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February 22

FFRF urges Va. school district to remove prayer display from cafeteria

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Washington County Public Schools in Virginia to remove a display with a prayer on it from the High Point Elementary School cafeteria. A concerned parent reported that the elementary school prominently exhibits a prayer on the wall of … More »

February 22

Humanist chaplain to death-row inmate appears on FFRF Sunday TV show

Watch the teaser here. A freethinking chaplain who has become recently famous for counseling a nonbelieving death-row prisoner is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation show this Sunday.Devin Moss is a Brooklyn-based humanist chaplain. He’s a podcast host and a podcast producer, a screenwriter and, … More »

February 22

Justice Alito’s remarks show marriage equality is imperiled

The Supreme Court justice who brought us the Dobbs decision overturning federal abortion rights is now implying that marriage equality may be next on the chopping block.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel E. Alito Jr. issued a resentful five-page caveat on Tuesday charging that a … More »

February 21

No religious city council meetings, FFRF insists to N.C. town

  Stop converting your city council meetings into religious revivals, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a North Carolina town.A concerned area resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the Monroe City Council regularly opens its meetings with Christian prayers. At the meeting last … More »

February 20

Shocking Alabama abortion ruling enshrines religious fetal personhood

The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the recent outrageous theocratic 7–2 ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court. It describes embryos as “children,” contains a bible-laden concurrence and endangers in-vitro fertilization in the state. The ruling clearly shows the religion-based mentality that drives anti-abortion legislation and … More »

March 22

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: We’re helping curb religious health insurance entities

In recent months, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has made significant strides in protecting consumers from the harmful practices of health care sharing ministries. This effort is spearheaded by the reintroduction of the Federal Health Share Transparency Act late last year and the introduction … More »

February 19

Why Idaho AG shouldn’t hire a Christian nationalist law firm

  In a case of “he doth protest too much,” Idaho’s attorney general is doubling down on his outrageous decision to hire the Christian nationalist Alliance Defending Freedom to defend the state from a Biden administration court challenge against Idaho’s abortion ban.The Biden administration charges … More »

February 16

FFRF removes religious ‘character coach’ from Iowa high school basketball program

After the Freedom From Religion Foundation called foul, the Urbandale Community School District will ensure its basketball program stays free from religious entanglement. The state/church watchdog received a report that an adult representative of the Central Iowa chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes had … More »

February 15

Oregonian’s foster care religious exemption request should be denied, FFRF brief insists

Photo by Marek Studzinski on Unsplash An Oregon woman’s religious challenge to state foster care regulations would undermine the state’s ability to protect vulnerable children, asserts a just-filed Freedom From Religion Foundation amicus brief, joined by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.Jessica Bates, … More »

February 15

Rep. Huffman exposes House Speaker’s Christian nationalism on FFRF Sunday TV show

Watch the teaser here. On the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show, the co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus reveals the Christian nationalist agenda of Speaker Mike Johnson. Rep. Jared Huffman, who represents California’s 2nd District, is co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, … More »

February 14

FFRF stops preaching Fla. math teacher from imposing Christianity on students

Students in a math class in the Palm Beach County School District in Florida will no longer be subjected to proselytization — thanks to the diligent efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF wrote to the district in January after a Santaluces High School … More »

February 12

FFRF blasts 'corrective' Christian prayer before Fla. city council

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written to the Tavares City Council in Florida to complain, after it arranged a “corrective” Christian prayer to follow a Central Florida Freethought Community member’s secular invocation at a council meeting. FFRF’s Central Florida Freethought Community Board Member Joseph … More »

February 8

FFRF Sunday TV show focuses on atheism in Africa

Watch the teaser here. Atheism in Africa is the subject of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday television show.Africa’s largest and most active atheist group is Atheists In Kenya — promoting freedom of thought and speech and advocating for the rights of nonbelievers. It has … More »

February 8

Remove Christian decals, FFRF urges Texas sheriff office

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a Texas sheriff department get rid of Christian decals affixed on its vehicles.A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog that Kinney County has recently started putting bible quote decals on official law enforcement vehicles, … More »

February 6

FFRF has Ten Commandments removed from Ky. county courthouse

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully gotten an unconstitutional Ten Commandments display inside a Kentucky county courthouse taken down. A concerned resident contacted the state/church watchdog to complain after encountering the Ten Commandments on display inside the Spencer County Courthouse during a visit there. FFRF … More »

February 5

FFRF castigates Ariz. school system partnership with propagandistic PragerU

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is lambasting the top Arizona education official’s recent decision to partner state schools with a constitutionally suspect and academically dubious outfit.State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has made an irresponsible decision to team up with PragerU Kids — … More »

February 2

Members of Congress participate in regressive circus at D.C. Bible Museum

House Speaker Mike Johnson and other members of Congress recently participated in an extremist and hate-fueled event at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.As we had noted prior to the event, the “National Gathering for Prayer & Repentance” was filled with Christian … More »

February 1

Secular youth highlighted on FFRF Sunday TV show

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” Sunday TV show spotlights the achievements of just a few of the secular youth making our country better.You’ll meet some of the freethinking student activists and essay winners awarded scholarships by the Freedom from … More »

February 1

FFRF bolsters atheist students’ opposition to unlawful Wa. school board prayer

Student representatives on a school board in Prosser, Wash., have pushed back with the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s full support against a suggestion to start school board meetings with prayer. A concerned Prosser School District student informed the state/church watchdog that the Jan. 24 Board of Directors … More »

February 1

FFRF dismayed over Christian National Prayer Breakfast with Biden’s blessing 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation reiterates its disapproval of the National Prayer Breakfast held today, including President Biden’s involvement, the U.S. Capitol venue and the overarching Christian message.The 71st annual event, although technically private, had an even stronger appearance this year of being sponsored … More »

January 31

FFRF: Prayer by Christian nationalist pastor debases U.S. House

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the reprehensible invitation by the Speaker of the House Mike Johnson to a Christian nationalist pastor, known for aggressive hostility to the core American principle of separation between church and state, to open the U.S. House yesterday … More »

January 31

Religions continue to persecute LGBTQIA-plus communities

Photo by daniel james on Unsplash Unfortunately, religion continues to play its pernicious role in opposing acceptance and rights for LGBTQIA-plus individuals. While there are many Christian sects today that are more accepting, most of them have hopped on the bandwagon belatedly. Even Pope Francis recently … More »

January 30

FFRF condemns Speaker Johnson’s participation in conspiratorial religious event

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disappointed that House Speaker Mike Johnson, along with other members of Congress, will be attending a gathering of conspiratorial Christian nationalists tomorrow.The Jan. 31 event at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., called a “National Gathering … More »

January 30

Ala. school district removes religious display due to FFRF

The Mobile County Public School district has painted over a divisive religious display on Theodore High School’s baseball dugout after the Freedom From Religion Foundation cautioned it about the constitutional violation. A concerned Mobile County Public Schools community member informed the state/church watchdog that Theodore … More »

January 30

Suit challenging mifepristone should be dismissed, FFRF tells Supreme Court

A new brief the Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Atheists have filed before the U.S. Supreme Court contends that the litigants who are challenging medication abortion lack standing to sue.Last August, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reprehensibly upheld a district court … More »

January 29

Wa. church’s case against state abortion law lacks standing, FFRF’s brief insists

  A church’s court challenge of a 2018 Washington law giving citizens access to abortion and contraceptive coverage lacks legal standing, asserts a just-filed Freedom From Religion Foundation amicus brief. The Cedar Park Assembly of God, the plaintiff, contends that a state law requiring all health … More »

January 26

New Pew Research poll shines light on ‘Nones’

Photo of the Reason Rally (2012) The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to see a new Pew Research Center report affirming that the “Nones” remain the single largest national group by religious identification. According to analysis of a survey last year, 28 percent of Americans … More »

January 25

‘Satan’s Guide to the Bible’ filmmaker on FFRF’s Sunday TV show 

Watch the teaser here. The fascinating and fun guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show Sunday is a documentary filmmaker whose latest movie tackles religion head-on. Zeke Piestrup’s ski documentary, “Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story,” won the best adventure film at the Vail Film … More »

January 25

Biden administration again declines to hold Nigeria and India accountable for religious rights abuses

Photo of Mubarak Bala The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disappointed that the U.S. State Department has once again decided against designating Nigeria and India as “Countries of Particular Concern” for religious liberty violations. This is despite the quasi-official U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s recommendation … More »

January 24

FFRF to Va. school board: Don’t open meetings with prayer

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the York County School Board in Yorktown, Va., to rescind its decision to open official meetings with prayer. A concerned district community member reported that during the board’s meeting on Jan. 8, it voted unanimously to impose prayer … More »

January 24

No Currituck County (N.C.) Senior Center prayer, thanks to FFRF

A North Carolina senior center has replaced its lunchtime prayer with a moment of silence after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted it about its unconstitutional prayer practice. A concerned community member informed the state/church watchdog that a Currituck County Senior Center employee was leading … More »

January 23

Stop promoting Christian nationalism, FFRF demands of West Texas A&M

Quit propounding religious sectarianism, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the West Texas A&M University leadership.A concerned student reported that West Texas A&M University has started the Hill Institute, a conservative think tank. The institute is designed to promote “Texas Panhandle Values.” Among these … More »

January 23

No punishment for ‘blasphemy,’ FFRF tells Miss. school system

Stop punishing children for the made-up offense of blasphemy, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a Mississippi school district.It was recently brought to FFRF’s attention that a student at Hope Sullivan Elementary School in the DeSoto County Schools system was punished for … More »

January 22

FFRF keeps religion out of Las Vegas school district’s official communications

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully stopped a Clark County School District teacher in Las Vegas from using their official school email to promote their personal religious beliefs. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that a district employee included religious messages in … More »

January 22

“We Dissent” got mail!

On the latest episode of “We Dissent,” two of our hosts sit down and answer questions from our loyal audience! On episode 26, “We Dissent” hosts FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert and FFRF Attorney Liz Cavell sit down and open up their mailbag. They answer … More »

January 22

FFRF condemns Supreme Court and Speaker Johnson on Roe’s (nullified) anniversary

Today ought to have been the 51st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade.Roe was a landmark, recognizing “the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as … More »

January 19

Philosopher A.C. Grayling on FFRF’s Sunday TV show 

  A highly esteemed philosopher is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday.A.C. Grayling, a legendary British thinker and the author of about 30 books, grapples in the interview with philosophy and the pandemic, and discusses how he dealt as … More »

January 19

Remove Christian nationalist flag, FFRF tells Rep. Steube

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebuking a member of Congress for flying a Christian nationalist flag associated with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection outside his office in the Capitol.Rep. Greg Steube, a Republican who represents Florida’s 17th District, took an oath on our country’s … More »

January 18

FFRF: N.C. Wilkes County error-filled ‘Christian Heritage’ proclamation must be rescinded

A national state/church watchdog has sent a second, very firm request to the Wilkes County Board in North Carolina to rescind its action proclaiming “Christian Heritage” all year round, calling the proclamation full of shameless “distortions, errors, misquotes and bowdlerizations.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation, … More »

January 18

Cease your official praying, FFRF tells Va. school board

A Virginia school board needs to stop engaging in its newly instigated ritual of official prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting.Multiple school district parents have informed the state/church watchdog that the recently elected Rockingham County School Board chair, Matthew Cross, has decided … More »

January 18

FFRF ends unconstitutional kindergarten class prayer in Miss.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that kindergarten students in the Newton County School District in Decatur, Miss., will no longer be led in daily prayer by their teacher, in violation of more than a half-century of court precedent. A concerned parent informed the … More »

January 18

Anti-slavery efforts of Thomas Paine honored in Jan. 29 online event

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to be a part of a grand celebration honoring both the Jan. 29 birthday of Thomas Paine and Black History Month in recognition of his significant anti-slavery efforts. The Thomas Paine Memorial Association, of which FFRF is an … More »

January 16

Religious Freedom Day principles under Supreme Court attack

The Freedom From Religion Foundation celebrates Religious Freedom Day every Jan. 16, even though we think every day should be Religious Freedom Day. On this day 238 years ago, the Virginia Assembly passed the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a law drafted by Thomas Jefferson … More »

January 16

Former Miami-Dade prayer-pushing school board member arrested

Former Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Lubby Navarro, who previously voted to officially recognize the National Day of Prayer in order to show her Christian bona fides, was recently arrested for fraudulent spending on official district credit cards. Navarro is accused of making nearly $100,000 … More »

January 12

FFRF denounces Christian nationalism at Louisiana gov. inaugural

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry not to elevate Christian nationalist voices during official events after a disturbing prayer at his inaugural. The Jan. 7 inauguration ceremony at the Louisiana Capitol included a prayer delivered by Tony Perkins, president of … More »

January 11

Relaxed interview with Richard Dawkins on FFRF’s Sunday TV show 

The one and only Richard Dawkins is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show — in a unique format and revealing a previously unknown facet of his talents.FFRF Co-President Dan Barker was recently in England to participate in a debate … More »

January 10

FFRF ‘unabashed atheist’ Ron Reagan ad returns to ‘60 Minutes’

Due to the fact that a football game is entirely pre-empting '60 Minutes' on Sunday, Jan. 21, the ad originally scheduled to run Jan. 21 will instead run on Sunday, Feb. 4. Ron Reagan’s iconic commercial on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will return … More »

January 8

Florida’s abortion rights ballot triumph counters Supreme Court threats

Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent move on an abortion case is all the more reason to celebrate the fact that activists have succeeded in getting an abortion rights initiative onto the ballot in Florida. Floridians Protecting Freedom, which is promoting an … More »

January 5

‘Freethought Matters’ features Ed ‘Lou Grant’ Asner interview

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this Sunday is replaying one of our favorite interviews, with iconic actor Ed Asner, a freethinker.Asner was interviewed by FFRF co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor when he was in Madison to … More »

January 4

FFRF urges Fla. school district to protect students from proselytizing teacher

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Palm Beach County School District in Florida to take corrective action after a high school math teacher presented students with overtly religious pamphlets. A concerned Palm Beach County School District parent reported that the Santaluces High School … More »

January 3

Catholic president of Burundi calls for LGBTQ+ people to be stoned 

Religious dogma is fueling hateful, violence-inciting statements by leaders of several African nations that are jeopardizing the rights and well-being of LGBTQ-plus Africans.Burundi President Évariste Ndayishimiye recently and brutally called on his citizens to stone gay people, claiming that homosexuality is imported from the … More »

December 28

FFRF calls out Ala. state senator’s pro-indoctrination remarks

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is responding to Alabama state Senator Greg Reed’s recent comments in support of school-sponsored religious indoctrination. After FFRF wrote to the Etowah County Schools demanding that religious organizations no longer be allowed to proselytize students, Reed issued a statement defending … More »

December 28

FFRF’s solstice display at Virginia Capitol for first time

Virginia members of the Freedom From Religion proudly brought secular cheer to their state capitol building in Richmond, in the form of FFRF’s popular Bill of Rights “Nativity” display. Volunteers Daniel Hogan and Patrick Hogan appropriately traveled to the Capitol State House in Virginia on … More »

December 27

Sparkling Godless Gospel concert is year-end FFRF TV special

Watch the teaser here. “Freethought Matters,” the weekly TV show produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will end the year with a joyous celebration featuring a vibrant concert by Godless Gospel.The exuberant group, featuring some leading Black freethinkers — who happen to be great … More »

December 21

Winter Solstice special on FFRF’s Sunday TV show

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is airing a newly recorded Winter Solstice special as the latest episode of its “Freethought Matters” television show this Sunday.FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor provide an enjoyable cultural lesson on how Christians stole Christmas, and the … More »

December 21

FFRF demands Ala. school district end barter arrangement with local churches

An Alabama school district must stop giving churches access to its students for proselytization in exchange for snacks and water, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned Etowah County Schools community member has informed the state/church watchdog that the district has been soliciting … More »

December 21

FFRF calls for N.C. county board to repeal Christian Heritage proclamation

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Wilkes County (N.C.) Board of Commissioners to rescind a proclamation seeking to advance a Christian nationalist agenda. On Dec. 19, the board issued a “Christian Heritage” proclamation that twists American history to paint a false narrative perpetuating … More »

December 20

FFRF puts up Solstice display for the first time in Arkansas

The Ozarks Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is engaging in a secular celebration at the state Capitol for the first time. On Sunday, Dec. 17, Ozarks Chapter members traveled to the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock to install the popular Bill of Rights … More »

December 20

FFRF’s lighted ‘A’ sign makes a winter comeback

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to once again host the lighted “A” outside of its Freethought Hall offices in Madison, Wis. FFRF puts up the sign every year in honor of the Winter Solstice. Standing for atheism and agnosticism, the A is an … More »

December 20

FFRF ensures no coerced participation in W.Va. religious recovery programs 

After the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s intervention, a West Virginia judge has modified the language used by his drug court to ensure it is clear that participants have secular options.The state/church watchdog was contacted by someone required to attend Judge Jason Wharton's Mid-Ohio Valley … More »

December 19

FFRF’s Bill of Rights display adorns the Minn. Capitol

For the first time, FFRF’s Bill of Rights display is in the Minnesota Capitol — countering a nearby Christian nativity scene. FFRF Members Tom Picquet and Conni Conner put up the exhibit in the North Hall of the 10,000 Lakes State Capitol. It will be … More »

December 19

FFRF Solstice display returns to Wa. capital

Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Washington South Sound Chapter have returned to the state Capitol grounds with a new exhibit for this year. The display, set up near the Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol premises in Olympia, Wash., is FFRF’s 6-foot-tall whimsical Bill … More »

December 19

FFRF gets religious fundraising halted in Calif. schools

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a California school district to no longer permit religious fundraising in its schools.A concerned Castaic Union School District parent reported to the state/church watchdog that Castaic Middle School was holding a fundraiser for “Three Angels Haiti,” a Christian … More »

December 18

FFRF’s Bill of Rights display returns to California Capitol

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Greater Sacramento Chapter is pleased to return to the California Capitol with a constitutional Winter Solstice exhibit. Chapter Board Members John Lucas and Erin Louis (pictured) put up the display at the California Capitol premises in Sacramento. It was installed … More »

December 15

May reason prevail at Warren (Mich.) City Hall

The Reason Station has come back to the Warren (Mich.) City Hall for the first time since 2020. After not being tabled for the past three years due to Covid-19 concerns, the Reason Station has returned to the Detroit suburban town. The station is organized … More »

December 15

Defend the Bill of Rights because it defends you

  The best way to celebrate the 232nd anniversary of ratification of the Bill of Rights today is to work even harder to preserve it, maintains the feisty Freedom From Religion Foundation.The scales of justice have been alarmingly tipped in favor of a privileged status … More »

December 14

White Christian nationalist calls for death penalty for all non-Christians

  Antisemitic white supremacist Nick Fuentes, a previous guest at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and infamous proponent of Christian fascism, is in the news once again.This time, he has claimed that all non-Christians “need to be given the death penalty.” On his recent livestream, “The Great Replacement is about White GENOCIDE,” he … More »

December 14

FFRF Sunday TV show guest debunks free will

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation interviews for its TV show this Sunday a thinker who says we have no free will — and that this is a good thing.Robert Sapolsky, a professor of biology, neurological sciences and neurosurgery at Stanford University … More »

December 14

FFRF Solstice display returns to N.H. capital

New Hampshire members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have returned to the state Capitol grounds with a freethinking Solstice display for the sixth year in a row. The display, set up outside the Capitol building in Concord, is FFRF’s 6-foot-tall whimsical Bill of Rights … More »

December 14

FFRF wins triumphant trifecta of court cases

FFRF is on a winning streak working for your rights! In the space of less than a month this past fall, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has won three successful court challenges that have . . .  Remedied a religious test to run for public office … More »

December 14

FFRF enters free speech fray over Iowa Capitol displays

  Update: The Satanic Temple display at the Iowa Capitol has been destroyed by a Christian zealot who has proclaimed that he carried out the deed because “I saw this blasphemous statue and was outraged. My conscience is held captive to the word of God, … More »

December 14

FFRF’s secular displays return to Chicagoland

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Metropolitan Chicago Chapter has put up annual Winter Solstice exhibits throughout the Chicago area to spread its freethinking message. Featured in Chicago’s Daley Center Plaza is the Bill of Rights banner, reading: “Joy to the world — The Bill of … More »

December 13

FFRF’s solstice display returns to Iowa Capitol

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to be bringing a secular presence back to the Iowa Capitol. FFRF’s Bill of Rights “nativity” display has been installed in the Hawkeye State’s seat of lawmaking for the seventh year in a row. The display shows the … More »

December 13

FFRF Solstice ad in NY Times urges: ‘May reason prevail’

“At this Season of the Winter Solstice, May Reason Prevail” begins the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s full-page ad running Thursday in the New York Times.Against a starry background, the ad reads:“The Freedom From Religion Foundation is working for a world in which...    People are more … More »

December 13

FFRF welcomes Supreme Court review of abortion drug ruling

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement today that it will hear an appeal over restrictions on medication abortion means the high court is poised to reverse an unfavorable lower court ruling.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … More »

December 13

FFRF spreads Solstice message at Milwaukee County Courthouse

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice sign is back in the Milwaukee County Courthouse for the 13th year in a row. FFRF and local members have provided the secular message at the courthouse alongside religious seasonal messages to ensure that secular viewpoints are accorded … More »

December 13

Global conference in Paris defends French model of secularism

  A global gathering defending the French model of secularism (laicite) was held in Paris over the past weekend — with the co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in attendance.The conference, which was the first of its kind, took place Dec. 8 and 9 … More »

December 12

Texas abortion case should enrage everyone who cares about women and freedom 

The tragic abortion case playing out right now in Texas reveals how the religious anti-abortion movement has perverted the term “pro-life.”What is “pro-life” about forcing a Texas woman and mother, Kate Cox, to carry a wanted pregnancy that is doomed, where the fetus is … More »

December 11

FFRF commends Rep. Pocan’s nomination of Co-President Dan Barker as Guest Chaplain

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a leading advocate for the separation of church and state, commends U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan for his historic nomination of its Co-President Dan Barker as a Guest Chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives. This nomination, made in a letter to … More »

December 11

FFRF ends unconstitutional pastor-led prayers at South Dakota school

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully intervened to keep religion out of assemblies in South Dakota’s Miller School District. A concerned district employee informed FFRF that a pastor opened and closed the district’s Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 9 with prayers. The assembly reportedly … More »

December 8

FFRF holiday display at Wis. Capitol returns for another year

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual Winter Solstice exhibit at the Wisconsin Capitol has now been there for more than 25 years. The secular display is back in the state/church watchdog’s hometown legislative building for a 27th time. A major addition to the exhibit in … More »

December 7

Second part of Dan Barker’s musical delight on Sunday ‘Freethought Matters’ TV show 

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has on its TV show this Sunday the second part of a two-week musical treat in which Co-President Dan Barker gives an extended performance.An accomplished pianist, record producer, arranger and songwriter, Dan initially worked with Christian … More »

December 7

Speaker Johnson’s Christian nationalist event demeans his secular position

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply disappointed that House Speaker Mike Johnson chose to speak at a Christian nationalist meeting this past Tuesday. Johnson gave the keynote address at the National Association of Christian Lawmakers Awards Gala, which was held at the Museum of … More »

December 7

FFRF urges Ark. school district to end revival-like halftime shows

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Lake Hamilton School District to put a stop to a controversial halftime show that condemns non-Christian viewers to damnation. Several concerned members of the district community have informed FFRF that the Lake Hamilton Power Band’s halftime and … More »

December 7

TV legend Norman Lear was an effective secular activist

  Norman Lear wasn’t just the creator of perhaps the most beloved socially conscious shows in television history — he was also in the forefront of the fightback against the religious right.The evangelicals realized what a formidable foe they had in Lear (who died on … More »

December 6

FFRF urges Utah city to drop sectarian religious motto

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Orem (Utah) Mayor David Young and its City Council to rescind the decision to adopt “In God We Trust” as the official motto. The Orem City Council recently voted unanimously to adopt the motto because it is “a … More »

December 5

Calif. school district’s new book ban must include the bible, FFRF advises

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Chino Valley (Calif.) Unified School District to ban the bible after a local district resident registered an official complaint with the district under its newly enacted policy targeting “sexually obscene materials” in its schools. A local district … More »

December 5

FFRF ends unconstitutional worship music in Kan. school district

Students in the Goddard Unified School District in Kansas are no longer being forced to sing worship music — thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent informed the state/church watchdog that an instructor at Challenger Intermediate School was teaching her sixth grade … More »

December 4

Idaho at center of regressive abortion bans endangering patients

Idaho is at the forefront of implementing cruel anti-abortion restrictions on top of already existing abortion bans. The Christian nationalist Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is launching its latest attack on abortion rights and life-saving medical treatments in the state. It is calling on the U.S. … More »

December 4

Why the pope has (deservedly) sent prelates packing

To the Catholic prelates recently removed from their posts by Pope Francis, the Freedom From Religion Foundation says, “Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.” Kidding! Although some Catholics who aren’t extremely conservative like Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop … More »

December 1

FFRF urges Tenn. governor to focus on the Constitution, not “saving” state residents

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter of complaint to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee for using official government communication to preach to state employees. A Tennessee resident informed the state/church watchdog that on Nov. 2, Lee sent an official email to all state … More »

December 1

FFRF remembers Sandra Day O’Connor, Supreme Court’s first female justice

  Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, died today at age 93. While the Freedom From Religion Foundation did not always agree with her rulings, we recognize that she understood the First Amendment in a way the Roberts … More »

December 1

First part of Dan Barker’s musical treat on Sunday ‘Freethought Matters’ TV show 

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has on its TV show this Sunday the first part of a two-week musical delight in the form of a performance by its Co-President Dan Barker. An accomplished pianist, record producer, arranger and songwriter, Dan initially worked with Christian … More »

December 1

FFRF announces 2024 law student essay contest with $10,000-plus prize money

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited to announce the 2024 Diane and Stephen Uhl Memorial Essay Competition for Law School Students, with a top prize of $4,000. Law school students will be asked to respond to recent Supreme Court decisions that ignore the Establishment … More »

November 29

FFRF issues open letter to bullying Okla. Supt. Ryan Walters: Resign

Dear Superintendent Walters:The Freedom From Religion Foundation will not back down in the face of your grandstanding and (mis)use of your office to undermine Oklahoma’s secular educational system and otherwise impose your personal, pernicious Christian nationalist viewpoint on Oklahoma’s citizens.You have attacked FFRF by … More »

November 29

Mayor of Wash. city must halt official prayer meetings, FFRF contends

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that the mayor of Puyallup stop holding weekly prayer sessions inside City Hall. A local Puyallup resident has informed the state/church watchdog that Mayor Dean Johnson hosts a prayer group in City Hall every Wednesday morning. The complainant is … More »

November 29

FFRF urges Calif. school district to keep prayer out of board meetings

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education not open meetings with prayers. At its Nov. 14 meeting, Board President Shawn Youngblood asked Yorba Linda Mayor Gene Hernandez to lead a prayer to start the meeting, a local … More »

November 27

FFRF Ron Reagan ad returns to 'Daily Show'

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s classic Ron Reagan ad is making a post-Thanksgiving comeback to “The Daily Show.” The television commercial, in which he describes himself as “unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” will air on Comedy Central’s program on Monday, Tuesday and … More »

November 17

‘Freethought Matters’ guest delves into origins of white Christian supremacy

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation interviews for its Sunday TV show an expert pollster who in his new book excavates the roots of white Christian supremacism. Robert P. Jones is the CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a … More »

November 22

FFRF convinces Okla. school system to halt prayer broadcasts

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully persuaded an Oklahoma school district to stop broadcasting daily prayers at an elementary school. A concerned district community member informed FFRF that Prague Elementary School had been hosting daily prayers during its morning announcements. The Prague Public Schools Facebook … More »

November 21

FFRF gets daily Lord’s Prayer halted in La. classroom

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought the Calcasieu Parish School District back in line with the Constitution. A concerned parent reported that their child’s kindergarten teacher at Bell City High School in Lake Charles, La., had been leading the class in reciting the Lord’s … More »

November 20

FFRF and secular student group ask for lifting of West Texas A&M ban on drag shows

Student plaintiff Bear Bright receiving a $5,000 FFRF student activist award in October from Madison-area drag queen Latina Envy. Student co-plaintiff Marcus Stovall receives his $5,000 FFRF student activist award from Bryanna Banx$, also a Madison-area drag performer. UPDATE: Shortly after filing a motion to … More »

November 17

Elie Mystal irreverently dissects the Constitution on ‘Freethought Matters’

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation features a person who doesn’t have a very high opinion of the U.S. Constitution on its TV show this Sunday. The ebullient, witty and humorous Elie Mystal says the Constitution was written by a bunch of rich, … More »

November 17

30th anniversary of egregious law that FFRF has opposed from the start

This week marks 30 years since President Clinton unfortunately signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). A coalition of almost 70 organizations, spanning from conservative Christian organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom to the more liberal ACLU, heralded its passage back then, … More »

November 17

Texas school textbooks must pass scientific test, FFRF contends

Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash The Texas State Board of Education needs to adopt textbooks that teach the truth about evolution and the human impact on climate change, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging.The board voted on Nov. 14 to withhold preliminary approval … More »

November 17

Miss. school district takes action after FFRF tutors superintendent on the Constitution

The Freedom From Religion Foundation succeeded in protecting children from religious indoctrination in New Augusta, Miss., after their teacher was forcing them to pray in school. A concerned district parent reported that their child’s third grade teacher at South Perry Elementary in the Perry County … More »

November 16

FFRF calls out S.C. state Rep. Beach after evangelizing birthday greeting

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled that S.C. state Rep. Thomas Beach is using state resources to send proselytizing messages to his constituents. A South Carolina constituent contacted FFRF to report that Beach sent them a “birthday card” with a message that encouraged them … More »

November 16

Jolly good! — Brits contemplate disestablishing church

The Freedom From Religion Foundation can only say “Brilliant!” in response to an announcement that a bill will soon be introduced in Parliament to disestablish the Church of England.Liberal Democrat peer Paul Scriven, who is behind the move, calls disestablishment “long overdue.” Disestablishment is … More »

November 15

Reverse discriminatory prayer policy, FFRF urges Alaska borough

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that an Alaska borough rescind its new policy of chaplain-delivered prayer in disregard of FFRF’s constitutionally sound advice.For the past several years, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had allowed citizens to volunteer to deliver the opening invocation, … More »

November 15

Speaker Johnson’s views and actions take Christian nationalism mainstream

The continuing near-daily revelations about the religiously extreme views of new House Speaker Mike Johnson should be cause for concern for any American who values our secular democracy. As one Christian nationalist exulted after the vote elevating Johnson to his current position: “No piece of … More »

November 15

Activist groups seek to join Okla. AG’s lawsuit opposing religious public charter school

  A group of faith leaders, public-education advocates and public-school parents — who are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed on July 31 to stop Oklahoma from sponsoring and funding the nation’s first religious public charter school — are seeking to join a similar … More »

November 14

New Supreme Court ethics code recognizes problem but fails to solve it

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disappointed that the Supreme Court, after witnessing repeated scandals involving unreported gifts to justices and other reprehensible conduct, has belatedly adopted an ethics code that has no teeth and sets an even lower bar than the existing code … More »

November 14

FFRF urges N.C. school district to end board-led prayers

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Columbus County Board of Education (based in Whiteville, N.C.) to protect the First Amendment rights of the school district community by ending board-led prayer. A concerned local resident has reported that the board begins each meeting with … More »

November 14

BREAKING! New Jersey agrees to a more inclusive oath due to FFRF lawsuit

Thanks to a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit, the electoral system in New Jersey is becoming markedly more inclusive. FFRF filed suit a month ago on behalf of a N.J. resident against the N.J. secretary of state for forcing candidates for public office to swear a … More »

November 10

Yes, there are ‘atheists in foxholes,’ FFRF USA Today ad asserts

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking out a Veterans Day ad with USA Today that honors those who have served, especially freethinkers. About a quarter of FFRF’s members are veterans or in the military.The ad is in a special edition of USA Today … More »

November 10

FFRF Sunday TV show guest explains her disbelief in new book

Watch the teaser here. The Freedom From Religion Foundation interviews for its TV show this Sunday a Washington Post contributor who has a new book explaining why she stopped pretending to believe. Kate Cohen is a Washington Post contributing columnist who often writes on freethought topics … More »

November 9

FFRF’s S.C. lawsuit ends with withdrawal of $1.5 million funding request

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has obtained a victory for South Carolina taxpayers.FFRF filed a suit last year on behalf of four South Carolina taxpayers against state officials, including South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, challenging the state’s unconstitutional $1.5 million funding of a religious … More »

November 7

New survey shows more belief in QAnon nonsense while most “Nones” cling to reality

  There’s been an ominous uptick in the belief of QAnon-related claims between 2021 and 2023 spanning every demographic measured, reveals a recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). This includes the religiously unaffiliated, although they still score better than any other religious … More »

November 6

FFRF insists that Tenn. school district prohibit religious ceremonies

Stop inviting outside adults to engage in religious observances with students, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Robertson County Schools system in Tennessee. The White House Heritage High School boys basketball coaches invited a representative of the religious organization Middle Tennessee Fellowship of … More »

November 6

FFRF to Ga. school district: Public school football baptisms are unconstitutional

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out the Tattnall County High School football coach for abusing his position to baptize players. A concerned district community member informed the state/church watchdog that Tattnall County High School football coach Isaac Ferrell has been using his position … More »

November 2

World-famous philosopher Daniel Dennett interviewed on FFRF Sunday TV show

Watch the teaser here. Chicago, WPWR-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 9 a.m. Denver, KWGN-CW (Ch. 2), Sundays at 7 a.m. Houston, KIAH-CW (Ch. 39), Sundays at 11 a.m. Los Angeles, KCOP-MY (Ch. 13), Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Madison, Wis., WISC-TV (Ch. 3), Sundays at 11 p.m. Minneapolis, WFTC-29, Sundays at … More »

November 2

Cancel opening prayers at city council meetings, FFRF urges N.C. city

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the city of Roxboro to end the discriminatory practice of opening its City Council meetings with councilor-led prayers. A concerned Roxboro resident has reported that the City Council regularly opens its meetings with Christian prayers led by members … More »

October 31

FFRF urges S.C. school district to cancel pregame prayers

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Kershaw County School District no longer allow a local church to preach before school football games. A concerned district community member has informed the state/church watchdog that the district has been imposing prayer on students, parents … More »

October 31

Repeal new prayer policy, FFRF insists to a N.C. school board

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a North Carolina school board to repeal a new policy permitting unconstitutional official prayer at the start of its meetings. At its Oct. 3 meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Education held a second reading of a … More »

October 30

Watch for 'unabashed atheist' Ron Reagan on CBS’ ‘Colbert’

Ron Reagan’s commercial on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will return to the live version of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this week. The ad, in which Reagan famously notes he’s an “unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” will air … More »

October 26

Secular elected officials get heard on FFRF Sunday TV show

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday features two guests who represent the growing numbers of nonreligious elected officials around the country. The show first interviews Minnesota state Rep. Mike Freiberg, who co-founded the state’s new Secular Government Caucus working to resist Christian nationalism … More »

October 26

FFRF awards $18,050 to 2023 grad student/older student essay contest winners

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 10 top winners and eight honorable mentions in the 2023 Cornelius Vander Broek Grad/“Older” Student Essay Competition. FFRF has paid out a total of $18,050 in award money for this contest. Students were asked to … More »

October 26

We Dissent: Back to (public) school!

A new episode of “We Dissent” examines a variety of religious intrusions into public schools — and explains why you should be aware of such developments. On episode 23, “We Dissent” hosts FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert, FFRF Attorney Liz Cavell and American Atheists Legal … More »

October 26

FFRF victory: W.Va. families secure policy changes in religious revival lawsuit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has secured a constitutional win for families in a West Virginia school district whose students were subjected to a religious revival.  Four families in Huntington, W.Va., have settled their lawsuit against the Cabell County Board of Education after it agreed … More »

October 23

FFRF calls on book-banning Wis. school district to ban the bible

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that the Menomonee Falls School Board in its home state of Wisconsin ban the bible after the school district’s recent book-banning spree. The district recently banned 33 books on the basis of their “sexually explicit content” or “profanity.” … More »

October 23

FFRF calls out Miss. school district for promoting religion

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken issue with the George County School District in Lucedale, Miss., after receiving a report of multiple First Amendment violations. The state/church watchdog has been informed that last spring’s George County High School graduation ceremony included both a preplanned … More »

October 20

Joint statement on Oklahoma attorney general’s lawsuit regarding proposed public Catholic charter school

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Education Law Center – the organizations litigating a lawsuit to stop Oklahoma from sponsoring and funding the nation’s first religious public charter school – issued the … More »

October 19

FFRF Sunday TV guest has unearthed large-scale church child abuse

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show guest has made visible an extremely shameful aspect of organized religion: widespread child abuse. Award-winning journalist and author Christine Kenneally has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Cambridge University. She’s written for The New Yorker, The New York … More »

October 19

FFRF brief sides with Southwest Airlines over unprecedented ‘religious liberty training’ order

Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an appeals court amicus brief against a district judge’s order compelling Southwest Airlines attorneys to attend “religious liberty training” by a controversial Christian advocacy organization.A flight attendant sued Southwest with the claim … More »

October 17

FFRF gets prayer cards removed from Mississippi middle school

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully persuaded the Jackson County School District to reprimand a teacher and update staff training after a middle school teacher placed “prayer cards” under students’ desks. A concerned district community member informed the state/church watchdog that a teacher at … More »

October 17

FFRF and donor Brian Bolton team up to endow Badger State secular professorship

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly announces a pioneering professorship in secular studies at a home state university — only the third such professorship in the nation.The Brian F. Bolton and Anne Nicol Gaylor Endowed Professorship in Secular Studies of $500,000 is being set … More »

October 12

Nonreligious students earn FFRF cash awards through Secular Student Alliance

With the backing of donors, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has collaborated with the Secular Student Alliance to select, announce and distribute several worthy 2023 student scholarships. This year’s scholarships and winners are listed below (as per Secular Student Alliance policy to help protect identities, … More »

October 12

FFRF Sunday TV guest says evangelical movement failed a generation

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s guest on its Sunday TV show has a lot of insights to offer about the evangelical movement — he grew up in it. Jon Ward is the chief national correspondent at Yahoo! News. He’s covered American politics and culture for two decades, … More »

October 11

FFRF’s powerful ‘Freethought Day’ ad runs in USA Today Thursday, Oct. 12

A full-page ad by the Freedom From Religion Foundation warning of latter-day witch hunts will run in the main section of USA Today tomorrow, Oct. 12, which marks the anniversary of the cessation of the notorious Salem Witch Trials. The date has long been proclaimed … More »

October 10

FFRF awards $17,400 to 2023 college student essay contest winners

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 11 winners and six honorable mentions of the 2023 Kenneth L. Proulx Memorial Essay Contest for Ongoing College Students. FFRF has paid out a total of $17,400 in award money to this year’s college … More »

October 9

Statement on contract approval for Oklahoma’s St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Education Law Center – the organizations litigating the lawsuit to stop Oklahoma from sponsoring and funding the nation’s first religious public charter school … More »

October 9

FFRF’s treat-filled convention in Madison this weekend

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s 46th annual national convention is taking place in its hometown this coming weekend – and it promises to be a scintillating event. The gathering will take place Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Monona Terrace Convention Center … More »

October 9

FFRF erects billboard ads in Madison, Wis., to celebrate upcoming convention

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed messages warning “Resist Christian nationalism” on two billboards in its hometown in time for its 46th annual national convention taking place in Madison Oct. 13–14. The billboards are strategically placed to greet out-of-town attendees as they commute between … More »

October 9

FFRF stops prayer at football games in Ohio school district

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced the Symmes Valley Local School District to no longer broadcast prayers over the loudspeaker at future football games. A concerned district parent reported that a district football scrimmage in August included an adult-led Christian prayer prior to the … More »

October 6

Nobel Peace Prize Iranian awardee reveals reality of ‘One nation under God’

Iran remains a living warning of the dangers that religion-run governments pose to women’s rights.Jailed Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi has won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting women’s rights and human rights. The news this week that yet another young Iranian woman … More »

October 6

FFRF TV show guest explains global decline of religion

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s guest this Sunday on its TV show has expertly tracked the decline of religion around the world.Isabella Kasselstrand is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her publications and her studies explore nonreligion and … More »

October 5

Look for FFRF’s ‘unabashed atheist’ commercial on MSNBC this month

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s iconic ad featuring Ron Reagan that highlights FFRF’s work and his own “unabashed atheism” is back on MSNBC next week. The commercial inviting viewers to join FFRF will return to the “The Rachel Maddow Show” over the next three Mondays. … More »

October 5

FFRF gets cross, bible quote removed from Indiana classroom

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that the Vigo County School Corporation has removed Christian displays from a classroom after a communiqué from the national state/church watchdog. A concerned district parent informed FFRF that an English teacher at Honey Creek Middle School, … More »

October 4

Why secularists should care about Banned Books Week

As we observe Banned Books Week Oct. 1–7, book bans are on an alarming and unprecedented rise. Secular Americans must spread awareness and fight back against such bans and censorship. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply familiar with the haunting history of censorship: from … More »

October 3

FFRF chastises Fla. school district for football coach’s team prayer

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Levy County School District, based in Bronson, Fla., to end coach-led prayers. FFRF has been informed that Robby Pruitt, Williston High School’s football coach, and his staff have been using their positions to push personal religious beliefs … More »

October 3

BREAKING NEWS: FFRF files suit against N.J. secretary of state over religious oath

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a N.J. resident against the secretary of state for forcing public office candidates to swear a mandatory religious oath. You can read the document here.James Tosone, the plaintiff, has run for public … More »

September 28

FFRF Sunday TV guest an inspiring political advocate for ‘Nones’

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show guest has made it his lifelong goal to have the voices and opinions of the “Nones” be heard in the political arena. Ron Millar is political coordinator for the Center for Freethought Equality, a nonprofit that advocates … More »

September 28

FFRF awards $19,050 to 2023 high school essay winners who are ‘Nones’

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 William Schulz High School Essay Contest, with $19,050 in scholarship money for this year’s competition. College-bound high school seniors were asked to write a personal persuasive essay based on this prompt: … More »

September 27

FFRF awards $25,000 to Forward Freethought scholarship winners

The Freedom From Religion Foundation announces that it has awarded its 2023 First in the Family Forward Freethought scholarships to six students, totaling $25,000, thanks to FFRF benefactor Lance Bredvold. The students were selected by Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA), an African American humanist-atheist organization. … More »

September 26

Jettison your chaplain, FFRF tells five Fla. police/fire departments

Get rid of your official chaplain, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling five Florida police and fire departments.  The state/church watchdog has been informed that Andy Jones acts as an official chaplain to the following governmental entities: the Oakland Police Department, the Ocoee Fire Department, … More »

September 25

FFRF cheers Gallup poll revealing positive trends

The Freedom From Religion Foundation celebrates a new Gallup poll showing that the percentage of Americans identifying as “nonreligious” now exceeds those identifying as “religious.” According to this poll, 33 percent of Americans now identify as “spiritual, but not religious,” (while 2 percent identify as … More »

September 22

FFRF strongly rebukes Gov. Ivey’s support of state-sponsored religious activities

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is constitutionally off the mark in taking umbrage at two Freedom From Religion Foundation letters about religious freedoms in her state. The governor has formally pushed back in writing against recent FFRF communiques to Auburn University and Snead State Community College about Coach Hugh … More »

September 8

FFRF Sunday TV show guest spotlights power of U.S. Catholic Church

Watch the preview here. The guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday delves into the immense power of American Catholic bishops — and the sources of that power. Mary Jo McConahay is a journalist with a distinguished career. She’s been a war … More »

September 21

FFRF warns Auburn U over coach Freeze athlete baptism

Auburn University must put a stop to religion in its athletic programs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting, after multiple coaches promoted a religious worship event where head football coach Hugh Freeze baptized a player. The state/church watchdog has received numerous reports that Freeze, … More »

September 20

Sen. Tuberville’s zealotry endangers national security

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., is showing how one religious zealot in a government position can cause untold havoc. For more than six months, the senior senator from the Yellowhammer State has held up hundreds of military nominations to protest Pentagon policy ensuring that service members … More »

September 19

FFRF applauds Calif. county for rescinding Christian History Month

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to overturn its decision to declare every July “American Christian History Month.” The motion to rescind the proclamation was put forward by Supervisor John Hidahl, who originally … More »

September 19

Cheers for Minn. student and school district for moving graduation from church

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted that Minnesota’s Eastern Carver County Schools district is moving its high school graduations out of Grace Church in Eden Prairie. At a special school board meeting on Sept. 6, the board was told by its legal counsel that … More »

September 18

FFRF gets bible quotes removed from Okla. classrooms

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that Skiatook Public Schools has removed Christian displays from multiple classrooms after the state/church watchdog alerted officials to the constitutional violations. A concerned district community member informed FFRF that there were several religious messages displayed at … More »

September 18

Christian nationalists boost Covid by demonizing boosters

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disgusted to see anti-science Christian nationalist governors once again endanger the nation’s health. Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders summoned lawmakers to Little Rock for a special session last week in part to ban the state from mandating Covid-19 vaccinations. … More »

September 15

FFRF deplores Gov. Youngkin’s pardon of anti-trans violent disruptor

The Virginia governor, who ran as a “parents’ rights” candidate, has unpardonably pardoned a father who violently disrupted a school board’s discussion of trans inclusive bathroom policies. Scott Smith, who was convicted of two misdemeanors related to the incident, claimed a “boy wearing a skirt” … More »

September 8

FFRF TV show unearths J. Edgar Hoover’s white Christian nationalism

Watch the preview here. The guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show has exposed the massive role that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI played in fostering white Christian nationalism. Lerone Martin is the Martin Luther King Jr Centennial Professor and director of the Martin … More »

September 14

Calif. school district removes prayer poster after FFRF communiqué

A California school district has swiftly made certain that its schools are more inclusive after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted it about a problematic poster pushing prayer and Jesus. A concerned Victor Valley Union High School District student had informed the state/church watchdog that … More »

September 13

Trump-appointed judges needlessly inject bible verse into class action case

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebuking two President Trump-appointed federal appeals court judges for gratuitously injecting a bible verse into a debate about an unrelated legal question. The judges, who both sit on the archconservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, unnecessarily cited a … More »

September 13

FFRF to Florida school district: Keep baptisms, religion out of football program

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling Charlotte County Public Schools to immediately end coach-led religious activities, including Christian baptisms, from a high school football program. A concerned community member has informed the national state/church watchdog that the Port Charlotte High School football team has … More »

September 13

Don’t impose your religion, FFRF chastises Ala. comm. college head

Stop foisting your religion upon your public employees, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the president of Snead State Community College. A concerned employee of the college has informed the state/church watchdog that President Joe Whitmore has been imposing his personal religious beliefs on … More »

September 12

Idaho library board chair can’t impose religion, FFRF contends

Update: In August, the board not only passed a motion to close libraries Sundays beginning in September, but is also considering disaffiliating from the American Library Association because the ALA supposedly has “a clear animosity and resentment toward the family and traditional religious values.” The … More »

September 11

FFRF warns PragerU misinforms students in Florida and Oklahoma

After purging its public school of books and reality-based curricula, Florida is now seemingly trying to fill that void with hand-picked propaganda — and Oklahoma is going even further. The Freedom From Religion Foundation warns that an industrial-scale disinformation campaign by the deceptively named PragerU … More »

September 8

FFRF TV show guest raps about science and atheism

Watch the preview here. The lively guest on Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday has made an art of educating about science in the rap form. Baba Brinkman is an atheist and New York-based rap artist. He’s best known for his series … More »

September 8

Praying coach Joe Kennedy vindicates critics by quitting after one game

In a predictable but still audacious move, Joe Kennedy has resigned from his assistant coaching position at Bremerton High School, Wash., after just the first game, confirming that his motive was to performatively promote religion rather than coach students. As the Freedom From Religion Foundation … More »

September 6

Revoke religious broadcast privilege, FFRF urges Mayor Adams

New York City should rescind its special privileging of the Muslim call to prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to the mayor. The city has granted special permission for mosques to amplify their call to prayer on Fridays and at sunset every night … More »

September 1

FFRF counters Bremerton Coach Kennedy’s theocratic antics

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is issuing a strong response — including a local billboard, op-eds and a “Know Your Rights” campaign for students — to a disturbing publicity stunt on the part of prayerful Bremerton Coach Joe Kennedy. Today, Friday, Sept. 1, Kennedy returns … More »

September 1

FFRF condemns Denmark’s proposed ban on burning Quran

The Freedom From Religion Foundation deplores the announcement by Denmark’s government that it wants to make it illegal to desecrate any “holy book.” The proposal follows a series of violent reactions in the Muslim world to several public burnings or so-called desecrations of Qurans in … More »

March 16

FFRF TV guest demonstrates global religion decline

Watch the preview here. “Freethought Matters” is back! The guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s first TV show of the new season asserts that religion is declining globally — and has the data to prove it. Phil Zuckerman is professor of sociology and secular studies … More »

August 31

FFRF gets prayer removed from Conn. school board meetings

The Enfield Public Schools system has removed the offensive practice of opening its board meetings with a prayer after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected. The state/church watchdog was contacted by a concerned community member who reported that members of the Enfield Board of Education … More »

August 31

N.C. county cancels religious senior outing after FFRF intervenes

The Freedom From Religion Foundation was recently informed that it successfully thwarted a planned North Carolina county religious outing for seniors. Davie County Senior Services was organizing and sponsoring a trip to the Creation Museum, Ark Encounter and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption … More »

August 30

FFRF urges all Ohio school districts: Don’t allow released time bible study

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging over 600 Ohio school districts not to be pressured into allowing released time for students to attend bible study programs. The state/church watchdog has recently been contacted by concerned Ohioans regarding LifeWise Academy’s increasing presence in Ohio’s public … More »

August 28

Ohio school district ending graduation prayers thanks to FFRF

Thanks to the work of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, New Riegel Local Schools in Ohio will no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies. The national state/church watchdog was contacted by a concerned school community member who informed it that the New Riegel High School … More »

August 24

FFRF to Cobb County, Ga.: Ban the bible, too

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that Cobb County School District in Georgia include the bible in its current book-banning campaign. The district recently started banning books from its schools based on “highly inappropriate, sexually explicit” content, removing Flamer, by Mike Curato, and Me … More »

August 24

FFRF asks Texas school district to stop imposing prayer at staff meetings

The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the Abilene-Wylie Independent School District in Texas deserves an “F” for its practice of imposing multiple prayers during mandatory staff meetings. A concerned district employee informed the state/church watchdog that staff were led in prayer several times during mandatory … More »

August 24

UPDATE: FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad to air on CNN’s abortion special Sunday night, Sept. 3

Update: CNN recently informed FFRF that it will be delaying the show by a week. Please look for the CNN abortion special (and FFRF's Ron Reagan ad) on Sunday night, Sept. 3. Look for the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s iconic commercial, featuring “unabashed atheist” Ron … More »

August 23

Denver Archdiocese lawsuit shows amazing chutzpah — and bigotry

The Archdiocese of Denver has risen to new heights of audacity by filing a lawsuit complaining that a new universal preschool funding law banning discrimination therefore discriminates against the Catholic Church. The archdiocese is challenging the law paying for 15 hours a week of preschool … More »

August 22

FFRF’s Ohio billboard defends abortion rights

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up a billboard in Ohio’s capital saying “Abort Theocracy: Keep Abortion Safe & Legal” ahead of a crucial referendum on the issue. The national state/church watchdog group and its Columbus chapter designed the billboard message in support of … More »

August 22

No more prayer walks, FFRF insists to Fla. schools

Cease the prayer walks that you are conducting with a local church, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Marion County Public Schools system. A concerned community member has informed the state/church watchdog that the district allowed members of the Church of Hope to … More »

August 17

FFRF announces 2023 BIPOC student essay winners

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 11 winners and 11 honorable mentions of the 2023 David Hudak Memorial Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color Student Essay Competition. FFRF has paid more than $17,000 in award money for the contest this year. BIPOC … More »

August 17

FFRF decries circuit court’s reprehensible mifepristone ruling

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns yesterday’s reprehensible U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of severe abortion medication restrictions. Not only would this ruling limit abortion medication to just seven weeks of gestation, but it would also ban telemedicine and mail-order shipments … More »

August 16

Wis. swim team allowed to participate on Rosh Hashanah after FFRF intervenes

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully convinced the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Middleton, Wis. to allow the girls swim and dive team to participate in an invitational competition held during the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. A concerned district parent had informed the … More »

August 10

BREAKING: FFRF legally intervenes to preserve its N.J. Supreme Court funding win

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking legal action to preserve its 2018 New Jersey Supreme Court win that halted unconstitutional official funding of church repairs. The state/church watchdog filed a motion today, on behalf of itself and New Jersey taxpayer David Steketee, to intervene … More »

August 9

FFRF again asks S.C. school board members to cease prayer

  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again asking the Dorchester School District Two School Board to stop opening meetings with a scheduled prayer. In 2021, FFRF contacted the district after being notified that the school board meetings and many other school-sponsored events opened with … More »

August 8

FFRF denounces judge’s Southwest Airlines “religious-liberty training” order

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying a U.S. district judge’s order requiring Southwest Airlines lawyers to take “religious-liberty training” from a theocratic legal group. A flight attendant sued Southwest with the claim that she was fired for expressing her opposition to abortion rights — … More »

August 3

Animated music 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.” It’s written from … More »

August 3

Mich. school district drops prayer after FFRF intervenes

A Michigan school district has deleted Christian prayer from its senior award ceremony after the Freedom From Religion Foundation conveyed the objection of parents to officials. A concerned Vicksburg Community Schools parent had informed the state/church watchdog that the May 2023 Vicksburg High School senior … More »

August 3

Texas school district to end promotion of prayer thanks to FFRF

Due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s efforts, Burnet Consolidated ISD will no longer promote a prayer marathon event before the start of the fall semester. A concerned complainant reported that the district was encouraging community members to “pray for the first day” of classes … More »

August 1

FFRF to Calif. county: Rescind fake Christian history proclamation

A national state/church watchdog group is chastising a California county board for adopting an un-American resolution designating July as “American Christian History Month.” Not only did the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, based in Placerville, Calif., declare the past month as “American Christian History … More »

August 1

Exclusive briefing on a new lawsuit to protect public education!

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation and Education Law Center just filed a lawsuit to stop Oklahoma officials from creating the nation’s first religious public charter school. Please join us for a special virtual briefing on Wednesday, Aug. … More »

August 1

FFRF proudly announces Lorraine Hansberry Humanist scholars

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited, in association with the Women’s Leadership Project, to announce the 2023 Lorraine Hansberry Humanist Scholarship awardees. FFRF has helped to fund scholarships for nine college students this year, totaling $5,500. The honorees were chosen by the Women’s Leadership … More »