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Indiana graduation prayer removed as a result of FFRF’s efforts

12/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's persistent efforts persuaded an Indiana school district to remove prayer from the local high school's graduation ceremony. Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Ind., had prayers as part of its graduation ceremonies in both 2015 and 2016. FFRF initially … More »

FFRF members exhibit freethinking display at Illinois courthouse

12/9/2016 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have erected a freethinking display at an Illinois county courthouse to counter a nativity scene. W.P. Meyer and Ryan Bell first obtained the display last year from the state/church separation watchdog to set up in the grounds of … More »

FFRF blasts Trump’s choice of Pruitt to head EPA

12/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation knows from experience the awfulness of Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The state/church separation watchdog group has tussled a number of times with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. An active promoter of oil, fossil fuels and … More »

We need your help in restoring vandalized FFRF Florida banner

12/8/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner in a Florida town has been vandalized, and we need your help in restoring it. Barely a day after it was put up in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square Park to counter a life-sized nativity scene, our Winter Solstice banner … More »

FFRF’s solstice banner in Florida park defaced

12/7/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner in a Florida town has been vandalized. Barely a day after it was put up in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square Park to counter a life-sized nativity scene, the nontheistic organization's Winter Solstice banner was spray-painted and defaced. The Foundation is … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice display returns to Illinois Capitol

12/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice display has returned to the Illinois Capitol building for the eighth year in a row. The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the hub of the Illinois state government in Springfield on Dec. 5 and … More »

DeVos to use Education Department to ‘advance God’s Kingdom’?

12/5/2016 · Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, would be the very embodiment of a fox guarding a chicken coop. DeVos, the billionaire national leader of the euphemistically named "school choice" movement, is a fanatic who has long been determined to force government to … More »

FFRF solstice display makes annual appearance at Wisconsin Capitol

12/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice "no gods" display starts its 21st annual run at the Wisconsin Capitol today. A sign at the exhibit features FFRF's traditional message by its principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. It was composed as an equal-time challenge to combat … More »

Heathens’ Greetings -- FFRF’s Winter Solstice Survival Guide

12/1/2016 · It's the first day of December, which means the annual "War on State/Church Separation" has begun, surely more so now with the Religious Right bolstered by its recent electoral triumph. Below you'll find FFRF's handy guide to surviving the holidays. HOW TO KEEP RELIGION OFF … More »

Catholic League stalks the Freedom From Religion Foundation

12/1/2016 · The Catholic League is busy harassing the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The ultraconservative religious organization has sent out a dispatch to its members deriding us and our work. It has asked its members to “try educating FFRF.”  As a result, our office has been inundated with … More »

Ohio town could be legally liable due to official nativity scene

11/30/2016 · An Ohio town's official nativity scene could subject it to legal action, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The city of St. Bernard recently placed a nativity scene in front of its City Hall building. The display depicts an infant Jesus lying in a manger, … More »

Michigan town removes nativity scene due to sustained FFRF effort

11/30/2016 · A Michigan town has removed an official nativity scene after a sustained, nearly decade-long effort on part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A larger-than-life nativity scene had been on display in a prominent town bandstand for years in Menominee during the holiday season. It … More »

Freethinking holiday display on show at Chicago’s Daley Plaza

11/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have unveiled their annual secular holiday display in the heart of the city. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers was recently unfurled in Daley Plaza. It greets everyone with: "Happy Winter Solstice," and pictures … More »

FFRF plays role in nixing N.C. town funds to ministry

11/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation helped prevent a proposed diversion of money from a government-owned liquor store in North Carolina to an evangelical organization. The town of Troutman was considering distributing a portion of the profits from an Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission-managed liquor shop to … More »

Bible verse display removed from public school after FFRF objects

11/23/2016 · A Connecticut public charter school employee's open display of religiosity has been nixed after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted her school. An academic assistant at Jumoke Academy Charter School (in Hartford, Conn.) was displaying a bible verse on her profile outside of one of … More »

FFRF: Trump’s pick for education secretary will destroy public education

11/23/2016 · President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Betsy DeVos for education secretary will wreak havoc on public education, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. DeVos is a proponent of privatizing education through vouchers, a policy approach that will have a seriously negative impact on our education system, … More »

FFRF, ACLU-KY challenge rejection of personalized license plate request

11/22/2016 · The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky man denied a personalized license plate reading "IM GOD." Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) officials initially refused ACLU-KY/FFRF client Ben … More »

Florida school district initiates strong action due to FFRF

11/22/2016 · A Florida school district has taken strong action against a football coach after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted it to his prayers with students. Wakulla Middle School Head Coach Eddie Metcalf was regularly guiding his team in pre-game prayers. He had been filmed doing … More »

FFRF ensures religion-free Ohio public school graduation

11/22/2016 · After a multiyear effort, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has made sure that an Ohio public high school's graduation ceremony will not be infused with religion. FFRF initially contacted Dalton Local Schools in the summer of 2015 with its objections to a benediction at the … More »

FFRF causes Pa. football coach to cease public prayer

11/21/2016 · A public school football coach in Pennsylvania has been asked to stop praying with his team after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted his school district. Dunmore High School Head Coach Jack Henzes was regularly guiding his team in pre-game prayers. "It is illegal for public … More »

FFRF’s case against Congress enters new stage

11/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's case against the U.S. Congress has reached a new stage. Earlier this year, FFRF sued Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick Conroy over the refusal to allow Dan Barker, an atheist, to deliver the opening invocation … More »

Send a message to Mike Pence and his boss: The only wall we need is between church and state

11/17/2016 · "It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties."—James Madison Although the presidential election will have alarming consequences, why not have a little fun while fighting back against Mike Pence's theocratic agenda? When you give your tax-deductible donation to FFRF's Legal … More »

Steve Bannon a threat to all we hold dear

11/17/2016 · A key Donald Trump policy advisor is a threat to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's core values and mission — and to the foundations of our secular republic. President-elect Trump recently named Steve Bannon as his White House chief strategist. Bannon is the former executive … More »

FFRF objects to bible study meetings in Wisconsin Capitol

11/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to a weekly bible study meeting that a state legislator has been organizing in the Wisconsin Capitol. Every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wisconsin state Rep. Paul Tittl convenes a bible study group for … More »

FFRF fruitfully tutors Wisconsin city about U.S. Constitution

11/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taught a Wisconsin city the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, the city of Kenosha's Mayor's Youth Commission voted 5-2 to give $500 to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church for an Easter retreat for two of … More »

Albuquerque features prominent billboard with timely message

11/15/2016 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Albuquerque chapter have put up a billboard with a well-timed message in New Mexico's largest city. A billboard has been installed at 152 Montano Road NW with a patriotic slogan superimposed on the image of a waving U.S. … More »

FFRF persuades Ohio village to remove religious seal and declaration

11/14/2016 · An Ohio village has removed a religious seal and declaration after objections from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog organization. The seal of the village of Archbold contained a church at its center, nestled within images of education, farming, forestry and industry. … More »

Create a virtual billboard for Openly Secular Day!

11/14/2016 · Openly Secular Day is celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 15, this year. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to put its unique stamp on the commemoration. The mission of Openly Secular Day is to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people to be … More »

Georgia school district scraps bible class after FFRF complaint

11/11/2016 · A Georgia school district scrapped plans for a proposed bible class partnership with a local Christian group after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. In September, FFRF sent a letter to Oconee County Schools that detailed multiple violations in its school system of the constitutional … More »

Bizarre shift cancels Madison’s Freethought Radio broadcast

11/11/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's radio show has been unceremoniously yanked off the air locally. FFRF received belated notice this morning that the broadcast of its decade-long radio program, Freethought Radio, has been canceled by the Madison, Wis., radio station formerly known as "Progressive Talk" … More »

FFRF issues USA Today ad commemorating Veterans Day

11/11/2016 · 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 being distributed on Veterans … More »

Attend Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Veterans Day observance

11/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding a special Veterans Day commemoration on Friday, Nov. 11, to honor those who have served, including "atheists in foxholes." About a quarter of FFRF's members are veterans or in the military. The event will be held at the … More »

FFRF fighting like hell for your rights

11/9/2016 ·   By Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan BarkerCo-PresidentsFreedom From Religion Foundation The Freedom From Religion Foundation's digital marquee today at Freethought Hall reads: "When the night is darkest, light shines brightest."  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not a partisan office or group. But we are realists. Those who … More »

FFRF complains over partisan politicking

11/7/2016 · Photo via Shutterstock by Bobkeenan Photography Churches should never engage in partisan electioneering. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has recently acted on 15 electioneering complaints, sending letters to the IRS reporting illegal campaign intervention on the part of churches in different parts of the country. Some … More »

Citizens shouldn’t be forced to vote in houses of worship

11/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Arkansas county to stop using houses of worship as polling places. A significant number of the polling places in Washington County are churches. This was particularly problematic last year when a special civil rights election (to extend … More »

Citizens shouldn’t be forced to vote in mosques — or churches

11/3/2016 · A Florida county should not be using houses of worship as polling places in the upcoming election, as an incident there earlier this year demonstrates. In July, Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher removed The Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a polling location in Florida's Palm … More »

California sheriff department takes corrective action due to FFRF

11/3/2016 · A California sheriff department has assured the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it has taken remedial action after an officer participated in a prayer meeting. Back in May, an undersheriff in the Orange County Sheriff's Department spoke at the Mission Viejo All City Prayer Meeting, held … More »

Nones could sway Election Day

11/3/2016 · This election could be a flashpoint in American history in which secular voters finally eclipse major religious groups in terms of turnout and influence. More than 26 million voters with no religion could turn out on Nov. 8, dwarfing previous records and providing the power … More »

Wisconsin police department oath and code of ethics changed due to FFRF

10/31/2016 · A Wisconsin police department's overtly religious oath and code of ethics has been changed after the Freedom From Religion Foundation protested. The West Allis Police Department's Code of Ethics had included the following line since at least 2013, a line that was part of the … More »

FFRF tutors Wisconsin city about U.S. Constitution

10/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is gladly teaching a Wisconsin city the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, the city of Kenosha's Mayor's Youth Commission voted 5-2 to give $500 to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church for an Easter retreat for two … More »

FFRF objects to religious promotion over school loudspeakers

10/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking on some deeply troubling constitutional violations in a Mississippi school district. Administrators at both Biloxi Junior High and Biloxi High in Biloxi, Miss., have reportedly been promoting religious events over the schools' public address systems. At Biloxi High … More »

Nonbelief Relief gives $20,000 to Doctors Without Borders

10/28/2016 · Nonbelief Relief, a humanitarian agency for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their supporters to improve this world — our only world — announced today that it has given $20,000 to Doctors Without Borders. Nonbelief Relief was incorporated in 2015, with the Freedom From Religion Foundation as its … More »

FFRF flags religious promotion in Alabama

10/26/2016 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation is sounding the alarm over an Alabama public school teacher’s promotion of a religious event.  A third grade teacher at Vestavia Hills East in Vestavia Hills, Ala., recently publicized “Bring Your Bible to School Day” to her students, bringing up … More »

FFRF files brief against loudspeaker-demanding Christian school

10/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief against a Florida Christian school that wants to broadcast pregame prayers at state championship football games. Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., filed a federal lawsuit last month targeting the Florida High School Athletic Association … More »

FFRF objects to coach’s student baptism

10/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to a Mississippi public school football coach's baptism of a student-athlete. On Sept. 21, Newton High football Coach Ryan Smith organized and performed a baptism, using a big utility tub, of one of his football players. The entire … More »

FFRF abortion ad runs in Little Rock paper

10/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a full-page advertisement in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today asking the question, "What does the bible really say about abortion?" The answer, as the ad puts it, is: "There is no biblical justification for the assault on women's reproductive … More »

FFRF files brief against prayerful Texas school board

10/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against a school board's practice of starting every meeting with a prayer. The Birdville Independent School District Board of Trustees selects students to deliver prayers to the … More »

FFRF protests denial of license plate to Pennsylvania freethinker

10/19/2016 · Update: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has relented, approving Prebeg's request a couple of days ago. The department denied any ideological motive for the initial rejection and instead told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "employee error" was to blame. FFRF welcomes the change of heart, regardless … More »

Student charges Madison housing with discrimination against non-Catholics

10/19/2016 · A Catholic Church-operated housing facility in Wisconsin's capital is being charged with discrimination against non-Catholics. A student has filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission in Madison, Wis., over discriminatory rental practices at a downtown complex forcing renters who are not practicing Catholics to … More »

Longtime Tennessee pastor comes out as atheist

10/18/2016 · A longtime Tennessee pastor recently made a public announcement that he is an atheist. At the opening night of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's recent convention in Pittsburgh, Carter Warden, a former full-time pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, Tenn., and part-time music minister … More »

FFRF ensures no more assembly prayer in Indiana school district

10/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made sure that public school employees in an Indiana school district will not continue to impose prayer during school gatherings. Back in April, a school guard at the Rise Up Academy (the alternative high school in South Bend, Ind.) … More »

New Analysis: 26 million voters with no religion could turn out on Nov. 8, dwarfing previous records

10/12/2016 · MADISON, WIS. – More than 26 million voters with no religion could turn out on Nov. 8, dwarfing previous records and providing the power to sway the direction of the country for the first time in history, according to a new analysis from the … More »

Grad student essay contest winners named

10/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 Brian Bolton Graduate/Older Student Essay Contest winners. The list of awardees has seven top places and four honorable mentions. Students were asked to write 600 to 800 words on the topic of "Why God … More »

Indiana county does the right, secular thing

10/7/2016 · An Indiana county has taken a wisely secular action in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. After opening its courthouse lawn to an FFRF display and a variety of religious panoramas last winter, Franklin County has passed a new ordinance prohibiting all private exhibits on its … More »

FFRF wants Wisconsin police department oath and code of ethics changed

10/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for a Wisconsin police department's overtly religious oath and code of ethics to be changed. The West Allis Police Department's Code of Ethics has included the following line since at least 2013, a line that is part of … More »

FFRF brings freethought into the Virginia prison system

10/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has helped Humanism triumph behind bars—all over the state of Virginia. A freethinking inmate at Coffeewood Correctional Center in Virginia contacted FFRF because his prison had meeting options for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and a variety of other minority religious … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment in lawsuit against N.J. county

10/5/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked a judge to declare a New Jersey county's millions of dollars in grants for church repair a violation of the state constitution. FFRF and member David Steketee recently submitted their final brief in support of their motion for summary … More »

FFRF objects to baptisms in Georgia public school

10/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to the recent baptism of several football players at a Georgia public high school. A number of football players were reportedly baptized on Sept. 14 after school on the property of Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga. … More »

FFRF Pittsburgh convention unveils major surprise opening night

10/4/2016 · The opening night of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's upcoming convention in Pittsburgh has a major revelation in store. After years as a closeted atheist in the Bible Belt, a former conservative pastor will be coming out publicly on Friday, Oct. 7. "Adam Mann" (a … More »

Court rules that Catholic Church lot in downtown Madison must be taxed

10/4/2016 · Church must pay property tax on downtown lot in Madison, Wis., that is assessed at $4 million A Dane County judge has ruled that the Catholic Church must pay taxes on a multimillion–dollar lot it owns in downtown Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford decided … More »

Federal Court To Hear Arguments In Brevard County Legislative Prayer Case Oct. 5

10/3/2016 · A federal court on Oct. 5 will hear oral arguments in an important lawsuit challenging legislative prayer practices in Brevard County, Fla. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties … More »

FFRF asks Connecticut police chief to stop disparaging nonbelievers

10/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out a Connecticut police chief's rant against nonbelievers. On Sept. 24, Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez addressed a crowd of about 50 people at a "police solidarity march." "We need God in our lives," the media reported him saying. … More »

‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ is even more ominous this year

9/30/2016 · "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," an annual event that deliberately seeks to incite church pastors into flouting the law, is assuming an even more ominous tone this year. Christian groups observe "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" to protest what they perceive as undue restrictions that prohibit tax-exempt entities, including … More »

FFRF objects to religion-infused events in Indiana public schools

9/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to events suffused with religion that are due to be held at several Indiana public schools. Two groups are organizing these events. Several Indiana public schools are hosting assemblies for "Break the Grey," a group that addresses troubled-youth topics. … More »

Alabama chief justice shames the state, again

9/29/2016 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation Half a century after Alabama Gov. George Wallace earned the wrath of the Kennedy administration for his stance against desegregation, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is in hot water for his opposition to same-sex marriage. Moore … More »

California school board must stop invocations—now

9/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing its objection to a California school board's practice of starting its meetings with an invocation. The Orange County Board of Education has a tradition of beginning each meeting with an invocation. It allows interested people to request to … More »

FFRF blocks religion from Wisconsin school events

9/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made certain that events hosted by two Wisconsin school districts will not engage in religious promotion. South Shore Junior/Senior High School in Port Wing, Wis., is scheduled to host an Oct. 26 assembly for "Break the Grey," a group … More »

Kentucky county clerk needs to get rid of Ten Commandments poster

9/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Kentucky county clerk to get rid of a Ten Commandments poster prominently on display in his office. A large, framed version of the Ten Commandments is conspicuously on view at the Bath County clerk's office. It can … More »

Wisconsin county should not contract with Catholic group on homeless center

9/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply concerned about a Catholic organization possibly being given charge of a public center for the homeless in Wisconsin's capital. Dane County is planning to contract with Catholic Charities Madison, a religious group, to provide a publicly paid and … More »

Nation’s largest nontheist organization congregates in Pittsburgh

9/19/2016 · The nation’s largest nontheist organization has a fascinating lineup to offer at its annual convention in Pittsburgh in early October.After eight years as a closeted atheist in the Bible Belt, a former conservative pastor will be coming out publicly at Freedom From Religion Foundation's … More »

FFRF halts the sermonizing of a Wisconsin community college instructor

9/19/2016 · A sermonizing Wisconsin community college professor has agreed to mend his ways following the Freedom From Religion Foundation's intervention. Madison College Professor Hiep S. Van Dong, an instructor in the School of Business and Applied Arts, had been encouraging students in his Leadership, Ethics and … More »

FFRF stops kindergarten graduation prayer in Indiana

9/16/2016 · An Indiana public elementary school will stop prayer at its kindergarten graduation ceremonies due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The ceremony last May at Springs Valley Elementary School in French Lick, Ind., included a prayer delivered by a kindergartener. The prayer was listed on … More »

FFRF awards secular invocations to protest governmental prayer

9/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today announced the four winners of its 2016 "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" contest. The competition is set up to honor nontheistic activists who give secular invocations before local governmental bodies. The winners are: — Aleta Ledendecker, Tenn., whose initial invocation on Jan. 11 before … More »

FFRF, ACLU comment on today's Indiana nativity ruling

9/14/2016 · While pleased that a live nativity pageant in an Indiana public school has stopped for now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation expressed disappointment over a federal ruling today saying a school may employ mannequins in a Christian manger scene during a Christmas celebration. U.S. District … More »

FFRF again calls out Virginia Tech for its football chaplaincy

9/13/2016 · With the college football season in full swing, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is renewing its objection to Virginia Tech's football chaplaincy. FFRF initially contacted the university in August of last year to complain about its chaplaincy program, enclosing a broader national report. Virginia Tech's Director of … More »

Presidential hopefuls pander to religion

9/13/2016 · Donald Trump photo by Michael Vadon under CC BY-SA 2.0. Hillary Clinton photo in the Public Domain. The two presidential candidates from the major parties are doing little to court the growing secular vote. Hillary Clinton took to religious pandering on the campaign trail. She asserted to the … More »

FFRF calls penalty on Gamecocks’ football chaplaincy

9/12/2016 · At the start of football season, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is renewing its objection to the University of South Carolina's football chaplaincy. FFRF initially contacted the university in August of last year to complain about its chaplaincy program, enclosing a broader national report. FFRF is pleased … More »

FFRF throws flag at UW football chaplaincy

9/9/2016 · (Photo / M.P. King, Wisconsin State Journal) At the start of the Badgers' new season, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is renewing its objection to the University of Wisconsin's football chaplaincy. FFRF has been complaining to UW about its chaplaincy program for many years. In August … More »

FFRF objects to Mizzou football chaplaincy

9/8/2016 · At the start of football season, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is renewing its objection to the University of Missouri's football chaplaincy. FFRF initially contacted Mizzou in August of last year to complain about its chaplaincy program, enclosing a broader national report. The university quickly replied, … More »

FFRF objects to Georgia Tech football chaplaincy

9/7/2016 · At the start of football season, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is renewing its objection to Georgia Tech's football chaplaincy. FFRF initially contacted the university in August of last year to complain about its chaplaincy program, enclosing a broader national report. FFRF received an emailed acknowledgment … More »

Kentucky county clerk must remove Ten Commandments painting

9/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Kentucky county clerk to get rid of a Ten Commandments painting prominently on display in her office. A large painting of the Ten Commandments is conspicuously exhibited at the Trigg County clerk's office. The painting says, "God … More »

FFRF urges end to Texas county prayer

9/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Texas county to end once and for all the practice of opening its meetings with a prayer. In July, FFRF contacted the Somervell County Commissioner's Court, the county's Board of Commissioners, regarding a newly instituted policy of … More »

FFRF gets elementary school bible club disbanded in California

9/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has caused a religious club to be disbanded at a California elementary school. Club Monarch, an afterschool bible club, was run in part by teachers and routinely given preferential treatment at Mariposa Elementary School in Brea, Calif. The club was … More »

FFRF continues objecting to Arizona department head’s promotion of religion

8/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing to object to a state of Arizona department head's promotion of religion at work. In June, FFRF sent a letter concerning Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries' email to all department employees about his membership in a … More »

FFRF gets Wisconsin religious entity to pay full school fees

8/26/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made certain that a Wisconsin religious organization will pay full rental fees at local public schools. Mission of Hope has held several events at public schools in Waupaca, Wis. Among other activities, the events include a prayer tent staffed … More »

Choose a winner, make this country constitutional

8/25/2016 · You can help to make the United States more constitutional by picking a winner in our annual online Nothing Fails Like Prayer contest.  The U.S. Supreme Court unwisely (and unconstitutionally) sanctioned sectarian prayer by city and county governments in its May 5, 2014, Town of Greece v. … More »

First Amendment prohibits heckler’s — or governor’s — veto

8/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's closing brief in its federal lawsuit, FFRF v. Gov. Greg Abbott, does not mince words. "This case is foremost about the conceit of the censor and the braying of a bully," it says, referring to the Texas governor. Abbott "banished" FFRF's Bill … More »

Nonbelievers grant $10,000 to flooded public school district

8/25/2016 · A freethought charity is providing financial assistance to a flood-hit Louisiana public school district. Nonbelief Relief, which functions as the charitable arm of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has just donated $10,000 in flood relief to the Livingston Parish Public Schools. The group, which represents … More »

Lunchtime religious public school group disbanded, thanks to FFRF

8/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten an outsider-led lunchtime religious group at an Illinois public school disbanded. School administrators at Harrisburg Middle School were allowing a Baptist minister to lead a religious session during lunch hour. He offered free pizza and soda to students … More »

FFRF complaint ends unconstitutional Wisconsin preschool tie-up

8/23/2016 · An unconstitutional tie-up between a Wisconsin school district and a parochial preschool has been nixed following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. In Beaver Dam Unified School District, 3-year-old public school students with developmental delays were often being sent to private preschools. FFRF's complainant, who … More »

FFRF blasts AG’s 'foregone conclusion' on courtroom prayer

8/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the misinformed opinion of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approving courtroom prayer cannot go unchallenged. Although Paxton's opinion, issued Aug. 15, was foregone and therefore not surprising, that does not make it any less irresponsible. FFRF had acted on two … More »

Arizona public college hotel now ‘bible free’

8/16/2016 · Publicly supported hotel rooms at Thunderbird Executive Inn in Glendale, Ariz., are now bible free, thanks to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF, a state/church watchdog with 24,000 members, contacted the Thunderbird School of Global Management after receiving a consumer complaint. The … More »

FFRF sues Pennsylvania county over cross on seal

8/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and several local members are suing Lehigh County in Pennsylvania to remove a Latin cross from the county seal and flag. The federal lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. FFRF is a plaintiff, … More »

FFRF keeps after NASA’s unconstitutional grant to religious institute

8/16/2016 · After hearing back from NASA, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has re-upped its request for NASA to revoke a grant in excess of $1 million to a Christian-focused religious institute. In May 2015, NASA's astrobiology program awarded $1.108 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry for … More »

FFRF announces 2016 college essay contest winners

8/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the 2016 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest winners. The list of awardees has seven top places and 13 honorable mentions from colleges located all over the country. Students were asked to write 700 to 900 … More »

Netflix series ‘Last Chance U’ busts Mississippi college football program

8/11/2016 · Photo from Netflix The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Mississippi community college to resolve constitutional violations that a recent documentary has revealed in its football program. The hit documentary series "Last Chance U" has unearthed several infringements at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, … More »

FFRF objects to a sermonizing Wisconsin community college professor

8/10/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to a sermonizing Wisconsin community college professor. Madison College Professor Hiep S. Van Dong, an instructor in the School of Business and Applied Arts, has encouraged students in his Leadership, Ethics and Development course to add religion … More »

National essay scholarships awarded to young minority freethinkers

8/10/2016 · FFRF is pleased to announce that it has awarded $10,000 in scholarship awards in money of Catherine Fahringer to four students chosen by the Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, an African-American atheist community-based group. This year's winners are Kola Heyward-Rotimi (Amherst College), Makeda Scott (University … More »

Court: Parent in FFRF suit has standing to challenge Ten Commandments monument

8/9/2016 · The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided today that an FFRF member who is a parent of a high school student has legal standing to challenge a Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania school. The court ruled in favor of Marie Schaub, … More »

FFRF gives Florida police chief constitutional lessons

8/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is teaching a Florida police chief the U.S. Constitution. In June, FFRF sent a letter to Oviedo Chief of Police Jeffrey Chudnow regarding an Oviedo Police Department Awards Ceremony and Career Track Recognition held in March at the Reformed Theological Seminary, … More »

Mississippi public school cancels prayer service due to FFRF letter

8/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation caused a prayer service to be moved out of a public elementary school in Mississippi. The Oak Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs, Miss., was all set to host a back-to-school prayer service yesterday. The Ocean Springs School District was … More »

FFRF wants big cross removed from Texas public park

8/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Texas town to remove a huge cross from a public park. A large Latin cross is displayed at the entrance to Swenson Park in Spur, Texas. It overlooks the town and can be seen by passersby. "The religious … More »

FFRF objects to religious N.C. school district logo

8/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting a blatantly religious school district logo in North Carolina. The logo of Madison County Schools (headquartered in Marshall) contains a triangle with the word "God" at the top and a surrounding square that includes "spiritually" as one of … More »

Come join historic celebration in Illinois

8/1/2016 · Sculptor Zenos Frudakis with the Ingersoll statue, before and after restorationAn eminent Illinois freethinker is being restored to his rightful place in the sun, and everyone is invited. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the rededication of a historic statue in Peoria … More »

2016 William J. Schulz High School Essay winners

8/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the 16 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's essay competition. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 and graduate students since 2010. Seniors were asked to pick from two topics: … More »

2016 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest for Freethought Students of Color winners announced

8/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 10 winners of the 2016 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest for people of color. Essayists were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about why they are nonbelievers and their experiences as young nonbelievers … More »

FFRF protests students being punished at San Diego State

7/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the penalization of two San Diego State University students for refusing to participate in a choir performance at a church service. A choir course that Patrick Walders teaches at San Diego State University is mandatory for certain degrees. … More »

FFRF applauds worker victory on religious hospital pension plan

7/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a recent court victory that health care workers have obtained over their religious employers regarding unfair pension plans. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog group, filed a friend of the court brief in a case decided earlier this week … More »

FFRF gets Christian flag removed from courtroom

7/28/2016 · A Georgia courthouse has taken down a Christian flag due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. An overtly Christian flag on a flagpole boasting an additional cross had been prominently on display next to the judge's bench in a Bryan County courtroom. The flag is … More »

Tennessee county pauses land transfers to churches due to FFRF

7/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Tennessee county to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county … More »

FFRF objects to Ohio city scholarships for Christian university

7/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging an Ohio town's scholarship program for a Christian university. Grove City is offering its residents scholarships to attend Ohio Christian University's local campus, at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, as part of the Grove City Higher … More »

FFRF spotlights Texas charter chain’s numerous constitutional transgressions

7/26/2016 · Click here to watch the video.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a publicly funded Texas charter school chain’s multiple violations of the U.S. Constitution. FFRF is requesting that the Texas Education Agency investigate Advantage Academy and take action to prevent its schools … More »

FFRF urges New Hampshire House to discontinue prayer

7/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the New Hampshire House of Representatives to end its tradition of starting sessions with a prayer. An incident earlier this year highlights the complications that can result from this misbegotten practice. On Feb. 4, Peter Chamberland, pastor of … More »

Freethought plays in Peoria, thanks to FFRF donors

7/22/2016 · An illustrious Illinois freethinker is being restored to his pedestal. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that, with the help of 238 generous donors from 43 states plus Puerto Rico, it has raised the money to refurbish a historic statue in Peoria … More »

Trump’s proposal would turn churches into PACs

7/22/2016 · Donald Trump wants to convert religious institutions into campaign halls. In his nomination acceptance speech last night, the Republican presidential candidate repeated his pledge, now part of the GOP platform, to repeal the Johnson Amendment. Named after then-Sen. (later President) Lyndon B. Johnson, the amendment … More »

Georgia officials pledge to remove Christian flag

7/21/2016 · A Georgia courthouse has promised to take down a Christian flag after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A very obviously Christian flag with a cross on top has been prominently on display next to the judge's bench in a Bryan County courtroom. … More »

FFRF takes its message to DNC

7/21/2016 · Don't ignore the power of the secular voting bloc. That's the message the Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A striking 14-by-48-foot billboard bearing the images of four millennial voters that proclaims "I'm an atheist and I vote" … More »

FFRF protests Ohio judge’s religious sentencing

7/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting an Ohio judge's religious actions. On May 25, Judge William Mallory of the Ohio Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, sentenced Jake Strotman, who is religious, to attend Morning Star Baptist Church for 12 consecutive Sunday services. Strotman … More »

FFRF persuades Ohio county commissioner to remove religious references

7/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded an Ohio county commissioner to remove religion from her official email signature. Crawford County Commissioner Jenny Vermillion used two inappropriate signature lines in her county email address. The first of these was a reference to an Old Testament … More »

Nontheists get apology for denial of service at Ark protest

7/18/2016 · A regional freethinkers group has received an apology for discriminatory denial of services during a recent protest at a religious theme park. On June 30, Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals agreed to send portable toilets to a July 7 demonstration against the Ark … More »

FFRF cites Reagan in Cleveland message to GOP

7/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is citing to GOP convention attendees the party's patron saint on the importance of keeping religion out of government. FFRF is greeting convention-goers this week with a 14-by-48 message on a Cleveland highway billboard from President Ronald Reagan, possibly the … More »

FFRF urges Christian flag removal from Georgia courthouse

7/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Georgia courthouse to stop flying a Christian flag. A very obviously Christian religious flag with a cross on top is prominently on display next to the judge's bench in a Bryan County courtroom. The flag is a … More »

FFRF asks San Diego schools to sever partnership with churches

7/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the San Diego school district to end a summer partnership with local churches. The San Diego Unified School District has reportedly formed a partnership with area churches that involves these churches opening up their doors to children to … More »

FFRF gets Texas school district to discontinue religious propaganda movies

7/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced a Texas school district to take a harder stance against showing harmful Christian propaganda and anti-evolution movies to students. In Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, two teachers showed their students extremely questionable films. In a ninth … More »

Ark Encounter proprietor makes rash big bet to lure public schools

7/14/2016 · Ark Encounter entrepreneur and fundamentalist Christian evangelist Ken Ham may have just bet the farm. He has announced that the $28 children's admission price to his biblical Noah's ark theme park (dinosaurs included!) will be slashed to $1 for any public school student. He will … More »

FFRF decries business discrimination against nonbelievers at Ark park protest

7/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a regional freethinkers' group are decrying the discriminatory denial of services during their protest against a religious theme park. On June 30, Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals agreed to send portable toilets to a July 7 demonstration … More »

Kentucky judge turns away nonreligious couple

7/13/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned a Kentucky judge about his refusal to marry a nonreligious couple. Mandy Heath and her fiancé, Jon, were planning on getting married in Trigg County on July 22 at the courthouse of County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander. Heath … More »

FFRF has praying coach reminded of his responsibilities

7/12/2016 · A prayerful Indiana public school coach was given a talking to, following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The girls' tennis coach at Bellmont High School in Decatur, Ind., led members of his team and their families in a Christian prayer at the last match … More »

FFRF co-sponsors “Atheist Night” in St. Paul on Saturday

7/11/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is inviting Midwesterners to a "godless game" on Saturday, July 16. The "St. Paul Saints" will be renamed "Mr. Paul Aints" for the evening at an event that FFRF is co-sponsoring with the Minnesota Atheists for the third consecutive … More »

FFRF objects to Delaware county’s repeated religious grants

7/8/2016 ·  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a Delaware county's repeated grants to religious groups for religious purposes. FFRF wrote the Sussex County Council on Feb. 9 regarding a $10,000 grant to Delmarva Teen Challenge, a religious ministry that purports to help drug addicts … More »

FFRF protests Kentucky public school bands at new “Noah’s Ark”

7/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the participation of two Kentucky public high school bands at a ceremony celebrating a new religious theme park. The Williamstown High School (Williamstown, Ky.) and Grant County High School (Dry Ridge, Ky.) marching bands performed at the ribbon-cutting … More »

FFRF supports denial of a Missouri state grant to a church

7/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has co-filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the denial of a Missouri grant to a church. The Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., is appealing the refusal of a state grant for the upgrading of a playground … More »

FFRF warning more than 1,000 school districts about new “Noah’s Ark”

7/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising public schools in more than 1,000 school districts against visiting a new religious theme park. The Ark Encounter, which is opening this week in Kentucky, is a Christian ministry run by the creationist Ken Ham, who also built … More »

Judge rules in favor of religious freedom

7/6/2016 · A federal judge in Mississippi has provided a huge victory to those who believe in actual religious freedom. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi's unconstitutional "religious freedom" bill, HB 1523, last Thursday night. The judge declared the entire bill unconstitutional, with immediate effect. … More »

FFRF wants religious exemption for retirement plans declared unconstitutional

7/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a court brief asking that a religious exemption for retirement plans be deemed unconstitutional. The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulates retirement plans, but exempts those managed by churches from requirements such as paying insurance premiums, meeting … More »

FFRF billboard “too hot” for Tupelo

7/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been censored in Mississippi. The first billboard it ever put up in the state, on July 1, was removed today. Lamar Outdoor, contending it was getting "a lot of hate," yanked FFRF's digital display this afternoon. The election-year billboard at … More »

FFRF calls for Catholic Church property to be taxed

6/29/2016 · The St. Raphael's congregation owns a 1.3-acre lot in downtown Madison. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to make sure that a Madison, Wis., Catholic congregation pays its fair share of taxes. The state/church separation watchdog group filed an amicus curiae brief this week in Dane County … More »

FFRF gets religious decals on Kansas cop cars removed

6/29/2016 · A Kansas police department has removed religious decals after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about them. The police department in Harper, Kan., had placed a decal on the back of patrol cars stating: "Romans 13:4." The New Testament verse in question reads as follows: … More »

FFRF gets Indiana religious sign taken down

6/28/2016 · A religious public school marquee was quickly taken down after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. Morristown Jr./Sr. High School in Morristown, Ind., posted "MAY GOD BLESS YOU" as part of its 2016 congratulatory message for its graduating students. Public schools may not endorse a … More »

FFRF Mississippi billboard sends important message

6/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sending an important election-year message to the good people of Mississippi. A highway billboard in Tupelo stresses to Mississippians: "God Fixation Won't Fix This Nation." The message is going up on July 1 on a digital billboard at the … More »

California city council nixes huge grant to religious school

6/28/2016 · A California city council nixed a multimillion-dollar grant to a private religious school after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected. The Santa Ana City Council was considering a $2.5 million grant to Mater Dei High School, a Catholic institution, for construction of a new building … More »

FFRF quotes Reagan in Cleveland message to GOP convention

6/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Cleveland chapter are mounting an impressive 14-by-48-foot message to the Republican National Convention: Keep church and state separate. That message on a highway billboard comes from an unexpected source: President Ronald Reagan. "We establish no religion in this … More »

FFRF wants unconstitutional Wisconsin tie-up to end

6/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an end to an unconstitutional tie-up between a Wisconsin school district and a parochial preschool. In Beaver Dam Unified School District, 3-year-old public school students with developmental delays are often sent to private preschools. FFRF's complainant, who … More »

FFRF gets creationist movie removed from Colorado school

6/24/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint about a creationist movie has made sure that it will not be shown again in a Colorado public school. Carl Christianssen, a science teacher at Dakota Ridge High School, showed a video in class called "Unlocking the Mysteries of … More »

FFRF protests religious decals on Kansas cop cars

6/23/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting religious decals on patrol vehicles in Kansas. The Harper Police Department has placed a decal on the back of patrol cars reading "Romans 13:4." The New Testament verse in question reads as follows: "For he is the minister … More »

FFRF opposes gender discrimination at NYC public pool

6/23/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to gender discrimination at a New York public pool. At the Metropolitan Pool, owned and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, there are women-only hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The hours … More »

FFRF alarmed about Tennessee school

6/22/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed about multiple constitutional violations occurring in a Tennessee high school. A Christian club called FISH meets every Friday during lunch at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough. An employee at the high school, Jerry Day, leads this group. … More »

Calif. ‘school chaplaincy’ makes changes due to FFRF complaint

6/22/2016 · A California school district has taken a number of steps to conform with the U.S. Constitution following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The Turlock Unified School District had a partnership with the Turlock Chaplaincy, a group of ordained ministers. Some of these ministers and … More »

FFRF objects to NJ religious counseling program

6/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a proposed program in New Jersey where offending juveniles will receive church counseling. The Trenton Police Department intends to take juveniles who have broken the curfew law to churches for "counseling," according to media reports. The city of Trenton's … More »

FFRF gets religious school message removed

6/20/2016 · A large religious message in an Oklahoma public school was taken down after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. One of the walls in the teachers' lounge in East Side Elementary School in Chandler, Okla., had a 5-foot-by-5-foot stenciled message that read: "Miracles alter flow … More »

FFRF and Wegmans agree about ex-Muslims: “Let them eat cake!”

6/20/2016 · A group of ex-Muslims is finally getting to eat cake—and that, too, for free—due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wegmans outlet in Fairfax, Va., refused to decorate and sell a cake to the Ex-Muslims of North America. On May 31, the organization's staff … More »

FFRF demands a cake for ex-Muslims

6/19/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a grocery chain to bake a freethinking group a cake. A Wegmans outlet in Fairfax, Va., refused to decorate and sell a cake to the Ex-Muslims of North America. On May 31, the organization's staff emailed the Wegmans … More »

FFRF seeks removal of religious highway signs

6/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to religious highway signs that greet people when they enter a Texas city. Signs proclaiming "Welcome — This Is God's Country Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell — Hondo, Texas" are displayed prominently by U.S. 90, at … More »

Nonbelief Relief aids Orlando victims, Bangladeshi bloggers, Sudan famine

6/17/2016 · Nonbelief Relief is making major donations to help with the Orlando tragedy and to assist Bangladeshi nonbelievers. Its latest round of grants include $10,000 earmarked for Orlando and $35,000 in aid of Bangladeshi freethinkers. Nonbelief Relief is a new humanitarian agency created by the Freedom From Religion … More »

FFRF lawsuit triumphs over school district censorship

6/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has prevailed in a court battle over a California school district's censorship. In a legal settlement signed by U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, the Antelope Valley Union High School District consented to distribute scholarship opportunities offered by FFRF and Antelope Valley … More »

FFRF raises alarm about Texas charter school chain

6/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising red flags about a publicly funded Texas charter school chain. Newman International Academy, which has frequently breached the constitutional wall separating state and church, operates a number of charter schools in Texas. In August, it is opening up … More »

Kentucky school district halts proselytizer access following FFRF complaint

6/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Kentucky chapter have blocked a Christian organization's infiltration into athletic programs throughout a Kentucky school district. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes had embedded itself into athletic programs all over the Jefferson County Public Schools system (located in Louisville), … More »

FFRF protesting Franklin Graham rally in Madison

6/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is picketing the Franklin Graham noon rally at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday, June 15. Franklin, son of Billy, is visiting all state capitols to "urge Christians to vote" and to "stand up for the things of … More »

FFRF condemns Catholic Church’s ‘vote shaming’ on child sex-abuse bill

6/13/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the Catholic Church targeting Pennsylvania legislators who have shown support for stronger child sex-abuse laws. Of 195 members of the Pennsylvania House, 180 recently voted in favor of a bill designed to prevent those accused of sexually abusing children from claiming … More »

Nevada school to end violations after FFRF alert

6/10/2016 · A Nevada school district has agreed to halt several constitutional violations at a local high school after being alerted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Mojave High School Principal Antonio Rael and Grace Point Church Pastor Ty Neal were seen chatting in a video about … More »

FFRF asks NASA to withdraw large religious grant

6/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants NASA to revoke a grant in excess of $1 million to a Christian-focused religious institute. In May 2015, NASA's astrobiology program awarded $1.108 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry for "an interdisciplinary inquiry on the societal implications of … More »

FFRF takes down fire department's religious sign

6/8/2016 · A fire department in the state of Washington has agreed to stop posting religious messages on its outdoor marquee, following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The Oakville Fire Department, Grays Harbor Fire District #1 had put up a sign last holiday season reading: "Unto … More »

Iowa governor needs to revoke bible proclamation

6/8/2016 · The governor of Iowa needs to rescind a recent bible-reading proclamation or face legal action from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Gov. Terry Branstad recently issued an official decree "encouraging all Iowans" to participate in the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon, to take place in front of … More »

National scholarship contest for young minority freethinkers is open

6/7/2016 · A national scholarship contest for high school freethinkers of color is open to entries. The First in the Family Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarships, administered by the Black Skeptics Group Los Angeles and underwritten by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are available to high school youth … More »

New York Times features FFRF ad

6/2/2016 · The New York Times has run a full-page ad today highlighting a new lawsuit that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought against the U.S. Congress. FFRF filed the suit after the national lawmaking body denied its Co-President Dan Barker a chance to give an … More »

Nation’s premier rating entity gives FFRF excellent grades

6/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has once again received a stellar assessment from the country's premier nonprofit charity rating organization. FFRF has for the sixth consecutive year gotten the highest four-star ranking from Charity Navigator in its just-released annual survey. Four stars indicate that the state/church watchdog … More »

Come see what FFRF is offering at the Reason Rally

6/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a lot to offer at the Reason Rally this Saturday in Washington, D.C. If you're planning to attend, read on. If not, look for photo coverage in Freethought Today's June/July issue.  FFRF is part of a coalition sponsoring the June 4 … More »

FFRF hails speedy victory for Constitution in Texas

6/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased at the role it has played in a recent victory for the U.S. Constitution. FFRF and two of its members in March had sued the sheriff of Brewster County, Texas, over his decision to affix Latin cross decals … More »

FFRF launches national ad blitz this week

5/31/2016 · Click here to view full-sized ad.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a timely national ad campaign this week on the need to vote for candidates who'll get religion out of government. The full-page ads—featured in three of the country's foremost newspapers—are aimed in this … More »

Texas school district cracks down on religious promotion after FFRF complaint

5/27/2016 · A Texas school district has made important policy changes in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF had raised concerns with the McKinney Independent School District on several issues. District employees were displaying crosses in a number of rooms at local high schools. A … More »

FFRF objects to religious ROTC creeds

5/26/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to the injection of religion into U.S. Army programs. Specifically, FFRF is taking issue with the JROTC and the ROTC's cadet creeds. The JROTC belief principle ends: "May God grant me the strength to always live by this … More »

Commuters should decide about FFRF bus ads

5/26/2016 · WASHINGTON, D.C.¬–With the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission having second thoughts about allowing advocacy ads on its buses, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the commuters to decide instead. Washington, D.C-area commuters are riding on PRTC buses on the Prince William and D runs that … More »

FFRF wishes to be generous to a Texas town

5/26/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is happy to pay a Texas town 20 times the amount the town agreed to get from a church for a controversial piece of land. The Port Neches City Council is selling a portion of Riverfront Park containing a 10-foot Latin cross … More »

FFRF opposes proposed Arkansas bible class

5/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is opposing a proposed bible class in an Arkansas school district. Bentonville School Board member Brent Leas has recommended adding an elective academic bible study class to the 2017-18 curriculum. He is justifying it under Arkansas Act 1440, which was … More »

Atheists taking over D.C. transportation

5/24/2016 · Clarification: FFRF’s “I’m an Atheist and I Vote” ad campaign is not running on Washington, D.C., Metro buses, which prohibit political and advocacy ads. It’s actually featured on the Prince Williams and D runs on PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) commuter buses. Commuter buses, … More »

FFRF agrees House action against gays ‘shameful’

5/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the recent maneuver in the House to defeat a measure protecting gay rights. An amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., to uphold an executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors was defeated 213-212 after a dramatic floor fight. … More »

FFRF cautiously welcomes Texas city’s cross sale decision

5/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation cautiously welcomes a Texas city's decision to deed a piece of public land with a cross to a church, but is skeptical about the terms of the sale. The Port Neches City Council is selling a portion of Riverfront Park … More »

Update: FFRF deplores Okla. bill criminalizing abortion

5/20/2016 · Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor deplores the recently passed Oklahoma bill that will make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. Bill supporters openly acknowledge the measure is ultimately aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade., the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision … More »

FFRF wants Chicago principal terminated

5/19/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a Chicago-area public school principal to be dismissed for his active promotion of religion. Rich South High School Principal Michael McGrone regularly boosts religion, according to media reports and FFRF local members. He has brought in a woman to … More »

FFRF wants LA schools' religious clubs investigated

5/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a number of illegal Los Angeles public school religious clubs to be investigated. Last September, FFRF had drawn the Los Angeles Unified School District's attention to an unconstitutional bible club (the TRUTH Club), run by football coach Jesse Montes, … More »

FFRF welcomes Do No Harm Act to amend RFRA

5/18/2016 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation The Freedom From Religion Foundation welcomes the introduction today of the "Do No Harm Act" to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA. FFRF applauds U.S. Reps. Bobbie Scott of Virginia and Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts … More »

Judges hear arguments in Pa. Ten Commandments challenge

5/18/2016 · A three-judge panel in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a challenge to a Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania school. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Marie Schaub, who is a parent of a student, appealed a … More »

FFRF dismayed at military institute’s religious commencement

5/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is dismayed at the unconstitutional distribution of religious texts during the commencement at a famed public military institution. At this year's ceremony on May 16, retired Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, handed out … More »

FFRF condemns vandalism of California cross

5/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the vandalism of a 14-foot granite cross over which it is suing in Santa Clara, Calif. A large letter X was spray-painted in white on the words "Santa Clara Lions Club" (which donated the cross) in the dedication. The … More »

FFRF demands that Florida school board stop praying

5/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly protesting a Florida school board's habit of regularly praying. The Duval County Public School Board starts each of its monthly meetings with a prayer. Its agenda always lists an invocation or a thought of the day at the … More »

Texas school district won’t promote religious ceremonies

5/13/2016 · A Texas school district has assured the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it will stop publicizing private religion-infused baccalaureate ceremonies. FFRF had contacted the Friendswood Independent School District with its concern that a baccalaureate service in the Friendswood High School on May 22 has been … More »

FFRF runs full-page ad in Tulsa & Wichita debunking anti-abortion claims

5/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be running a full-page ad in Sunday's Tulsa (Okla.) World and Wichita (Kan.) Eagle asking the question, "What does the bible really say about abortion?" The answer is (as the ad puts it): "There is no biblical justification for the assault … More »

Tennessee schools to systematically address state/church violations

5/12/2016 · A Tennessee school district is taking systemic steps to make sure that state-church violations do not recur after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted it. FFRF had learned about a second-grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary in Fayetteville, Tenn., who helped students construct crosses as … More »

Kentucky town to discontinue nativity display

5/11/2016 · A Kentucky town will stop displaying an overtly religious nativity scene in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation objection. FFRF had notified the city of Walton a number of times that a Christmas nativity panorama on the City Hall lawn was in violation of … More »

FFRF springs Oklahoma students from moralistic sermons

5/9/2016 · An Oklahoma school district has assured the Freedom From Religion Foundation that its students will not be attending a moralistic sermon. The "Spring Tea" is a highly religious annual event in Muskogee. This March, hundreds of middle school girls were preached at on such issues as abstinence, … More »

FFRF questions adult-run Indiana student club

5/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning adult involvement in an Indiana public school religious club. The Foundation of Christian Students chapter at Riverside Intermediate School in Fishers, Ind., has extensive adult participation, FFRF has been informed. The meetings are led by grown-ups, including four … More »

FFRF & friends to restore Peoria Ingersoll statue

5/9/2016 · (Peoria, Ill.) A 105-year-old statue of one of America's most illustrious nonbelievers is scheduled to leave town tomorrow for a long overdue restoration. The Freedom From Religion Foundation raised funds from donors across the nation to repair the historic statue of Robert G. Ingersoll in Glen … More »

Everything you need to know about the Reason Rally

5/6/2016 · We invite you to make your plans now to attend the June 4 Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., being sponsored by a coalition of secular groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The world's largest gathering of nonbelievers and freethinkers will get to … More »

FFRF knows of a solution to Wisconsin 'Jesus Lunches'

5/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation believes there's a simple solution for the city of Middleton, Wis., to stop the contentious weekly "Jesus Lunch" event. For the past couple of years, a parents' group has held weekly lunches at the Fireman's Memorial Park, adjacent to the … More »

FFRF decries Michigan city’s behavior

5/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a Michigan city's censorship of a freethinker on the National Day of Prayer. Doug Marshall, a resident of Warren, Mich., secured the right last year to set up a Reason Station in the city hall after a … More »

FFRF sues Congress for banning atheist from delivering House invocation

5/5/2016 · Congress spends $800,000 in taxpayer resources for opening prayers; bans nonbelievers from participating Today, on the National Day of Prayer, The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy for barring FFRF Co-President Dan Barker from delivering a secular guest invocation to the House … More »

FFRF puts pressure on schools, city over prayers

5/5/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is working to get public school districts, city councils and other government bodies to refrain from opening meetings with prayers. In the past week, FFRF has sent out five letters to various governmental agencies asking them to stop with the … More »

FFRF challenges church school trip

5/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to an Arkansas school district's church trip tomorrow to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The Jessieville Public School District is organizing an excursion of students from the local high school to the Village Church of Christ. … More »

FFRF, AHA sue to remove giant cross from Florida park

5/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association's (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed suit today against the City of Pensacola, Fla., to challenge a 25-foot tall Christian cross in public Bayview Park. A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here.  According to … More »

FFRF not seeing windfall from Chino Valley lawsuit settlement

5/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is going to see a little reimbursement as part of its legal victory over the Chino Valley School Board in California. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal ruled on Feb. 18 that the School Board's prayers violated the Establishment Clause of … More »

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