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Chicago atheists come out of closet in third billboard campaign

3/3/2015 · Please click on photos to view high resolution images. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, this week are placing their third set of friendly but thought-provoking billboards in Chicago, which feature the diverse faces and "testimonials" of local … More »

Announcing our 2015 William J. Schulz High School Essay Contest

2/27/2015 · Why I’m Good Without God: Challenges of being a young nonbeliever or Young, bold and nonbelieving: Challenges of being a nonbeliever of color For College-Bound High School Seniors First place: William J. Schultz Memorial Award: $3,000Second place: $2,000Third place: $1,000Fourth place: $750Fifth place:— $500Sixth place - … More »

FFRF announces trio of student essay contests

2/27/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation announces its 2015 high school, college and graduate/mature student essay scholarship competitions, which offer more than $23,000 in total cash prizes. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 members nationwide, offered its first student competition in 1979. FFRF … More »

FFRF, NPR, Doctors Without Borders and 7 others receive $83K from Reddit

2/26/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was chosen from more than 8,000 charities to receive an $82,765.95 donation from Reddit, the social networking and news website. The social media giant decided to donate 10% of its 2014 gross ad revenue to 10 charities selected by … More »

Federal court approves settlement requiring Warren to give atheists equal access to city hall

2/23/2015 · In a victory for religious freedom, a federal judge today approved a settlement requiring the City of Warren to allow an atheist to set up a "reason station" inside city hall after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ACLU, and Americans United for Separation … More »

FFRF protests illegal bible distributions in Oklahoma schools

2/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters of complaint to 26 Oklahoma school districts after learning that Jamison Faught, son of Oklahoma State Representative George Faught, teamed up with Gideons International to unlawfully distribute bibles to students across the state. Faught bragged on Facebook that … More »

FFRF calls on Wis. legislature to investigate, end voucher program

2/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not only urging members of the Wisconsin Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance to investigate rampant voucher fraud, but to end the disastrous voucher experiment altogether. In a February 16 letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott providing detailed analysis, FFRF … More »

No records of Walker communication with deity

2/16/2015 · The Office of the Governor in Wisconsin has no record of communications between Gov. Scott Walker and any deities, according to the office's legal counsel. While it's on the record that the governor is communicating with higher powers like billionaire and political kingmaker Sheldon Adelson, … More »

Staff Attorneys Elliott and Seidel’s testimony to the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission

2/13/2015 · Staff Attorneys Andrew Seidel and Patrick Elliott testified yesterday before the Madison Equal Opportunities Commission about a proposed amendment to the Equal Opportunities Ordinance, which would grant protections to atheists in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Information on the proposed amendment to the ordinance is … More »

FFRF joins amicus brief against Colorado discrimination

2/13/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has signed on to an amicus brief in support of a gay couple who were refused a wedding cake by a Colorado bakery owner. While FFRF does not usually get involved with issues that do not fall under the Establishment Clause, FFRF … More »

FFRF objects to bible verse in Mich. county park

2/12/2015 · The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners recently voted to reinstate a religious sign on public property, after the county parks department took it down following a local complaint. Hager Park, a public park, displayed a sign reading, " 'The heavens declare the glory of God; … More »

FFRF kicks teachers out of ‘Kids for Christ’ clubs in La. and Ill.

2/12/2015 · College Oaks Elementary School in Lake Charles, La., and the High Mount School in Swansea, Ill., have both barred teachers from leading bible clubs for students, after complaints lodged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 members … More »

Walker: Proof evolution ain’t fool-proof

2/12/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation It's almost too delicious. Just in time for the anniversary today of the birth of Charles Darwin, Wisconsin's own Governor Scott Walker, who was speaking Wednesday in London, "punted," as he put it — not on the … More »

FFRF condemns shooting deaths attributed to purported atheist

2/11/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is horrified by the fatal shootings of three Muslim students who died yesterday near the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Fox News is reporting that their murder was "motivated by an ongoing dispute over a parking space, despite widespread … More »

FFRF sues over egregious school prayer in Swainsboro, Ga.

2/10/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit yesterday challenging the infliction of daily prayer upon a captive audience of elementary school children in the Emanuel County School System, Swainsboro, Ga. Defendants include Superintendent Kevin Judy, Swainsboro Primary School Principal Valorie Watkins, Swainsboro Primary … More »

Roy Moore and Scalia: 'They make a lovely couple'

2/10/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation More than five decades after Alabama Governor George Wallace infamously blocked the schoolhouse door in 1963 to prevent black children from entering, infamous Alabama Chief Justice (or should we make that Chief Pastor?) Roy Moore is trying … More »

Nothing fails like a National Prayer Breakfast

2/7/2015 · Statement by Dan BarkerCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation The reactions of outrage to President Barack Obama’s remarks at the so-called National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Thursday show once again that mixing religion and government is a terrible idea. He should have taken his own advice, … More »

FFRF protests open bible in Ariz. House lounge

2/5/2015 · In response to the news that the bible is the only reading material available in the Arizona House of Representatives' lounge, FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker sent a letter today to Speaker David M. Gowan outlining why the bible should be … More »

Congress crosses line with pope address

2/5/2015 · U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Roman Catholic, confirmed today that Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24 — the first time a religious leader who serves as a head of state has addressed a joint session. "It will be a historic visit, and … More »

Madison considers making ‘atheist’ a protected class

2/4/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation Let's hear it for Alderperson Anita Weier of Madison, Wis., who just introduced an intriguing resolution to add not only the homeless, but atheists, to a long list of protected classes under the city's Equal Opportunity Ordinance. The proposal … More »

FFRF ends numerous constitutional violations in Ala. school district

2/4/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation resolved several constitutional violations in Homewood City Schools, Ala., after sending a complaint letter about religious entanglements reported by a concerned district family. FFRF is a national state/church watchdog with more than 21,500 members, including over 200 in Alabama, which … More »

FFRF protests proposed bible distribution to Ga. students

2/2/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation forcefully objected to a plan by the Gideons International, an evangelical Christian men's organization, to distribute New Testaments students in Georgia's Dougherty County School System. Glenn Phelps, a Gideons representative, addressed the Dougherty County Board of Education at its Jan. … More »

More ‘friendly neighborhood atheists’ go up on Chicago billboards

1/27/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, has just placed three additional bulletin-sized billboards in the Chicago area, as an encore to the 11 thought-provoking billboards it put up in December featuring area freethinkers.  “Your atheist neighbors” include Allen Cosnow, … More »

Daniel C. Dennett featured in FFRF’s monthly Scientific American ad

1/22/2015 ·   Click to view larger image. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly featuring freethought “testimonials” by scientists and scientific thinkers in its monthly ad in Scientific American Magazine. In the just-published February issue, Daniel C. Dennett is featured. The Tufts University professor of philosophy and … More »

One-of-a-kind contest seeks original sitcom, webisode featuring atheist

1/22/2015 · Calling all writers, producers, and funny freethinkers! The No God But Funny contest is looking for laughs. “Contribute to the downfall of civilization by writing a sitcom and/or producing a webisode that features a likeable atheist,” for a chance to win $15,000 (for a … More »

FFRF records request reveals $25,000 spent on Orlando police chaplains

1/20/2015 · In the last two years, the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department spent about $25,000 on its police chaplain program according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog. Most notably, the department spent over $15,000 on a new Ford Focus for chaplain use, and … More »

FFRF: Ohio mentorship changes don’t go far enough

1/20/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation remains unconvinced that Ohio Governor John Kasich's Community Connectors mentorship program is free from unconstitutional religious requirements. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, represents more than 21,500 nontheistic members nationwide, including more than 600 in Ohio. Ohio remains on FFRF's "top … More »

FFRF helps shelve Florida school bible distribution

1/16/2015 · Instead of being subjected to a religious debate, students in Florida's Orange County Public Schools will have a normal school day today, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Upset that allowing Christians to distribute bibles meant other groups had to be given the same … More »

FFRF condemns proclamation that God 'owns' Alabama city

1/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation this week denounced a proclamation issued by Mayor Randy Price and the Winfield, Ala., City Council declaring Winfield "a City under God" that "is where it is today because of God's grace and mercy." "Such a proclamation might be expected … More »

FFRF awards Charlie Hebdo $20,000 as true ‘atheists in foxholes’

1/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is bestowing $20,000 USD to the Parisian magazine Charlie Hebdo "in a show of admiration and solidarity from your atheist and freethinking brothers and sisters across the Atlantic," FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor announced Jan. 15. "FFRF … More »

FFRF's holiday greetings displayed in Puerto Rico

1/6/2015 · The Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (Secular Humanists of Puerto Rico) held a protest on the steps of the Judicial Center of San Juan to object to the common government practice of displaying nativity scenes inside courthouses in Puerto Rico. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is … More »

FFRF takes “atheists in foxholes” ad in USA Today’s Year in Defense edition

1/6/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog which is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has a full-page ad geared at “atheists in foxholes” in the 2015 USA Today Department of Defense Special Edition Commemorative Publication. “You are not alone,” the … More »

What I want for Christmas...

12/25/2014 · By Robert Green Ingersoll The Arena, Boston, December 1897  If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves. I would have all the nobility crop their … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/24/2014 · For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing the season with them, but we don’t like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic … More »

Vandals tear down FFRF banner; more religious signs go up

12/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's solstice banner on the lawn of the Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro, Ga., was torn down by vandals. FFRF's local member coordinating the display was able to resurrect it. "It seems there is no peace, good will to all in … More »

FFRF/atheist billboards blanket Chicago for holidays

12/23/2014 ·   Correction: The removed billboard referenced was originally at 130th St. and Saginaw Avenue in Chicago and is being moved to Cottage Grove Avenue and Joe Orr Street in Chicago Heights. What do the members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation do at Christmastime? In Chicago … More »

FFRF suit results in early removal of Indiana crèche

12/23/2014 · The devotional Christian nativity scene on the Franklin County, Ind., courthouse lawn will come down this Friday, Dec. 26, instead of staying up through at least mid-January as it typically has for 50 previous years. The early removal comes pursuant to an agreement between … More »

FFRF puts up freethought solstice banner in rural Ga.

12/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation set up a banner outside the Bulloch County Courthouse in Statesboro, Ga., in protest of a nativity scene hosted on the courthouse's lawn. The prominent state/church watchdog, the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), is placing the banner … More »

FFRF display joins others at Michigan capitol

12/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has entered the holiday display fray at the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. A local member of FFRF put up a display today to accompany a nativity scene and the Satanic Temple's "snaketivity" display on the capitol lawn. The prominent state/church … More »

‘Reason’s Greetings’ by nonbelievers goes up in N.Y. park

12/19/2014 · A freethought display will go up today in VFW Park in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., to counter two religious holiday displays traditionally hosted in the park, a Catholic church's nativity scene and a menorah put up by the Chabad. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church … More »

Nebraska Statehouse crèche balanced by “no god” sign (briefly)

12/19/2014 ·   When Scott Braly, a local Lincoln freethinker, read a disturbing news article that the Roman Catholic Thomas More Society had placed a nativity in his state Capitol for the first time ever, he phoned the Freedom From Religion Foundation last night asking for help. FFRF … More »

Georgia U reprimands creationist prof.

12/17/2014 · Georgia Southern University ordered a proselytizing professor to stop promoting religion in his classroom after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science prompted a university investigation. FFRF worked with renowned evolutionary biologists Richard Dawkins of RDFRS and Jerry Coyne to … More »

FFRF sues Walker administration over open records violation

12/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed its first lawsuit over a violation of open records law, after a track record of taking more than 60 Establishment Clause lawsuits. In a suit filed today in Dane County Circuit Court, Wis., the Madison-based national state/church watchdog charges that … More »

Friendly atheists featured on 11 billboards in Chicago this month

12/16/2014 ·   Eleven friendly and thought-provoking billboards featuring members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, are going up this week in Chicagoland in a public relations campaign to introduce area atheists and agnostics to their community. Additional billboards … More »

FFRF sues Indiana county over its nativity display

12/16/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit today against Franklin County, Ind., which annually places a prominent nativity display in front of the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville. The devotional tableau is erected shortly after Thanksgiving and stays up until early to … More »

FFRF adds 18 plaintiffs to school board prayer suit in Chino, Calif.

12/15/2014 · Nearly 50 Chino residents have contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation in support of FFRF’s lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District School Board, Calif, since the state/church watchdog filed a federal court case on Nov. 13, challenging school board meetings that "resemble a church … More »

FFRF case rests in second Pa. Ten Commandments case

12/15/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed for summary judgment Friday, Dec. 12, in its federal lawsuit against a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of New Kensington-Arnold School District’s Valley High School. The filing follows a similar motion in FFRF’s other Ten Commandments case in Connellsville … More »

FFRF lawsuit ends grad prayer in S.C. school district

12/12/2014 · A federal lawsuit first filed in June 2012 by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of graduating seniors subjected to graduation prayer — who were forced to vote on whether to hold such prayer— is coming to a close in Lexington-Richland Five School … More »

FFRF boots nativity from Fla. city hall

12/12/2014 · After a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation — and some advice from the town attorney —  the town council in Jay, Fla., this week declared a nativity scene "surplus property" and sold it to the local ministerial association to be displayed on private grounds. Jay … More »

FFRF disputes N.Y. fire department’s birthday wish for Jesus

12/12/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a second complaint to the City of Utica, N.Y., after the Utica Fire Department Station 4 once again put up a prominent sign outside its main building reading "HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS WE LOVE YOU." FFRF originally sent a letter to … More »

FFRF protests Ga. school’s bible distribution

12/12/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was forced to revive what it thought was a settled complaint with the Bartow County School System in Georgia, over illegal distribution of bibles to elementary students by Gideons International. At least one teacher at Cloverleaf Elementary School in Cartersville … More »

No speech, free or paid, for atheists in Pitman, N.J.

12/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been denied space to place light-hearted billboards promoting freethought in Pitman, N.J., by Clear Channel Outdoor, as well as being censored by Pitman officials. Although FFRF had a contract with the company signed on Jan. 10 — eleven months ago — for three … More »

FFRF suit: Remove Ten Commandments from Pa. junior high

12/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and anonymous plaintiffs asked a federal court in Pennsylvania yesterday for a final ruling in its lawsuit against a prominent Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of a public junior high school in the Connellsville Area School District, Pa. "While … More »

Milwaukee Courthouse has ‘room at the inn’ for FFRF’s solstice display

12/9/2014 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice sign has returned to the Milwaukee County courthouse for the fourth year in a row. The Madison, Wis.-based state/church watchdog has more than 21,500 nonreligious members, including more than 1,200 in Wisconsin. FFRF placed the winter solstice message … More »

FFRF to W.Va. commission: rescind $1,000 grant to church

12/9/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter yesterday to the Harrison County Commission in West Virginia protesting its vote to appropriate $1,000 in county funds to Immaculate Conception Men’s Group, a Roman Catholic church group. The grant is meant to help fund a concert … More »

FFRF contests Ga. mayor’s Thanksgiving church service

12/9/2014 · Mayor James Thomas of Hinesville, Ga., organizes an annual “Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service,” a church service at a local chapel. After receiving a complaint, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent the mayor a letter last week calling the service “inarguably a … More »

FFRF solstice banner, sign vandalized in Arlington Heights

12/8/2014 ·   For the second year in a row, the sign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter was vandalized in a city park in Arlington Heights, Ill. The solstice sign, along with a large "A" (for atheism) light display, was erected to counter … More »

FFRF stops Ohio football coach from imposing prayer on students

12/8/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped Middletown High School’s football coach from leading prayers and proselytizing students after he reportedly kicked a student off the team for refusing to pray. FFRF originally contacted Middletown City Schools in Ohio last spring about football coach Chris Wells leading … More »

FFRF’s ‘nativity’ goes up in Florida rotunda for second year

12/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will place a "Bill of Rights nativity" Monday, Dec. 8, in the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee proclaiming the Winter Solstice as the "true reason for the season." The prominent state/church watchdog, the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists and … More »

FFRF halts Alabama city’s ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ parade

12/2/2014 · FFRF received word Dec. 1 that a city-sponsored “Keep Christ in Christmas”-themed parade meant to “reflect our strong belief in prayers” would be retitled the “City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.” An attorney for the city of Piedmont, Ala., wrote a letter notifying Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel … More »

FFRF sends fourth complaint to Ohio school district

12/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent another letter of complaint to the Licking Valley Local School District in Newark, Ohio, its fourth letter since September. The latest letter details a report that the Licking Valley High School football program employs a chaplain, a youth pastor … More »

FFRF’s solstice sign makes 19th appearance; ‘natural nativity’ returns for 4th

12/1/2014 · 'Tis the season — for reason. What do atheists and freethinkers do during Christmas time? They send winter solstice greeting cards, reclaim a "natural" holiday and balance religious signs and symbols on government property. And, of course, gather with friends and family to share their joys … More »

FFRF, Chicago chapter counter nativity scene with atheist display

11/26/2014 · Below: Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, brave the elements to put up a display in Daley Plaza. For the second year in a row, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have placed a unique winter solstice … More »

FFRF challenges Piedmont, Ala., 'Keep Christ in Christmas' themed parade

11/26/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter Monday telling the City of Piedmont, Ala., that its planned “Keep Christ in Christmas” parade is unconstitutional. According to the Piedmont Journal, the theme “reflect[s] our strong belief in prayers.” The city’s annual Christmas parade is set … More »

Okla. school district rejects Hobby Lobby bible class

11/25/2014 · Photo credit: Alejandro Zeballos  Thanks to efforts by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and other organizations, Mustang Public Schools is canceling plans to conduct a bible course developed by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, a zealous evangelical Christian advocate. The district's announcement came in response to a … More »

Colorado Supreme Court slams courthouse door shut against nonreligious citizens

11/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation criticized today's decision by the Colorado State Supreme Court saying that FFRF and four of its Colorado state members have no right to sue the governor over his annual proclamation urging citizens to set aside an annual day for prayer. Chief Justice … More »

FFRF urges IRS to investigate Noah’s Ark theme park

11/19/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation yesterday sent a letter to the IRS asking it to investigate the tax exempt status of two nonprofits involved in operating and fundraising for the for-profit “Ark Encounter” theme park in Kentucky. The Noah’s ark-themed park, slated to open in 2016, … More »

FFRF objects to Va. professor’s promotion of Islam in classroom

11/18/2014 · A Virginia professor's "Introduction to Islam" course crosses the line from objective religious teaching to proselytization, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The national organization of atheists and agnostics, based in Madison, Wis., has more than 21,500 members, including 525 in Virginia. FFRF sent a … More »

FFRF sues praying school board in Chino Valley, Calif.

11/14/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a prominent national state/church watchdog, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday in the Central District of California, Eastern Division, against the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, whose meetings "resemble a church service more than a school board meeting," FFRF … More »

FFRF faults 7th Circuit timidity on clergy privilege case

11/13/2014 · Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, who learned today a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says they have no right to challenge the discriminatory "parsonage exemption," expressed disappointment that the court is unwilling to confront "this … More »

FFRF stands up for students’ right to omit “under God” from pledge

11/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation yesterday sent a strong letter to the Tracy Unified School District (Calif.) censuring the punishment of two West High School students who omitted the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Students in Shauna Baker's speech and debate class … More »

Ala. commission rescinds $3,000 faith grant to Baptist ministry

11/10/2014 · The Covington County Commission in Andalusia, Ala., voted unanimously Nov. 6 to rescind a $3,000 donation of taxpayer funds to the Covington Baptist Association for a men's ministry whose purpose was "to get more men to church." The vote was in response to an Oct. 27 … More »

FFRF urges mayor to cancel city-sponsored prayer breakfast

11/10/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog with 21,500 members, including more than 300 in Indiana, is pressing Mayor Jeff Gahan of New Albany, Ind., to end the city's extensive involvement in a long-running prayer breakfast. New Albany's 46th annual Mayor's Community Prayer … More »

FFRF reports electioneering churches to IRS

11/6/2014 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has reported several allegations of unlawful pulpit politicking to the Internal Revenue Service so far this year. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., in August voluntarily dismissed a high-profile federal lawsuit against the IRS, challenging its failure to … More »

FFRF protests many police chaplains nationwide, including in Orlando

11/6/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter and open records request to the Orlando Police Department (Fla.) on Nov. 3, objecting to the department's chaplain program. The complaint is the latest in a series of objections over law enforcement chaplaincies the … More »

FFRF combats ‘pervasive religious endorsement’ in Texas school district

11/4/2014 · A national state/church watchdog has lodged a formal complaint over "pervasive religious endorsement" by the Mt. Vernon Independent School District in Texas. The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted the district Oct. 31 on behalf of a local complainant. FFRF, based in Madison, Wis, has more … More »

FFRF raises multiple constitutional issues in Okla. school district

10/30/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has contacted Skiatook Public Schools, Okla., to protest several state/church violations reported by a district family. Among the allegations: District schools have taken students on field trips to a creationist park, Safari Zoological Park in Caney, … More »

FFRF, Dawkins, Coyne protest Georgia creationist prof

10/29/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has teamed up with two renowned evolutionary biologists, Richard Dawkins of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and Jerry Coyne, to ask Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to investigate a professor for promoting creationism. FFRF, the nation’s largest … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayer for two high school football teams

10/29/2014 · Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., and Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Ala., will no longer host unconstitutional prayers after receiving letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the Cape Henlopen School District on Oct. 8 after receiving a … More »

FFRF protests commission’s ‘direct deposit’ to Baptist ministry

10/28/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter Oct. 27 to the Covington County Commission in Andalusia, Ala., denouncing the commission’s unconstitutional donation of $3,000 in county funds to the Covington Baptist Association.  The commission voted Oct. 8 to appropriate $3,000 in taxpayer … More »

FFRF flags baptisms on football field

10/23/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Oct. 22 to Russellville City Schools in Russellville, Ala., after receiving a report that the high school football team chaplain baptized players on the football field. Mark Heaton, head coach and athletic director, and team chaplain Tanner … More »

2014 Brian Bolton Graduate/ Older Students Essay Contest Winners

10/20/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the seven currently enrolled student winners in its annual essay contest for graduate students to age 30 and undergrads ages 25-30. They were asked to write about "Why 'Religious Liberty' does not mean the right to impose your … More »

FFRF objects to judge's courtroom behavior

10/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is contesting blatantly unconstitutional conduct by a judge in Montgomery County, Texas. After FFRF was alerted that Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack was opening court sessions illegally with Christian prayer, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent him a letter of … More »

Georgia board agrees bible verses inappropriate

10/15/2014 · The Madison County School Board in Danielsville, Ga., unanimously affirmed on Oct. 14 that a religious monument outside the Madison High School football stadium will be removed or modified, as a school district attorney told the Freedom From Religion Foundation on Sept. 24. The monument … More »

‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ crosses legal, ethical line

10/2/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which was at the center of a high-profile lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over illegal church electioneering, warned this week that "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on Oct. 5 deliberately seeks to incite church pastors into flouting the law. All 501(c)(3) … More »

FFRF calls for bible-class moratorium in Rowan-Salisbury, N.C. schools

10/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has told the Rowan-Salisbury (N.C.) School System it must immediately drop unconstitutional elementary school-level bible classes. The national state/church watchdog, with more than 21,000 members, including about 550 North Carolina members and a chapter, the Triangle Freethought Society, is awaiting response … More »

FFRF: Ohio elementary school yearbook crosses the line

9/29/2014 · A national state/church watchdog has called on the superintendent of Gallia County Local Schools in Patriot, Ohio, to recall and replace a 2014 elementary school yearbook whose cover features a large Latin cross inscribed with the word, "Believe." The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has … More »

CBS, ’60 Minutes,’ reject Ron Reagan’s ‘unabashed atheist’ ad

9/29/2014 · Click here to watch the ad.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s ad featuring Ron Reagan describing himself as “an unabashed atheist” has been rejected for airing by CBS, not only by “60 Minutes,” the desired placement, but for any CBS TV show.  The ad aired last … More »

Georgia high school religious monument to be modified/removed after FFRF complaint

9/25/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, has scored another victory for secularism in a public high school. The Madison, Wis.-based group has 21,500 members nationally, including over 400 members in Ga. Madison County School District in Danielsville, Ga., will either modify or remove an overtly religious … More »

FFRF protests police-sponsored prayer vigil, chaplain program, and religious motto

9/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Ocala (Fla.) Police Department to cancel a "Community Prayer Vigil" scheduled for tonight, Wed., Sept. 24. Police Chief Greg Graham posted a letter on police letterhead to the department's Facebook page on Sept. 18 exhorting citizens … More »

Announcing 2014 Michael Hakeem Memorial Award college essay winners

9/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has awarded and sincerely congratulates the 21 currently enrolled college student winners in its annual essay competition. Currently enrolled college students were asked to write about the topic, "My atheist/unbeliever 'coming out' story" in 700-900 words. There were eight … More »

FFRF calls on Congress to disinvite Pope Francis

9/24/2014 · The nation's largest association of nonbelievers is calling on U.S. Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi to withdraw their invitation to Pope Francis to address Congress, in part over the pope's actions to harbor a Vatican official accused of sexually preying on minors. The Madison, … More »

FFRF to honor 3 at convention for secular ‘blessings’

9/23/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce it will be featuring the three top winners in its premiere “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” contest to spur secular activism when encountering prayer at local government board meetings. Following the Supreme Court’s injudicious decision “blessing” sectarian … More »

Heathens heading to City of Angels

9/22/2014 · Emmy Award-winning actor Scott Clifton will welcome attendees to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's 37th annual national convention the weekend of Oct. 24-26 in Los Angeles. Clifton starred in several network soap operas, including "One Life to Live" (fitting for skeptics!), won Daytime Emmys in 2011 and … More »

FFRF wants pope St. Augustine invite rescinded

9/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf of its Florida chapter and more than 21,000 members nationwide, is asking the mayor of St. Augustine to withdraw his invitation to Pope Francis to visit the city when he comes to the U.S. in 2015. Mayor Joseph … More »

Voting now open! Help FFRF choose ‘Nothing Fails Like Prayer’ winner

9/15/2014 · On the heels of the Supreme Court's injudicious decision "blessing" sectarian governmental prayer, FFRF has called on atheists, seculars and other freethinkers to fight back by asking for equal time to give secular invocations. The response, especially given the slow-moving wheels of government, has been … More »

Statement on Satanic Temple literature distribution in Orange County (Fla.) Schools

9/15/2014 · The Satanic Temple has announced that it will be distributing literature to students in Orange County Public Schools this year in Florida. The statement comes on the heels of FFRF's victory in which the schools promised to not censor any of FFRF's atheist literature. FFRF … More »

Allegheny County trusts in reason and the Constitution

9/10/2014 · Last night the Allegheny County Council voted against displaying "In God We Trust" in council chambers at their meeting this week. The vote needed eight votes in favor to pass, but failed in an 8-6 vote against it. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pledged to … More »

Winter Garden ends prayers, requirement to stand for pledge

9/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, have halted invocations at Winter Garden (Fla.) City Commission meetings.  On Aug. 28, Mayor Rees and the police chief ejected a local activist and member [who FFRF  pseudonymously calls John Thoreau] from the … More »

FFRF request removes bibles from Penn State hotels

9/4/2014 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation letter of complaint resulted in removal of Gideon bibles from hotels from a third public university. FFRF received word Sept. 3 from the general counsel at Pennsylvania State University that bibles have been removed from the Nittany Lion Inn … More »

Christian cross on vets statue still has no place in state park

9/3/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to object to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ decision to accept a wooden religious sculpture in Whitewater Memorial State Park. FFRF wrote to the DNR Aug. 20 to urge rejection of the proposed statue, an 8-foot-tall, chainsaw-carved veterans memorial that … More »

FFRF debuts 'Out of the Closet, Freethinkers' video campaign

8/29/2014 · Click here to view Out of the Closet, Freethinker videos.  The nation’s largest freethought association is debuting a new “friendly neighborhood atheist” video campaign to showcase the growing numbers of unbelievers in the United States.  The Madison, Wis.,-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, with more than 21,500 … More »

FFRF blasts mayor, police chief for ejecting citizen who wouldn't stand for prayer, pledge

8/29/2014 · p Click on this image to view the video.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the mayor and police chief of Winter Garden, Fla., after the two men kicked a resident out of a city commission meeting on Aug. 28 for refusing to stand during … More »

FFRF ends Florida team chaplain programs

8/28/2014 · The same Florida school district that is allowing atheists to distribute literature is now abolishing athletic chaplaincies for its teams and removing bible verses from sports venues and apparel.   The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog, has contacted Orange County Public Schools about more … More »

W.Va. Dept. of Education: 4K Instruction must be secular

8/27/2014 · After the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted a West Virginia school district over a four-year-old kindergarten program run by a religious daycare center and overseen by the district, State Superintendent of Schools Charles Heinlein advised that West Virginia 4K providers must not offer religious … More »

Christian cross on vets statue has no place in state park

8/20/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Aug. 20 to contest the proposed placement of an 8-foot-high statue that includes a Christian cross in Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty, Ind. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent the letter to Cameron Clark, director … More »

Announcing 2014 William J. Schultz High School Essay Award winners

8/13/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sincerely congratulates the 16 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's FFRF essay competition. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog that has more than 21,000 members nationwide, has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment in Carolina prayer case

8/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a motion Aug. 7 for summary judgment in its suit against a South Carolina school district for sanctioning graduation prayers and for opening school board meetings with prayer. The original focus of the lawsuit was on graduation prayers. FFRF … More »

FFRF Victory! Bibles to be removed from Navy Lodges after FFRF complaint

8/11/2014 · Two concerned service members separately contacted FFRF earlier this year to report finding Christian bibles in every Navy-operated hotel room in which they had stayed during decades of service. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the country’s largest association of atheists and agnostics, with … More »

Diner drops discriminatory prayer discount

8/7/2014 · Mary's Gourmet Diner agrees with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that all of its customers should be treated equally instead of some being rewarded for praying in the restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote an Aug. 4 letter of complaint after FFRF, a national … More »

FAQ on FFRF’s settlement with the IRS over electioneering by religious organizations

8/7/2014 · Over the last few weeks, there have been numerous media outlets and news organizations reporting misleading and factually inaccurate information about FFRF’s joint dismissal of the FFRF v. Koskinen lawsuit. FFRF would like to set the record straight. What was FFRF’s lawsuit about and what happened? FFRF sued … More »

FFRF to Oklahoma AG: Stop the smears

8/7/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt to stop his smear campaign against FFRF, the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics.  As part of an Aug. 5 records request to the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department … More »

FFRF: Paying customers better for business than praying

8/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taken action against a well-publicized violation of the Civil Rights Act by a restaurant in Winston–Salem, N.C., which is offering a 15% discount to customers “who pray over their meals.” Mary Haglund, owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner, has reportedly … More »

FFRF endorses military 'access to contraception' bill

8/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has joined a coalition supporting the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014 introduced Aug 1 by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The bill has 14 Senate co-sponsors. FFRF, a state-church watchdog and equal-rights advocate based … More »

FFRF anti-church electioneering victory is final

8/1/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a major victory: compelling the Internal Revenue Service to resume doing its job by policing tax-exempt churches that engage in illegal electioneering.  U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman, Milwaukee, this week issued an order approving the joint motion for … More »

FFRF, IRS poised to settle church politicking suit

7/31/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service are poised to resolve FFRF’s closely-watched federal lawsuit challenging the IRS’s non-enforcement of anti-electioneering restrictions by tax-exempt churches. The expected settlement would be a major coup for FFRF, a state/church watchdog and the nation’s … More »

FFRF requests more records from Wis. ‘Commissioner of Disinformation’

7/28/2014 · The Office of the Commissioner of Information is backpedaling following reports last week that it would not enforce a Wisconsin law mandating that all health insurance plans include contraceptive coverage. Today FFRF filed a second open public records request to learn what’s going on.  An Office spokesperson … More »

Federal lawsuit challenges Warren’s rejection of atheist display

7/23/2014 · To protect the First Amendment rights of all residents of Warren, Mich., regardless of religious or philosophical beliefs or non-beliefs, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a federal lawsuit this … More »

FFRF blasts phony excuse by state agency to deny contraceptive coverage

7/22/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to Theodore Nickel, of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, protesting his decision, as reported by some media outlets, to stop enforcing a state law requiring insurers to cover contraception as part of … More »

Obama withstands religious bigotry, signs inclusive executive order

7/21/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation salutes President Barack Obama for doing the right thing today — by not caving to the ugly demand by many religious leaders of various denominations seeking the privilege to discriminate against gays and lesbians while receiving federal contracts.  This morning … More »

FFRF sponsors ‘First in the Family Humanist Scholarship’ for South L.A. atheist student

7/18/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Kelvin Manjarrez, a graduate from Gardena High School who will be attending El Camino College, Calif., in conjunction with Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ 2014 First in the … More »

FFRF lends moral support to historic secular invocation in Greece, N.Y.

7/17/2014 · Greg Lipper, Linda Stephens, Dan Courtney, Susan Galloway, David Niose, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Ron Lindsay.  FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor was on hand, along with representatives of several other national secular groups, to witness the first invocation by an atheist delivered at a town … More »

FFRF, IRS settle suit over church politicking

7/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service reached an agreement today (July 17) that resolves for the time being an ongoing federal lawsuit over non-enforcement of restrictions on political activity by tax-exempt religious organizations and churches.  “This is a victory, and we’re … More »

FFRF to distribute more atheist literature in Orange County Schools; court dismisses case

7/15/2014 · Judge Kendall Sharp of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has dismissed FFRF’s free speech case against the Orange County School District as moot because the district has agreed to let FFRF distribute all of the literature it had previously … More »

FFRF calls out Hobby Lobby for disinformation campaign

7/14/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted the Hobby Lobby craft store chain a year ago about numerous distortions in its full-page July 4 ad featuring quotes supposedly showing the U.S. government is predicated on a god. The company, founded and operated by preacher’s son David … More »

Faith groups press Obama to let them discriminate

7/10/2014 · Statement by Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation The ink was scarcely dry on the infamous Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling — allowing bossy religious bosses the right to veto women employees’ contraceptive choices — when a number of religious representatives wrote President Barack Obama … More »

FFRF's full-page ad in New York Times to protest Hobby Lobby ruling

7/2/2014 · Click image to open high resolution PDF A full-page ad in The New York Times protesting the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling June 30 is being sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog representing over 20,000 nonbelieving members. It's expected to … More »

Use FFRF images in social media to protest Hobby Lobby decision

7/2/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's talented graphic design intern, Sam Erickson, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has designed a number of images for FFRF members to utilize in protesting the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. Some of them are already up on … More »

Religion mustn't trump civil rights

6/30/2014 · Today marks a turning point in the struggle to uphold the First Amendment to our Constitution. FFRF needs your help more than ever. This is a call to you, and to ask you to reach out to those you know. Please forward this email … More »

FFRF letter helps Vision Iowa see Constitution more clearly

6/6/2014 · There will be no public funding of a Christian park named The Shepherd's Garden in Sioux City, Iowa. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog, had sent a letter of complaint May 19 after learning that the park's developers had been awarded a … More »

Watch Cosmos this Sunday for FFRF/Reagan Ad

6/6/2014 · Click on image to view video.  A TV commercial promoting the Freedom From Religion Foundation — featuring Ron Reagan, the “unabashed atheist” son of President Ronald Reagan, who quips he’s “not afraid to burn in hell” — will air on many major regional markets this … More »

FFRF tells ministers to “Render unto Caesar. . .” in housing allowance challenge

6/5/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation this week filed a strong brief before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago, defending its November victory in federal district court overturning the housing allowance exclusion uniquely benefiting "ministers of the gospel.""Even the Bible commands citizens to … More »

In God We (Don’t) Trust

5/28/2014 · A challenge of the invidious use of a religious motto on U.S. coins and currency taken by intrepid secular litigator Michael Newdow on behalf of many plaintiffs, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation and many of its members, was ruled against by a 3-judge … More »

FFRF contests Georgia high school prayers

5/27/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint with the Douglas County School System about a Baptist church's entanglement with the football program at Alexander High School in Douglasville, Ga. A district resident concerned about the situation contacted FFRF, a national state-church watchdog with … More »

Wisconsin public college grads told to rely on God

5/22/2014 · The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point was exclusionary and on shaky legal ground in encouraging students to rely on "faith in God" during his official commencement "charge" to graduates at the public university, the Freedom From Religion Foundation said in … More »

Hobby Lobby CEO heavily involved in bible curriculum; FFRF criticism of course "correct"

5/21/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state-church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers, is beating back Hobby Lobby's attempt to proselytize in the Oklahoma public schools. FFRF has been monitoring and protesting Mustang Public Schools' (Mustang, Okla.) bible curriculum since … More »

First ‘atheist ad’ on ‘Daily Show,’ ‘Colbert Report’ features Ron Reagan

5/20/2014 · {youtube}7INIhD9P0Pw{/youtube} Watch the ad here.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog that’s the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), has produced a TV ad featuring Ron Reagan promoting atheism. It's scheduled to air Thursday, May 22, on live editions of Jon Stewart’s “The … More »

City of Green Bay staff solicit pope on city time

5/8/2014 · City of Green Bay emails and documents requested by the Freedom From Religion Foundation reveal that Mayor Jim Schmitt and his staff have planned and coordinated a campaign to bring the pope to Green Bay on city time. FFRF objected in March to Mayor Schmitt’s invitation to … More »

FFRF mounts Ohio billboard blitz

5/8/2014 ·   Click on billboards to view higher resolution.  Eleven friendly and thought-provoking billboards featuring members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its chapter, the Northern Ohio Freethought Society, are going up this week around Cleveland and Akron in a month-long campaign to introduce area atheists … More »

FFRF announces ‘Nothing Fails Like Prayer Award’ contest

5/5/2014 · "If the Supreme Court won't uphold the Constitution, it's up to us — it's up to you" is the response of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the high court's ruling May 5 that judicially blessed sectarian prayer at official government meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court … More »

FFRF: Clemson fails to tackle constitutional violations

5/1/2014 · Clemson University, in a five-sentence letter sent April 24 by its legal counsel, claims that the Freedom From Religion Foundation's complaint about religion in the football program included incorrect legal statements and “misconstrued important facts.” FFRF sent a detailed complaint April 10 to the public … More »

FFRF Oklahoma complaint resolved successfully

5/1/2014 · The attorney for Owasso Public Schools, Owasso, Okla., told the Freedom From Religion Foundation today (May 1) that no district employee will be allowed in the future to pray or otherwise engage in religious activities with students. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter … More »

FFRF protests Day of Prayer events

5/1/2014 · The Bulloch County Courthouse, Statesboro, Ga. Every year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation handles multiple complaints about local government officials inserting themselves into National Day of Prayer events, not as private citizens but in their roles as public employees or appointees. FFRF, a national state-church watchdog … More »

FFRF defends appellate win before Colorado Supreme Court

4/30/2014 · The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral argument May 1 in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s appeal of a unanimous state Court of Appeals decision ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation against a “Colorado Day of Prayer.” The Court of Appeals ruled in 2012 that gubernatorial … More »

Freedom From Religion comes to the Bible Belt in Raleigh May 2-3

4/29/2014 ·      “Freedom From Religion in the bible belt” is the theme of FFRF’s May 2-3 conference in downtown Raleigh, N.C., at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 South Salisbury St. In conjunction with the Triangle Freethought Society, FFRF’s active Raleigh-area chapter, the gathering will “win … More »

FFRF blasts Hobby Lobby bible curriculum

4/25/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly criticizing Hobby Lobby’s public school bible course recently approved by Mustang Public Schools in Mustang, Okla. National state-church watchdog FFRF has been eyeing the bible course since November, when Hobby Lobby’s billionaire owner Steve Green personally pitched … More »

FFRF: Vandalism of religious display 'cowardly'

4/24/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago Chapter condemn the vandalism of the Divine Mercy display in Chicago. The display in Daley Plaza was damaged April 23 when a vandal or vandals punctured a painting of Jesus and broke the glass covering … More »

FFRF to Clemson coach: Take responsibility

4/23/2014 · In response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint about serious constitutional violations within the Clemson University football program in South Carolina, Coach Dabo Swinney issued a statement today. After an investigation, FFRF sent a complaint April 10 about religious entanglements in the program. Swinney's … More »

Nonbelievers counter Catholic Easter display in Daley Plaza

4/17/2014 ·    Click on thumbnail to see high-resolution images.  The nation’s largest association of atheists and agnostics this morning is placing a patriotic red-white-and-blue secular display to counter a large Catholic Easter display at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago that will be hard to miss. Two colorful 8-foot … More »

FFRF protests utility's illegal closure for Good Friday

4/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the illegal closure of the public utility in Sun Prairie, Wis., in observance of Good Friday, and the inappropriate use of religious iconography (a crown of thorns) on Sun Prairie Utilities’ website. Within an hour of receiving a … More »

Warren, Mich. mayor censors FFRF member’s message (again)

4/16/2014 · Freedom From Religion Foundation member Douglas Marshall, who previously sued the city of Warren, Mich., when it censored his attempt to place a freethought winter solstice sign in its city atrium, has been censored again by Warren Mayor James R. Fouts. Marshall sought a permit … More »

FFRF will scrutinize Hobby Lobby bible class

4/16/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., is keeping a close eye on the bible course developed by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green for public school students.   The school board in Mustang, Okla., voted 4-0 with one abstention … More »

FFRF ‘Easter’ sign vandalized at Wis. State Capitol

4/16/2014 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is leaving on display — as evidence of the divisiveness of religion in government — its mutilated sign saying “Nobody died for our sins,” which was vandalized by a fanatic before noon today in the Wisconsin State Capitol in … More »

Calif. city settles prayer suit with FFRF

4/16/2014 · Reaching a settlement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation to end FFRF's lawsuit against the city, the Pismo Beach City Council voted April 15 to stop all prayers before its meetings and to abolish the city chaplain position. FFRF and Dr. Sari Dworkin, a Pismo … More »

FFRF counters Wisconsin Capitol Easter display

4/14/2014 · The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has a display up in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to counter one from the Concerned Women for America, based in Washington, D.C. FFRF's display on the first floor of the rotunda says "Nobody died for our sins. Jesus … More »

Religion entrenched in Clemson football

4/11/2014 · In an April 10 letter of complaint to Clemson University, the Freedom From Religion Foundation details several serious constitutional concerns about how the public university's football program is entangled with religion. The school in Clemson, S.C., responded Feb. 25 to FFRF's open records request, … More »

FFRF condemns Louisiana bible bill

4/11/2014 · Statement By Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan BarkerCo-PresidentsFreedom From Religion Foundation It's hard to believe that in 2014 a bill to declare “the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana” would gain traction in the Louisiana legislature. Yesterday, a House committee voted 8-5 to approve … More »

Illegal crosses rise again for Easter

4/10/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again calling out an Ohio town for the constitutional violation of putting Christian crosses on public property. FFRF, a state-church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., complained April 8 in a letter to village of Stratton attorney Frank Bruzzese … More »

Object to biased resolution condemning only Christian persecution

3/18/2014 · Statement by Annie Laurie Gaylor ' Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation Among the dumber pieces of theocratic legislation being entertained by the Wisconsin Legislature (and that’s saying something), is Senate Joint Resolution 85, “relating to the persecution of Christians on a worldwide scale.” Warning for readers outside Wisconsin: … More »

FFRF to Walker: Delete religious tweet

3/18/2014 · Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on the receiving end of a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison for a religious tweet on his official Facebook and Twitter accounts. On Sunday, March 16, either Walker or someone empowered to posted the … More »

Do Catholic politicians have no shame?

3/14/2014 · By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation The fawning invitation by the mayor of Green Bay, Wis., inviting Pope Francis to visit Green Bay next year for the express purpose of making a “pilgrimage” to a local shrine to the Virgin Mary, may … More »

Police chief uses office to blatantly promote Christianity

3/12/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint and records request March 11 to Birmingham, Ala., Police Chief A.C. Roper objecting to his organizing and endorsing a Christian ministry called Prayer Force United. FFRF, a state-church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., has about 20,000 members … More »

FFRF protests Green Bay mayor’s invite to pope

3/11/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting an invitation to Pope Francis from Mayor Jim Schmitt to visit Green Bay, Wis., for the express non-secular purpose of making a Virgin Mary pilgrimage. Schmitt's letter inviting the pope to "make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of … More »

Complaint letters go to Florida school districts, mayor

3/10/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters of complaint March 7 to public school districts in Orange and Seminole counties and to the mayor of Casselberry, Fla., about government entanglement with a Christian congregation called The Venue Church. FFRF, a state-church watchdog based in Madison, … More »

FFRF: Mix ham-eggs, not state-church

3/6/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's use of state resources to promote a prayer breakfast March 13 at the Frankfort Convention Center. In a March 3 letter to the Democratic governor, FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert noted that a press release … More »

Marching forth to judicial fairness in Messiah case

3/4/2014 · The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct's public censure March 3 of a former magistrate for changing a baby's first name from "Messiah" to "Martin" was set in motion by a formal complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF is a national state/church watchdog based … More »

FFRF announces three student essay contests for 2014

2/28/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is announcing its 2014 high school, college and graduate/older student essay scholarship competitions, offering more than $23,000 in total cash prizes. FFRF, founded in 1978 as a state/church watchdog and freethought (atheist/agnostic) association, has offered a … More »

FFRF renews advocacy for rights of all nonreligious immigrants

2/27/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again demanding that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services strike an unconstitutional requirement for religious belief that could bar an atheist from becoming a citizen. All naturalization applicants are required to swear an oath: “to bear arms on … More »

FFRF educates bible illiterate Tony Perkins

2/27/2014 · Photo by Brent Nicastro Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sent a letter today to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council responding to comments by Perkins about a press release from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that … More »

Bibles to be ejected from Iowa State University lodging

2/14/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., has scored another victory for secularism on public college campuses.Late last year, FFRF persuaded the University of Wisconsin-Madison to remove Gideon bibles from the Lowell Center, its campus inn. Now it … More »

It's Only Natural

2/13/2014 ·   From FFRF’s music CD, “Adrift on a Star”   Susan Hofer, a talented jazz vocalist in Madison, Wis., performs Dan’s jazz ballad, a love song, “It’s Only Natural,” inspired by Richard Dawkin’s book, Unweaving the Rainbow, which makes a plea to integrate science and art.     It's Only Natural Lyrics   Thanks to Gallileo … More »

FFRF: Ritual circumcision poses dangers

2/12/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, concerned about dangers to public health posed by ritual circumcision, has contacted New York state, local and national officials about the religious practice.According to reports by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, ultra-orthodox Jewish parents … More »

Church can intervene in FFRF's suit on pulpit politicking

2/4/2014 · A court decision allowing an obscure Milwaukee-area church to intervene in FFRF’s nationally significant lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over church politicking has placed the litigation “on the front line,” said FFRF’s litigation attorney, Richard L. Bolton. “This will put everything in play, including … More »

FFRF keeps contesting Arkansas violation

2/3/2014 ·   The Police Department in Searcy, Ark., appears to be doubling down on its efforts to inject religion into government with the addition of another Christian cross on its lawn. The Freedom From Religion Foundation first notified then-Police Chief Kyle Osborne about the violation in March … More »

FFRF appeals Big Mountain Jesus shrine to 9th Circuit

2/3/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a federal district court decision approving a shrine to Jesus on Big Mountain in Montana."A permanent Catholic shrine on public land is prohibited by the Establishment Clause, every … More »

FFRF alerts Florida about failed Wisconsin voucher school

1/30/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the Florida Department of Education to suspend scholarship payments to LifeSkills Academy II, a Christian school in Daytona Beach that receives public funding. The request stems from information FFRF received through Wisconsin open records requests regarding a similar school … More »

FFRF charges LifeSkills Academy with 'appalling' school lunch violations

1/28/2014 · An open records request filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation about LifeSkills Academy, a religious voucher school which closed its doors in mid-December stranding students, has uncovered that it was removed from federal meal programs in March 2012 for appalling violations of federal … More »

FFRF, other advocates file brief against Hobby Lobby

1/27/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, working with noted state-church attorney Marci A. Hamilton and groups advocating for the rights of victims of religious abuse, today filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief opposes Hobby Lobby’s claim that for-profit corporations have … More »

Feds appeal FFRF’s parish exemption win

1/24/2014 · The federal government filed notice Jan. 24 that it's appealing the Freedom From Religion Foundation's significant federal court victory declaring the "parish exemption" unconstitutional. Under the 1954 law, "ministers of the gospel" don't pay any taxes on salary designated as a "housing allowance."U.S. District … More »

Let’s truly honor Jefferson’s secular principles

1/17/2014 · Statement by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Presidents Freedom From Religion Foundation President Barack Obama’s proclamation yesterday calling Jan. 16 “Religious Freedom Day” garnered favorable attention for explicitly recognizing “atheists and agnostics” as equal to believers:  Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of … More »

FFRF keeps pressing Searcy to remove illegal cross

1/16/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sticking to its guns that an unconstitutional Latin cross must be removed from the lawn at the Police Department, in Searcy, Ark. FFRF first notified then-Police Chief Kyle Osborne about the violation in March 2013 after a citizen complained … More »

FFRF asks for probe of Oakland charter school

1/16/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted the Office of the General Counsel of Oakland Unified School District in the wake of complaints it received over the proselytizing nature of a recent assembly at E.C. Reems Academy, Oakland, Calif., intended to honor Jahi McMath.FFRF, … More »

FFRF ousts bibles from University of Wisconsin lodging

1/15/2014 · After attempting to end the practice for several decades, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison to remove Gideon bibles from its 137 guest rooms.In November, the complainant who encountered the bible at the Lowell Center on the UW-Madison … More »

No peace, good will to all in Arlington Heights?

12/27/2013 ·  The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice banner in an Arlington Heights city park was cut into shreds by a vandal earlier this week. The banner was slashed with an L-shaped cut, and a carefully buried spotlight cord was wrenched from the ground. The banner … More »

Reason's Greetings

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What I want for Christmas

12/25/2013 · WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMASBy Robert Green Ingersoll The Arena, Boston, December 1897 If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves.I would have … More »

FFRF offers $2K reward for arson info

12/18/2013 · An FFRF member took this photo Sunday in Pitman, N.J. The Freedom from Religion Foundation is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who tried to torch FFRF's "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" billboard Dec. 17, five days … More »

FFRF returns solstice sign to Milwaukee Courthouse

12/18/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed the group's Winter Solstice sign in the Milwaukee County courthouse today for the third year in a row. FFRF, a Madison, Wis.-based state/church watchdog, is the largest association of atheists and agnostics in the nation. FFRF has … More »

FFRF returns solstice sign to Prineville

12/18/2013 · Religion "hardens hearts & enslaves minds" declares the Freedom From Religion Foundation on its newly placed Winter Solstice banner challenging a nativity scene on government property near city hall in Prineville, Ore. FFRF is a national state/church watchdog with over 20,000 members nationwide, including more … More »

FFRF returns solstice message to Washington Capitol

12/17/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf its 1,008 Washington members, has erected its Winter Solstice sign in front of the state capitol for the second year. The Madison, Wis.-based national state/church watchdog has nearly 20,000 members nationwide. Thanks to FFRF state representative Darrell Barker, the … More »

FFRF opposes anti-abortion church’s intervention

12/17/2013 · An obscure Wisconsin Anglican church with a fanatical anti-abortion bent, represented by a Catholic legal firm, has moved to intervene as a party in the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s federal church electioneering lawsuit. FFRF naturally will oppose the intervention, requested more than a year after … More »

FFRF places ‘no gods’ sign in Rhode Island Capitol

12/17/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and local members placed a sign Dec. 17 in the Rhode Island Capitol in Providence that says there are “no gods” and declaring “At this season of the winter solstice, may reason prevail.” FFRF, a Madison, Wis.-based national state/church watchdog … More »

FFRF solstice banner up in Streator

12/16/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed a Winter Solstice banner in Streator's city park today to counter a nativity scene and Christian display on public property. FFRF is a national state/church watchdog with over 20,000 members nationwide, including nearly 760 in Illinois. "Erecting a manger … More »

FFRF tests Ottawa, Ill., public forum with solstice message

12/16/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and one of its area members is placing an 8-foot banner in Washington Square near LaSalle Street in Ottawa, Ill., to counter 16 billboard-sized paintings of “the life of Jesus.” The banner depicts a “Bill of Rights Nativity” in … More »

FFRF billboard counters Christian banner in Pitman

12/12/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, is sponsoring a secular holiday billboard in the borough of Pitman, N.J., a location that in the past has shown favoritism to Christianity while censoring nonbelievers. "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" is the … More »

Be on the lookout for Lookadoo lookalikes

12/5/2013 · Critical thinking and state/church separation won a solid victory recently when faith-based speaker Justin Lookadoo was publicly berated for a presentation described as sexist and offensive given at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Students used social media to express their disapproval, adopting the … More »

‘Bill of Rights Nativity’ goes up in Florida Capitol

12/5/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing a “Bill of Rights nativity” today in the Florida State Capitol proclaiming the Winter Solstice as the “true reason for the season” to counter a nativity scene placed for the first time. The national state/church watchdog based in … More »

FFRF places ‘natural nativity,’ winter solstice sign in Wisconsin Capitol

12/2/2013 ·   'Tis the season . . . for the Freedom From Religion Foundation's gilt Winter Solstice message, which returns today, for its 18th visit to the first-floor rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol through December. The solstice message in the Capitol was composed by Anne … More »

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