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FFRF applauds Tenn. city’s inclusive policy

4/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a Tennessee city's decision to allow an atheist invocation without interruption. Back on Jan. 11, when Aleta Ledendecker delivered a secular invocation before the Oak Ridge City Council, she was cut off a little more than two minutes … More »

FFRF has evangelist barred from Florida schools

4/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has had an ex-con proselytizer barred from a Florida school district. "After a national atheist organization issued a complaint, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes employee was permanently banned from Hillsborough County public schools, and all public high school sports coaches … More »

FFRF objects to public school visits to creationism site

4/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to public schools in three states that have either made trips or are planning visits to the so-called Creation Museum. Brookville High School in Dayton, Ohio, is coordinating an outing to evangelist Ken Ham's literalist tribute to the … More »

FFRF to offer pizza to Middleton student protesters Tuesday

4/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will return to Middleton High School, Wis., tomorrow to counter the weekly "Jesus Lunch" provided by Christian parents. "A generous Middleton FFRF member has provided a donation toward providing pizza for the protesting students," explains Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. "We … More »

FFRF challenges Texas judge’s courtroom religiosity

4/22/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is legally questioning a Texas judge's courtroom religiosity. FFRF yesterday submitted a brief to the Texas attorney general's office concerning the constitutionally suspect courtroom prayer practice of Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne L. Mack. The brief argues that Mack's underlying … More »

Texas cops remove biblical patch in response to FFRF complaint

4/21/2016 · A Texas police department has removed a biblical reference from its uniform patch soon after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. The Diboll Police patches had sewn on them "Matt[hew] 5:9," which reads, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of … More »

Michigan schools tighten rules for religious clubs due to FFRF

4/21/2016 · A Michigan school district has tightened its rules for a religious school club due to a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A local community member had informed FFRF that First Priority, a religious club that meets during lunchtime at Tri County High School … More »

FFRF protests proselytizer in Florida schools

4/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes employee who has full access within a Florida school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools has allowed a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, David Gaskill, to interact and proselytize with its students without … More »

S.C. chaplain let go after FFRF complaint

4/20/2016 · The University of South Carolina football program has let go of its chaplain after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about him last year. "South Carolina's football team has parted ways with longtime team chaplain Adrian Despres," reports The State newspaper, adding that "his position came … More »

FFRF sues over cross in California public park

4/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with local member Andrew DeFaria, is suing the city of Santa Clara, Calif., to remove a gigantic cross from a local public park. The lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose … More »

A huge triumph for Tennessee’s children

4/19/2016 · The state of Tennessee has just given its children a big victory. The Tennessee Legislature has repealed a decades-old religious defense for felony crimes against children by parents whose children died or were seriously harmed when prayer took the place of medical assistance. "The House gave … More »

FFRF concerned about religious statues in public schools

4/19/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is concerned about the presence of a number of religious statues in Chicago public charter schools. FFRF has learned that Chicago Public Schools leases several buildings from religious organizations for its charter schools and that several of these buildings display … More »

FFRF protesting Tuesday against Middleton 'Jesus Lunch'

4/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is joining in a protest this Tuesday against a Christian-organized "Jesus Lunch" at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wis. For the past couple of years, a parents' group has held weekly lunches at Fireman's Memorial Park, adjacent to the high … More »

Town council to discontinue prayers after FFRF protest

4/14/2016 · Thanks to efforts by local activists and national freethought groups, the Chino Valley Town Council in Arizona voted unanimously Tuesday to drop prayers from governmental meetings. The Freedom From Religion was the first group to intervene after local activists' protests made news. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

FFRF applauds governor’s veto of bible bill

4/14/2016 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation Perhaps our country is turning a corner. A highly conservative, Republican Southern governor has done the right thing, and today vetoed an overtly unconstitutional bill to declare the "Holy Bible" Tennessee's "state book." From the start, Gov. … More »

Ohio teacher stops peddling creationism

4/13/2016 · Crosses were displayed in a Garfield High School classroom during a lesson on creationism.The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped an Ohio public school teacher from promoting creationism in his classroom. In January, Garfield High School biology teacher Gregory Walker in Garrettsville, Ohio, taught a … More »

Nontheists sue California school district over censorship

4/12/2016 · Plaintiff David Dionne stands in front of the offices of the Antelope Valley Union High School District, which censored scholarships from Dionne's group and FFRF.The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the Antelope Valley Freethinkers, are suing a California school district for censoring information about … More »

FFRF brief in Minnesota case supports death with dignity and free speech

4/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation yesterday filed a friend of the court brief in defense of free speech in an ongoing case regarding Minnesota's assisted suicide law. The brief was filed before the State of Minnesota Court of Appeals in support of the Final Exit Network, convicted … More »

FFRF gets bible quote removed from district homepage

4/11/2016 · A Texas school district has removed a bible quote from its website following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The Troup Independent School District's official website on its homepage prominently featured a bible quote from 1 Samuel 17:48: "As Goliath moved closer to attack, David … More »

FFRF objects to proposed Ohio prayer policy

4/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting an Ohio school board's prayer policy. Norwalk City School Board of Education meetings have regularly opened with a prayer, in spite of repeated FFRF objections. FFRF has learned that the school board has deliberated over the issue and … More »

FFRF renews “David vs. Goliath” IRS challenge

4/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today renewed its court challenge against a housing allowance in the tax code that uniquely privileges clergy. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog based in Madison, Wis., filed the federal lawsuit in the Western District of Wisconsin, naming as defendants Jacob Lew, … More »

Tennessee naming “Holy Bible” as state book is outrageous

4/6/2016 · Statement By the Freedom From Religion Foundation The Tennessee Legislature has embarrassed itself by passing a patently unconstitutional bill declaring "The Holy Bible" as the "official state book." It is hoped Gov. Bill Haslam will veto it, but it's shocking that such a bill could get … More »

Missouri school employees should not evangelize

4/5/2016 · Several Missouri public school employees are unconstitutionally promoting evangelical youth ministries, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It was reported to FFRF that South Valley Middle School and Liberty High School teachers in Liberty, Mo., are spreading the word about Young Life and Wyldlife on … More »

Federal rules on faith-based organizations still flawed

4/4/2016 · New federal rules for faith-based organizations still leave a lot to be desired. Nine federal agencies finalized rules on March 31 to clarify the role faith-based organizations may play in federally funded social welfare programs. The new rules make some strides in preventing such organizations … More »

A Kentucky school district has several state/church problems

4/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is voicing its concern to a Kentucky school district over several possible violations in its schools of the separation of state and church. Okolona Elementary School in Louisville has a Fellowship of Christian Athletes student club sponsored by teacher Ashley … More »

FFRF calls on Apple to immediately remove prayer emojis from all iPhones

4/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) today called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to immediately remove all prayer emojis from iPhones and other devices, as the symbol constitutes cruel and unusual proselytizing. "Now that we have successfully removed prayer from schools, we are moving to … More »

Reason Rally will unite thousands who speak up for facts over faith

4/1/2016 · In a time when politics-as-usual is being rejected en masse, the time is right for a movement demanding change. The secular movement is here and it will be out in force at Reason Rally 2016 on June 4 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, … More »

Special Report: We’re superexcited

4/1/2016 · This past week has been superexciting for us here in Wisconsin. We've had the presidential candidates milling around the state, including here in Madison. To give them a warm welcome, we've put up billboards all over the city featuring freethinkers proudly asserting our right to politically participate.  We've … More »

Colorado school district censors FFRF pamphlets

3/31/2016 · On Friday, April 1, Delta County School District employees are scheduled to place Freedom From Religion Foundation literature, along with material from the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and The Satanic Temple, in schools for students to take. The School District has complained about … More »

FFRF: Michigan school religious club should stick to rules

3/30/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a religious club at a Michigan public school to play by the rules. A local community member informed FFRF that First Priority, a religious club that meets during lunchtime at Tri County High School in Howard City, Mich., is … More »

FFRF asks Florida congressman to end religious propaganda

3/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida to stop using taxpayer money for religious indoctrination. Miller's office issues an official weekly "Miller Newsletter" that often explicitly promotes his Christian faith. "Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ … More »

FFRF has teacher cease proselytizing in class

3/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made a Ohio public school teacher stop sermonizing to her students. Green Middle School Kelli Hunka was assigning religious projects to her students every month. In January, for instance, she had students "write and illustrate a prayer for the … More »

Local atheists greet presidential candidates as they campaign in Madison

3/28/2016 · (Calli Miller of Madison among local Millennials featured on billboards highlighting growing secular voting demographic. Click on image for high resolution version.) Billboards featuring local atheist voters are greeting presidential candidates and their staff as they travel to Madison in advance of the April 5 … More »

FFRF stops Nevada public school graduation in church

3/28/2016 · A Nevada public school is no longer holding its graduation ceremonies inside a church, following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. For at least the past three years, Coral Academy of Science's eighth grade promotion and twelfth grade graduation ceremonies had been performed in The … More »

FFRF questions prayer areas at University of Iowa

3/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning the appropriateness of creating prayer spaces for Muslims and Christians at the University of Iowa. The public university, located in Iowa City, has recently established two prayer rooms for its Muslim students. This is in addition to a … More »

State/church display balances cross & shrine at Chicago’s Daley Plaza

3/28/2016 · For the third Easter in a row, the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Metropolitan Chicago chapter has placed a patriotic red-white-and-blue secular display to counter a large Catholic Easter display at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. Two colorful 8-foot banners on a 12-foot structure promoting the … More »

Special Report: We’re keeping busy on Easter

3/25/2016 · We at the Freedom From Religion Foundation are staying busy this Easter week, as you would expect. We’ve filed lawsuits, earned victories and filed complaints, and issued Action Alerts—crucifying fundamentalism and bigotry along the way. This is our weekly newsletter compiled by our new … More »

FFRF: Madison library stays open on Easter Sunday

3/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded the central library in Madison, Wis., to serve patrons on Easter Sunday. FFRF had contacted Madison library staff last year to emphasize that Easter Sunday was neither a federal nor a Wisconsin holiday, and that the library regularly … More »

FFRF to distribute its literature in Colorado public schools

3/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be placing literature in Colorado's Delta County School District next week as a response to the continued passive distribution of Gideon bibles there. In spite of repeated FFRF requests, the Delta County School District has refused to stop the … More »

FFRF sues Connecticut city over censorship

3/24/2016 · A national freethought association and its local member are suing a Connecticut city after their request to put up a display in a city park was denied. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Jerome H. Bloom, filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Connecticut, against … More »

North Carolina anti-LGBT law shows need for Equality Act

3/24/2016 · Statement by theFreedom From Religion Foundation A sweepingly discriminatory anti-LGBT bill passed Wednesday by the North Carolina Legislature shows once again why the federal Civil Rights Act needs to be amended to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Equality Act, … More »

FFRF applauds victory over religious employer

3/22/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a recent court victory on behalf of workers shortchanged by their religious employer. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog group, filed a friend of the court brief in a case decided late last week by a federal appeals court. The … More »

FFRF questions whether football coach’s appointment was out of bounds

3/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is contending that the hiring of a South Carolina public school football coach may have been because of his religion in violation of school nondiscrimination polices. Text messages exchanged between Seneca High School Principal Cliff Roberts and recently hired coach … More »

FFRF seeks secular borough seal and motto in New Jersey

3/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a New Jersey borough to get rid of its unmistakably religious seal and motto. The official seal of the borough of Clayton depicts a church and a Latin cross, with the accompanying motto reading: "A Great Place to Live … More »

FFRF destroys a crusader

3/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is killing off a crusading public school mascot. Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton, Colo., has a "crusader" as its mascot. The figure is a cloaked knight holding a shield and sword. Latin crosses on the tunic and shield mark … More »

FFRF objects to foot-washing by Indiana officials

3/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to top Indiana state officials taking part in a Christian foot-washing ceremony in their official capacities. Employees from Gov. Mike Pence's office, as well as Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and her staff, sponsored and participated in a "foot-washing" … More »

Texas judge sanctioned after FFRF complaint

3/15/2016 · A bible-foisting Texas judge has been officially sanctioned, following a formal complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Last July, Smith County Judge Randall Rogers ordered a man, Josten Bundy, who was in court on a misdemeanor assault charge, to daily copy a bible verse. … More »

FFRF objects to religious public school events

3/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to two deeply religious events held at a Kansas public school. FFRF recently learned that late last year, Impact World Tour organized two meetings at the Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill, Kan., that were heavily evangelical … More »

FFRF halts public school graduation practice in church

3/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation made a Pennsylvania public school discontinue graduation practice inside a church. Columbia High School in Columbia, Pa., last year required its students to receive their graduation caps and gowns, and ceremony information, within a church. The use of churches for public … More »

FFRF blocks preaching at mandatory employee events

3/14/2016 · A Texas public school district will stop preachers sermonizing during compulsory employee events, following a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District held a mandatory district-wide convocation at First Baptist Church of Euless on Aug. 14. During the event, Scott … More »

FFRF complaint downs religious flag

3/11/2016 · An Ohio county has removed a religious flag from a public building following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national organization dedicated to separation of state and church. The Shelby County Annex in Sidney, Ohio, was displaying an "Appeal to Heaven" flag … More »

FFRF seeks lit distribution in Colorado public schools

3/10/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the go-ahead to distribute its literature in Colorado public schools to counter the Religious Right. In spite of repeated FFRF requests, the Delta County School District has refused to have the Gideons stop distributing bibles in the local public … More »

FFRF has publicly funded group remove religious curriculum

3/9/2016 ·  A government-funded Ohio recovery center has modified its program to be secular, following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties last year made a grant to Light House Sober Living, a faith-based recovery facility. The … More »

FFRF chastises Orlando for religious oath-taking

3/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the city of Orlando, Fla. for having an overtly religious oath-taking ceremony. FFRF has learned that at an oath of office ceremony on Jan. 11, there was a Christian invocation and benediction. The invocation began, "Our heavenly father, … More »

FFRF files brief against giant Maryland cross

3/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief in favor of an American Humanist Association challenge to a giant cross in the middle of a public roadway in Maryland. A district court said the cross, in Bladensburg, Md., was constitutional, so the AHA appealed the … More »

FFRF halts public school coach from organizing prayer

3/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has halted team prayers by a Michigan public school softball coach. Last May, FFRF sent a letter to North Branch Area Schools Superintendent Thomas English alerting him that North Branch High School softball coach Willie Deshetsky was leading his team … More »

JFK to appear on Colbert to promote separation of church and state

3/4/2016 · Click here to watch the video.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the largest freethought association in North America, today announced a fresh ad campaign featuring John F. Kennedy. The ads will run on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during the month of March to promote the … More »

California school board’s decision will greatly burden taxpayers

3/4/2016 · A California school board's decision to keep fighting the Freedom From Religion Foundation is likely to be expensive for the board—and therefore California taxpayers. U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal ruled on Feb. 18 against the Chino Valley Unified School District for overtly and consciously inserting religion into … More »

FFRF makes Ohio bible study groups adhere to law

3/3/2016 · Due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, bible study groups in Ohio are now abiding by the law. Faith Memorial Church in Lancaster, Ohio, southeast of Columbus, participated in bible study groups in a number of local public schools. The church listed such groups in … More »

Sticker shock: Sheriff sued over cross decals

3/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and two of its members sued today a Texas sheriff over his decision to affix Latin cross decals on county patrol vehicles. Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson announced in December that he "wanted God's protection over his deputies" in deciding … More »

FFRF ensures Arkansas religious outfits won’t receive grants

3/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that an Arkansas government agency will not grant money to religious entities. FFRF recently complained to the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District about the nearly $600,000 in grants it gave in 2013-14 to Ecclesia College in Springdale, Ark., … More »

FFRF gets Illinois public schools to halt coach-led prayer

2/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten a number of Illinois public schools districts to restrain coaches from leading prayers at school competitions.The organization had written to three school districts a few weeks ago asking them to cease the practice. "The basketball coaches' conduct is … More »

Irate Alabama ex-official wants to undo FFRF’s good work

2/29/2016 · An upset former councilor in Alabama is vowing to get his town to again blatantly engage in Christian messaging. The Freedom From Religion Foundation last summer asked the town of Sylvania to remove welcome signs that read, "One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism," a biblical … More »

FFRF sues Texas governor over Bill of Rights display

2/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit today against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his removal of the group's Bill of Rights display from the Capitol. Abbott downed FFRF's solstice display, intended to counter a Christian nativity scene in the Statehouse, only three days after … More »

FFRF concerned about religious public school event

2/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has expressed concern about a religion-infused event at a public elementary school in Arkansas. On Feb. 19, a new fitness trail was inaugurated at Cooper Elementary School. Staff members, including the school's principal and vice principal, were in attendance, as … More »

FFRF stops religious misuse of government property

2/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten a Florida religious theme park to halt its misappropriation of government property. The Holy Land Experience, located in Orlando, painted a mural on a retaining wall that turns the corner from Interstate 4 in the direction of the … More »

Nonreligious Scouts offered badge to protest Boy Scout bigotry

2/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is unveiling a freethought badge to reward young nonbelievers and challenge the Boy Scouts of America's discrimination against the nonreligious. The badge, featuring a red "A" based on a symbol of atheism and agnosticism popularized by distinguished scientist and … More »

FFRF convinces Texas school district to cease bible distribution

2/23/2016 · A Texas school district halted the distribution of bibles in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. FFRF had heard from parents that bibles were being handed out to students at West Orange-Stark Elementary School. The national state/church watchdog group sent a number of … More »

FFRF asks Michigan town to revoke privilege for religion

2/23/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Michigan town to repeal a noise ordinance exemption that favors religion. The Hamtramck City Council has exempted calls to prayer and church bells from the local noise control ordinance. As a result, city inhabitants are often roused … More »

FFRF victorious against religious California school board

2/19/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a judgment against a California school board for its blatantly religious meetings. U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal ruled against the Chino Valley Unified School District for overtly and consciously inserting religion into official proceedings. FFRF filed a lawsuit … More »

FFRF objects to bible distribution at schools

2/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters of complaint objecting to the distribution of bibles at an elementary school in Alabama and at a high school graduation ceremony in Florida. FFRF, a state/church watchdog with more than 23,000 members, sent letters to the school … More »

FFRF gets Kentucky schools to stop coach prayer

2/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently got a Kentucky school district to stop a public high school football coach from leading his team in prayer. Last September, FFRF had sent a letter to the Bowling Green City Schools asking that Coach Kevin Wallace cease from … More »

FFRF says Satanic ban is spurious

2/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an Illinois school district to lift its ban on Satanic material. The Rich Township High School District for several years has imposed a prohibition on Satanic symbols, literature and activities in the district's handbook. Its reasoning is … More »

FFRF ‘I’m Secular and I Vote Campaign’ Q&A

2/16/2016 · Why is FFRF announcing this campaign now? We think the timing is perfect with the presidential primaries heading South and candidates pandering to Bible Belt voters. While the media focuses relentlessly on religious and minority voting groups, we need to inform them that secular voters … More »

'I'm Secular and I Vote' nationwide campaign launched by Freedom From Religion Foundation to engage millions of non-religious voters

2/16/2016 · MADISON, WIS. – Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), the largest freethought association in North America, today launched its 'I'm Secular and I Vote' campaign to engage millions of non-religious voters and ensure the voices of the fastest-growing minority group … More »

FFRF urges bar on ministry access to students in Missouri schools

2/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation urged Missouri public schools to prohibit an evangelical ministry from having access to students. FFRF has learned that youth ministers have been allowed admittance to several public schools in the Branson area. KLIFE, which describes itself as a "Christian ministry … More »

FFRF applauds move against Florida charter school

2/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation welcomes the recent decision of a Florida school board to issue a notice to a charter school. FFRF had warned the Duval County School Board in January that the Seacoast Charter Academy seemed like a thinly disguised religious establishment. The institution, … More »

FFRF’s JFK ad runs tonight on ‘Rachel Maddow’

2/12/2016 · Click here to watch the ad. The 30-second commercial aired on the show last night (after being pre-empted by election returns Tuesday), and returns tonight. It's scheduled to run about 9:52 p.m. Eastern. FFRF will air the commercial as funds permit periodically during the election … More »

FFRF wants Florida public school to get rid of pastor

2/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Florida public high school to remove a pastor acting as school chaplain. The Vero Beach High School football coach, Lenny Jankowski, employs a team chaplain, Pastor Joe Moore, to preach to his players. The team's football players … More »

Reason Rally 2016 Showcases Power of Nonreligious Voters

2/11/2016 · Tens of thousands of people will gather at the Lincoln Memorial June 4, 2016, to show the world that reason, science, and freedom of belief are vital to Americans. Reason Rally 2016 is a celebration of fact-driven public policy, the value of critical thinking, … More »

FFRF asks coaches to stop praying at Illinois basketball games

2/11/2016 · In what should be a slam dunk, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a number of Illinois public high school coaches to stop praying with their students at basketball games. It has recently come to FFRF's attention that coaches and staff of Altamont High … More »

FFRF offers $30,000 in student essay contests

2/11/2016 · Once again the Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering students an essay scholarship competition in 2016, giving away more than $30,000 in cash prizes to the winners. Three separate school-level competitions (high school, college, graduate/mature student) will feature a total of four different essay contests. FFRF … More »

Two more parents join Indiana nativity lawsuit

2/10/2016 · Two parents have joined an October lawsuit challenging an annual nativity performance at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Indiana filed the original suit on Oct. 7, 2015, along with a … More »

Arizona proves yet again that religion divides us

2/10/2016 · Religion has recently sundered Arizona. Three times in the past few days, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has learned about the divisiveness of government prayer in that state. First, the Phoenix City Council laudably opted for a moment of silence, as FFRF has advocated for years … More »

Kentucky governor must cancel prayer breakfast

2/9/2016 · Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Kentucky Gov. Matthew Bevin to cancel a Governor's Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16. The event is problematic in many ways. The First Amendment prohibits government sponsorship of religious occasions. Yet, the breakfast and a link to sign up appear … More »

FFRF ad airing on ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ tonight

2/9/2016 · Click here to watch the ad. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a new ad campaign on the "Rachel Maddow Show." The spot starts airing tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will be running periodically as funds allow on the popular talk show, which is broadcast … More »

FFRF asks for probe of Ohio bible study groups

2/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an investigation into bible study groups in several Ohio public schools that appear to be violating the constitutional separation of church and state. It has come to FFRF's attention that Faith Memorial Church in Lancaster, Ohio, southeast … More »

FFRF: Abbott crosses the line

2/5/2016 · Texas Gov. Greg Abbott submitted a legal memo to the state Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday erroneously insisting that Christian crosses may be legally displayed on sheriffs' vehicles. The governor is interfering in a controversy resulting from the Freedom From Religion Foundation's official complaint … More »

FFRF to Obama: Please welcome nonreligious to “American Family”

2/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the letter, below, today to President Barack Obama (on the same day he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast). Or read as PDF here.The PresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500 Re: Please also welcome nonreligious to the "American family" Dear … More »

Fearing Satan, Phoenix boots prayers

2/4/2016 · The Phoenix City Council voted 5-4 on Wednesday night to stop all prayers and move to a moment of silence. The move comes after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a Feb. 1 letter backing the Satanic Temple's bid to give a prayer before the City … More »

Freedom From Religion Foundation hails Ten Commandments removal

2/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is welcoming a Mississippi county's decision to remove a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments. Officials in Itawamba County made the move in response to a recent letter from the national church/state watchdog. "The Ten Commandments display violates the Establishment Clause of the … More »

2016 National Prayer Breakfast entangles religion and state, once again

2/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s message to pious politicians is: Get off your knees and get to work!Many of our nation's highest officials will be spending the first Thursday of February attending a "National Prayer Breakfast" at a fancy hotel in Washington, D.C. The … More »

Radio Interviews Wednesday Hype Co-President Dan Barker's Newest Book

2/2/2016 · FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be discussing his new book with a foreward by Richard Dawkins, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, on a variety of radio stations. The book was released today by Sterling Publishing. These live broadcsats will take place Wed., Feb. 3, … More »

FFRF cautions Fla. PD about Facebook Jesus imagery

2/1/2016 · Screenshot of the Sneads Police Department Facebook page The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter last week reminding the police department in Sneads, Fla. that it needs to remain neutral toward religion even on social media. FFRF received a local complaint that the official Sneads … More »

FFRF condemns changes to Phoenix prayer policy

2/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has deemed unconstitutional the Phoenix City Council's proposed changes to its invocation policy to bar a Satanic prayer. The City Council proposed amendments that would ban the Satanic group. The amendments, in response to a request from the Satanic Temple … More »

FFRF: Liberty Institute continues to waste school, court resources

1/29/2016 · The Texas Supreme Court ruled today that cheerleaders may continue their suit against the Kountze Independent School District over their regular practice of displaying biblical banners at football games. The high court remanded the case back to the court of appeals. Although the evangelical Liberty Institute … More »

FFRF blasts Va. sheriff over religious statements

1/28/2016 · Tazewell County Sheriff's OfficeThe Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking issue with Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt, who recently decided to put "In God We Trust" bumper stickers on county vehicles, declaring, "We want the public to know that we have strong Christian men … More »

FFRF gets Tennessee county board of education to remove Christian flag

1/22/2016 · The Unicoi County Board of Education in Tennessee on Thursday voted unanimously to remove a Christian flag that was part of the background at its board meetings for more than 20 years, thanks to a November letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a … More »

Christian crosses remain up, despite warnings of unconstitutionality

1/14/2016 · A city in Kentucky and a county in Illinois both defied the Freedom From Religion Foundation's warnings that Christian crosses on public property should be removed. On Sept. 29, 2015, FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, asked the city of Wilmore, Ky., to remove a large, lighted … More »

Oak Ridge, Tenn., mayor cuts off secular invocation in mid-sentence

1/14/2016 · The mayor of Oak Ridge, Tenn., cut off Aleta Ledendecker's secular invocation in mid-sentence prior to the City Council meeting on Jan. 11. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Mayor Warren Gooch and the City Council on Thursday, protesting the constitutional violation. FFRF is … More »

‘Resurrection’ fund created for FFRF banners

1/8/2016 · After several FFRF Winter Solstice banners and signs had been stolen or vandalized, it was time to say "enough is enough." Such vandalism has occurred for years with no consequence for the vandals. So why let criminals censor freethought messages and violate our right to … More »

FFRF celebrates ‘Scrooge’ award from Religious Right

1/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been named the winner of the 2015 "Scrooge Award" by the arch-conservative Liberty Institute, for FFRF's "particularly ravenous agenda to strip religious liberty from their fellow Americans." FFRF's "ravenous agenda," of course, is enforcing the Establishment Clause of the … More »

Alabama Chief Justice’s religion blinds him to the law

1/6/2016 · Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore today ordered all probate judges to refuse same-sex couples a marriage license. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor called Moore a "sore loser": "The Supreme Court has spoken: LGBT citizens in Alabama and every state have a constitutional — and a … More »

FFRF asks NYC to drop support for religious schools

1/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today protested the allocation of nearly $20 million per year in taxpayer money to private schools, including religious parochial schools, in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill into law yesterday, Jan. 5. The money is designated … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice banner vandalized in Indiana

1/5/2016 · After its first Winter Solstice banner was stolen from the Franklin County (Ind.) Courthouse lawn in early December, a second Freedom From Religion Foundation banner was slashed into pieces by vandals on Dec. 24. The banner was placed on the site in response to a large Christian … More »

‘Religious’ hospitals not exempt from retirement regulations

12/30/2015 · The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that large healthcare companies are not exempt from retirement plan regulations, even if they operate "religious" hospitals. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulates retirement plans, but exempts church plans from requirements such as paying insurance premiums, meeting … More »

FFRF’s Bill of Rights ‘nativity’ goes up in South Bend, Ind.

12/30/2015 · Photo: FFRF member Geoff Snyder stands with the Bill of Rights "nativity" scene he put up in the County-City Building in South Bend, Ind.After getting approval, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has set up a Bill of Rights "nativity" scene, adjacent to a Christian … More »

Why Rep. Allen’s ‘Merry Christmas’ video isn’t kosher

12/30/2015 · By Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation Imagine a Muslim state legislator sending out over his official state email a Muslim message to constituents, that not only presumes his viewers share his beliefs, but which invites non-Muslim viewers to convert to his religion. Imagine too that … More »

FFRF banner stolen from public park in Sanford, Maine

12/30/2015 · After being on display for less than one week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice banner was stolen on December 30 from a public park in Sanford, Maine. FFRF reported the theft to the police and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading … More »

Solstice banner placed in Sanford, Maine

12/28/2015 · An FFRF banner celebrating the winter solstice to counter a Christian crèche went up on public property in Sanford, Maine, just in time for Christmas. After Tom Waddell, FFRF Maine chapter chairperson, was contacted by a local resident about the nativity scene in a park … More »

FFRF's ‘Saturnalia’ banner goes up in Warren, Mich.

12/22/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation returns to Macomb County (Warren, Mich.) this holiday season — this time with a tongue-in-cheek banner proclaiming, "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia."With the help of local members Scott Elliott and his mother, FFRF applied for a permit to place a … More »

Texas governor orders FFRF Bill of Rights Display removed from Capitol

12/22/2015 · Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the State Preservation Board to remove a Freedom From Religion Foundation Bill of Rights and Winter Solstice display from the Texas Capitol today. A letter from Abbott dated today urged the Executive Director of the State Preservation Board to "remove this … More »

FFRF’s ‘no gods’ Solstice display returns to Wash. Capitol lawn

12/21/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on behalf its 1,042 Washington members, has erected its Winter Solstice sign in front of the state capitol for the fourth year. Thanks to FFRF State Representative Darrell Barker, the Winter Solstice banner was erected to counter a large nativity … More »

FFRF tells Texas sheriff to keep it secular

12/21/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out the Brewster County Sheriff's Office (Texas) for its plan to promote Christianity on its patrol vehicles. Sheriff Ronny Dodson just announced his intention to place white crosses with a thin blue stripe on all deputy vehicles. "It … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/21/2015 · 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 banner stolen from police station lawn in Belle Plaine, Minn.

12/21/2015 · After being up for less than 24 hours, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice banner was stolen from the front lawn of the Belle Plaine (Minn.) Police Department on Saturday, Dec. 19. FFRF reported the misdemeanor theft to the police and is offering a … More »

FFRF requests to put up Bill of Rights display near nativity scene in Indiana public building

12/18/2015 · St. Joseph County (Ind.) has allowed a Christian nativity scene to be prominently displayed in the lobby of the County-City Building in South Bend. The crèche, which includes a sign describing the religious scene, is easily visible from both inside the lobby and outside … More »

FFRF puts up Bill of Rights display on Illinois courthouse lawn

12/18/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has installed a temporary Bill of Rights “nativity” scene on the Grundy County (Ill.) Courthouse lawn in Morris. Traditionally a Christian nativity scene owned by the Morris Ministerial Association was the sole display on the courthouse grounds. Over the last … More »

New York freethinkers group displays FFRF banner in park

12/16/2015 · The Freethinkers of Hastings-on-Hudson, a group from the village in New York, put up the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "Reason's Greetings" banner in a public park last week. It is the second year the group has put up the display during the December holiday … More »

FFRF lodges complaint over proselytizing bus driver

12/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Juniata County School District (Pa.) yesterday to strongly protest the conduct of a proselytizing bus driver. A parent reported to FFRF that a bus driver in the Mifflintown, Pa. school district targeted her 5-year-old autistic … More »

FFRF files appeal in school Ten Commandments case

12/14/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has appealed its case over a Ten Commandments monument in Pennsylvania's New Kensington-Arnold School District. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals will likely rule on the matter next year. A federal judge previously ruled that FFRF's plaintiffs, Marie Schaub, who … More »

FFRF honors Bill of Rights in N.Y. Times ad Tuesday

12/14/2015 · Click photo to enlarge.The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing a playful message in the centerspread of the popular science section of Tuesday's New York Times, in honor of Bill of Rights Day — the anniversary of its Dec. 15, 1791 ratification. The colorful 2-page … More »

FFRF places ‘Let Reason Prevail’ banner in Virginia park

12/14/2015 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation Winter Solstice banner has been placed in a public park in Manassas, Va., on Monday, Dec. 14. FFRF received a permit from the city for its "Let Reason Prevail" banner to counter a nativity scene in the public park. It … More »

Elkhart school officials flout message of Bill of Rights

12/14/2015 · "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all" was most certainly not the message being sent by the Concord Community School District in Elkhart, Ind., at its weekend Christmas concerts. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana won a preliminary injunction in early … More »

FFRF to erect Bill of Rights ‘nativity’ in Texas Capitol on Friday, Dec. 18

12/11/2015 · This display will be going up soon at the Texas State Capitol. Pictured: FFRF's legal department and executive directors. Photo- Andrew L. Seidel. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has acquired a permit to place its Bill of Rights "nativity" display in the Texas Capitol Building, … More »

Colorado clerk removes religious poster after FFRF complaint

12/11/2015 · A Colorado county clerk has removed an overtly religious poster from the office where citizens, including same-sex couples, get their marriage licenses after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. Two of FFRF's complainants have confirmed that the poster is down and was likely removed on … More »

Illinois school district to stop coach-led prayers

12/11/2015 · A northern Illinois school district agreed to stop allowing a high school football coach from leading prayers with players at games after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint. A concerned local resident complained to FFRF that Naperville Central High School head … More »

FFRF tells Tennessee police department to end ‘Adopt a Cop’ program

12/9/2015 · A Tennessee police department has been told by Freedom from Religion Foundation that it needs to discontinue its new "Adopt a Cop" program because of its religious nature.The Johnson City Police Department (JCPD) program entails praying on a daily basis for the officer for … More »

FFRF protests again after crosses go back up in Arkansas

12/8/2015 · Crosses displayed at the Craighead County Tax Assessor's office in photos taken by FFRF's complainant. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a second letter to the Craighead (Ark.) County assessor after learning that a large display of crosses was reinstalled. The crosses had been removed pursuant to an FFRF … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice banner stolen from the Franklin County courthouse

12/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's freethought Winter Solstice banner has been stolen from the Franklin County courthouse lawn in Brookville, Ind. The banner is suspected to have been stolen sometime between the afternoons of Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. The banner read: At … More »

FFRF requests ‘bible-free’ hotel rooms

12/7/2015 · An invasive species is defined as "not native to a specific location and which has a tendency to spread to a degree which causes damage in some respect upon exposure." You could say that sounds a lot like Gideon bibles in a bedstand drawer. The … More »

“No gods” solstice display returns for 7th year to Illinois Capitol

12/4/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice sign has just returned to the Illinois State Capitol for its seventh display. FFRF, the largest national association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), with 23,000 members nationwide, has more than 700 members in the state of Illinois. FFRF … More »

'Reason's greetings' in Warren, Mich.

12/2/2015 · Photo: Douglas Marshall with Stan Beattie (Life member of FFRF) and Joyce Uitti, a volunteer. In December 2011, FFRF and Michigan member Douglas Marshall sued the city of Warren for refusing to place a winter solstice display alongside a religious nativity scene in City Hall. No … More »

Shop with ease at FFRF online

12/2/2015 · Why haven't we heard a peep out of you about the War on Solstice, given that the religious folks sort of hijacked our ancient pagan holiday in the fourth century? Is it because we're more forgiving and willing to share than they seem to … More »

FFRF, ACLU win injunction against Indiana school’s live nativity

12/2/2015 · Thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Indiana on behalf of a family in Elkhart, Indiana, this year's Concord Community School's holiday concert will not include an overt endorsement of Christianity. U.S. District Court Judge Jon DeGuilio … More »

Announcing the 2015 Brian Bolton Graduate/Older Student Essay winners

12/2/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the eight graduate or "older" (ages 25-30) college students who won this year's essay competition. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog that has more than 23,000 members nationwide, has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school … More »

20th year for FFRF’s ‘no gods’ Capitol display

12/1/2015 · Today marks the 20th appearance of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's famous "no gods" Winter Solstice display in the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. Joining the gilt display in the first floor rotunda this year is FFRF's newest Winter Solstice display, a whimsical metal cut-out … More »

Mississippi student fights for secular rights

12/1/2015 · Holly Baer is the first recipient of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's $1,000 Yip Harburg Youth Activist Award, generously endowed by the Yip Harburg Foundation and FFRF members Ernie and Margie Harburg, the children of the famous lyricist of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The award … More »

FFRF sues to stop New Jersey church grants

12/1/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its member David Steketee filed a lawsuit Dec. 1 in New Jersey state court suing the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and other officials. The suit challenges public grants of tax dollars to churches to repair or … More »

FFRF’s Nonbelief Relief makes year-end gifts

11/30/2015 · Nonbelief Relief, a new humanitarian agency to enable nonbelievers to make charitable donations under the banner of freethought, has announced some end-of-the-year grants.Nonbelief Relief seeks to remediate conditions of human suffering and injustice, whether the result of natural disasters, human actions or adherence to … More »

FFRF complains as Colorado clerk, sheriff inject religion into their jobs

11/25/2015 · A national state-church watchdog is taking to task a Colorado county clerk and sheriff for their unconstitutional stand against the separation of state and church. In responding to a group email in August about how county clerks should handle issuing a same-sex marriage license if … More »

FFRF applauds La Crescent’s vote to move cross and star

11/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation welcomes the news that the La Crescent City Council, Minn., voted Monday to move a cross and star on city property that have been lit every season to celebrate Easter and Christmas. FFRF Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert had sent a letter protesting … More »

Praying coach must go, says state/church watchdog

11/24/2015 · Mosley High School Head Football Coach Jeremy Brown, screenshot from WJHG-TV The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter protesting a praying football coach and other inappropriate religiosity in Florida's Bay District Schools. Mosley High School head football coach Jeremy Brown "knowingly uses his position to proselytize … More »

FFRF places Solstice Display in Daley Plaza

11/24/2015 · Pictured with the banner in order are, from left to right, Mike Weeda, Rich Pope, Jose Alvarado, Rick Schuch and Bob Hunter.The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter on Monday placed a winter solstice display in Daley Plaza to balance the … More »

‘There Is No Afterlife: Enjoy Life Now’ billboard up in Janesville

11/24/2015 · "There Is No Afterlife: Enjoy Life Now" is the message of cheer that an octogenarian member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is sponsoring on a billboard in Janesville, Wis. It will be up through at least early December. The message is posted on a … More »

FFRF to erect Bill of Rights ‘nativity’ in Franklin Co., Ind.

11/24/2015 · This display will be going up soon at the courthouse in Franklin Co., Ind. Pictured: FFRF's legal department and executive directors. Photo- Andrew L. Seidel. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has acquired a permit to place its Bill of Rights "nativity" display on the lawn … More »

Announcing the 2015 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest winners

11/20/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the 11 college students who won this year's essay competition. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog that has more than 23,000 members nationwide, has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 and graduate … More »

FFRF denounces Minnesota sheriff's office's 'Day of Prayer'

11/20/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint today to the Itasca County (Minn.) Sheriff's Office after Chaplain Dale H. Kaiser sent an official letter advertising a Day of Prayer.Kaiser's letter was sent to Itasca County public safety, fire, and emergency services. "Our … More »

After complaints, Colorado university will no longer distribute bibles at graduation ceremony

11/18/2015 · A Colorado university will no longer distribute bibles to nursing school graduates as part of their “pinning” ceremony after the Freedom From Religion Foundation and another group sent letters of complaint to the school. Tim Foster, president of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., … More »

FFRF asks Texas city to remove large cross from park

11/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has requested that the city of Port Neches, Texas, remove a Christian cross from a public park. A concerned citizen contacted FFRF, a national watchdog for the separation of state and church, regarding the white 10-foot-tall cross located in the … More »

FFRF asks Tennessee school board to remove Christian flag from meetings

11/11/2015 · A Tennessee school board has been asked by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to remove a Christian flag from its meetings after a concerned local resident contacted FFRF. The Unicoi County Schools Board of Education has displayed the flag at its board meetings since at … More »

Minnesota nativity scene won't return to public park

11/11/2015 · The city of Wadena, Minn., voted on Nov. 10 to no longer place a nativity scene in a public park after getting letters of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national church/state watchdog. Wadena, a city of about 4,000 residents located 160 miles … More »

Freedom From Religion Foundation to hold Veterans Day event

11/6/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation invites you to attend a Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to honor freethinking (and all) veterans and to view the new "Atheists in Foxholes" monument. The brief event will be held in the new Rose Zerwick Memorial Garden … More »

Portland upholds ban on student religious holiday performances

11/4/2015 · Last night, the Portland Public Schools board made final its decision to ban schools from sending students to perform at the annual religious Festival of Lights at The Grotto, a Catholic shrine. The Freedom From Religion Foundation first alerted Portland and 24 other Oregon and Washington … More »

UPDATED: FFRF continues ‘In God We Trust’ battle

11/2/2015 · Lebanon Daily Record The Freedom From Religion has routinely sent letters to sheriffs' offices and police departments around the country that have placed controversial national motto "In God We Trust" on their departments' vehicles. Seven letters were sent July 29 to: • Amory Police Department, Miss.• Bay County … More »

Bibles removed from Northern Illinois University following FFRF objection

10/30/2015 ·   Northern Illinois University quickly removed all bibles from the Holmes Student Center Hotel after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation stating that it was unconstitutional to have them there. FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan D. Jayne sent the letter on Oct. 20 to … More »

FFRF defends besieged Texas teacher

10/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog, has sided with a middle school teacher in Katy, Texas, who has come under fire in the school district, community and media for a critical-thinking class exercise that appears to have offended many for its questioning … More »

FFRF objects to Miss. park filled with Christian displays

10/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter of complaint to the city of Collins, Miss., asking that the city remove its large collection of Christian displays from Bettie D. Robertson Memorial Park. A local resident reported that the park includes three large crosses, a … More »

FFRF steps in after 47 members of Congress back coach-led prayers

10/28/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has responded to a Tuesday letter from 47 members of Congress who are claiming "concern over reports that the Bremerton (Wash.) School District views Coach Joseph Kennedy's tradition of quietly praying at the fifty yard line after the conclusion of school … More »

FFRF: Consequences of Wisconsin statewide voucher expansion showing

10/28/2015 · The recent statewide voucher expansion in Wisconsin is starting to reveal its harm to public school districts and secular education, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released enrollment information on Oct. 27 for the expanded statewide voucher program. The number … More »

FFRF's 'Pray to Play' expose still making waves, pushing schools in right direction

10/21/2015 · Virginia Tech is no longer giving preferred access to the school’s football bowl games to religious advisers following the “Pray to Play” exposé by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. For the first time, Virginia Tech has received reimbursements from all 2014 bowl game expenses … More »

Texas school district makes changes after FFRF complaint

10/19/2015 · A Texas school district will no longer allow the high school principal to preach to students at a student-led prayer event or set up a religious after-school club after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the district informing it of the … More »

FFRF urges Wash. school district to hold firm against praying coach

10/15/2015 · Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy appeared with the Liberty Institute's deputy chief counsel Hiram Sasser on Fox & Friends this morning. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Bremerton School District in Bremerton, Wash., to stand by its earlier decision to prohibit … More »

Nonbelief Relief gives grant to Doctors Without Borders, seeks donations from nonbelievers

10/14/2015 · Nonbelief Relief, a new humanitarian agency for "atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their supporters to improve this world, our only world," is announcing its first grant: $20,000 to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). Nonbelief Relief is a venue for nonbelievers to give assistance as … More »

FFRF debuts first-ever ‘atheist marquee’

10/14/2015 · Photo above: FFRF’s new ‘atheist marquee.’   Below: The marquee was the idea of FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie. Photos: Andrew Seidel. While almost every Christian church in the United States — and according to Churchrelevance website, that’s about 320,000, including 1,250 megachurches — proselytizes its views and doctrines … More »

FFRF ends longtime Portland schools Grotto violation

10/13/2015 · Portland, Oregon, public schools will no longer be performing during a holiday chorale concert at a Catholic shrine after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter alerting the district to the First Amendment concern. Although it took 20 months for Portland to respond, FFRF … More »

FFRF, Univ. of Fla. agree to add Thomas Paine quote to Heavener Hall

10/12/2015 · Following a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation over an Old Testament verse inscribed at the newly-erected Heavener School of Business, the University of Florida at Gainesville has added a quote by freethinker Thomas Paine and two other secular quotes. The school "designed an ethical portal … More »

FFRF protests Ky. city's water tower cross

10/12/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly objects to the display of a cross sitting atop the Wilmore, Ky. water tower. "It is unlawful for Wilmore to display a patently religious symbol such as a Christian cross on public property," said FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca … More »

FFRF weighs in on N.C. legislative prayer case

10/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to strike down the Rowan County Board of Commissioners' practice of coercing citizens to participate in Christian prayers at its meetings. Since at … More »

FFRF, ACLU bring suit challenging school’s “Christmas Spectacular” Nativity Scene

10/7/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit today, challenging an annual live nativity performance at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. The complaint notes that for several decades Concord High School has organized … More »

FFRF unveils ‘Atheists in Foxholes’ monument at new headquarters

10/6/2015 · A 4,743-pound granite monument dedicated to "ATHEISTS IN FOXHOLES and the countless freethinkers who have served this country with honor and distinction" was installed today, Oct. 6, at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's new offices in Madison, Wis. The Atheists in Foxholes monument will be dedicated on Friday, … More »

Texas lawmakers’ request to AG is phony pandering

10/6/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan BarkerCo-PresidentsFreedom From Religion Foundation The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written nearly 60 letters to various police and sheriffs' departments since late July, responding to complaints by local citizens shocked at seeing "In God We Trust" decals popping … More »

FFRF protests 'unconstitutional and grossly offensive' Tenn. resolution condemning gay marriage

10/6/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today sent a letter to the Blount County Commission in Maryville, Tenn., which is poised to consider a resolution tonight "condemning judicial tyranny and petitioning God's mercy." Resolution 15-10-006 declares that "federal judges have once again usurped powers not delegated to them, and … More »

FFRF court victory: Ga. school stops school prayer

10/5/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has settled a lawsuit with Emanuel County School District in Swainsboro, Ga., after stopping teacher-led prayer and proselytization in its public schools. After a concerned family encountering teacher-led prayer in kindergarten and first grade classrooms contacted the national state/church watchdog, … More »

FFRF victory! Bible verses to be removed from Ala. patrol cars

9/30/2015 · Thanks to a Freedom From Religion Foundation letter of complaint, the Houston County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office will remove decals reading "Blessed are the Peacemakers" with a citation to Matthew 5:9 from patrol cars. "Placing decals that literally quote chapter and verse on Houston County property … More »

FFRF files for summary judgment in Calif. school board prayer case

9/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and 22 plaintiffs asked a federal court judge in California yesterday to rule against the Chino Valley Unified School District, which has a school board whose meetings "resemble a church service more than a school board meeting." School board meetings open with … More »

FFRF: Texas principal oversteps state/church line

9/28/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to the Prosper Independent School District in Texas, strongly criticizing several unconstitutional activities occurring in Prosper High School. FFRF received a report from a family in the district detailing how Prosper High School Principal Greg Wright preached to … More »

Pray to Play exposé riles up Ala. Legislature

9/28/2015 · Alabama State Rep. Craig Ford has proposed a new bill seeking to authorize football team chaplains at state public universities. The bill is a direct response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's report, "Pray to Play: How Christian coaches and chaplains are converting football fields into mission … More »

Secularism will join nativity on display in Ind. this winter

9/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will display a Bill of Rights "nativity" and a Winter Solstice banner this year in Franklin County, Ind., to counter a nativity scene that has stood alone on public property for 50 years. FFRF has been battling the county over … More »

FFRF ads counter ‘pope-mania’

9/24/2015 · Click images below to enlarge.  Look in today’s New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Philadelphia Inquirer for FFRF’s full-page advertisements about why it’s inappropriate that Pope Francis was invited to address a joint session of Congress. Additionally, FFRF is airing a 30-second spot featuring … More »

Quartet receives Catherine Fahringer Student Activist Awards of $2,500 each

9/23/2015 · Right to left: Therrin Wilson, Mercedes Hawkins, Adrienne Parkes & Zera MontemayorThe Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that it has given $10,000 in scholarship grants in memory of Catherine Fahringer to four students chosen by Black Skeptics of Los Angeles. The scholarship … More »

FFRF seeks Breathitt County plaintiff to challenge county Jesus painting

9/23/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on citizens in Breathitt County, Ky. to participate in a lawsuit over the unconstitutional Jesus painting that hangs in the Breathitt County Courthouse. The call comes in response to statements by Breathitt County Judge Executive John Lester Smith denying FFRF's requests to … More »

FFRF offers 'Reason' to Missouri sheriffs

9/22/2015 · In response to the Missouri Sheriffs Association's recent decision to place "In God We Trust" decals on every sheriff's department patrol car, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering to send the association "In Reason We Trust" stickers to post alongside the religious message. In … More »

FFRF victory: 'Jesus Welcomes You To Hawkins' sign to come down

9/22/2015 · After months of community turmoil and divisive religious pandering by the mayor of Hawkins, Texas, the Hawkins City Council voted Monday to remove the controversial sign reading "Jesus Welcomes You To Hawkins" from city property. The Freedom From Religion Foundation first wrote a letter to the city … More »

Council backs off 'Christians only' invocation policy

9/22/2015 · After the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a warning letter, the Coolidge City Council, Ariz., has decided not to limit invocations to only Christians after all. News reports indicate that the council "hastily" called a meeting yesterday to reverse its decision to let only Christian groups give … More »

FFRF pulls out stops to counter pope-mania

9/22/2015 · Click images below to enlarge.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pulling out the stops both with letters of complaint and TV and newspaper advertising protesting state/church entanglements with Pope Francis' joint address to Congress Thursday. The Freedom From Religion Foundation was singled out in a … More »

FFRF asks White House to pull pope promo from website

9/22/2015 · The letter reproduced below was sent to President Obama earlier today. A PDF is available here. President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500 Re: Papal website and promotion on WhiteHouse.gov Dear Mr. President: We write on behalf of the 23,000 nonreligious members of the national Freedom … More »

No “neutral zone” infraction here, groups receive equal treatment

9/21/2015 · Thanks to the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is now the proud owner of an official UW football helmet signed by Coach Paul Chryst and legendary coach and current Athletic Director Barry Alvarez. The helmet will be included in … More »

House idiocy puts zealotry above women’s lives

9/18/2015 · By Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation Today's 241-187 vote along party lines by the U.S. House to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in federal family planning funds for a year is a disgrace. Even though more rational heads are expected to prevail in the … More »

FFRF warns city about limiting prayer to Christians

9/17/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter Sept. 17 to the Coolidge (Ariz.) City Council warning it not to adopt an invocation policy that excludes non-Christians. The council moved closer to adopting the exclusionary policy after a 4-2 vote Sept. 14 that changed the current policy. … More »

Secularism to be represented at Va. university Founder’s Day Breakfast tomorrow

9/17/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is pleased to announce that Dr. Tiffany Green will represent FFRF and the Richmond Reason and Naturalism Association at Norfolk State University's first-ever Founder's Day Breakfast tomorrow, Sept. 18th, at the sold-out event. Rev. Al … More »

Two Fla. cities drop government prayers from meetings

9/16/2015 · FFRF welcomes the news that two Florida cities, Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach, have recently dropped their invocations at city meetings in favor of a moment of silence. In both cases, FFRF sent letters to back up local activist Chaz Stevens, who started a Satanist Church in … More »

FFRF is pleased to announce Freethought Now!

9/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that our blog is now being hosted by Patheos, a blogging website dedicated to providing a credible dialogue about religion and nonreligion. FFRF's blog, Freethought Now!, will be part of the Atheist Channel on Patheos, which … More »

Reason prevails over Villa Rica school baptisms

9/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that the Carroll County School District, Ga., has issued a statement determining that Villa Rica High School "failed to follow district facility usages procedures for outside groups using school facilities," in permitting a coach to invite the … More »

FFRF Legal Roundup: September 15, 2015

9/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's legal department has been busier than ever with the start of the school year! Below is just a small selection of FFRF's recent legal activity.  SIGNIFICANT LEGAL VICTORIES Cabell County Schools, W.V., promptly took down this painting of Jesus. Cabell County Schools, … More »

FFRF condemns N.Y. Health Board’s decision OK’ing unrestricted ritual circumcision

9/14/2015 · The New York City Board of Health last week recklessly decided to abandon the only inadequate restriction it had over controversial ritual Jewish circumcision. The board, fulfilling a so-called priority of Mayor Bill de Blasio, voted last week to repeal its requirement of informed consent for … More »

FFRF continues protest of Ind. school’s live nativity

9/11/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to object to the annual production of a live nativity at the Concord High School holiday concert, over the school's claims that the performance of Jesus's birth is simply "historical." FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote Concord Community Schools a … More »

FFRF court victory! School district to remove Ten Commandments monument

9/10/2015 · The School Board of the Connellsville Area School District voted last night to remove from school grounds the Ten Commandments monument that was at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and a parent of a student. In a … More »

Davis: Get off your knees and get to work

9/9/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation "God showed up in the form of an elected official: Kim Davis." That absurd claim came from Mike Huckabee. At least to pandering presidential wannabes, defiant Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis apparently looks like a political savior. … More »

Ga. city pulls out of Gospel Fest following FFRF complaint

9/9/2015 · After receiving a complaint letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the city of Jonesboro, Ga., ended its unconstitutional involvement in an Aug. 29 "Gospel Fest" concert. While claiming that it disagreed with FFRF's position, the city officially "relinquished sponsorship of the concert." The event was … More »

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