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Revoke Fla. church mega-giveaway, FFRF asks FEMA

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

FFRF applauds Chauvin guilty verdict

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

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

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

N.D. Ten Commandments law unconstitutional, FFRF charges

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

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

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

Atheist legal crusader Jessica Ahlquist on FFRF TV show this Sunday

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

FFRF applauds Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Supreme Court expansion bill

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

FFRF applauds abortion policy changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Reynolds engaged in unconstitutional fundraising, FFRF charges

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

FFRF: Latest SCOTUS church ruling signals trouble ahead

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

Secular author & scholar Susan Jacoby on FFRF TV show Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF NY Times ad examines religious roots of insurrection

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

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

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

FFRF chapter’s secular display returns to Windy City

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

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

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

Nix unconstitutional bill, FFRF urges Maine Statehouse

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

FFRF celebrates demise of so-called Unalienable Rights Commission

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

FFRF cheers plummeting U.S. church membership

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

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

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

FFRF calls out senator from Mississippi on Christian nationalist comments

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

FFRF condemns evangelical role in voter suppression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF & other secular orgs host Mayday fundraising event

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

FFRF cheers appeals court decision against praying Wash. coach

3/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a ruling against a praying football coach. A three-judge panel at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of Washington’s Bremerton School District, which did not renew the coach’s contract after he refused to … More »

Covid relief bill includes inappropriate funding for private schools

3/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying the diversion of billions of taxpayer dollars to private, mostly religious schools in the recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. When private school mogul Betsy DeVos was at the helm of the Department of Education, it was … More »

FFRF: It’s time to quit the Catholic Church after renewed LGBTQ bigotry

3/18/2021 · The Vatican reaffirmed the bigotry of the Catholic Church earlier this week, decreeing that no official in the church hierarchy can bless or recognize a same-sex relationship. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Inquisition, announced its ruling that same-sex … More »

Rep. Jerry McNerney guest on FFRF Sunday TV show

3/18/2021 · A co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Rep. Jerry McNerney has represented the 9th district in California (the Stockton area) since 2006. He has a doctorate in math and after … More »

Indiana school board hasn’t a prayer after FFRF intercedes

3/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded an Indiana school district to cease opening school board meetings with prayer. A concerned district community member contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that the Griffith Public Schools Board of Trustees opened each of its meetings with … More »

FFRF denounces Georgia mass murder

3/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly condemns Tuesday’s killing spree. Eight people are dead — including six Asian-American women — after a shooter attacked three massage parlors in the Atlanta area yesterday evening. All violence is abhorrent, but attacks are particularly repellant when they target … More »

FFRF stops school board prayer in Pa. district

3/16/2021 · A Pennsylvania public school district has discontinued injecting religion into each school board meeting due to intervention by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Montrose Area School District community member alerted the state/church watchdog that the school board had a practice of opening every … More »

FFRF asks W.Va. district to protect students from proselytizing teacher

3/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Huntington, W.Va. school district to rein in a teacher using her position to denigrate LGBTQ and non-Christian students. A district parent alerted the state/church watchdog that a Cabell County Schools health teacher has been abusing her position … More »

FFRF calls out La. rep’s bible remarks on gun control

3/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, who represents Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, for his religious rhetoric delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week. While colleagues were debating the Covid-19 relief bill, Higgins invoked the … More »

FFRF celebrates Scottish repeal of blasphemy law

3/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Scotland for voting to repeal its blasphemy law. The theocratic provision dates back to 1825 and has not been enforced since 1843. The repeal was part of a broader bill updating Scotland’s hate crime laws. Scotland is following in … More »

Trump’s pandemic Day of Prayer: Nothing fails like prayer

3/15/2021 · One year ago today, President Donald Trump declared a national day of prayer to stop the pandemic and called on the country to “pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our nation.” More than 540,000 Americans died in that interval. … More »

Michigan department removes religious content from state licensing materials

3/12/2021 · The state of Michigan has corrected an unconstitutional entanglement after intervention from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wolverine State resident alerted FFRF that the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services’ official required study materials for those who wish to become licensed insurance agents … More »

Popular host & magician Matt Dillahunty on FFRF TV show

3/11/2021 · A multifaceted freethinker is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Matt Dillahunty is a popular talk show host, public speaker and debater who advocates for skepticism, humanism, secularism and atheism. He has hosted “The Atheist Experience” call-in show … More »

FFRF condemns Arkansas abortion ban

3/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for signing into law a near-total abortion ban. Senate Bill 6 would permit abortion care only in rare cases to save the lives of pregnant women, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Hutchinson claims … More »

Stop promoting religion, chaplains and prayer, FFRF chides the FBI

3/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the FBI for conducting Christian devotions and otherwise unconstitutionally promoting religion. An FBI employee has informed the national state/church watchdog about serious concerns regarding increased religious promotion within the Bureau. The FBI reportedly has a chaplain offer a … More »

FFRF announces $45,000+ in prizes in four 2021 student essay contests

3/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has announced its 2021 essay competitions for freethinking students — offering more than $45,000 in total scholarships. Each of these four contests has 10 top prizes: First place — $3,500; second place — $3,000; third place — $2,500; … More »

FFRF welcomes Supreme Court ruling over litigation rights

3/8/2021 · Photo by Jarek Tuszyński via Creative Commons   The U.S. Supreme Court has strengthened the constitutional rights of all Americans. In an 8-1 decision today (March 8), the court ruled that those who have suffered past constitutional deprivations can have their cases heard in court, even when … More »

Protecting our democracy is a secular issue

3/8/2021 ·   Although it may not be obvious at first glance, a pending voting reform bill will not only accomplish political change but will also help protect our First Amendment and keep state and church separate. HR1, also known as “For the People Act,” would “expand Americans’ … More »

FFRF joins coalition introducing Biden admin. to secular priorities

3/8/2021 · Image: Matt Wade Photography via Creative Commons   A coalition of secular groups that includes the Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted the Biden administration on behalf of nonreligious Americans. FFRF and 18 other secular advocacy organizations have sent a letter to the Office of Faith-Based … More »

Reel & real-life hero guest on FFRF TV show Sunday

3/4/2021 · An Indian movie star who is also a leading activist for secularism in his country is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Sushant Singh is a well-known Indian movie and TV actor and presenter. He’s done an … More »

Christian nationalist FFRF nemesis charged for Capitol attack

3/4/2021 · Eric Barber of Parkersburg, W.Va., is alleged to have participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 Christian nationalist Eric Barber, a former member of the City Council in Parkersburg, W.Va., has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. … More »

FFRF attains free speech victory in Alabama

3/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has obtained a victory for secularism and free speech in Alabama. An Alabama resident contacted the state/church watchdog after being told that a request for a personalized “S8TAN” plate was “offensive to the peace and dignity of the state of … More »

Newly elected Christian nationalist wrong on school prayer

3/1/2021 · U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville, who built a reputation for pushing religion onto public school football players, today repeated his Christian nationalist talking points on the floor of the U.S. Senate. As a coach, Tuberville was instrumental in spreading the harmful practice of scheduling Christian college … More »

FFRF alarmed by SCOTUS for again blocking Covid-19 restrictions on churches

3/1/2021 · The U.S. Supreme Court has engaged yet again in religiously preferential conduct toward churches resisting Covid-19 health orders, much to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s alarm. In an unsigned order issued on Friday night, the high court blocked local health regulations seeking to slow the … More »

CPAC gathering a horror show of Christian nationalism

3/1/2021 · Christian nationalism was on full display at the just-concluded Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. “We were dismayed but not surprised by the lies and Christian nationalist rhetoric spouted on stage this weekend,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. The stage itself appeared to … More »

Join ‘Do No Harm Act’ Day of Action today!

3/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that Rep. Bobby Scott and 102 co-sponsors have reintroduced in Congress today the Do No Harm Act. The bill would make certain that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is used only as a shield … More »

Sever tie-up with church, FFRF urges N.C. school district

2/26/2021 · Terminate your unconstitutional teamwork with a local church, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a North Carolina school district. Burns High School (in Lawndale, N.C.) is reportedly working with Hope Community Church to help the church attract students. The church is building a … More »

Guest on Sunday’s FFRF TV show is ‘unapologetically black, feminist and heretical’

2/25/2021 · A Black skeptic, humanist activist and author is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Sikivu Hutchinson, founder of Black Skeptics Los Angeles, talks on the show about her latest book, Humanists In The Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, … More »

Cancel million-dollar-plus Ky. church funding, FFRF insists to FEMA

2/18/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency rescind a proposed $1 million-plus handout for a Kentucky church/tornado shelter. A concerned Versailles city resident and taxpayer had alerted FFRF about an official decision to spend public funds to pay for … More »

Fundamentalist family member turned freethinker on FFRF TV show

2/18/2021 · A freethinker who escaped America’s possibly most notorious fundamentalist family is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. Nate Phelps thought his way out of a notorious family cult that you’ve quite certainly heard of: the Westboro Baptist Church founded by … More »

FFRF announces third annual law student essay competition

2/17/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is announcing its third annual essay competition for law school students. Law students are invited to submit a no more than 1,500 word essay on the dangers of adopting a broad “history test” to justify violations of the separation between … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’

2/16/2021 · The iconic “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan ad promoting the Freedom From Religion Foundation has aired for the first time on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Feb. 16, for a run of two weeks. The national state/church watchdog thanks FFRF Board Member Jim Zerwick for suggesting the … More »

FFRF: Biden should abolish ‘faith-based office,’ not perpetuate it

2/15/2021 · The Biden Administration should abolish, not resurrect the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as it has with this week’s executive order. The Freedom From Religion Foundation was the most vociferous critic of President George W. Bush’s egregious action to establish a … More »

FFRF attempts to unearth official Ky. church construction project

2/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to ascertain details about a Kentucky city’s reported proposal for a church construction at taxpayers’ expense. A concerned Versailles resident and taxpayer has alerted FFRF about an official decision to spend city and federal funds to raise a … More »

FFRF Darwin Day ad in Wis. State Journal razzes Legislature

2/12/2021 · A “Celebrate Darwin Day” ad in the Wisconsin State Journal promoting science-based recommendations for the pandemic takes a dig at the Wisconsin Legislature’s obstructionism. The full-page ad appearing in the main section, placed by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation based in Madison, invokes Dr. … More »

FFRF's Darwin Day billboard in Madison promotes science

2/11/2021 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation has just erected a billboard celebrating Darwin Day and scientific recommendations during the pandemic in its hometown of Madison, Wis. The 10-by-22-foot billboard, located at 2741 University Ave. (above Qdoba Mexican Eats) on view to westbound traffic going to … More »

Non-Christian Americans (& humor) in spotlight on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

2/11/2021 · A leading chronicler of the rights of non-Christian Americans who is also an ardent humorist is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Professor Jay Wexler of the Boston University School of Law and his newest book, Our … More »

FFRF secures state/church victory in Mich. school

2/11/2021 · A public school basketball coach in Michigan has been asked to stop praying with his team after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted his school district. A district parent informed FFRF that a Wyandot Middle School basketball coach had been leading his students in prayer … More »

FFRF urges Biden admin. to drop SBA church funding

2/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is formally asking the Biden administration not to adopt Trump-era regulations allowing for the unprecedented funneling of taxpayer money to religious institutions. The national state/church watchdog is conveying its formal objections to the public bailouts of churches during the pandemic … More »

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: Defeating Christian nationalism

2/10/2021 · Enabled by Donald Trump as president, white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Va., staged armed anti-mask protests in state capitols, devised a plot to kidnap and murder Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and burned a Black Lives Matter sign at a historically Black church here in … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court spreads church preference and Covid-19

2/8/2021 · The U.S. Supreme Court issued a dismaying order late Friday night overriding “the judgments of experts about how to respond to a raging pandemic,” as dissenting Justice Elena Kagan put it. “In the worst public health crisis in a century,” Kagan writes, “this foray … More »

FFRF censures Jeep’s divisive Christian Super Bowl ad

2/8/2021 · The Jeep Super Bowl Sunday ad with Bruce Springsteen ostensibly encouraging Americans to find common ground has generated a lot of buzz. But, ironically, it flagrantly undercuts unity by assuming that Americans must all be Christians united under the repeatedly depicted cross. That message is … More »

S.C. district removes religious display following FFRF complaint

2/5/2021 ·   A religious display has been promptly removed from a South Carolina school following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Palmetto High School community member informed FFRF that a framed prayer was prominently displayed on a table in the school’s front office … More »

New AP report details ongoing abuse of PPP funds by Catholic Church

2/4/2021 · Another new bombshell report by the Associated Press shows once again that churches are stealing from the American taxpayer: “As the pandemic began to unfold, AP reveals today, “scores of Catholic dioceses across the U.S. received aid through the Paycheck Protection Program while sitting … More »

Biden should have skipped Natl. Prayer Breakfast, FFRF maintains

2/4/2021 · In a misbegotten attempt at bipartisanship, President Biden has continued the lamentable presidential tradition of legitimizing the sectarian annual National Prayer Breakfast. Biden was in virtual attendance from the White House for the dubious quasi-official prayerfest today (on Thursday, Feb. 4). The president asked for … More »

Armin Navabi on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

2/4/2021 · A former Muslim who has become an ardent secular online activist, podcaster and author is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. Armin Navabi is an Iranian ex-Muslim. In 2012, he founded Atheist Republic, an online community that now has … More »

Curtail religious group’s activities, FFRF presses Neb. schools

2/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Nebraska school district that has agreed to allow a religious group to preach to its students to cancel the proselytizing gathering — especially given that it’ll be taking place in the middle of a pandemic. Even with … More »

FFRF blasts appeals court reasoning in Indiana nativity display case

2/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is severely criticizing an appeals court ruling handed down Feb. 2 that dubiously claims a historical framework justifies a government nativity display. Although FFRF was not party to the lawsuit, the national state/church watchdog had sent a December 2018 letter … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad returns to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show”

2/1/2021 · An irreverent ad featuring a presidential son extolling the Freedom From Religion Foundation returns to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” today for the next two weeks. The commercial with Ron (“unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell”) Reagan inviting viewers to join … More »

FFRF analysis of Christian Nationalist members of Congress featured in Religion Dispatches

2/1/2021 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the way Christian Nationalism is dividing our country in the wake of the Capitol insurrection. Seidel explores the division by looking at two stories from this week in … More »

FFRF unveils new pro-science Chicago billboard

1/29/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Chicago chapter are unveiling a timely secular advertising campaign promoting science and pandemic safety in the Windy City. The artwork features a striking image of Charles Darwin wearing FFRF’s “In Science I Trust” face mask next to the … More »

FFRF to Wis. Assembly: ‘Let the science speak,’ protect mask mandate

1/29/2021 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent an urgent letter to all members of the Wisconsin Assembly urging them to “listen to the science” and protect the current statewide mask mandate. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Wisconsin Senate, by a vote of 18-13, passed … More »

Religious/racial extremism scholar on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

1/28/2021 ·  An expert on an issue that everyone is talking about — the intersection of religious and racial extremism — is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. Robert P. Jones is the CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute. … More »

FFRF: Shame on Christian Nationalist disruptors inside Congress

1/28/2021 ·     The Christian Nationalists, neo-Nazis, racists and anti-government militia who attacked the U.S. Capitol and our democracy on Jan. 6 have been roundly denounced. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation believes it is also important to call to account the Christian Nationalist views of most … More »

FFRF applauds reversal of the global gag rule

1/27/2021 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the Biden administration for revoking the draconian global gag rule that denied U.S. funding to foreign nongovernmental organizations providing any information, counseling or care about abortion. President Trump had signed an executive order imposing the global gag rule on … More »

Biden’s early executive orders are a breath of fresh secular air

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to welcome many of President Biden’s early actions to reverse course on measures taken by the previous administration, which FFRF had roundly opposed. Biden’s laudable executive orders to date include: Repealing Muslim Ban: FFRF long argued, including before the Supreme … More »

FFRF asks Wis. DOJ to investigate Catholic Church abuse

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Wisconsin Department of Justice to launch a statewide probe into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. FFRF is not alone in demanding a statewide inquiry. The nonprofit Survivors Network of those Abused by … More »

FFRF applauds court ruling that Boston can reject Christian flag at City Hall

1/26/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a federal appeals court’s decision affirming that the city of Boston has the right to deny citizens’ requests to fly a divisive Christian flag in front of City Hall. FFRF had previously joined a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the … More »

FFRF applauds first secular invocation in Fla. county after historic legal battle

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation hails a victory this morning (Jan. 26) for religious freedom and secular inclusion in a Florida county. David Williamson, a director and co-founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of FFRF), offered what is believed to be … More »

Scuttle national hymn idea, FFRF and Black Nonbelievers ask Rep. Clyburn

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Black Nonbelievers are appealing to a congressional leader and civil rights activist to drop his recent proposal for a “national hymn.” The freethought groups are asking House Majority Whip James Clyburn to reconsider his suggestion that Congress adopt a … More »

Christian Nationalism and the Capitol insurrection

1/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to uncover and amplify the role of Christian Nationalism in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. As part of this effort, two experts on religious nationalism have appeared on recent episodes of our show “Ask an … More »

Secular survivor of terror attack guest on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

1/21/2021 ·  A survivor of a horrific Islamist assault who has redoubled her secular activism is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. Bonya Ahmed is a Bangladeshi-American secular activist and co-founder of Think, which specializes in short educational videos, many of … More »

FFRF’s Seidel on how religion undermined Inaugural’s call for unity

1/21/2021 · FFRF heard from many of its members on Inauguration Day. Like you, we watched the Inaugural with hope in our hearts. The intent was a ceremonial moment of national healing and unity. But we were often left out — and left wondering about what … More »

Please Mr. Biden, less religion, more true unity

1/20/2021 · During the much-anticipated Inaugural, kicking off a hopeful new administration, it’s unfortunate that President Biden, while trumpeting a message of unity, remains tone deaf about the divisiveness of religious rhetoric. U.S. politicians’ often gratuitous use of religion at official events makes us nonbelievers feel like … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad plays tonight on ‘Samantha Bee,’ ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Late Show’

1/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be dominating the television landscape tonight, with its ads airing on three separate network comedy news programs. The national state/church watchdog’s iconic endorsement by Ron “Unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell” Reagan will make … More »

The expanding role of Christian Nationalism in the Capitol attack

1/20/2021 · Is America finally waking up to the threat Christian Nationalism poses? The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has been educating about the dangers of theocratic extremism for decades, is hopeful the attack on the Capitol has opened the nation’s eyes. “New photos, videos and reportage … More »

Groups sue outgoing Trump admin for scrapping anti-discrimination protections

1/20/2021 · A coalition of service and advocacy organizations have filed suit against the Trump administration for rolling back civil rights protections for beneficiaries of federal programs. The prior federal rules had required faith-based organizations providing critical, taxpayer-funded services (like food and shelter) to inform recipients of … More »

FFRF condemns Trump’s last-minute Christian Nationalist vanity projects

1/19/2021 · With the clock running out on his term, President Trump fired off two more attacks at the wall of separation between state and church and equality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 1776 Commission’s report seeks to rewrite American history through the lens of … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel urges Biden to leave God out of presidential oath

1/19/2021 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written a column for The Progressive magazine urging Joe Biden to stick to the Constitution and drop God from the presidential oath. Seidel explains in “Leave God Out of the Presidential Oath” that the Constitution doesn’t … More »

Investigate Christian Nationalist W.Va. official’s involvement in Capitol insurrection

1/14/2021 · Yet another official involved in a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation for entangling government with religion appears to have participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is calling for an investigation of Eric Barber, who until recently was … More »

Philosopher A.C. Grayling guest on this week’s “Freethought Matters”

1/14/2021 · A revered freethinking philosopher is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. A.C. Grayling, a pre-eminent British philosopher and the author of about 30 books, grapples with philosophy and the pandemic, and discusses how he himself dealt as a nonbeliever … More »

Resign Sen. Hawley: Another Christian Nationalist endangers our Constitution

1/13/2021 · Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was shamefully captured by news photographers holding his fist up in a sign of support as mobs assembled at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 before they sacked his workplace — and the citadel of our republic. Despite what transpired shortly after … More »

FFRF's Reagan ad to air nationally starting today on 'Daily Show'

1/12/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is starting out 2021 with a weeks-long high-profile TV ad campaign on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show.” FFRF’s iconic ad recorded by the obliging “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan will air on “The Daily Show with … More »

FFRF lauds banning of female genital mutilation nationwide

1/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation celebrates the signing into law of a measure that prohibits female genital mutilation on minors across the entire nation. The STOP FGM Act of 2020 (HR 6100) was a key priority for the Congressional Freethought Caucus, and FFRF worked closely … More »

Christian Nationalist politicians like Rick Saccone are dangerous

1/8/2021 · Among the many shocking, sickening images captured during the attempted takeover of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday was a selfie tweeted by former Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone, a man the Freedom From Religion Foundation once sued to rein in his extremism. Saccone not only tweeted … More »

We need an epiphany on why religion should be kept out of government

1/7/2021 · The horrific chain of events at the U.S. Capitol should enlighten us all on the importance of keeping state and church separate. When the lockdown was over, we Americans breathed a sigh of relief after the very composed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reconvened the House … More »

FFRF asks N.C. district to ditch Ten Commandments mandate

1/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is informing a North Carolina district that a new proposal mandating religious displays in its schools is unconstitutional. Multiple local residents have alerted FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, that the Cleveland County School Board is considering requiring all of its … More »

State/church victors appear on Sunday’s “Freethought Matters”

1/7/2021 · Two victorious secular plaintiffs provide a lively account of their wins on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. On the first half of “It Pays to Complain — Featuring Two State/Church Victors,” “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor … More »

FFRF joins calls for Trump’s removal in light of insurrection

1/6/2021 ·   In the wake of the ongoing armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a direct consequence of President Trump’s encouragement, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Congress (once its members are safely out of lockdown) to take immediate action against him. Our republic has … More »

FFRF awards $17,750 to grad/’older’ student essay contest winners

1/6/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to award $17,750 in prize money to the 10 winners and nine honorable mentions of the 2020 Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students. Graduate students up to age 30 or undergrad students ages 25-30 were asked … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel explains how House ‘awoman’ prayer contretemps misses the point

1/5/2021 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about a recent prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives that has Christian Nationalists in an uproar for all the wrong reasons. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained minister, ended the … More »

FFRF asks Biden to drop religion in presidential oath & Inaugural

1/5/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking President-elect Joe Biden to honor his promise to unite the country by leaving religion out of his inauguration, especially the presidential oath. FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor note in a letter to Biden that the … More »

Release freethinking activist, FFRF insists to Tanzanian government

1/4/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Tanzanian government’s arrest and persecution of a young ex-Muslim activist — and asking for your help in ensuring her well-being. Zara Kay, an Australian who has founded the group Faithless Hijabi (which provides support to women leaving … More »

FFRF convinces TX district to curb religious promotion

1/4/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Texas school district to educate its employees about the constitutional pitfalls of promoting sectarian religious events. A concerned local resident contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that Pine Tree Birch Elementary School in Longview, Texas, used … More »

FFRF’s ‘Stay safe in the New Year’ message promotes science

12/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is starting the New Year out with a serene message urging Americans to “Stay safe in the New Year” by basing actions on science. The attractive full-page ad is running in the Wisconsin State Journal, the daily in Madison, Wis., … More »

Black nonbelief expert on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

12/30/2020 ·  The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s first episode in the new year of its TV talk show challenges the stereotype of African-American religiosity. Christopher Cameron, who teaches history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has done groundbreaking research showing that there have been many … More »

N.C. county removes religious materials after FFRF objects

12/29/2020 · A North Carolina county has removed displayed Christian paraphernalia from its recycling center after the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised the issue. A concerned employee contacted the national state/church watchdog to report religious materials on display at the Otto Center in Macon County, N.C. These … More »

FFRF’s Liz Cavell warns newspaper audiences about Trump’s judicial legacy

12/29/2020 · FFRF Constitutional Attorney Liz Cavell has written an op-ed published in prominent newspapers all over the country warning about the dire legacy of President Trump’s judicial appointments. The column, based on an FFRF report “Religious Liberty Under Threat,” which Cavell was the lead author on, … More »

FFRF — yet again — receives highest charity rating: perfect score

12/28/2020 · The country's premier nonprofit charity rating organization has yet again affirmed that the Freedom From Religion Foundation belongs to an extremely select club. “We are proud to announce Freedom From Religion Foundation has earned our 11th consecutive four-star rating. This is our highest possible rating … More »

Investigate Liberty University’s electioneering, FFRF asks IRS

12/28/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alerting the IRS to potentially illegal electioneering by Liberty University. The Falkirk Center at the university, based in Lynchburg, Va., endorsed Donald Trump during the presidential election and “purchased campaign-season ads on Facebook, at least $50,000's worth of which … More »

FFRF greets Xmas with full-page Bill of Rights ad in Wis. State Journal

12/24/2020 · Readers might be surprised to see a striking full-page ad headlined “Joy to the World” on Christmas Day in the Wisconsin State Journal, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wis. Why surprised? Because the advertisement was placed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest … More »

Celebrate the Solstice season with FFRF’s TV show this Sunday

12/23/2020 ·  Click here to watch the teaser of the show. Join the Freedom From Religion Foundation in celebration of the Winter Solstice — the real reason for the season — on its “Freethought Matters” television show this Sunday. Co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor guide us … More »

FFRF wins prestigious award from “religious liberty” group

12/21/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the proud recipient of the 2020 Ebenezer Award, annually bestowed by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Roman Catholic ultraconservative outfit. The fund conferred this honor upon FFRF after the national state/church watchdog properly persuaded a public school … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment against praying Texas judge

12/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a motion for summary judgment in its federal case against a Texas justice of the peace who regularly foists prayer upon his courtroom attendees. FFRF originally challenged the courtroom prayers in a lawsuit filed in March 2017, and … More »

FFRF lauds Senate’s resolution seeking repeal of blasphemy laws

12/21/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the U.S. Senate’s approval by unanimous consent of a resolution seeking the global repeal of blasphemy and related laws. The Senate passed SR 458 on Saturday, Dec. 19. The U.S. House approved a similar resolution earlier this month, … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/21/2020 · 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 »

FFRF spreads Solstice cheer in Illinois town

12/18/2020 ·   FFRF has installed a Bill of Rights “Nativity” cutout once again in a Chicago suburb. The irreverent exhibit, displayed at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Ill., depicts Founders Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington gazing adoringly at a “baby” Bill of Rights in a … More »

FFRF’s Bill of Rights ‘Nativity’ returns to the Garden State

12/18/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Solstice display has again been erected in a New Jersey town. Its Bill of Rights “Nativity” exhibit, which depicts Founders Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, along with the Statue of Liberty, gazing adoringly at a “baby” Bill of … More »

Trump should sign bill banning female genital mutilation nationwide

12/18/2020 · President Trump needs to immediately sign into law a bill banning the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation in the United States, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. In a rare show of bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 6100, the STOP … More »

Winter Solstice Music Special on FFRF TV show

12/17/2020 ·  Join the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s musical celebration of the real reason for the season — the Winter Solstice — on Sunday’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. The shortest, darkest day of the year has been celebrated for millennia in the Northern Hemisphere for signaling the … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel calls out illegal religious display in recent op-ed

12/17/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for one of FFRF’s hometown newspapers, The Capital Times, about two state legislators’ childish installation of an illegal religious display in Wisconsin’s Capitol building. In defiance of Gov. Tony Evers’ wise decision … More »

Revoke your prayer proclamation, FFRF asks Gov. Reeves

12/17/2020 · Rescind your prayer proclamation for the upcoming Sunday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to the Mississippi governor. Gov. Tate Reeves has declared Sunday, Dec. 20, as a “Statewide Day of Prayer, Humility, and Fasting.” During his Facebook Live event announcing the proclamation, he … More »

Boise State downgrades chaplaincy after FFRF protests

12/16/2020 · One of Idaho’s most prominent educational institutions has listened to the Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding its unconstitutional football chaplaincy. The national state/church watchdog had written to Boise State University about the football program’s official chaplain, Mark Thornton. Thornton has arranged for post-game prayers on … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel exposes megachurches’ tax money misuse

12/16/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about churches, especially megachurches, abusing the taxpayer-funded Paycheck Protection Program. The article, Inevitable megachurch abuse of PPP funds is coming to light—private jet included, will have you seeing red … More »

FFRF report reveals harm of Christian Nationalist federal judiciary capture

12/16/2020 · A new Freedom From Religion Foundation report exposes the Christian Nationalist takeover of the federal courts and the damage this is causing to the separation of state and church. Over the past four years, President Trump has stacked the federal courts with ultraconservative judges, thanks … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights ‘Nativity’ returns to counter religion in Illinois courthouse

12/15/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has once again installed its secular holiday display at an Illinois courthouse. A Bill of Rights “Nativity” display has been set up by FFRF Member Will Meyer (pictured above) next to a Christian Nativity scene on the grounds of the … More »

Biden must repeal Trump’s new faith-based rules that give license to discriminate

12/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing a just-announced massive final rule change that grants faith-based federal social services contractors license to discriminate against beneficiaries on religious grounds. The 381-page final rule is categorically harmful, the state/church watchdog cautions. The incoming Biden administration should rescind … More »

FFRF New York Times Bill of Rights Day ad asks for help staving off ‘judicial Doomsday’

12/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a full-page ad in the New York Times expected to run today, Dec. 15, warning of the right-wing takeover of the federal judiciary. The ad, in honor of the 229th anniversary of Bill of Rights Day, features an arresting … More »

FFRF Solstice banner stolen from Michigan town

12/14/2020 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation seasonal banner in Warren, Mich., has been stolen. The display, which read “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia,” was installed just a few days ago near the intersection of Mound and Chicago roads. A complaint about the theft has been filed with … More »

FFRF’s solstice greetings return to Eugene, Ore.

12/14/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual Winter Solstice display has returned to Oregon’s premier college town. For the third year in a row, a large Solstice banner stretches across 8th Avenue, west of Willamette Street in downtown Eugene. The display reads: Celebrate the Solstice. TIS THE … More »

FFRF Solstice banner on display again in Michigan town

12/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving Solstice greetings once again in Warren, Mich. FFRF’s irreverent “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” banner has again been placed near the intersection of Mound and Chicago roads. Saturnalia, observed during the time of the Roman Empire, was one of the … More »

Supreme Court misses opportunity in religious damages case

12/10/2020 ·   In an unsurprising 8-0 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals can sue federal officials for damages under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling the decision a missed opportunity to address a fundamental … More »

“Cosmos” co-creator Ann Druyan guest on FFRF TV show

12/10/2020 ·  The co-creator of possibly the most acclaimed TV series of all time is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this Sunday. Ann Druyan is an award-winning writer, producer, director and science educator. You perhaps know her as the co-writer with … More »

Terminate chaplaincy, FFRF insists to Boise State

12/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling a penalty on the Boise State University football program’s chaplaincy.  The Boise State University football program’s official chaplain, Mark Thornton, reportedly led Boise State and Brigham Young University players in a joint prayer following a recent game. He … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights Nativity on display in Iowa Capitol

12/10/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again making its freethinking presence known in the legislative heart of the Hawkeye State. For the fourth year in a row, FFRF’s Bill of Rights “Nativity” has been installed in the Iowa state Capitol. The display depicts three … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court’s COVID church action bodes big trouble ahead

12/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising the alarm over the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest attempt to give churches special privileges during the COVID pandemic. The court took an unusual step a week ago and sided with a California church challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related … More »

FFRF deplores Trump’s parting shot allowing contractors to discriminate based on religion

12/9/2020 · On its way out the door, President Trump’s Labor Department has shamelessly finalized a rule that allows federal contractors to discriminate against employees based on “sincerely held religious tenets.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation opposed this unjust rule last August when the Trump administration first … More »

Yank illegal religious Capitol display, FFRF asks Gov. Evers

12/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the removal of an unpermitted, illegally placed religious display currently installed in its home state Capitol. In defiance of Gov. Tony Evers’ wise decision not to install a holiday tree in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda this year because … More »

Stop coach’s preachiness, FFRF asks Idaho district

12/8/2020 · A football coach should desist from imposing his religious doctrine on students, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to an Idaho school district. The national state/church watchdog has learned that Emmett High School’s football coach, Rich Hargitt, regularly promotes his personal religious beliefs to … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights Nativity appears again in N.H. capital

12/8/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s secular Winter Solstice display has returned to New Hampshire’s capital city. For the third year in a row, FFRF members have put up a display honoring the Bill of Rights and our secular government in Concord City Plaza. The exhibit … More »

FFRF applauds House for passing historic anti-blasphemy resolution

12/7/2020 · The U.S. House has overwhelmingly passed a groundbreaking resolution calling for blasphemy and related laws to be revoked worldwide, much to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s delight. House Resolution 512 , which passed 385-3, specifically notes that “secularists” are frequent victims of such laws. Rep. Jamie … More »

Stop praying during official meetings, FFRF asks Utah school board

12/7/2020 · A Utah school board needs to cease its unconstitutional practice of delivering a prayer during its meetings, insists the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF received an email in October in response to a letter it had sent in May to the Washington County School District … More »

FFRF’s Solstice exhibits on display in greater Chicago area

12/7/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have again erected two secular holiday displays around the Chicago area. The first, a colorful cutout invoking the Founding Fathers, has returned to North School Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. It pictures Thomas Jefferson, George … More »

Hollywood legend John Davidson guest on “Freethought Matters”

12/2/2020 ·  A legendary multitalented Hollywood personality who has also been a near lifelong atheist is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s television talk show this Sunday. Singer and actor John Davidson was the host of several fondly remembered TV shows, including “That’s Incredible,” “The … More »

FFRF to Okla. Gov: Cancel COVID-19 prayer proclamation

12/2/2020 · Withdraw your proclamation designating Thursday, Dec. 3, as “Oklahoma Day of Prayer and Fasting” to counteract the effects of COVID-19, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Gov. Kevin Stitt.  Stitt cites in his proclamation the New Testament verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, … More »

SCOTUS Thanksgiving decision start of ultraconservative push, asserts FFRF's Andrew Seidel

12/1/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the Supreme’s latest attempt to weaponize religious freedom. The article, “With this Thanksgiving bombshell SCOTUS began implementation of an ultraconservative agenda,” begins: The unsigned, midnight opinion dropped like a … More »

Help FFRF’s work go ‘viral’ — Help us turn back the clock on Christian Nationalism

12/1/2020 · Dear Friend of Freethought: You might say the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s work went viral this year! Despite this “annus horribilis,” it’s actually been a terrific year for FFRF in the courts, in the court of public opinion and for our growth and accomplishments. (Please … More »

Secular organizations release agenda for incoming Congress & administration

11/30/2020 ·   The Secular Coalition for America, in partnership with its 19 member organizations (including the Freedom From Religion Foundation), has issued a blueprint for the new administration and Congress. The “Secular Agenda for the 117th Congress & Biden Administration” includes strengthening and supporting the Congressional Freethought … More »

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: The 2020 Elections and You

11/30/2020 · In this edition of FFRF’s Mark on the Hill, let’s discuss the impact of the 2020 elections and how we plan to build the movement together as Christian Nationalism regroups. It is clear that following the 2020 elections, we’re in a far better place than … More »

Justices ‘play a deadly game’ in COVID/church ruling

11/30/2020 · A 5–4 Supreme Court decision enjoining New York state’s pandemic policy that limited some church gatherings is wrong, unnecessary and portends big trouble ahead for our secular laws and policies. As dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor warns: “Justices of this Court play a deadly game in … More »

Secular rapper guest on“Freethought Matters” this week

11/25/2020 ·  A hip-hop artist who isn’t shy about his freethinking views is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. Greydon Square is a West Coast performer who survived the gang culture in Compton, Calif., served in the military in Iraq … More »

FFRF applauds NY AG’s lawsuit against Catholic Church abuse

11/23/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the New York Attorney General’s Office announcement today that it has filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Diocese over failure to report more than two dozen priests credibly accused of sexual assault. The lawsuit alleges that the church … More »

FFRF constitutionally tutors N.C. Rep.-elect Cawthorn

11/23/2020 · The youngest new member of Congress needs some help understanding the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, so the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a leading state/church watchdog, has obliged with some free lessons. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel has sent a … More »

“Holy Spirit” may not guide policy, FFRF tells Tenn. mayor

11/23/2020 · Personal religious beliefs cannot be the basis for decisions regarding public health policy, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned a Tennessee official. According to local news reports, Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman recently recognized that requiring county residents to wear masks in public … More »

Get rid of religious badge, FFRF suggests to Calif. sheriff

11/20/2020 · You need to change your badge design, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising a California sheriff. A county resident conveyed to the national state/church watchdog a concern over the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s badge, which depicts a religious mission with a Latin cross on … More »

Biden administration must prioritize judiciary, urge FFRF & other groups

11/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and dozens of other national organizations are advising the incoming administration on how to effectively prioritize judicial appointments, in the wake of court packing by the Trump administration. Senate Republicans have confirmed over 200 extremist judges to lifetime seats on … More »

E.C. Stanton descendant & feminist activist on “Freethought Matters” this week

11/19/2020 ·  A descendant of a feminist pioneer who is a notable activist and author in her own right is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. Coline Jenkins is the great-great-granddaughter of powerhouse 19th century feminist and freethinker Elizabeth Cady … More »

Stop Christian group’s access to students, FFRF admonishes Fla. district

11/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is reprimanding a Florida school district for granting unconstitutional access to a Christian proselytizing group. Concerned local residents informed the national state/church watchdog that the West Central Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes was given access to Polk County Public Schools … More »

Watch FFRF’s video year in review

11/17/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to share with you our video report of highlights from this year — including legal and strategic. It features an inside glimpse of FFRF’s year to date, with a variety of brief and timely reports, short cameo … More »

FFRF’s alert to Ga. school district about praying coach proves successful

11/17/2020 · A Georgia school district will be reminding its staff members about their constitutional obligations after the Freedom From Religion Foundation notified officials of a praying coach. Fannin High School’s football coach was regularly leading his team in prayer, FFRF informed Fannin County School System officials. … More »

FFRF: Justice Alito’s Federalist Society speech shows need for court reform

11/13/2020 ·   Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito consummated the unholy union between the federal judiciary and the Federalist Society in a one-sided speech yesterday. FFRF is appalled over Alito’s rant. “It’s shocking to hear a supposedly impartial Supreme Court justice speak in such a hyperpartisan, reckless and entitled … More »

Kan. school abandons Christian fundraising due to FFRF

11/13/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Kansas school district to discontinue fundraising for a proselytizing Christian organization. A concerned staff member conveyed to the state/church watchdog that Liberty Middle School in Pratt, Kan., was preparing to participate in “Operation Christmas Child,” a charity … More »

Secular/feminist performer Shelley Segal on Sunday FFRF TV show

11/12/2020 · A performer who seamlessly weaves in secular and feminist themes into her music is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. The show debuts Shelley Segal’s music video, “Holy Man,” and features her live performance of the nontheistic “My … More »

FFRF formally condemns Trump’s proposed global gag rule expansion

11/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted a formal public comment to the Federal Register condemning the Trump administration’s proposal to expand the global gag rule. The rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, denies U.S. funding in the form of grants … More »

‘Atheists in Foxholes’ have Veterans Day message for the Pentagon: Destigmatize us

11/11/2020 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation associated with the military have a message for the Defense Department on this Veterans Day: Acknowledge their existence and quit proselytizing. Following national protests against systemic racism, the DOD announced a multistep process to address diversity and inclusion … More »

FFRF files brief in favor of Dane County pandemic health order

11/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief before the Wisconsin Supreme Court urging it to overturn its injunction halting COVID-19-related school closure orders as they apply to religious and private schools in the state/church watchdog’s home county. The Supreme Court had issued … More »

Multimedia artist/atheist guest on FFRF TV show

11/5/2020 · A talented artist and dedicated secularist who works in several mediums is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this week. In the midst of an unsettling political time, FFRF’s television talk show will provide a calming respite with a look … More »

FFRF condemns Trump administration’s support of anti-abortion declaration

11/5/2020 · The United States has dismayingly joined some other countries in support of an anti-abortion statement at the United Nations. The Geneva Consensus Declaration, which was co-sponsored by Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda and, sadly, the United States, asserts “the essential priority of protecting the right … More »

Election results heartening for FFRF’s work

11/4/2020 ·   For the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the apparent results of the U.S. presidential election will mean the Christian Nationalist takeover of the federal government should end. A new administration will mean a renewed chance to advocate for secularism and a return to rational debate. Former … More »

Supreme Court tracks troubling course on LGBTQ discrimination

11/4/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court exhibited worrisome signs today during oral arguments in a major case involving a Catholic group that’s seeking to discriminate while participating in a government foster care program. In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the conservative 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court … More »

FFRF announces Cliff Richards Memorial Scholarship for HBCU students

11/4/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to nonreligious students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The scholarships are part of FFRF’s Cliff Richards Memorial Student Scholarships and are in partnership with Secular Student Alliance. FFRF … More »

FFRF/Harburg Foundation awards $3,000 to students in the arts

11/4/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce the first Yip Harburg Youth Activist Award winners, who will each receive $1,000. This scholarship is made possible by the generous Yip Harburg Lyric Foundation and FFRF member Ernie Harburg, the son of the famous lyricist … More »

Amid uncertainty, FFRF maintains its ‘faith’ in democracy

11/4/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation, like our 33,000 members and every other American, is anxiously awaiting the final results of the 2020 election. Our members may be “faithless,” but we maintain our faith in democracy. FFRF has plans in place to redouble our advocacy for … More »

Upcoming FFRF report warns about biased federal judiciary

11/2/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is set to release a report exposing the growing imbalance, Christian Nationalism and religious favoritism of the federal judiciary. The massive shift in the judicial makeup highlighted in the report is having a profound impact on issues that are fundamental … More »

FFRF hails decision affirming secular education in Maine

10/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a circuit court judgment that upholds the secular nature of the Maine public education system in a case in which the state/church watchdog filed an amicus brief. “A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the state of Maine's … More »

FFRF awards $28,150 to 2020 Students of Color essay contest winners

10/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the awarding of a record total of $28,150 in prize money to the winners of its 2020 students of color essay contest. Entrants were asked to write a personal persuasive essay for the 2020 David … More »

Irreverent entertainer Roy Zimmerman on FFRF’s TV show this week

10/29/2020 ·  A freethinkingly entertaining singer-songwriter is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this week. If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where the show broadcasts on Sunday, you can already catch the episode on FFRF’s YouTube … More »

End constitutional infringements, FFRF warns Ala. district

10/28/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting multiple constitutional violations occurring in an Alabama school district that a concerned parent has brought to its attention. Dothan Preparatory Academy (in the Dothan City Schools system) has been using its Remind App to send out prayer requests … More »

FFRF puts a stop to Missouri coaching staff prayers

10/28/2020 · A Missouri school district has listened to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and ended its football coaching staff’s practice of praying with the student-athletes. Joey Ballard, head coach for Jasper High School’s boys football team, regularly led team prayer, a concerned parent of a player … More »

FFRF condemns Senate confirmation of zealot Amy Barrett to SCOTUS

10/27/2020 · As the Senate voted (52-48) to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite an ongoing election in which more than 63 million Americans have already voted, know this: It’s not over. Now we fight, not for one seat, but for the … More »

Stop proselytizers from meeting student-athletes, FFRF insists to Fla. district

10/27/2020 ·   Halt the access you’re providing a Christian group to your athletes, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Florida school district. The Osceola School District is apparently permitting several outside adults to act as “character coaches” for various athletic teams throughout the district. Fellowship … More »

Steve Pinker guest on FFRF’s TV show this week

10/22/2020 · One of the most eminent public intellectuals in the world is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this week, talking about his new course on rationality. If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where “Freethought Matters” … More »

How you can protest Judiciary Committee vote to approve zealot Amy Barrett

10/22/2020 ·   The Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court means her approval by the full Senate is now a foregone conclusion. And that’s all the more reason to keep fighting. We are grateful to you and other FFRF supporters … More »

Preview of Secular Day of the Dead on ‘Ask an Atheist’ — sign up now!

10/20/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited to be co-sponsoring and co-hosting an upcoming global Secular Day of the Dead event, which is previewed on FFRF’s live “Ask an Atheist” program on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon Central. (If you miss the live show, … More »

Halt coach-student praying, FFRF tells Tenn. district

10/20/2020 · Stop football coaches from praying with their students, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a Tennessee school district. The football coaching staff at Stone Memorial High School, in the Cumberland County School District, joined a public prayer with students after a football game … More »

SBA expands outrageous church exemption

10/19/2020 · Through an “interim final rule,” the Small Business Administration has just announced that recipients of $50,000 or less in taxpayer-funded forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program can have their loans forgiven even if they’ve violated rules prohibiting them from firing employees or reducing … More »

RBG and the 116th Congress: Dispatches from Mark Dann, FFRF’s rep on Capitol Hill

10/19/2020 · If there’s a common thread in my thoughts from Capitol Hill this year, it’s the combination of dark and light moments: pessimism and fear coupled with tangible examples of victories and reasons for optimism. Like many of you, I’m living this emotional conflict. On … More »

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton guest on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

10/16/2020 ·   Legislative stalwart and civil rights and feminist pioneer U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this week. If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where “Freethought Matters” broadcasts on Sunday, you … More »

Remove Jesus image, FFRF asks La. police dept.

10/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Shreveport, La., police department take down a painting depicting Jesus. A concerned community member has contacted the state/church watchdog to report that a portrait of Christianity’s messiah is prominently displayed in a police department hallway where … More »

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