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Minn. public school must cancel upcoming unconstitutional assembly, FFRF urges

11/15/2019 · Image Source: Todd Becker Foundation's Annual Ministry Banquet Advertisement The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on a Wheaton, Minn., public school to cancel an unconstitutional religious assembly scheduled for next week. Wheaton High School reportedly has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during … More »

Wisconsin county defunds Christian group after FFRF complains

11/15/2019 · Racine County has nixed its funding of a Christian youth group after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to taxpayer money going to an unambiguously sectarian organization. Racine County had been bestowing its largesse on a group called Youth For Christ since 2013 to the … More »

Chino Valley, Calif., district moves school event from church per FFRF’s advice

11/14/2019 · A Chino Valley Unified public school will no longer hold an event inside a local church following an intervention by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent reported to FFRF that each year Chino Hills High School holds its Senior Awards Night at Inland … More »

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan joins FFRF TV show this Sunday

11/13/2019 · A member of Congress who recently declared himself a freethinker at the Freedom From Religion Foundation annual convention is interviewed on the latest episode of the organization’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, representing the area of Wisconsin where FFRF is headquartered, was … More »

Breaking News: With FFRF, ACLU-Kentucky backing, Ky. man wins right to have “IM GOD” license plate

11/13/2019 · A federal court today cleared the way for a Kentucky man, backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Kentucky, to obtain a personalized license plate reading “IM GOD,” finding the Transportation Cabinet’s denial of that plate violated the First Amendment. In … More »

FFRF, secular groups file brief saying Espinoza SCOTUS case imperils religious liberty

11/13/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is weighing in on the most important state/church case — concerning governmental funding of religious education — before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. In its concise 18-page friend-of-the-court brief filed this week, FFRF, joined by other secular groups, cogently … More »

That rotunda tree is pagan, not Christian symbol —reminds FFRF

11/12/2019 · It’s not even Thanksgiving, but the Christmas warriors are already at it at the Wisconsin state Capitol. The annual tree isn’t even up yet in the Capitol rotunda, but would-be theocrats are now declaring war against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to call the … More »

Oklahoma public school can’t promote religion in holiday concert, FFRF warns

11/12/2019 · An Edmond, Okla., school must refrain from including a Nativity performance in its annual holiday concert, since this constitutes a government endorsement of religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned Edmond Public Schools community member has reported that each year, third-grade teachers … More »

FFRF billboard urges: Don’t let abortion be banned in Wisconsin

11/12/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Wisconsin Legislature to finally overturn the state’s archaic 170-year-old statute criminalizing abortion. The 1849 law could go into immediate effect should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade or if it decides to throw the … More »

Christian Nationalist crusade Project Blitz tries to rebrand as it loses ground

11/11/2019 · A shadowy coalition of Christian Nationalists that has for the past few years been crusading to legislate religion in every state is attempting to refurbish its image. The coalition has till now labeled itself “Project Blitz” and has published two handbooks for Christian Nationalist legislators. … More »

FFRF urges Virginia public school to remove religious sign

11/11/2019 · A high school in Max Meadows, Va., must remove a large prayer display from its lunchroom, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. A concerned community member has contacted FFRF to report that Fort Chiswell High School displays a religious prayer on a large placard … More »

FFRF blasts Wisconsin’s proposed National Bible Week resolution

11/8/2019 · The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote Tuesday on a highly inappropriate resolution “recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week in Wisconsin.” Imagine the uproar were the Legislature to promote “National Quran Week in Wisconsin.” It is equally wrong for legislators to promote their own … More »

Protagonist of landmark state/church case on FFRF TV show this Sunday

11/7/2019 · A key player in one of the most important Supreme Court cases in Establishment Clause history is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show.  Dan McCollum was a boy in the 1940s when his mother filed a … More »

FFRF applauds judgment blocking dangerous Trump administration rule

11/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a federal judge’s nationally significant decision yesterday that has struck down President Trump’s “conscience clause” rule permitting health care workers to discriminate. The 147-page decision by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York … More »

Pence upends Constitution to favor Christian groups abroad

11/7/2019 · Vice President Mike Pence has been subverting the U.S. Constitution in diverting foreign aid to overseas Christian organizations, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a strongly worded letter. FFFRF fired off the missive to Pence following a recent ProPublica exposé revealing that the vice … More »

FFRF probes religious entanglement in Kansas public school

11/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising questions about the entanglement between a public school and a private Catholic school in Tipton, Kan. A concerned area resident reported to FFRF that Tipton Community School, a public school run by Waconda USD 272, shares a building, … More »

FFRF takes Catholic League to task over false accusation

11/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was forced to write a cease and desist letter to the Catholic League today for publishing an injurious falsehood about FFRF’s legal standing. The league’s President Bill Donohue falsely reported in an article, “Atheists who are haters,” published online on … More »

Kentucky district must remove religious messages, FFRF insists

11/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Letcher County Public Schools in Whitesburg, Ky., to address complaints of widespread religious promotion in its schools. A concerned area resident has reported that Letcher Central High School has a bible verse on display in its locker room. … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel illuminates Trump’s religious push as impeachment fears rise

11/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the Trump administration’s appointment of Paula White, a televangelist and prosperity gospel preacher, to a White House position. Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, explains how other presidents have used religion to distract the country from … More »

FFRF lambasts megapreacher joining the Trump administration

11/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Trump administration’s decision to place a talentless preacher on the federal payroll. The White House recently announced that Paula White, a spiritual counselor to President Trump, is joining the White House staff on the Faith and Opportunity … More »

Charity rating group certifies FFRF as cream of the crop

11/4/2019 · The country's premier nonprofit charity rating organization has just attested that the Freedom From Religion Foundation belongs to an amazingly exclusive club. “We are proud to announce Freedom From Religion Foundation has earned our 10th consecutive four-star rating,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher … More »

Missouri high school coaches must cease proselytizing players, FFRF warns

11/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Cameron, Mo., public school district to cease school-sponsored religious worship following complaints of coaches leading players in prayer. Cameron High School’s Head Football Coach Jeff Wallace and Assistant Football Coach David Stucky have reportedly been holding religious … More »

Mark Dann: Making our Mark on the Hill

11/4/2019 · While in Madison for FFRF’s national convention last month, I visited Wisconsin’s grand state Capitol. Inside the massive dome are four awe-inspiring mosaics consisting of approximately 400,000 pieces of glass tile. They represent Wisconsin's three branches of government and liberty. If a handful of … More »

Wis. town’s grant to local church unconstitutional, FFRF asserts

11/1/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to the city of Fitchburg using taxpayer dollars to unconstitutionally fund religious events. A concerned Fitchburg resident contacted FFRF to report that, earlier this year, the city granted $10,000 to Chapel Valley Church as part of the … More »

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/31/2019 · t The life and work of a Pulitzer Prize-winning freethinking cartoonist are spotlighted in the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV interview show.   Steve Benson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his work with the Arizona Republic. He sketched cartoons for … More »

FFRF warns Tennesseans about mixing God and government

10/30/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the aid of its local chapter, has placed in the Knoxville area a billboard advising people to maintain a robust constitutional wall of separation. The cheerful red, white and blue billboard, “God & Government — A Dangerous Mix: Keep … More »

Florida sheriff’s department must remove religious decals, FFRF argues

10/30/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to remove “In God We Trust” decals from its vehicles. The sheriff’s office recently decided to start adding our controversial national motto, “In God We Trust,” to all of its patrol vehicles in … More »

FFRF’s ad featuring Steven Pinker running on ’60 Minutes’

10/29/2019 · An ad in which distinguished scientist and author Steven Pinker endorses the Freedom From Religion Foundation is airing nationally on “60 Minutes” three Sundays in a row. The first spot was broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 27, and it will be seen again on Nov. … More »

FFRF rebuts Kristof's NYT ode to Christianity

10/29/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has worked tirelessly to expose the evils of religion, but not everyone is getting the message. The New York Times published an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and regular contributor. In a new piece for The … More »

U.S. Rep. Raskin accepts FFRF’s Clarence Darrow Award

10/29/2019 · U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, representing Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, has accepted the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Clarence Darrow Award, which recognizes “those who exemplify Clarence Darrow’s commitment to the law, to freethought and to doing battle with ignorance and injustice.” Raskin, who is the co-chair … More »

Catholic League apoplectic over FFRF ads

10/28/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation must be doing something right . . . because Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue is outraged over FFRF yet again. FFRF’s iconic ad featuring Ron Reagan (“unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell”) that aired during the most recent … More »

U.S. Rep. Pocan declares himself a freethinker

10/28/2019 · Before an audience of nearly 700 freethinkers — atheists, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious Americans — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan recently declared himself one “of us” who do not follow a specific religion. Pocan was named a “Champion of the First Amendment” at the Freedom From … More »

FFRF asks Congress to reauthorize religious freedom body — with modifications

10/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, but with more oversight and less politics. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will expire in late November unless Congress reauthorizes it. USCIRF commissioners are … More »

Sam Brownback must condemn Italy blasphemy conviction

10/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Trump administration’s top “religious freedom” official to voice his objection to an Italian blasphemy conviction. An Italian court recently enforced the country’s law against blasphemy, fining famous Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani 4,000 Euros for pointing out the … More »

Pioneering secular scholar on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/24/2019 · A pioneer scholar of secular studies is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, founded the country’s first secular studies program at that institution. … More »

FFRF applauds passage of N.Y. law codifying nonprofit electioneering ban

10/24/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is commending a recent move by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that codifies a federal restriction on nonprofit politicking into state law. The restriction, known commonly as the Johnson Amendment, prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from intervening or … More »

Pastor burning of FFRF attorney’s book shows Christian Nationalism run amok

10/24/2019 · Oblivious to the disturbing connotations of his act, a pastor yesterday on social media burned a copy of a Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney’s new book on Christian Nationalism. When Pastor Greg Locke vehemently denounced FFRF’s freethinking ad featuring Ron Reagan during the most recent … More »

FFRF investigating Ky. Gov. Bevin’s rally at mansion with preachers

10/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is investigating what is being described as a “pre-election rally” that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin hosted on Monday, Oct. 21, for preachers at his residence. “In the midst of a heated re-election campaign, Gov. Matt Bevin played host to a … More »

Ben Carson turns Trump cabinet meeting into a Christian farce

10/23/2019 · Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is up to his old theocratic tricks again. On Monday, Oct. 21, the famously pious Carson opened a White House cabinet meeting with a prayer. He showcased his constitutional ignorance by offering a superficially correct but incomplete analysis … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad captures the web during CNN debate

10/16/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “unabashed atheist” commercial with Ron Reagan ruled the internet during the Democratic debate on CNN Tuesday night. The 30-second spot (the first freethinking ad believed to have ever run during a presidential primary debate) aired twice during the Oct. 15 … More »

Preacher turned secular scholar on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/16/2019 · A former preacher who is now one of the foremost secular analysts of Christianity is spotlighted on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. Hector Avalos is a professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious … More »

Alabama Lt. Gov.’s call to ‘pray for us’ unconstitutional, FFRF warns

10/16/2019 · Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth must refrain from using his public office to propagate religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned. A concerned Alabama resident reported to FFRF that Ainsworth routinely uses his position as lieutenant governor to promote and endorse his personal religious … More »

Pompeo anoints himself a ‘Christian leader’

10/15/2019 · Secretary of State Mike Pompeo grossly misused his office during a recent speech to advance his personal religious beliefs, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a strong letter of complaint. Pompeo delivered a speech, entitled “Being a Christian Leader,” before the 2019 American Association … More »

FFRF’s ‘unabashed atheist’ Ron Reagan ad to run during CNN Dem debate Tuesday

10/14/2019 · After being censored by the national ABC network when it sought to advertise during the Sept. 12 Democratic debate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has secured airtime for its iconic Ron Reagan commercial during the Tuesday Democratic primary debate on CNN. The 30-second spot (the … More »

Barr at Notre Dame offers Christian nationalist apologia, charges FFRF

10/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Attorney General Bill Barr’s recent fact-free speech at Notre Dame. “Bill Barr’s bigotry, historical illiteracy, and Christian nationalism were on full display last week,” notes FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. When President Trump nominated Barr, FFRF spearheaded a … More »

FFRF announces contest, billboards to protest Ky. ‘In God We Trust’ law

10/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a two-pronged campaign to combat Kentucky’s unwise new law requiring “In God We Trust” to be displayed in every public school. FFRF is organizing an art contest with a cash prize for the best student artwork protesting the … More »

Ex-Muslim scholar on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/10/2019 · A prominent ex-Muslim talks about his heretical life and work on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show.  Ibn Warraq, who was raised Muslim but is a nonbeliever, is the founder of the Institute for the Secularization of Islamic … More »

Church partnership with Tenn. public school unconstitutional, FFRF warns

10/10/2019 · A new partnership between Kingsport City Schools and a local church is unconstitutional, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the district. A local community member reported to FFRF that John Adams Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn., has entered into an official partnership with Christ … More »

Amber Guyger judge can spread forgiveness, not religion, FFRF asserts in new letter

10/10/2019 · The proselytizing judge in the Amber Guyger case has inadvertently confessed to the validity of an ethics complaint against her, the Freedom From Religion Foundation points out in a follow-up.  FFRF had complained to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct when Judge Tammy Kemp … More »

N.C. sheriff’s office cohabitation policy unconstitutional, FFRF warns

10/9/2019 · A new religious discriminatory policy has raised serious legal and constitutional issues, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office. FFRF was made aware that the sheriff’s office has impermissibly endorsed religion through threats to the employment of those who do … More »

FFRF revisits proselytizing Ky. school

10/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again urging a Kentucky district to correct numerous constitutional violations in its school after successfully having a religious advertisement removed from the district’s Facebook page last month. A community member had reported to FFRF that Tyner Elementary School in … More »

Supreme Court rejects W.Va. school district appeal of FFRF victory

10/7/2019 · The nation’s highest court has sided with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and let stand an important ruling ensuring that parents can bring suit over religious instruction in public schools. The U.S. Supreme Court declined today, Oct. 7, to hear a case by a West … More »

A look at state/church separation in upcoming SCOTUS term

10/4/2019 · With the new U.S. Supreme Court term commencing Monday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is watching several upcoming cases closely. Funding for religious education FFRF will be filing a friend of the court brief in the most prominent state/church case so far accepted by SCOTUS, … More »

Renowned philosopher on FFRF’s TV show this week

10/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show “Freethought Matters” features an interview with a world-renowned thinker this week.  “Daniel Dennett is an American naturalist philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind,” states his Encyclopedia Britannica entry. “He became a prominent figure in the atheist movement … More »

Ky. governor’s ‘Bring Your Bible to School’ exhortation is sectarian & divisive

10/3/2019 · Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s Bring Your Bible to School Day proclamation is narrow-minded and totally inappropriate, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Many concerned Kentucky residents have contacted the state/church watchdog to report that on Oct. 1, Bevin placed a video on his official government … More »

Amber Guyger judge's proselytization an abuse of power, FFRF charges

10/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct after the judge in the Amber Guyger case inappropriately proselytized to the defendant. Judge Tammy Kemp tried former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in her courtroom over … More »

Missouri district remedies state/church violations after FFRF complaint

10/1/2019 · A Missouri public school has taken action to address widespread constitutional violations following intervention from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF sent a letter of complaint in September, after a concerned Oak Grove R-VI School District parent reported to the national state/church watchdog dozens of … More »

Ala. sheriff's office cancels official prayer vigil in response to FFRF

10/1/2019 · Update: The Blount County Sheriff's Office has announced that it will not officially coordinate a prayer vigil after a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned it about its lead role. FFRF is pleased at the swift response. "We're glad that the sheriff's … More »

Hispanic freethinkers on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

9/26/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show “Freethought Matters” has not just one but two guests offering a minority perspective on freethought this Sunday.  Hypatia Alexandria and David Tamayo are the founders of Hispanic American Freethinkers, a national organization dedicated to advancing Latino culture through … More »

Author of ‘The Family’ to speak at FFRF convention

9/25/2019 · A best-selling author whose expose of a secretive megapowerful Christian fundamentalist group is now a Netflix series has been added as a speaker at the Freedom From Religion Foundation convention. Jeff Sharlet, whose The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power laid … More »

New billboard features Knoxville student supporting atheists of color in overcoming discrimination

9/24/2019 · A new billboard is up near the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville supporting atheists of color who often face discrimination as they come out of the closet about their lack of religious beliefs. The billboard is part of a national campaign by the … More »

New billboard features Stanford student speaking up for women’s rights in the Muslim Faith

9/24/2019 · A new billboard is up in Palo Alto featuring a Stanford University student activist speaking up for women’s rights within the Muslim faith. The billboard is part of a nationwide campaign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) featuring young freethinkers of color who … More »

Mark Dann: Lessons for the secular movement

9/24/2019 · Summer is ending and that means a few things: back to school, the Emmys, Packers season for our friends at the home office in Wisconsin — and Congress coming back into session after the August recess. FFRF is working with Congress on two critical … More »

President Trump repeats lie about protecting religious liberty for all

9/23/2019 · Instead of participating in a world summit on climate change, today President Donald Trump convened a session on worldwide religious persecution at the United Nations, in which he demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of religious liberty. The speech at the UN’s Global Call to … More »

FFRF awards over $17K in grad student essay contest

9/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 19 winners of the Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students. FFRF has paid out a total of $17,850 in award money to this year’s contest winners. Graduate students up to age 30 or undergrad … More »

Bill gives public money to ‘crisis’ pregnancy centers with religious ties

9/23/2019 · Two Wisconsin state legislators are brazenly circulating a bill to hand over $500,000 in taxpayer money to a shadowy entity that will award grants to so-called "crisis" pregnancy centers that masquerade as women's reproductive health facilities where abortions are available. The catch is that none … More »

FFRF lauds major first step toward secular recovery funding in Congress

9/20/2019 · A congressional development this week is the vital first step to help remedy a major problem: most mutual support recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous are religious in nature. Thanks to advocacy by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on this issue on … More »

Climate crisis is a state/church issue

9/20/2019 · The Strike for Climate on Friday, Sept. 20 provides the ideal opportunity to note that the climate crisis is a state-church issue. Tomorrow a national coalition of youth groups and climate activists are striking for rational, science-based policy to combat this existential crisis.  The climate … More »

Maryland rep. featured on ‘Freethought Matters’ this week

9/19/2019 · U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin lends his unique perspective as both an elected official and constitutional scholar to this week’s episode of the nation’s premiere freethinking television show, Freethought Matters. Raskin, who is a co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, represents Maryland’s 8th congressional district. Before … More »

N.C. district removes preaching sign following FFRF intervention

9/18/2019 · A Duplin County school has taken down a religious sign from its property, following the advice of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent reported that a sign featuring religious messages was on school property at Wallace-Rose Hill High School. The sign was located … More »

FFRF commends Appleton district for precluding proselytizing speeches

9/18/2019 ·   Following complaints from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and local students, the Appleton School District, in Appleton, Wis., has taken action to ensure that district speakers will not impose religious messages on students. Many irate individuals, including parents, students and district employees, contacted the state/church … More »

To celebrate Constitution Day, FFRF recounts memorable victories

9/17/2019 ·   Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the 232nd anniversary of the adoption of America’s godless Constitution. Commemorating this anniversary is very important, as constitutional rights, including the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, have never been in more peril. Just yesterday, the Arizona Supreme … More »

Cancel a proselytizing assembly, FFRF urges Colo. school district

9/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Brush, Colo., school district to cancel an assembly that a proselytizing Christian group is organizing at the local high school tomorrow.  Brush High School has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during the school day … More »

FFRF: AZ Supreme Court’s LGBTQ decision objectionable

9/16/2019 · The Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling today granting Christian businesses a right to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens is wrong and unprincipled — and provides Christians a favored status. Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, who own a calligraphy business in Arizona, didn’t want to serve LGBTQ customers … More »

Leading legal scholar on 'Freethought Matters' this week

9/12/2019 · One of the most brilliant constitutional scholars in the United States is interviewed on “Freethought Matters” this week.  Geoffrey Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Stone joined the faculty after serving as a law clerk to Supreme … More »

FFRF publishes Don Addis’ ‘Cartoons for the Irreverent’

9/12/2019 · In an era that can definitely use a lot less religion and a lot more humor, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has the perfect offering: a new book, “Cartoons for the Irreverent,” celebrating the wit of editorial cartoonist Don Addis. If you can make someone … More »

FFRF’s new billboards oppose S. Dakota ‘In God We Trust’ law

9/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing eye-catching billboards in South Dakota’s largest cities to protest a new state law requiring “In God We Trust” in public schools. One billboard is going up for a month on West 41st Street in Sioux Falls and the … More »

FFRF educates members of Congress on ‘The Founding Myth’

9/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving every member of Congress a copy of a timely new book dispelling the “founding myth” that the United States is a “Christian nation.” Each senator and representative is receiving a hardcover copy of The Founding Myth: Why … More »

FFRF comments on president’s atheist-baiting

9/11/2019 · President Trump openly pandered to evangelicals and atheist-baited at a recent rally in North Carolina. Trump claimed on Monday, Sept. 9, that the Democrats are not religious and are trying to take away religion.  “Whether it has to do with religion, our evangelicals … what we’ve … More »

ABC refuses to air patriotic FFRF JFK ad during Thursday debate

9/10/2019 ·     Two TV commercials produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation have been rejected for airing by ABC during the Democratic debate taking place in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 12. FFRF first tried to purchase time from ABC to run its iconic TV spot featuring … More »

Baptisms at a Tenn. high school must cease, FFRF declares

9/10/2019 ·     Coaches at a Tennessee high school must stop promoting and endorsing religion to students, FFRF contends. A concerned area resident reported that on Aug. 7, Chad Diehl, a minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church and “character coach” for the Springfield High School football team, baptized … More »

FFRF tells Okla. governor official church appearance is not OK

9/9/2019 · Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is appearing in a few days at a church event that raises serious constitutional concerns, the Freedom From Religion Foundation warns.  Stitt is scheduled to speak at Guts Church in Tulsa on Sunday, Sept. 22, to a group of “Guts Men.” … More »

FFRF urges Missouri district to address widespread state/church violations

9/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has given a Missouri public school district six directives to protect the right of conscience of its students against illegal government promotion of religion. A concerned Oak Grove R-VI School District parent reported to the national state/church watchdog dozens of … More »

Drew Brees comes up a few yards short in denying support of hate group

9/6/2019 ·     New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has drawn harsh criticism for releasing a video supporting Bring Your Bible to School Day, an annual event put on by Focus on the Family. Focus on the Family, whose mission is “nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad to run on Daily Show for 2 weeks

9/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s iconic TV spot featuring Ron Reagan, the self-avowed “unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell,” will air over the next two weeks on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." The 30-second commercial will run … More »

Freethinker stalwart on “Freethought Matters” this week

9/5/2019 · The nation’s premier freethinking television show is off to a strong start in its fresh season, with a stalwart of the freethinking movement interviewed on the program this week. Robyn Blumner is the CEO of the Center for Inquiry and the executive director of the … More »

Fresno district nixes chaplaincy program after FFRF intervenes

9/5/2019 ·   The Fresno Unified School District has replaced an official school chaplaincy program with a secular alternative after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF first contacted the district in June, after it was reported that the Fresno Unified School District had been operating … More »

Sign up now for FFRF’s national convention Oct. 18-20!

9/5/2019 · Don’t miss the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s upcoming annual national convention taking place the weekend of Oct. 18-20. Make plans now before time runs out!  The irreverent gathering, to be held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis., has an impressive … More »

FFRF awards $20,850 to 2019 students of color essay winners

9/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 30 winners of the 2019 David Hudak Memorial Students of Color Essay Competition for College Students. FFRF has paid out a record total of $20,850 in award money for this contest this year. FFRF thanks … More »

Trump’s weekend tweet praising prayer decision disconcerting in many ways

9/3/2019 · President Trump recently fired off a constitutionally troublesome social media missive. Over the weekend, he tweeted praise of a recent 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allowed the Pennsylvania Statehouse to openly discriminate against atheists. Trump quoted the Christian Nationalist preacher Robert Jeffress, … More »

FFRF awards $10,000 in partnership with Black Skeptics Los Angeles

9/3/2019 · FFRF is pleased to announce that it has awarded, in memory of Catherine Fahringer, $10,000 in scholarship money divided evenly among four students chosen by the Black Skeptics Los Angeles, an African-American atheist community-based group. The scholarship is part of the First in the Family … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel exposes the coordinated effort to put “In God We Trust” in public schools

8/31/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been leading the charge against Project Blitz, a Christian nationalist crusade to redefine American law. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel explains the divisive impact of displaying the motto in public schools- and why it is … More »

Pence distorted “Christian persecution” tale, FFRF contends

8/30/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking the vice president to task for a string of misleading statements during a recent American Legion National Convention speech. Speaking before the gathering on Wednesday, Aug. 28, Vice President Pence said: This administration will always make room for the … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel lampoons the Christian hypocrisy of “In God We Trust”

8/30/2019 · In his second installment of a three-part series on "In God We Trust" for Rewire News, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel delivers a broadside against the national motto. His first article, on the history of this Christian nationalist motto, left a … More »

Trump admin’s tariff exemption for bibles unconstitutional, FFRF contends

8/29/2019 · The Freedom From Religious Foundation is urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to reconsider its recent decision exempting bibles from China tariffs. The office recently placed bibles among about $2 billion worth of products it is exempting from the tariffs President Trump imposed … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel recounts the Christian Nationalist history of “In God We Trust”

8/29/2019 · How did “In God We Trust” get stamped on the currency of a country with a godless Constitution? How did a secular nation get a religious national motto? These are the questions FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel set out to answer … More »

“Freethought Matters” show returns to television with guest Rep. Jared Huffman

8/28/2019 · The nation’s premier freethinking television show is returning to the airwaves. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” program resumes broadcasting on Sunday, Sept. 1. As an antidote to religion on the airwaves and Sunday morning sermonizing, the half-hour talk show will air Sunday mornings … More »

Staff-led bible club must cease, FFRF warns Indiana district

8/27/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Center Grove Community School District to address an unconstitutional teacher-led religious club operating in its schools. After reviewing hundreds of emails and related open records pertaining to the Christ Youth Bible Club at Center Grove Middle … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel proposes a solution for clergy embezzlement

8/27/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has long run a black collar crime series in its newspaper Freethought Today, which chronicles the crimes of preachers and church leaders. Recently, a Catholic priest made headlines for stealing church funds and spending it on Grindr, an online … More »

DNC resolution on nonbelievers a historic step

8/27/2019 · For the first time in U.S. history, a major political party has warmly welcomed freethinkers. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has adopted a resolution that recognizes the contributions of nonbelievers to society and to the Democratic Party. The almost unanimous move recognizes the value of courting … More »

FFRF awards $17,550 to 2019 college students essay contest winners

8/22/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 16 winners of the 2019 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest. College students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay on the topic of why we’d be better off concentrating on the here and … More »

Planned Parenthood defunding — Is El Salvador a cautionary tale for U.S. reproductive rights?

8/20/2019 · It’s an ominous portent that Planned Parenthood announced its forced pull out from U.S. federal funding the very same day a Salvadoran woman’s trial for delivering a stillborn finally ended. The situation in El Salvador presents a cautionary tale to the United States. Back in … More »

FFRF probes large San Jose grant to religious school

8/20/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is investigating an unconstitutional grant of more than $800,000 in taxpayer funds to a private religious school in San Jose. The city reportedly recently awarded these funds to be paid directly to Cristo Rey San Jose … More »

FFRF: Oppose rule to legalize taxpayer-funded discrimination in name of religion

8/15/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted a formal comment condemning a proposed Department of Labor rule that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against employees based on “sincerely held religious tenets” of the corporation or business. In an alarming new twist, the rule would … More »

FFRF denounces religious staff event in Miss. school district

8/15/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Mississippi public school district to refrain from unconstitutional religious promotion after district staff members were subjected to proselytization during a mandatory event. A district community member reported to FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, that Lee County Schools … More »

FFRF issues second warning to Mobile County Schools over unconstitutional prayer

8/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again calling for an end to unconstitutional prayer at a mandatory staff event in Mobile County Public Schools. Multiple Mobile County Public Schools staff members have reported that on August 2, all district employees were required to attend … More »

Appeals court decision on Lehigh County seal strikes blow to Constitution

8/8/2019 · An appellate court has disappointingly invoked a misguided U.S. Supreme Court decision to declare constitutional a cross-bearing Pennsylvania county seal.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, and four individual plaintiffs won resoundingly in district court in 2017 when a judge found unconstitutional … More »

FFRF: Donohue owes atheists apology for slander re: El Paso

8/7/2019 · Bill Donohue, the Catholic League’s perennial gasbag, is bloviating wildly in the wake of the recent mass shootings, blaming lack of religion for the shooting rampages: It is not people of faith who are the most likely to go on a shooting rampage; it is … More »

Ga. state rep links prayer event to guv’s unconstitutional proclamation

8/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking a Georgia state representative to task after his misuse of social media to promote a worship ceremony.  Georgia state Rep. Wes Cantrell has issued a Facebook post inviting constituents to a church service the coming Sunday (Aug. 11). … More »

FFRF deplores Texas officials’ pandering comments on El Paso

8/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation deplores the pandering remarks of Texas’ three highest officials in their responses to the horrific El Paso mass shooting. Gov. Greg Abbott called for the usual mindless “thoughts and prayers” at a press conference on the shooting, also tweeting, “We … More »

Stop preachy group in Greenville, N.C., school, FFRF insists

8/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting unconstitutional religious proselytizing in the Pitt County Schools system.  A concerned parent has contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that adults from WyldLife, a Christian organization, regularly recruited students last school year during the lunch hour … More »

Appeals court ruling on Trump’s social media implicates Florida state rep

7/31/2019 · A recent judgment regarding President Trump’s use of social media has increased legal liability for a Florida state rep, who’s utilizing her social media account to promote Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising. Earlier this month, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … More »

FFRF: Miss. district must yank religious signs

7/31/2019 · The George County School District in Mississippi needs to immediately remove a number of unconstitutional religious displays, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned district taxpayer recently informed the state/church watchdog that signs exhibiting a Christian cross have appeared on several district properties. These … More »

FFRF warns Ala. district officials about upcoming religious event

7/30/2019 ·   DeKalb County Schools must ensure that its employees cease any involvement in a religious event this upcoming weekend, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned parent has reported to the state/church watchdog that Fyffe High School is holding a “Back to School Worship … More »

New S.D. ‘In God We Trust’ law exclusionary, FFRF says

7/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is damning an exclusionary new South Dakota law that mandates displaying an “In God We Trust” logo in all public schools. “A new state law that took effect this month requires all public schools in the state’s 149 districts to … More »

Dissolve new State Department commission, FFRF & many others urge

7/23/2019 · A new State Department body should be disbanded, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and close to 200 other organizations are urging in a letter. Hundreds of former officials, academics and activists have also signed on to the letter originating with Human Rights First. FFRF and … More »

A Supreme Court giant leaves behind an inspiring legacy

7/17/2019 · The United States has lost one of the most brilliant and compassionate judges in our nation’s history. The famously empathetic Justice John Paul Stevens, who died just eight months shy of becoming the first 100-year-old former Supreme Court justice, continued to fiercely advocate for … More »

FFRF probes ‘week of ministry’ in Michigan schools

7/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written to three Michigan school districts after they invited missionaries to hold assemblies in their schools. This past spring, a group called The Conquerors International Strength Team held a “week of ministry” through the Riverside Church in Three Rivers, … More »

New VA religious decree wrongheaded, FFRF asserts

7/16/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to new VA rules on religious displays. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a change to its directive on “Religious Symbols in VA Facilities.” A July 3 VA news release suggests that the policy changes … More »

Is the State Department using ‘God-given rights’ to trample human rights? FFRF wants to know.

7/15/2019 · The State Department is setting up a religiously inclined commission, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation is determined to figure out what it’s all about. The state/church watchdog is seeking records for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” FFRF is concerned … More »

Circuit court ruling on Trump’s social media implicates Ala. sheriff

7/15/2019 · A recent judgment regarding President Trump’s use of social media has increased legal liability for the Covington sheriff who routinely uses an official sheriff’s department social media account to promote Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising. Last week, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court … More »

FFRF initiates drive to help young freethinkers of color

7/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a campaign this summer to support young freethinkers of color. While atheists, agnostics and skeptics are often misrepresented as privileged, the fact is that freethinkers of all backgrounds experience deep discrimination. Freethinkers of color, in particular, have undergone … More »

FFRF commends St. Louis Park council’s decision to skip Pledge

7/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a Minnesota city council for its constitutionally correct decision to omit a formal Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings. The St. Louis Park City Council decided in a unanimous vote on June 17 to skip a formal recitation … More »

Help FFRF support young freethinkers of color!

7/10/2019 · FFRF is launching a campaign this summer to support young freethinkers of color and we need your help! While atheists, agnostics and skeptics are often misrepresented as privileged, the fact is that freethinkers of all backgrounds experience deep discrimination. Freethinkers of color in … More »

Working for you on Capitol Hill: FFRF is ensuring secular programs are universally available

7/10/2019 · All Americans must have access to secular recovery programs. My friend Ray deserved one. Have you ever had a friend who was so smart that taking a standardized test was as simple for them as crossing the street? That was Ray: brilliant, great fun, humble … More »

FFRF awards $17,750 to 2019 high school essay contest winners

7/9/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 William Schulz High School Essay Contest, with $17,750 in scholarship money being awarded this year. College-bound high school seniors were asked to write an essay based on this prompt: “Why we … More »

FFRF condemns Illinois town’s Christian proclamation

7/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging city officials in Mount Vernon, Ill., to refrain from promoting religion following an unconstitutional endorsement. Several area residents informed the state/church watchdog that on June 20, the city of Mount Vernon issued an official proclamation that promoted and … More »

FFRF, ACLU, AU win Fla. atheist invocation case

7/8/2019 · The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners’ policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional, discriminatory and a violation of religious freedom.  The ruling came in the case … More »

FFRF ends coach-led prayer, chaplaincy program in Georgia high school

7/2/2019 ·   A Cedartown High School coach and an official team chaplain will cease leading prayers with the football team following a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.   In March, Cedartown High School football coach Doyle Kelley delivered an alarming sermon at the … More »

Hawkins, Texas, removes Christian sign at FFRF’s urging, finally

7/2/2019 · A Texas city has at long last removed a “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” sign that the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to years ago. Back in 2015, the state/church watchdog twice wrote to the city of Hawkins about the blatantly Christian sign on city … More »

FFRF calls on Fresno Unified School District to end taxpayer-funded chaplaincy program

7/1/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Fresno Unified School District to suspend an unconstitutional chaplaincy program it operates in partnership with the local police department. According to recently obtained records, Fresno Unified School District pays up to $65,000 a year to the Fresno … More »

Ala. sheriff promotes religion on social media

7/1/2019 · An Alabama sheriff’s misuse of the official department Facebook page is providing the Freedom From Religion Foundation a chance to set him straight on a number of issues. A Covington County resident had informed FFRF that the official Covington County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page regularly promotes … More »

FFRF will fight Supreme Court’s plan to undermine public education

6/28/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court has just announced its intention to further chip away at the wall of separation in its next term. Today, the court indicated it will review Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case in which the Montana Supreme Court struck down … More »

FFRF, AHA won’t let Supreme Court deter them in Pensacola, Fla., cross case

6/28/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court today issued yet another blow to the principle of separation between state and church, vacating an appeals court decision against a massive Christian cross in a city-owned Pensacola park. That case is brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and … More »

FFRF promotes secular interests in Washington

6/28/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been busy recently advancing the secular cause in the nation’s capital. The state/church watchdog has submitted a letter commending a House Labor and Education Committee hearing on the misapplication of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Such letters for the … More »

Ohio school removes religious plaque following FFRF intervention

6/27/2019 · New Philadelphia City Schools has removed a Ten Commandments plaque from Welty Middle School after the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint against the unconstitutional religious display. A concerned district parent had reported to FFRF that the school prominently displayed the plaque near its … More »

Bible classes don’t belong in public schools, FFRF tells much of the South

6/24/2019 · Bible classes in public schools are financial and legal time bombs, especially when tied to Christian nationalism, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The national state/church watchdog is dispatching an impressive number of letters — 1,093 — to every school district and superintendent in Alabama, … More »

FFRF condemns Ala. church cops law

6/21/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing a new Alabama law that will allow a church to set up its own police force. Earlier this week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed HB 309 into law, which permits Briarwood Presbyterian Church to form a police squad. … More »

FFRF attorney calls out Supreme Court for cross ruling

6/21/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation responded to the Supreme Court's ruling in a number of ways. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, penned a critical article published by Rewire News: “Alito’s majority opinion is bereft of both principle and … More »

FFRF attorney writes for Slate: Supreme Court says enforcing the Constitution is hostile to religion

6/21/2019 · The shockwaves from the Supreme Court's decision in the Bladensburg cross case haven't subsided and FFRF is fighting back. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, wrote another article on the decision, this time for Slate, focusing in on one … More »

FFRF attorney to head civil rights section of Wis. state bar

6/21/2019 · One of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s constitutional attorneys is on his way to becoming the chair of a vital division of a state lawyers’ association. FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott has been chosen president-elect of the Civil Rights & Liberties Section of the State … More »

FFRF: Bladensburg cross decision shameful legacy for Roberts Court

6/20/2019 · It should have been an easy call, but the U.S. Supreme Court blew it. The government-owned, government-maintained, 40-foot-tall Christian cross dominating the landscape in Bladensburg, Md., does not violate the First Amendment, seven justices inexcusably decided today.  One would expect to find a Christian cross … More »

Tony Perkins inexcusably to lead a U.S. agency

6/19/2019 · An infamous Christian nationalist will now head an important U.S. governmental body on religion, much to the dismay of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Tony Perkins, a notorious anti-LGBTQ, anti-atheist and anti-Muslim hatemonger, has been announced as the chair of the U.S. Commission on International … More »

FFRF denounces Christian-only town hall in Redding, Calif.

6/18/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has advised two Redding, Calif. officials against hosting future faith-based government events after they held an exclusionary “Faith & Values Town Hall” last week. Several citizens reported to the national state/church watchdog that Redding Mayor Julie Winter and Senator Brian … More »

Coffee County DA probe initiated due to FFRF

6/18/2019 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint against a blatantly divisive Tennessee district attorney has prompted an official investigation. Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott is patently unfit for office and unfit to hold a top post in the state DA association, the Freedom From Religion … More »

FFRF pro-choice NY Times ad faults religion

6/18/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has run a full-page ad today in The New York Times proclaiming that abortion rights can only be secured by honoring the separation of state and church. The dramatic ad depicts a stark image of the Statue of Liberty transformed … More »

FFRF announces inaugural law student essay contest

6/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly unveils its debut essay contest for law school students. Law students from all over the country are invited to submit an 850-1,000 word essay on “What's wrong with ‘Religious Exemption or Refusal’ laws?” The contest is awarding more than … More »

FFRF applauds dismissal of Puerto Rico’s religious discrimination bill

6/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends Gov. Ricardo Rosselló for dropping a so-called “religious liberty” bill granting government employees exemption from serving constituents if this went against their religious beliefs. The dismissal of the legislation comes just one day after pop icon Ricky Martin published … More »

Clergy housing allowance boondoggle continues . . . for now

6/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been litigating for the past decade over a 1954 law whose sponsor said the purpose of the parish housing allowance is to reward clergy for “carrying on such a courageous fight” against godlessness. How’s that for a secular purpose? It’s … More »

FFRF demands Appleton school board rein in defiant member

6/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising a Wisconsin school district to take action against an openly proselytizing board member who defiantly flaunts his pastor background.  Many irate individuals, including parents, students and district employees, have informed FFRF that the 2019 Appleton North High School … More »

FFRF urges probe into TN sheriff’s call for LGBTQ executions

6/13/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Knox County Sheriff's Department to probe Deputy Grayson Fritts’ wrathful demand for the government to execute LGBTQ citizens. Fritts recently preached a hateful sermon on June 2 at All Scripture Baptist Church entitled “Why Leviticus 20:13 … More »

Coffee County DA must quit, FFRF insists

6/11/2019 · A Tennessee district attorney is patently unfit for office and unfit to hold a top post in the state DA association, the Freedom From Religion Foundation contends. Several Tennesseans have alerted FFRF, a state/church watchdog, to alarming statements and public admissions by Coffee County District … More »

FFRF urges Pulaski Schools to break ties with local religious ministry

6/10/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is imploring a Kentucky district to refrain from extending future invitations to outside religious groups after public schools students were recently subjected to a presentation by a local crisis pregnancy center. A concerned member of the Pulaski County Schools community … More »

Meet Mark Dann: Working for you on Capitol Hill

6/10/2019 · As the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s new Director of Governmental Affairs, based in Washington, D.C., I want to tell you about our strategic direction and how we can influence policy, uphold the separation of state and church and stand up for the freethought community. Strategic … More »

FFRF protests Washington State Patrol chaplaincy

6/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting a sectarian and intrusive chaplaincy program for Washington state cops.  A concerned Washington State Patrol employee has notified the national state/church watchdog that the patrol has a chaplaincy program and reportedly provides chaplains with uniforms, giving the appearance … More »

Reproductive rights are under attack; so is science-based policy

6/6/2019 · Yesterday, the Trump administration announced yet another faith-based policy, halting critical fetal tissue research that would benefit millions of patients. Besides ending such research within the National Institutes for Health, the Department of Health and Human Services also announced it would immediately cancel its contract … More »

Washington Co. Schools baptisms must stop, FFRF declares

6/6/2019 · Baptisms at an Alabama school district are all wet, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts. The practice is unconstitutional and must stop.  A concerned Washington County Schools community member informed FFRF that on May 16 several football players and other students were baptized on school … More »

MMSD should disregard hate-based letter from Christian group, FFRF urges

6/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is expressing its support for the Madison Metropolitan School District’s commitment to equality and inclusion in the face of a hate-based letter from an infamous Christian law firm. Madison Schools received a letter on May 24 from the Liberty Counsel, a … More »

Betty Bowers to give God a performance review at FFRF convo

6/5/2019 · Get ready for Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian™! Betty will be performing this year at FFRF’s national convention in Madison, Wis., which takes place Oct. 18-20 at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center. Mrs. Betty Bowers is a satirical character played by comedian Deven Green … More »

Bible classes threaten secular education in Alabama

6/4/2019 · A so-called “bible literacy” bill that would allow state-funded public schools to indoctrinate students as early as sixth grade with bible classes is headed to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. Just weeks after invoking God to justify signing into law a draconian abortion ban, … More »

Sarasota County must nix religious giveaway, FFRF urges

6/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Florida county not to approve a handout for an overtly religious event.  A concerned local taxpayer informed the state/church watchdog that the Englewood Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) is considering awarding $1,000 and the free use of a … More »

FFRF asks Ga. sheriff’s office to remove Christian flag

5/30/2019 · A sheriff’s office in Georgia must immediately take down a Christian flag flying outside its building, the Freedom From Religion Foundation insists.  A concerned Bleckley County resident has informed FFRF that the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office regularly flies a Christian flag next to its building. … More »

FFRF refiles case against religiously coercive Texas judicial official

5/29/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a co-plaintiff are refiling a case today against a Texas justice of the peace who regularly foists prayer upon his courtroom attendees. Last September, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and three … More »

SCOTUS abortion ruling signals unstable future for Roe

5/28/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a religiously motivated law signed by former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains following abortion. In the same decision, SCOTUS notably evaded ruling on another strict component of the same law … More »

India’s vote a blow to secularism worldwide

5/23/2019 · The world’s largest secular democracy has just moved further away from its foundational secular ideals, part of a global phenomenon that alarms the Freedom From Religion Foundation. India, like the United States, was established as a secular, democratic republic. The ascension to power five … More »

FFRF spells closure to Christian prayers, songs in Birmingham class

5/23/2019 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation intervention formalized an end to a teacher’s imposition of religion on her elementary school students in Birmingham, Ala. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that a first-grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School was leading her students in prayer every … More »

“Save Chick-fil-A” bill is a thinly-veiled attempt to protect religious privilege

5/22/2019 · The Texas Legislature has flagrantly evaded rules and procedure to revive one of its so-called “religious freedom” bills that is likely to advance to Gov. Greg Abbott for signature any day. SB 1978 intends to codify the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. The … More »

Stop the bans — protect abortion rights

5/21/2019 ·   Today, May 21, on the National Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans, pro-choice protests are being kicked off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and will continue around the country the rest of the week. On Sunday, protesters filled the streets in front … More »

FFRF praises House for dropping godly oath, condemns remark by ambassador to Israel

5/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the quiet, revolutionary policy change by the U.S. House to drop “So help me God” from witness oath-taking. As House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler has refreshingly stated: “We do not have religious tests.” That is a lesson the … More »

Equality wins in the House

5/17/2019 ·   Amid a week in which women’s rights were viciously attacked in several states, equality won big in the U.S. House, which just today passed the Equality Act by a solid majority vote of 236-173. The bill would at long last amend the Civil Rights … More »

Mayday, Mayday! Roe, women’s rights in grave peril

5/16/2019 · Alabama’s anti-abortion governor has just signed into law a ban on abortion, with the intent to set the stage for a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court. Women’s reproductive rights in the United States are in grave peril. While Alabama’s blatantly unconstitutional law will likely … More »

Conservative justices are killing the rule of law

5/15/2019 · Roe v. Wade is in danger, Supreme Court justices (those not in the five-member conservative bloc) are warning the country. But it’s not just Roe. Many of America’s cherished rights are threatened by President Trump’s Supreme Court, including the wall of separation and religious freedom. On … More »

Dodgeland excises religious language after FFRF alert

5/13/2019 · A Wisconsin school district has revamped its field trip form and policies after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted officials to religious language. A concerned Dodgeland School District community member contacted the state/church watchdog to report that students and parents were asked to sign a … More »

FFRF will be represented on Capitol Hill

5/13/2019 · Mark Dann will join the staff of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) on Monday, May 20, as its first full-time director of governmental affairs. Dann previously worked as the director of governmental affairs for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA). He has also … More »

Texas AG office smears FFRF

5/10/2019 · A theocratic official in the Texas attorney general’s office is busy maligning the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Texas First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer sent a letter yesterday to San Jacinto County Commissioners, applauding their decision to maintain four large Christian crosses on the outside … More »

FFRF’s Steve Pinker ad on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ rest of May

5/9/2019 · Steven Pinker’s ad endorsing the Freedom From Religion Foundationad endorsing the Freedom From Religion Foundation will air nationally on “CBS Sunday Morning” three Sundays in a row, starting Mother’s Day, May 12. The distinguished Harvard professor and best-selling author, who serves as FFRF’s first honorary … More »

Nix ark park, Jesus outings, FFRF tells Frankfort (Ill.) Township

5/9/2019 · An Illinois township has been asked by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to stop officially sponsoring religious excursions to creationist museums and “Jesus” performances, among others.  A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Frankfort Township recently sponsored a religiously themed trip that included … More »

Ga. abortion ban shows it can happen here

5/7/2019 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation A recent trip to Poland chillingly brought home to me the precarious state of abortion rights. At one time, Poland was a reproductive rights beacon in Europe, with Polish women enjoying years of reproductive freedom dating back … More »

N.C. charter school to address violations after FFRF intervention

5/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a North Carolina charter school to address numerous constitutional violations.  A Winston-Salem, N.C., resident reported to the state/church watchdog that Quality Education Academy is a public charter school being run like a private Christian school, regularly promoting religion … More »

New Trump rule will sanction religion-based discrimination

5/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposed to a new Department of Health and Human Services religious rule that could possibly endanger millions of Americans. The rule, announced by President Trump as the pinnacle of his National Day of Prayer event in the Rose … More »

Bible verse removed from California school following FFRF complaint

5/3/2019 · A large bible verse painting has been removed from Muroc Joint Unified School District property after the Freedom From Religion Foundation intervened. A concerned parent reported that Desert Junior/Senior High School had a bible verse painted on a retaining wall near the main office. The … More »

President retells fib during National Day of Prayer observance

5/2/2019 · President Trump repeated one of his favorite lies during this morning’s prayer service in the Rose Garden. To mark the National Day of Prayer — an unconstitutional event — he told that audience that he “got rid of the Johnson Amendment.”  The Johnson Amendment is … More »

FFRF attorney explains: “National Day of Prayer is illegal, but courts won’t hear challenges”

5/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been leading the charge against the National Day of Prayer for more than a decade. This year, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel explains that the day and the statute that underlies it are clearly unconstitutional … More »

Trump reveals theocratic agenda for judiciary

5/2/2019 · On the eve of the National Day of Prayer, President Trump told an audience at a dinner on Wednesday that he’s “breaking records” with his federal judges. “We're going to be breaking records with respect to the judiciary, which means a lot to the people … More »

The National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional

5/2/2019 · By Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation The officially sanctioned National Day of Prayer — observed on May 2 this year — goes against the spirit of our secular Constitution. A federal statute was passed by Congress in 1952 at the direct suggestion of the Rev. … More »

Clymer, N.Y., cancels baccalaureate, commencement prayers due to FFRF

5/1/2019 · A New York school district has agreed to drop baccalaureate services and prayers at commencements after the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked it to end these unconstitutional practices.  A concerned Clymer resident contacted FFRF to report that the Clymer Central School District had been sponsoring … More »

FFRF celebrates Kansas ruling protecting abortion rights

4/26/2019 ·   Kansas’ highest court has today affirmed in a landmark ruling a woman’s right to choose — a rebuke to religiously motivated anti-choice legislatures nationwide. The 6-1 decision begins by citing the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights: “All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural … More »

Animas basketball coach resigns after FFRF intervention

4/26/2019 · A New Mexico high school basketball coach who was violating the Constitution resigned after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted the school district.  A concerned Animas Public Schools community member reported to FFRF that the head coach of the Animas High School boys basketball team … More »

FFRF condemns Trump administration for working faith into policy

4/25/2019 · President Trump’s acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget has admitted what we all know: Christian nationalism is infecting government policy. Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, Mick Mulvaney told his fellow Catholics: “The president has … More »

FFRF warns Dieterich CUSD #30 (Illinois) about Ark Encounter outing

4/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Illinois school district that its recent outing to a Christian theme park flagrantly flouts basic scientific principles. Dieterich CUSD #30 in Dieterich, Illinois, took students on a senior trip to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky on Tuesday, … More »

FFRF’s ‘Night of Prayer’ case to get Ky. hearing

4/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s litigation to protect government transparency and the separation of church and state in the Bluegrass State will carry on a little while longer. The state/church watchdog, which sued the Laurel County Correctional Center in 2018 for intentional evasion of the … More »

FFRF calls on Ohio school to remove Ten Commandments plaque

4/22/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is urging an Ohio middle school to take down an unconstitutional religious display from its property. A concerned parent recently reported to FFRF that Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, displays a prominent plaque featuring … More »

After D.C. court OK’s House exclusion of atheists, FFRF calls it a ‘wake-up’ call

4/19/2019 · The U.S. House chaplain can continue barring atheists from delivering invocations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unfortunately ruled today in Barker v. Conroy. "I am deeply dismayed that atheists and other nonbelievers are being openly treated as second-class citizens," says … More »

After FFRF complaint, Pa. grade school drops “God” broadcast

4/18/2019 · A Pennsylvania school district has removed a godly broadcast tagged on to the Pledge of Allegiance after the Freedom From Religion Foundation advised it to do so. A concerned Springfield School District parent informed FFRF that Sabold Elementary School had been proclaiming “God Bless America” … More »

Mo. city officials move cross in response to FFRF

4/17/2019 · A Missouri town has followed through on relocating a cross that the Freedom From Religion Foundation had convinced it to transfer from public land. “In response to a complaint from a national group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation, employees of the city of Ozark … More »

FFRF, ACLU file for summary judgment in KY license plate case

4/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky have filed for summary judgment in a federal lawsuit over an atheist being denied an irreverent license plate in Kentucky.  FFRF and the ACLU sued the Kentucky transportation secretary in November 2016 … More »

Morris Co. response to FFRF court win called ‘outrageous’

4/15/2019 · After being trounced in a legal battle over funding of churches by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Morris County, N.J., is behaving like a petulant child, says FFRF. The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously agreed last April that Morris County violated the New Jersey Constitution … More »

FFRF attorney calls out Justice Thomas for comments on atheists

4/15/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation leaped into action as reports circulated that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently denigrated atheists and hyped a new conservative line that deliberately misinterprets the U.S. Constitution. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, … More »

FFRF warns northern Wisconsin schools about preacher

4/12/2019 · Beware a bait-and-lure preacher, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a number of northern Wisconsin school districts.  Pastor Brian Cole spoke to students at Mondovi High School during the school day on Jan. 11 with an inappropriate religious message, according to a community member … More »

FFRF condemns passage of Ohio’s anti-woman ‘fetal heartbeat’ law

4/11/2019 · Protesters yesterday unfurled banners at the Ohio Capitol that correctly proclaimed: “This is not a House of Worship” and “This is not doctor’s office.” It did not stop Ohio Governor Mike DeWine from signing one of the nation’s strictest anti-choice bills into law today. The … More »

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