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Stop proselytizing preacher, FFRF insists to W.Va. school district

9/27/2021 ·   A preacher’s blatant proselytizing at a public high school needs to be halted at once, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a West Virginia school district.  A concerned Hardy County Schools parent has reported to FFRF that students were encouraged to attend a prayer … More »

Do away with the bible-based death penalty, FFRF urges the Supreme Court

9/27/2021 · Abolish capital punishment, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its allies are asking the U.S. Supreme Court. The state/church watchdog’s friend-of-the-court brief submitted today in the Ramirez v. Collier case (which deals with religious access) argues that the death penalty is unjustified in a secular … More »

FFRF cheers House passage of Women’s Health Protection Act

9/24/2021 · History was made today when the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 218-211, passed the Women’s Health Protection Act. The act safeguards abortion rights by nullifying state abortion bans. It also guarantees the right for patients to receive abortion care and for health … More »

Marriage equality may be on the chopping block, warns FFRF’s Seidel

9/23/2021 · Could this Supreme Court undo marriage equality? FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel answers that question in a new column for Religion Dispatches, contending that we should be worried: When I look at this broken, packed, partisan Supreme Court, I don’t see a … More »

FFRF’s Sunday TV show advises how to secularly grieve

9/23/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday offers some answers on how nonreligious people should deal with death. Candace R.M. Gorham is a former Christian minister who is now an atheist activist and author. Gorham has worked as a licensed mental … More »

Omaha preacher misleads congregants by spouting Christian nationalist lies

9/23/2021 · An ill-informed Nebraska preacher’s misstatements are compelling the Freedom From Religion Foundation to correct the record. Brenda Kunneman of One Voice Ministries recently stated that the United States was “founded as a Christian nationalist form of government.” This could not be further from the truth. … More »

You have my full support, FFRF’s Seidel tells exvangelicals

9/21/2021 · In a new column for Religion Dispatches, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel is offering backing to people questioning their faith. Seidel’s “A love letter to #exvangelicals and those deconstructing their toxic faith” was published Monday afternoon. “This is unlike anything I’ve ever … More »

Kick the prayers and proselytization, FFRF advises Fla. school district

9/20/2021 · A Florida high school is repeatedly violating the Constitution by utilizing a chaplain who has been proselytizing, praying and even baptizing football players during the school day on school grounds, says FFRF.  Niko Belavilas has posted material on Facebook and YouTube that reveals him regularly … More »

FFRF files Supreme Court brief to counter Mississippi’s anti-abortion gambit

9/20/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its secular allies are pushing back in the U.S. Supreme Court against Mississippi’s religion-infused attempt to severely curtail abortion rights.  The state/church watchdog has drafted and filed a friend-of-the-court brief before the highest court in the land in Dobbs … More »

FFRF enlightens prayer-pushing Dakota governor

9/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s recent comments on the importance of prayer and religious mottos in public schools. “The Supreme Court struck down school-sponsored prayer in public schools because it constitutes a government endorsement of religion, which violates … More »

FFRF denounces Capitol pro-insurrection rally disrespecting our Constitution

9/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a rally for the Jan. 6 Capitol attackers to be held at the site of the attack the day after Constitution Day. The rally, organized by a former Trump campaign staffer, is meant to recast the assault … More »

Landmark public education case spotlighted on FFRF TV show Sunday

9/16/2021 ·  A secular public education lawsuit that’s become a historic milestone is the subject of this Sunday’s Freedom From Religion Foundation “Freethought Matters” TV show. The interview guest is three-time Emmy-winning independent documentary producer, director, writer and editor Jay Rosenstein. His “The Lord Is Not on … More »

FFRF to Gov. Abbott: “You were elected governor, not preacher”

9/16/2021 · Discontinue using your office to promote your personal religion and do something practical instead to prevent crime, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling the Texas governor. During a bill signing on Sept. 13, Gov. Greg Abbott stated: “We need to restore God in our communities. … More »

Atheists nab top spot in shots; White evangelicals least vaccinated

9/16/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is heartened by new data from the Pew Research Center showing that atheists are among the best neighbors an American could wish for. A just-released Pew report reveals that, among the groups measured, atheists are the most vaccinated “religious” group … More »

FFRF targets Nashville megapreachers with billboard campaign

9/15/2021 · A couple of Freedom From Religion Foundation billboards near Nashville megachurches are garnering a lot of attention. The 14-by-48-foot bulletins, featuring a stained-glass window motif, proclaim not bible verses but advice to “Sleep in on Sunday” and “Enjoy life now — there is no afterlife.” … More »

Key secular bill reintroduced in Congress

9/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted that an important secular bill has been reintroduced in Congress. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and several co-sponsors have reintroduced the Do No Harm Act in the Senate today. Earlier this year, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., introduced the same … More »

FFRF gets religion yanked from Okla. schools’ football program

9/14/2021 · An Oklahoma school district’s football program will not be used for proselytizing, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned community member informed the state/church watchdog that football coaches in the Elgin Public Schools system had been letting outside adults promote religion to district … More »

No chaplaincy or proselytization, FFRF urges Fla. school system

9/14/2021 · Get rid of your football chaplain and rein in your preachy employees, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Florida school district.  A concerned Orange County Public Schools community member has informed the state/church watchdog that Edgewater High School allows Josh Plant to act … More »

FFRF celebrates triumph of reason in new presidential vaccine directive

9/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly supports President Biden’s announcement of a sweeping vaccine mandate, a move that will reportedly affect as many as 100 million Americans. The state/church watchdog celebrates this triumph of reason over the cacophony of unscientific anti-vaxx noise throughout the country. … More »

Divided we stand after Sept. 11

9/10/2021 · By Dan Barker Editor’s Note: For the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is repurposing a column from its Freethought Today newspaper that FFRF Co-President Dan Barker wrote in the immediate aftermath of the horror and that remains as … More »

FFRF commends DOJ move against Texas abortion ban

9/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the news that the U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state of Texas over its draconian, dystopian abortion prohibition that deputizes everyone as bounty hunters. “May we say Hallelujah,” remarks FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. Attorney General Merrick … More »

Okla. city must quit wasting taxpayer funds on religion, insists FFRF

9/10/2021 · Stop engaging in taxpayer-funded religious boondoggles, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a city in Oklahoma.  Enid, Okla., has caught the attention of the state/church watchdog after multiple community members informed FFRF that the city has partnered with a resident to put up a … More »

FFRF NY Times ad cautions readers about anti-women religious onslaught

9/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times asking people to counter the religiously inspired war on women’s rights. The advertisement features a sketch of a “handmaid” in a reference to Margaret Atwood’s classic. “Roe v. Wade is … More »

Richard Dawkins interview on FFRF Sunday TV show

9/9/2021 · An intellectual giant is the interview guest this Sunday on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. The famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is well known for his international blockbuster, The God Delusion. And you are probably aware of Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene, … More »

FFRF decries Gov. Noem’s new abortion restrictions

9/9/2021 · Abortion rights in the United States are in peril. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court shockingly refused to block a six-week Texas abortion ban and abortion bounty provision. And now, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an executive order to limit abortion access in … More »

Remove cross from outside police department, FFRF insists to Ga. police dept.

9/9/2021 · Obey the (constitutional) law, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Georgia police department.  A concerned Centerville, Ga., resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the local police department has been displaying a cross. The cross appears to be a “shrouded cross,” a symbol … More »

FFRF pushes for Tenn. county seal to be inclusionary

9/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is prodding a Tennessee county to be more inclusive. Many Williamson County residents have in recent years called for the retirement of the existing county seal due to the Confederate battle flag displayed inside the top left of the seal. … More »

FFRF applauds Mexico’s Supreme Court abortion ruling

9/8/2021 · Amid the nasty anti-abortion moves that have been occurring globally, there is some good news that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering. On Sept. 8, Mexico’s high court delivered a unanimous ruling stating that it is unconstitutional to criminalize abortion in the country. This … More »

The Best of "Freethought Matters" on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

9/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show launches its new season this Sunday with delightful clips from the best past interviews on the program. You will watch engaging exchanges with an impressive array of names, including philosopher Daniel Dennett, entertainer John Davidson, women’s … More »

In “Supreme Hypocrisy,” FFRF’s Seidel showcases the Supreme Court's religion problem

9/2/2021 · This week has been a disaster for abortion rights, American justice and the rule of law. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel has penned a new column showcasing the hypocrisy of the Supreme Court, which he contends is out to “privilege Christianity.”  Religion Dispatches … More »

FFRF condemns outrageous Supreme Court blow to Roe

9/2/2021 ·       In a shocking action, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order just before midnight yesterday officially declining to block Texas’s draconian abortion ban. In a 5-4 ruling, the high court rejected a request to bar enforcement of the law, contending that applicants failed to meet … More »

Religious flag removed from Ohio public school after FFRF intervenes

9/2/2021 ·    A religious flag was promptly yanked from an Ohio public school classroom after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  A concerned parent informed the state/church watchdog that a social studies teacher at Creekside Middle School had been displaying a flag that said: “Appeal … More »

New “Unabashed atheist” Reagan ad debuts on Maddow and Colbert shows

9/2/2021 · A fresh version of an iconic Freedom From Religion Foundation ad featuring Ron Reagan is set to premier on Rachel Maddow’s and Stephen Colbert’s highly watched shows. The updated spot, in which the “unabashed atheist” is still notably “not afraid of burning in hell,” will … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court inaction an ominous harbinger for abortion rights

9/1/2021 · Millions of Texans woke up today in a state where abortion not only suddenly became illegal, but where they can be sued for performing an abortion or assisting a loved one in obtaining an abortion. This “Handmaid’s Tale” situation is due to the Supreme … More »

“Goodbye Roe, hello violence,” warns FFRF’s Seidel

9/1/2021 · Yet again, the country has been rocked by unwelcome news about the U.S. Supreme Court and abortion rights. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel hammers the court’s abrogation of its sworn duty in a new op-ed. Religion Dispatches has published Seidel’s latest piece, … More »

FFRF outraged over Gov. Reeves’ callous religious statement

8/31/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Mississippi governor over his recent religious indifference to the mounting pandemic toll in his state. Even as Mississippi is being decimated by Covid-19, Gov. Tate Reeves told attendees at a Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 26 that … More »

FFRF grants scholarships to first-in-family college students

8/31/2021 ·   Five nontheistic students who are first in their families to attend college have received a total of $20,000 in a tuition relief scholarship program underwritten by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. This is the third annual distribution of the Forward Freethought Tuition Relief Scholarships, funded … More »

FFRF: SCOTUS must immediately enjoin Texas abortion ban

8/31/2021 · It is vital that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito block a new Texas law going into effect tomorrow that bans most abortions and sets up a citizen “bounty” to incentivize individuals for enforcement. The court should either block the law or allow the lower court … More »

FFRF chastises Biden for biblically justifying Afghanistan war

8/27/2021 · The president of the United States should refrain from theocratic justifications for war, maintains the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Following yesterday’s horrific jihadist terrorist attack, which killed dozens of people including 13 U.S. troops, President Biden delivered remarks that included a bizarre and tone deaf … More »

Halt official religious barrage, FFRF tells Va. county commissioner

8/26/2021 · Stop misusing your office to propagate your personal religious beliefs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a Virginia county revenue commissioner. A concerned Washington County resident has informed the state/church watchdog that Commissioner of Revenue Mark J. Matney has been using his position … More »

Judicial activism highlights need for court reform

8/25/2021 · A recent chain of judicial decisions underscores how the federal courts have been packed with extremists and highlights the need for immediate court reform, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative bloc upheld an order from a President Trump-appointed … More »

Don’t misuse moment of silence, FFRF chastises Va. school board

8/24/2021 ·   Stop using moments of silence to recite Christian prayers at official meetings, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Virginia school board. FFRF Staff Attorney Christopher Line has sent a letter to the Buchanan County School Board after being informed that the school board routinely … More »

No official religious videos, FFRF admonishes Miss. commissioner

8/24/2021 · Stop abusing your official position in the name of religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebuking the Mississippi agriculture and commerce commissioner. Andy Gipson posted a video to his official Facebook page on Aug. 18, in which he is identified by his official title … More »

FFRF a major sponsor of freethought gathering for women of color

8/24/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited to be a co-sponsor of an upcoming freethought conference for women of color. The Women of Color Beyond Belief II conference, taking place at the Marriott Chicago Midway Sept. 24- 26, is the only national secular forum exclusively … More »

Protect Afghan freethinkers, FFRF prods State Department

8/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Biden administration to ensure that refugees from Afghanistan, including freethinkers and religious minorities, are given quick and safe passage. The Taliban, a religious militia bent on installing a theocracy, has essentially overrun and captured the … More »

FFRF’s Jayne warns about voucher scheme in Missouri op-ed

8/20/2021 · FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne warns in one of Missouri’s most prominent newspapers about the drawbacks of a new statewide school voucher program. “Starting next year, state tax money will begin to pay for tuition at private religious schools, mostly for students who would have … More »

FFRF: Bombing plot shows white Christian nationalist terrorism continues

8/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is exposing the fact that the attempted bombing at the U.S. Capitol today was conducted by an apparent white Christian nationalist. The state/church watchdog is also condemning as “highly irresponsible” U.S. Rep. Mo Brook’s minimizing response to the attempt, saying … More »

FFRF to Madison school board: Require staff vaccinations!

8/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging its hometown school district to follow the lead of progressive school districts around the country and mandate staff Covid-19 vaccinations. In a letter to the Madison (Wis.) Metropolitan School District Board of Education and Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, … More »

Halt your exclusionary posts, FFRF presses Gov. Lee

8/19/2021 · Stop excluding nonreligious citizens by posting sectarian religious messages on your social media, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising the Tennessee governor. A concerned Tennessee resident has contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that Gov. Bill Lee has a pattern of posting religious … More »

Stand up for secular values, FFRF urges Sen. Ossoff

8/19/2021 · Do not lead this country further away from its secular roots, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing one of the recently elected senators from Georgia. Sen. Jon Ossoff presided over a nearly empty Senate chamber in late July while it adopted by unanimous consent … More »

FFRF awards $21,350! Winners of FFRF’s high school essay contest

8/18/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 William Schulz High School Essay Contest. FFRF is awarding $21,350 in scholarship money for this year’s contest!  College-bound high school seniors were asked to write an essay based on this prompt:  “Write … More »

FFRF calls on Madison and Dane County to enact vaccine mandates

8/16/2021 · The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Madison and Dane County authorities to decree vaccine mandates for social gatherings before the influx of students onto the UW-Madison campus. The letter, directed to Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Dr. Jerry … More »

FFRF victory over Fla. high school coach-sponsored prayer

8/13/2021 ·   A Florida high school baseball coach has stopped praying with players before every game and practice after the school received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The constitutional violations occurring before Lake Minneola high school baseball games were reported to FFRF, a national state/church … More »

Pakistani and other blasphemy laws must go

8/12/2021 ·     While the Freedom From Religion Foundation is relieved that blasphemy charges were dropped this week against an eight-year-old Pakistani Hindu boy, the case shows why blasphemy laws must go. The boy, from Bhong village in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab, was accused of urinating on a … More »

FFRF to Pres. Biden: Use executive measures to incentivize vaccine mandates

8/11/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking President Joe Biden to wield the influence and authority of the federal government to incentivize vaccination mandates. While praising the recent federal employee and military Covid-19 vaccination mandates, FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor assert in … More »

FFRF blasts SCOTUS ‘shadow docket’ votes to privilege religion

8/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation warns that there is serious trouble ahead for the principle of separation between state and church, given the Supreme Court’s emergency rulings siding with religious objections to Covid-19 health measures. A recent Reuters study reveals that religious groups looking to receive … More »

FFRF report: School ‘prayer walks’ walk all over Constitution

8/10/2021 ·   What on earth is a “prayer walk” and what’s wrong when they are performed in some public schools around the nation? The Freedom From Religion Foundation has just released a short report about prayer walks in public schools, a bizarre but growing phenomenon. FFRF's report shows … More »

FFRF: Florida voucher expansion for anti-maskers is dangerous and unconstitutional

8/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns a Florida development that not only endangers student health, but encourages anti-maskers to send their children to religious schools at public expense. As Florida tops the country in a recent swell of Covid-19 cases, the Florida State Board of … More »

With new motto law, Christian nationalism gains a foothold in New Hampshire

8/9/2021 ·    Christian nationalists have furthered their unconstitutional cause in the Granite State. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed into law a bill prohibiting the state or a school district from “restricting” the display of the U.S. motto “In God We Trust” (or the state’s own “Live … More »

FFRF op-ed calls on Sen. Johnson to do the right thing

8/6/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s reproductive rights intern is calling in an op-ed in its hometown newspaper for Wisconsin’s senior senator to respect science. FFRF Anne Nicol Gaylor Reproductive Rights Intern Barbara Alvarez is urging in the Madison, Wisconsin, Cap Times Sen. Ron Johnson to … More »

FFRF to UW Board of Regents: mandate Covid-19 vaccinations

8/5/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to push back against anti-science legislative interference and mandate Covid-19 vaccinations. A number of state university systems, including in California, Illinois, Colorado and New York, have already adopted measures to require … More »

FFRF instructs Ohio school board on Constitution

8/5/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has educated an Ohio school board about the importance of adhering to the country’s secular constitution. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that the Canton Board of Education opened each board meeting with prayer, usually led by the board president … More »

Discontinue chaplaincy, FFRF advises Calif. police dept.

8/5/2021 · A California police department’s chaplain program is constitutionally impermissible, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Rio Vista resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the police department has recently “revitalized” its police chaplaincy program. The department recently posted on Facebook and Nextdoor that … More »

Hallelujah! Reason prevails at appeals court over Indiana Univ. vaccine mandate

8/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation hails the decision by an appeals court panel not to enjoin Indiana University from enforcing its new vaccine mandate. The case will proceed to a full hearing, but meanwhile a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … More »

FFRF lauds passage of spending bill without anti-abortion amendments

7/30/2021 · Legislative history was recently made in this country. On July 29, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill without inclusion of the Hyde and Weldon Amendments. For 45 years, the Hyde Amendment has denied low-income women on Medicaid (one in five women in … More »

FFRF excoriates Sen. Nass’ reckless anti-vaxx proposal for UW campuses

7/30/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is vigorously protesting Wisconsin state Sen. Steve Nass’ attempt to sabotage Covid-19 public health measures at University of Wisconsin campuses statewide. Nass, who chairs a minor senatorial committee, has declared that he will aim to micromanage the University of Wisconsin’s … More »

‘The terrorists perceived themselves to be Christians’

7/30/2021 · Riveted Americans have watched the chilling testimony before Congress this week of four police officers who survived the Jan. 6 insurrection. Riveted Americans have watched the chilling testimony before Congress this week of four police officers who survived the Jan. 6 insurrection.  There were many memorable … More »

FFRF denounces Sen. Kennedy’s anti-secular bigotry

7/29/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the anti-atheist bigotry of the junior senator from Louisiana and is calling on him to apologize to the 30 million atheists and agnostics in America — who number more than Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Mormons and Muslims combined. During … More »

Cops can’t pamper clergy, FFRF informs Mich. police department

7/29/2021 · The cops shouldn’t be giving religious officials official joyrides, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is emphasizing to a Michigan police chief.  Several Grand Rapids residents have informed the state/church watchdog that the Grand Rapids Police Department is launching a new faith-based partnership called “Clergy on … More »

New op-ed calls on January 6 Committee to investigate role of Christian Nationalism in attack

7/29/2021 · In a new op-ed for Religion Dispatches, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel called for the January 6 Select Committee, which met for the first time on Tuesday, to investigate the role that Christian Nationalism played in the assault. Seidel begins the piece: Yesterday, … More »

FFRF: It’s time for Covid-19 vaccine mandates

7/28/2021 · It’s time for reason to prevail regarding Covid-19 vaccination protocols; it’s time to make vaccinations mandatory. With what’s become a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” chaos is reigning. Hospitals and medical providers in many parts of the country are overwhelmed again. People are unnecessarily dying. Parents … More »

Kick the praying habit, FFRF advises Colo. football coach

7/28/2021 · A football coach’s recurring recitation of the Lord's Prayer at football games is out of bounds, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is notifying a Colorado school district. West Grand High School head coach Chris Brown has been requiring his team captain to lead a recitation … More »

New anti-science lawsuits redefining religious freedom are akin to child sacrifice

7/26/2021 · Two recent lawsuits seek to drag America back to the dark ages, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel contends in an article for Religion Dispatches. An anti-vax lawsuit filed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claims that a DC law allowing children to be vaccinated … More »

FFRF calls for full investigation into Brett Kavanaugh

7/23/2021 · In the wake of bombshell reports about the FBI’s failure to fully vet Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for an investigation. Seven senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual … More »

FFRF celebrates New York's ban on child marriage

7/23/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that raises the minimum marriage age statewide to 18 and eliminates all exceptions to this requirement. Remarkably, this full elimination of child marriage in New York … More »

FFRF: Pelosi shows how to separate state and church

7/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for providing us with a simple lesson in how to keep personal religious beliefs out of governmental duties. At her weekly press conference, Pelosi celebrated the removal of the Hyde Amendment from a draft spending … More »

Godly pledge isn’t fair play, FFRF chides Little League

7/22/2021 · Be inclusive of all Americans, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is exhorting the Little League. Secular parents have contacted the state/church watchdog about the Little League Pledge many times and in various contexts over the years. The first line of the pledge begins, “I trust … More »

FFRF scrutinizes Indiana school district’s Christian subsidy

7/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is closely examining an Indiana school district’s financing of church-run programs. A concerned area resident has informed the state/church watchdog that among the partners the South Bend Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees has approved for summer programs are … More »

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

7/21/2021 · Stop imposing your religion on the public, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting of a Virginia school board. A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the Russell County School Board begins each of its meetings with a prayer, confirmed by the … More »

FFRF cheers advance of Hyde Amendment-free spending bill

7/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the advance of a House spending bill that does not contain an extremely problematic amendment. President Biden released a $6 trillion federal budget plan in May that omitted the Hyde Amendment — the first time in over 40 … More »

Anti-vaccine crusade prolongs our pandemic plight

7/19/2021 · The disinformation campaign against Covid-19 vaccination campaigns is increasing, even though only roughly half the nation is fully vaccinated against the surging delta variant. This campaign, egged on by Fox News and many Christian nationalist-oriented elected officials, is so pronounced that Dr. Anthony Fauci told … More »

FFRF: Tennessee’s anti-science attacks persist 96 years after Scopes trial

7/16/2021 · What would Clarence Darrow say? This week marks the fourth anniversary of the dedication of Zenos Frudakis’ bronze statue memorializing Darrow, which the Freedom From Religion Foundation gifted to the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tenn., site of the famous Scopes trial in 1925. It seems … More »

FFRF ensures that Ga. deputy behaves lawfully

7/16/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made certain that a Georgia deputy ceases to behave in an unlawful manner. Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon had been using his position within the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to promote and endorse his personal religious beliefs, and the Polk … More »

FFRF’s tenacity persuades Ga. school district to stop religious messages

7/15/2021 · A Georgia school district is rectifying a number of constitutional breaches, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s persistence. A concerned local resident informed the state/church watchdog that Graysville Elementary School gave students backpacks containing bibles and other religious materials. Children came home from school … More »

Stop being an outlaw, FFRF tells Ga. deputy

7/14/2021 · Don’t be caught on the wrong side of (constitutional) law, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is commanding a Georgia deputy. Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon has been using his position within the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to promote and endorse his personal religious beliefs. Christian ministries … More »

5th Circuit dismayingly stays ruling on Texas judge's prayers

7/12/2021 · An appeals court has disappointingly issued a stay order in a case that the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently won over a praying Texas judge. A panel of judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that a Texas judge could … More »

FFRF hails Colorado laws combating child sexual abuse

7/12/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding Colorado lawmakers for allowing survivors of child sexual abuse to pursue justice — delayed but, hopefully, not denied. Often, abuse is not reported until many years after it occurs, and the abusers can escape consequences because of a … More »

FFRF chides Sen. Ron Johnson’s science denial

7/9/2021 · The anti-science pronouncements of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin (the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s home state) are a threat to our — and our planet’s — health. As an organization of freethinkers committed to propagating scientific thought, FFRF takes umbrage. Johnson has long been … More »

FFRF hails survey showing “Nones” are here to stay

7/8/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating findings released today that show a shrinking white Christian majority and a stable percentage of religiously unaffiliated Americans. The Public Religion Research Institute’s “2020 Census of American Religion” documents that white Christians, previously a supermajority, have declined by … More »

FFRF cheers bill for menstrual equality

7/8/2021 · Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee last week signed SB 86, which requires that feminine hygiene products be provided in all public schools in the state, a move that the Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds. The new law means that all public schools serving students in … More »

Get rid of religious partner, FFRF advises Wis. school district

7/8/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to a constitutionally problematic partnership between a Wisconsin school district and a religious entity. The Waupun Area School District has partnered with Church Health Services to provide on-site mental health and substance abuse counseling for students. “While we … More »

FFRF probes unconstitutional California park rental deal

7/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is looking into a constitutionally suspect arrangement that a California park has entered into with a local church. A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog about a long-term rental agreement between a church and the company that oversees … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court should uphold Maine school funding law

7/6/2021 · The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision late last week to review a private school grant program out of Maine signals, once again, that this activist court wants to advance religious interests at the cost of one of our country’s sacred founding principles: keeping religion and … More »

Wake up! Supreme Court ultraright majority threatens basic rights

7/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation castigates yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court judgment gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and renews its call for court reform.  The timing of the 6-3 ruling, right before the august anniversary today of the landmark Civil Rights Act and the … More »

Colo. school district stops bible distribution due to FFRF

7/2/2021 · Expressing due appreciation for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Colorado school district has ended a church’s unencumbered access to a local school. A concerned Eagle County Schools community member had informed FFRF that Redeemer Eagle Valley, a Christian church that rents facilities from Brush … More »

FFRF: This July Fourth, celebrate secularism and boycott Hobby Lobby

7/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to the harm of theocratic propaganda put out every July Fourth by Hobby Lobby, a for-profit corporation that is assiduously working to undermine America’s secular heritage and impose a Christian nationalist agenda. FFRF is renewing its call, … More »

FFRF convinces bible-thumping Pa. jury office to drop the religion

7/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully pleaded before a Pennsylvania jury office to quit the gratuitous evangelizing. A concerned Fayette County resident informed the state/church watchdog about receiving a jury summons that included a bible verse: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, … More »

FFRF persuasively tutors Va. school district

6/30/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taught a Virginia school district a profound constitutional lesson. A concerned Madison County Public Schools parent reported to the state/church watchdog that coaches for the Madison County High School soccer team had led their players in prayer before a … More »

Bar a preacher from your schools, FFRF enjoins N.C. district

6/29/2021 · Cease giving a preacher access to your schools, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is pressing a North Carolina district. A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog that at least three high schools in the Public Schools of Robeson County system recently allowed Michael … More »

Nix voucher program, FFRF’s Jayne urges N.C. lawmakers in Fayetteville newspaper

6/28/2021 · North Carolina lawmakers should be scuttling the state’s school voucher program instead of expanding it, FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne asserts in the Fayetteville newspaper. The N.C. Legislature is possibly on its way to enhancing the school voucher scheme, with companion bills in the House … More »

Va. public school soccer coaching staff committing foul, FFRF charges

6/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pulling out a penalty card on Virginia public school soccer coaching personnel who ostentatiously prayed at a recent game. Coaching staff for the Graham High School soccer team led students in prayer before a game on June 10, a … More »

No sermons at graduations, FFRF chastises Miami school superintendent

6/24/2021 · School district superintendents shouldn’t be sermonizing at graduation ceremonies, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the Miami school district. A concerned Miami-Dade County Public Schools community member has informed the state/church watchdog that on June 8, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho preached and promoted his … More »

Tenn. lawmakers shouldn’t play favorites, FFRF’s Seidel contends in Nashville paper

6/23/2021 · The Tennessee Statehouse shouldn’t discriminate against atheists, FFRF’s Strategic Response Director Andrew L. Seidel urges in the Nashville newspaper. A pending bill in the Tennessee Legislature seeks to one-sidedly modify the state Constitution by removing the bar against ministers holding public office while leaving intact … More »

FFRF stops religious pamphleteering at N.C. office

6/23/2021 · A N.C. license facility has ordered a proselytizing employee to stop distributing religious literature after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. A concerned Morehead City resident contacted FFRF after visiting the City Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Office to report that religious literature was being … More »

Widespread child marriage in U.S. is a secular issue

6/22/2021 · Did you know that minors can marry in 45 U.S. states? Only this month did Rhode Island join Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in banning marriage for individuals under 18. All of these laws have just been passed within the last three years. New … More »

FFRF hails Gov. Evers’ voucher veto

6/21/2021 · In a move celebrated by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a dangerous bill that would have expanded Wisconsin’s statewide private school voucher scheme. The statewide voucher program, Wisconsin Parental Choice, was founded in 2013 and is one of … More »

No favoritism toward religious group, FFRF insists to WI district

6/21/2021 · You shouldn’t be bestowing preferential treatment on a Christian organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Wisconsin school district. A concerned local citizen reported to FFRF that on the evening of May 22, Wisconsin Family Council rented and utilized the Wausau East High … More »

FFRF excoriates U.S. bishops for weaponizing communion against Biden

6/21/2021 · Roman Catholic higher-ups in the United States have outrageously announced that they will draft guidance to deny President Biden communion because of his support of abortion rights. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, by 73-23 percent, voted that Biden should be denied the “Eucharist,” known … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court’s Fulton decision is a mixed bag

6/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision today in favor of taxpayer-funded discrimination by a religious group, but is relieved that it isn’t worse. In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has … More »

Cancel massive Christian camp handout, FFRF urges TX district

6/16/2021 · A Texas school district must immediately revoke a large subsidy for a sectarian religious summer camp, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding. The Tyler Independent School District has approved $500,000 in partnership with a group called The Mentoring Alliance, a “Christ-centered, multiethnic ministry serving … More »

FFRF condemns Florida’s new school prayer law

6/16/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a new law in Florida that seeks to insert divisive religion into the public school day. In the wake of the 2018 Parkland shooting, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, then a member of Congress, offered the state’s public school … More »

FFRF: McConnell’s latest statement shows urgent need for court reform

6/15/2021 · The hypocritical recent comments of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about filling vacant Supreme Court seats prove the urgent need for court reform, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. McConnell’s statement highlights his repeated attempts to stack the U.S. Supreme Court with religious ideologues. On … More »

FFRF places billboards in rural Nashville citing ‘good news … there is no God or Hell’

6/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed provocative messages on two billboards outside Dickson, Tenn., thanks to local member Frank Stiver. Dickson is a town of about 15,000 40 miles west of Nashville. One billboard says, “The Good News is . . . THERE IS … More »

FFRF: FOIA records reveal cozy link between Trump White House and Capitol Ministries

6/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has just acquired records confirming that senior officials in the Trump administration used taxpayer-funded time and resources to organize extremist weekly bible studies, including a large event at the Museum of the Bible. Although Capitol Ministries fortunately appears to no … More »

Safeguard women’s rights, FFRF presses the Senate

6/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the U.S. Senate to preserve women’s reproductive rights in this country. The state/church watchdog is submitting written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee to express its full support for the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that would … More »

Get rid of chaplaincy, FFRF warns Fla. school district

6/10/2021 · A football chaplain needs to be ejected from the field, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a Florida school district.  Matt Norman, the husband of a Polk County Public Schools employee, is reportedly acting as a chaplain for the Haines City High School football … More »

Oregon state Rep. Nearman should resign over Statehouse siege

6/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation concurs with a bipartisan call for the resignation of an Oregon state representative implicated in what appear to be seditious actions. Many of us missed the news in December that a mob — well before the Jan. 6 insurrection at … More »

Preachy Okla. coach reprimanded after FFRF alert

6/10/2021 · An Oklahoma school district has promised to give a preachy coach a talking-to following the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s intercession. FFRF’s intervention seems to have resulted in a home run for the U.S. Constitution. An area resident contacted FFRF with concerns about promotion of religion … More »

Curb unconstitutional practices, FFRF tells TX public hospital

6/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a large Texas public hospital stop engaging in unconstitutional religious promotion. Multiple concerned University Medical Center community members, including an employee, have reported that the Lubbock hospital displays a huge religious banner on its employee parking structure. … More »

Stop your prayers, FFRF appeals to N.C. city council

6/8/2021 · Cease starting your meetings with a prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a North Carolina city council. A concerned King resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the King City Council has appointed a rotation of five chaplains to deliver prayers at the … More »

Milwaukee Archdiocese stonewalling on AG abuse probe shows need for transparency

6/8/2021 · A Milwaukee Archdiocese announcement that it does not intend to fully cooperate with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s investigation into church sex abuse and cover-up underscores the need for the probe — and for increased church transparency. Archdiocese attorney Frank LoCoco in a letter to … More »

Utah gov’s call to pray for rain an insult to Utahns

6/4/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation excoriates Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s show of governmental piety in calling on the citizens of Utah to “pray for rain.” “We need more rain and we need it now,” Cox has remarked. “We need some divine intervention. That’s why I’m … More »

Leave prayer out of meetings, FFRF asks N.C. county board

6/3/2021 · A North Carolina county’s board of commissioners needs to nix the unconstitutional prayer that starts its meetings, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned Alleghany County resident has reported that the county’s Board of Commissioners begins its meetings with prayer. These prayers are … More »

FFRF co-sponsors online Thomas Paine Day celebration on Tuesday, June 8

6/3/2021 · You are invited to a celebration of the life and legacy of Thomas Paine on Tuesday, June 8, via Zoom, an event co-sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Click here to register for this event.  The program will include an introductory statement by Rep. Jamie … More »

Fla. governor signs trans athlete ban in religious photo-op

6/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not only for signing into law a discriminatory bill to ban transgender girls from school sports, but for making it a religious photo-op. DeSantis made a show of signing the bill at Trinity Christian Academy, … More »

June a month for LGBTQ+ pride and great concern

6/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, nearly 12 percent of whose members identify as LGBTQ+, celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month with the knowledge that even though there’s been much improvement, much is at stake. As President Biden’s Pride Month proclamation points out, … More »

The nation’s future, and our secular republic, rides on defeating voter suppression

6/2/2021 · The brazen attacks on citizen rights are snowballing, and freethinkers need to oppose voter suppression. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has previously pointed out that protecting our democracy is a secular issue. The campaign to defend the principle of separation between state and church is … More »

Take action against preachy coach, FFRF prods Fla. school district

6/2/2021 · A proselytizing coach should be reined in and, if need be, removed, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Florida school district. A concerned area resident has reported to the state/church watchdog concerns about religious promotion taking place in the Lake Minneola baseball program. … More »

FFRF cheers Biden’s removal of Hyde Amendment from budget

6/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds President Biden for notably excluding the Hyde Amendment from his budget proposal. The religiously rooted amendment, first introduced in 1976 by the ultra-Catholic Rep. Henry J. Hyde, restricts federal funding for abortion care. This means that low-income women on … More »

FFRF TV show this week asks: ‘What’s So Great About the Great Beyond?'

5/27/2021 · Note: This is the last show of the fall/spring 2020-21 season. “Freethought Matters” will begin broadcasting again in the fall, starting on Sunday, Sept. 5. The Freedom From Religion Foundation concludes the fall/spring season of its “Freethought Matters” TV show by taking a look at … More »

FFRF’s Jayne to testify against WI anti-trans bills

5/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be in its hometown Capitol Wednesday morning to oppose religiously motivated anti-LGBTQ bills. FFRF Attorney Ryan Jayne will be present at two of the day’s Wisconsin legislative committee hearings to submit oral testimony in opposition to Assembly Bill 196 … More »

Nontheist community raises $25,000 during National Day of Reason Mayday for Humanity event

5/25/2021 · Five national nontheist organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, hosted an event of action to counter the National Day of Prayer on May 6 — raising $25,000 earmarked for five homeless shelters or food banks. As those in prayer beseeched the heavens, thousands of … More »

Opposition to Alabama yoga law highlights Christian nationalist hypocrisy

5/24/2021 · The Alabama Legislature has commendably done away with a ban on teaching yoga in public schools. Since yoga in public schools would almost certainly not involve religious instruction or iconography, state/church watchdogs like the Freedom From Religion Foundation are not concerned about the new law. … More »

Fla. officials unconstitutionally imposing religion, contends FFRF’s Jayne

5/24/2021 · Florida officials are unconstitutionally imposing religion on public schools, FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan D. Jayne asserts in an op-ed published in one of the state’s most prominent newspapers. In a column for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Jayne spotlights two recent events. The Legislature has … More »

BREAKING NEWS! FFRF wins lawsuit against praying Texas judge

5/21/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won its court challenge to stop a Texas judge from conducting courtroom prayer. U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt today ruled in favor of plaintiffs FFRF and local attorney “John Roe.” They had sued Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack … More »

Hindu nationalist govt brought pandemic calamity upon India, asserts FFRF’s comm director

5/21/2021 · India’s Hindu nationalist government is primarily responsible for the apocalyptic pandemic wave currently slamming the country, says Freedom From Religion Foundation Communications Director Amitabh Pal in a nationally distributed op-ed. In a piece written for the Progressive Media Project and circulated through the Tribune News … More »

Supreme Court’s move on abortion rights ominous, warns FFRF’s Seidel

5/20/2021 · The country has been rocked by the unwelcome news that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up an abortion rights case this term. FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel has explored in a new column another aspect of this alarming development that … More »

FFRF calls on AG Garland to investigate Catholic abuse and cover-up

5/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the U.S. Justice Department to initiate a nationwide investigation into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. “The Church’s claim of divine authority gives it coercive power over its congregants that allows it to get away … More »

Multitalented Mexican-born actor & freethinker on FFRF TV show Sunday

5/20/2021 ·   A multifaceted Mexican-born freethinker, actor and author is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Indra Zuno has appeared in movies such as “The Virgin of Juarez” and on television. She is best known for her characters in … More »

Donohue says to ‘trash’ faith-based office for meeting with atheists

5/19/2021 · The irony is delicious. The Freedom From Religion Foundation vigorously protested the White House faith-based offices when first created by President George W. Bush. We never thought Catholic League President Bill Donohue would join our protest. But ... saints preserve us! This week Donohue wrote a piece … More »

FFRF: SCOTUS decision to hear abortion ban is very bad news

5/17/2021 ·   “A chill wind blows,” as the late Justice Harry Blackmun once proclaimed to warn against the initial erosion of Roe v. Wade in the 1980s. Today (May 17) that wind got far chillier, with the announcement that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an … More »

FFRF, other secular groups make history with White House meeting today

5/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and five other secular organizations met with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Friday afternoon, and made a little welcome history. Representatives from FFRF, the American Humanist Association, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, Ex-Muslims of North … More »

FFRF’s “unabashed atheist” ad with Ron Reagan on “CBS Sunday Morning”

5/14/2021 · The irreverent ad featuring Ron (“unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell”) Reagan extolling the Freedom From Religion Foundation will run on “CBS Sunday Morning” this Sunday, May 16, and May 30. It is airing for the first time on the show; CBS … More »

FFRF denounces TX anti-abortion ban — part of worrisome trend

5/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation castigates the Texas Legislature for approving a bill to ban abortion care as early as six weeks of gestation. The bill will assuredly be signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, a Christian nationalist whom FFRF recently successfully prevailed … More »

Renegade member of fundamentalist Westboro family guest on FFRF TV show

5/13/2021 ·  A woman who has rejected her family — infamous for its hateful fundamentalism — is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Megan Phelps-Roper is author of the book Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist … More »

FFRF praises Blinken, State Dept.’s ‘religious freedom’ report for including nonbelievers

5/12/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the 2020 Report on International Religious Freedom released today by Secretary of State Antony Blinken for including the rights of nonbelievers. Blinken described religious freedom as “coequal,” condemned Nigeria for jailing citizens for blasphemy, noted approvingly that Sudan repealed … More »

FFRF’s constitutional chiding gets Ga. media attention

5/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has given a Georgia school district a legal lesson on why it can no longer send children home with backpacks containing bibles and other religious materials. Graysville Elementary School (based in Ringgold, Ga.) in Catoosa County Public Schools gave students … More »

FFRF supports HHS proposal to expand family planning services

5/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is supporting a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule to reverse the Trump administration’s cruel attacks on Title X, the federal program providing family planning and other health care screening to low-income patients. The state/church watchdog has submitted … More »

Quit endorsing religion, FFRF warns Miss. Gov. Reeves & others

5/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to top Mississippi officials, including the governor, endorsing the National Day of Prayer in an over-the-top event. Gov. Tate Reeves, the first speaker in a National Day of Prayer shindig at the Mississippi Coliseum on Thursday, May … More »

FFRF, civil rights groups say officials shouldn’t be shielded from wrongdoing

5/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has joined more than 80 other organizations in calling for an end to the judicially created doctrine of qualified immunity — which shields state officials from liability for their misconduct even when they violate the Constitution. The criminal killing of … More »

Deadline approaching for FFRF's third annual essay competition for law school students

5/7/2021 · Law students are invited to submit a no more than 1,500 word essay on the dangers of adopting a broad “history test” to justify violations of the separation between state and church. The contest will award $10,000 in prize money, with $4,000 for first … More »

Feminist icon Robin Morgan on FFRF TV show Sunday

5/6/2021 · A towering figure in the worlds of feminism and atheism is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Robin Morgan is a poet, novelist and author and has served as editor and columnist for Ms. Magazine. Her groundbreaking … More »

BREAKING NEWS: FFRF wins major court victory against Gov. Abbott censorship

5/6/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been granted permanent relief in its six-year lawsuit challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s censorship of its Winter Solstice display in the Texas Capitol. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in favor of FFRF in its federal challenge of censorship … More »

FFRF: Why we are so over that unconstitutional ‘Day of Prayer’

5/6/2021 · It is an unconstitutional affront that the first Thursday of every May is designated by Congress as the “National Day of Prayer.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which took the lead in challenging this unconstitutional act, won a historic federal court ruling declaring that act … More »

Don’t officially back the National Day of Prayer, FFRF asks several cities

5/5/2021 · Do not violate the Constitution tomorrow by promoting prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging cities all over the United States. FFRF has sent letters to Provo, Utah, Bunnell, Fla., Lebanon, Conn., Acworth, Ga., and Henderson, Texas, chastising their officials for participating in, sponsoring … More »

FFRF commends Connecticut for removing harmful religious vaccine exemptions

5/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the triumph of reason over dogma and science over pseudoscience in Connecticut. Despite zealous opposition from religious anti-vaccination protesters, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a bill into law ending religious exemptions from vaccine requirements for students. Many … More »

First Amendment legal warriors on FFRF TV show Sunday

4/29/2021 · On “Freethought Matters” this Sunday, the interview is with two champions of the First Amendment, Debra and Dan Weisman, who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in 1992 ensuring that public school graduations stay free of prayer and religion. Debbie was in her … More »

National Day of Reason congressional resolution offsets National Day of Prayer

4/29/2021 · Several members of Congress have introduced a National Day of Reason resolution to counter the National Day of Prayer. Led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, a number of national legislators are championing a resolution proclaiming May 7 as an annual … More »

FFRF corrects Ak. Senate candidate's claims over state/church separation

4/28/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is educating Kelly Tshibaka, a U.S. Senate candidate in Alaska, on the founding principle of separation between state and church. Tshibaka was co-founder and formerly pastored The Lighthouse Fellowship, affiliated with the Foursquare Church, founded by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. … More »

FFRF condemns Montana abortion restrictions

4/27/2021 · The future of reproductive rights for women in Montana has become bleaker. On Monday, April 26, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed three anti-abortion bills into law: banning abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, requiring health care workers to give pregnant women an opportunity to view … More »

FFRF’s Seidel writes open letter to CNN about Rick Santorum for Christian Nationalism

4/27/2021 · Last week, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel warned you, “creationism is back.” Your activism helped kill that bill in the Arkansas Senate, but now Rick Santorum is back. One of the loudest proponents of modern Christian Nationalism, Santorum spouted what Seidel … More »

FFRF: Rogue La Crosse, Wis., priest must be reined in

4/27/2021 · A loose cannon Catholic priest who gained notoriety last year for counseling parishioners that they would go to hell if they voted for a Democrat is again making outrageous pronouncements. Rev. James Altman has currently set his sights on Covid-19 mitigation efforts, defying local safety … More »

FFRF celebrates confirmation of Vanita Gupta as U.S. associate attorney general

4/27/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation celebrates the confirmation of Vanita Gupta as the associate attorney general of the United States. Last week, the Senate confirmed Gupta in the number three position at the Department of Justice by a bipartisan 51-49 vote. Gupta is a civil … More »

FFRF condemns anti-abortion bill in Idaho

4/26/2021 · Legislators in Idaho have passed an anti-abortion bill that would ban abortions as early as six weeks’ gestation, which the Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns as both cruel and unconstitutional. House Bill 366 is now headed to Gov. Brad Little’s desk and is expected to … More »

FFRF welcomes Wis. DOJ investigation into clergy abuse

4/23/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s announcement of a statewide probe into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has reportedly notified Catholic churches across the state that his office will review … More »

FFRF educates Arkansas district on science standards

4/23/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Arkansas school district to investigate claims made in the Legislature that one of its teachers has been unconstitutionally teaching creationism. During a recent Arkansas Senate Education Committee hearing on HB 1701, which would have permitted the teaching … More »

Freethinking star reveals her fundamentalist past on FFRF TV show

4/22/2021 · A movie and TV star who has made a remarkable journey from an ultrareligious upbringing to an outspoken freethinker is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show. Alice Greczyn has appeared in many movies and TV series, including “The Dukes of … More »

Unconstitutional Arkansas creationism bill dies after FFRF announces plan to sue

4/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends the Arkansas Senate Education Committee for declining — barely — to pass a bill aiming to put biblical creationism into Arkansas public school biology classrooms. FFRF pointed out that the bill, HB 1701, was blatantly unconstitutional, as the U.S. … More »

To combat climate change we must combat religion’s denialism

4/21/2021 ·   Over the past year, the world watched the United States become the hot spot of a global pandemic while elected officials at every level flouted collective safety measures in favor of prayer and willful ignorance. It was, and remains, a shocking and horrifying display … More »

Revoke Fla. church mega-giveaway, FFRF asks FEMA

4/21/2021 · A recently announced Federal Emergency Management Agency mega-giveaway to a Florida church is unconstitutional, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FEMA has reportedly approved a grant of $1,973,993 to Hiland Park United Pentecostal Church in Panama City, apparently to reimburse recovery expenses for damage resulting … More »

FFRF applauds Chauvin guilty verdict

4/20/2021 · Image from Lorie Shaull via Flickr The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the “guilty on all counts” verdict in the George Floyd murder trial against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. We all watched the horrifying video documenting a helpless African-American’s life being snuffed out by a … More »

FFRF, national secular orgs host Mayday ‘helping hands’ event

4/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is teaming up with four other national secular nonprofits to hold a “Mayday for Humanity” to raise funds for homeless shelters and food banks. FFRF, The Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, Secular Student Alliance and Secular Coalition for America will … More »

N.D. Ten Commandments law unconstitutional, FFRF charges

4/20/2021 · A new North Dakota law that seeks to impose the Ten Commandments on the state’s public schoolchildren is unconstitutional, declares the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The bill, which would require school districts to allow Ten Commandments displays “in the school and in a classroom,” shockingly … More »

Bible shouldn’t be ‘official state book,’ Annie Laurie Gaylor admonishes Tenn. Statehouse

4/19/2021 · Do not impose the bible on Tennesseeans, FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor warns the state Legislature in an op-ed published in a Tennessee daily newspaper. “A proposal to anoint the bible as Tennessee’s ‘official state book’ is not only unconstitutional, it is also an affront … More »

Atheist legal crusader Jessica Ahlquist on FFRF TV show this Sunday

4/15/2021 ·  A person who became the target of national opprobrium when she stood up for her secular rights as a teenager is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show. “Freethought Matters” catches up with Jessica Ahlquist, the courageous teenage atheist plaintiff who was … More »

FFRF applauds Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Supreme Court expansion bill

4/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation welcomes a significant congressional proposal to add four seats to the U.S. Supreme Court, a necessary court correction. Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., today introduced a bill, the Judiciary Act of 2021, to increase the number of justices. Joining Jones as … More »

FFRF applauds abortion policy changes

4/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the Biden administration’s decision to lift a Trump-era policy requiring abortion pills to be dispensed in person during the pandemic. FFRF is also cheering the tandem announcement that the administration is beginning to undo another Trump-era directive that … More »

Thou shalt remove unconstitutional biblical verses, says FFRF to Tenn. courthouse

4/14/2021 · Biblical verses prominently posted at a Tennessee courthouse are unconstitutional, adjudges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The national state/church watchdog has previously complained about two such verses at the Henderson County Courthouse. One verse reads: “Justice—Then shalt thou understand judgment. Proverbs 2:9.” Another verse reads: … More »

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: The Equality Act debate and its implications for our legislative agenda

4/14/2021 · Recently, the Equality Act — one of FFRF’s top priorities for legislation — passed the House (224–206). It provides consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, and it is starting to move in the Senate. The debate on the … More »

FFRF tells Bland Co. Sheriff to stop religious social media posts

4/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Virginia sheriff’s department to discontinue its pattern of posting discriminatory religious messages on its official social media account. A local resident alerted FFRF about the bible verses, prayer requests and other religious messages that Bland County Sheriff … More »

Creationism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry coalesce in Arkansas Legislature, Seidel writes

4/13/2021 · Creationism is back. Not disguised as intelligent design or teaching a controversy, but unadulterated biblical creationism. And in Arkansas, a state with a long history of losing fights in court to teach creationism in public schools. (FFRF is looking for families in Arkansas school … More »

Gov. Reynolds engaged in unconstitutional fundraising, FFRF charges

4/12/2021 · The Iowa governor has transgressed the Constitution by recently raising funds for a Christian school, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Saturday, April 10, Gov. Kim Reynolds helped a faith-based school raise money by allowing it to auction off a dinner with her at … More »

FFRF: Latest SCOTUS church ruling signals trouble ahead

4/12/2021 · The high court’s series of rulings in favor of science-denying religious litigants signals serious trouble ahead for the principle of separation between state and church, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Near midnight on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another emergency decision striking … More »

Secular author & scholar Susan Jacoby on FFRF TV show Sunday

4/8/2021 · A leading proponent and scholar of freethought is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Susan Jacoby is a distinguished journalist, author and FFRF honorary director specializing in the history of reason, atheism, secularism and religious liberty. She’s … More »

BREAKING NEWS! FFRF lawsuit ends religious test to register to vote in Alabama

4/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has attained a huge constitutional victory for secular voters in Alabama. FFRF sued the Alabama secretary of state last October on behalf of four Alabama citizens who encountered and objected to a religious test to register to vote. Now that the … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad reappears on ‘Maddow’ and ‘Samantha Bee’ this month

4/6/2021 · The endorsement ad by Ron Reagan promoting the Freedom From Religion Foundation will reappear several times on MSNBC in April, starting tonight. The irreverent ad, with Reagan’s signature line of being “an unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” will air tonight, Wednesday and … More »

FFRF NY Times ad examines religious roots of insurrection

4/6/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a full-page ad in the national news section of today’s New York Times calling the storming of the Capitol a “faith-based initiative.” The ad features a large photograph of Jan. 6 insurgents in prayer before a wooden cross … More »

Scientific maven and heir Sasha Sagan guest on FFRF TV show Sunday

4/1/2021 · A secular maven who is the scion of a famous scientific family is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Sasha Sagan is a television producer, filmmaker, writer and speaker. Her essays and interviews on death, history and ritual … More »

FFRF chapter’s secular display returns to Windy City

4/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's local chapter will once again put up a secular display in downtown Chicago on Easter weekend to counter a Catholic shrine there. On Saturday, April 3, FFRF's Metropolitan Chicago Chapter (FFRFMCC) will place in Daley Plaza two colorful 8-foot banners on … More »

FFRF announces $300,000 secular studies endowment at Pitzer College

3/31/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the FFRF Secular Studies Endowment at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., the trailblazing home of the country’s first Secular Studies program. The $300,000 gift, made possible thanks to a bequest by FFRF member and ardent atheist … More »

Nix unconstitutional bill, FFRF urges Maine Statehouse

3/31/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is submitting testimony to the Maine Legislature in opposition to a bill that proposes to unconstitutionally favor long-established churches. LD 1063 exempts “qualifying” religious organizations from auto insurance requirements. To qualify, a religious organization must have “established tenets and faith-based … More »

FFRF celebrates demise of so-called Unalienable Rights Commission

3/31/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is toasting the demise of a Christian nationalist commission imposed on the nation by Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s secretary of state. FFRF was among the first groups to criticize and oppose Pompeo’s pet project, the so-called Commission on Unalienable Rights. … More »

FFRF cheers plummeting U.S. church membership

3/29/2021 · Image via Shutterstock by Encierro   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering a report from Gallup that formal church membership among Americans has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in Gallup’s 80-year history of asking the question. “Americans are waking up,” says FFRF Co-President … More »

Religion undermined Inaugural’s call for unity, FFRF’s Seidel writes

3/26/2021 · Protecting our democracy is a secular issue. FFRF explained this a few weeks ago and it’s something we want our members and the wider country to understand. We paid special attention to the groups that oppose full enfranchisement and voting rights for all Americans. … More »

FFRF calls out senator from Mississippi on Christian nationalist comments

3/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the junior senator from Mississippi to recant recent Christian nationalist comments she made in defense of voter suppression. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defended a voter suppression bill in Georgia during a Senate Campaign Finance Committee hearing this week. The … More »

FFRF condemns evangelical role in voter suppression

3/25/2021 · The Religious Right and its political allies are busy depriving citizens perceived to be Democratic — especially Black Americans — of their voting rights. Tony Perkins, a leading evangelical and president of the Family Research Council, brags: “We’ve got 106 election-related bills that are in … More »

Actor, author & atheist Malachy McCourt guest on FFRF show Sunday

3/25/2021 · A multifaceted irreverent talent is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Malachy McCourt is an Irish-American actor, author, humorist and an outspoken and happy atheist. He has appeared in many movies, including “The Molly Maguires” and “Brewster’s … More »

‘Thoughts and prayers are not enough’ to address mass shootings

3/25/2021 · Many in Congress have finally gotten the message that “thoughts and prayers are not enough,” as Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday during a hearing on gun reform. “And yet ‘thoughts and prayers’ is all we’ve heard from my colleagues on the other side,” Blumenthal added. … More »

Stop officially praying, FFRF demands of S.C. school board

3/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a South Carolina school district to stop its unconstitutional practice of opening school board and other meetings with prayer. The Dorchester School District Two opens its school board meetings and many other school-sponsored events with prayer, a concerned … More »

FFRF & other secular orgs host Mayday fundraising event

3/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and four other national secular nonprofits are teaming up to address the increased need for food and shelter assistance due to the pandemic. In a three-hour fundraising event — “Mayday for Humanity” — FFRF, The Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, … More »