of the Humanist Association of Nigeria before his arrest. Three days … More »

April 6

FFRF praises Colorado’s abortion access law

  Abortion access in the United States is on shaky ground — but there’s been a glimmer of hope recently.  Texas’ six-week abortion ban has been in effect for seven months, and anti-abortion states such as Idaho have passed copycat legislation. Additionally, Oklahoma lawmakers … More »