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FFRF celebrates recent multiple wins

8/13/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has recently won a slew of victories for our secular Constitution. Last week saw no less than six victories for the state/church watchdog, following complaint letters to officials asking for the wall of separation between church and state to be … More »

FFRF lauds New York’s enlargement of window for clergy sex abuse survivors

8/12/2020 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds New York lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for passing a law that gives the survivors of child sexual abuse more time to bring civil cases against their abusers. New York had already expanded the statute of limitations for these … More »

FFRF alerts IRS, once again, to Pastor Jeffress’ brazen politicking

8/11/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s complaint to the IRS over a prominent evangelical’s illegal politicking has not only made national news — but the pastor’s comments have formed the basis for yet another request for an IRS investigation. FFRF first wrote the IRS alerting it … More »

FFRF’s answer to Speaker Pelosi: Action, not prayer

8/11/2020 · House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this Sunday placed on her official congressional homepage a prayer called “A Responsive Prayer for Justice.” Unfortunately, nothing fails like prayer, to repeat a phrase Freedom From Religion Foundation’s principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor famously coined. Co-President Dan Barker has … More »

FFRF condemns Nigerian Shariah court’s blasphemy death sentence

8/11/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly denounces a Nigerian court’s recent imposition of the death penalty on a young composer for the supposed crime of blasphemy. A Nigerian Shariah court recently sentenced Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, a 22-year-old musician, to death by hanging. The charges come as … More »

Get rid of bigot from seal, FFRF urges Ventura County

8/11/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends Ventura County, Calif., for the likely removal from its seal of a religious extremist who persecuted indigeneous people. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is considering redesigning the official seal, which may include the elimination of an image of … More »

No handouts to religious schools, secular groups insist

8/6/2020 · The nation’s leading secular groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are urging Congress to halt the Trump administration’s proposed channeling of public funds to private, mostly religious schools. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced plans to divert taxpayer money to private (almostly exclusively religious) … More »

Mass. town removes biblical children’s display after FFRF intervention

8/5/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Massachusetts town into removing a religious display from a library playground. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Ashburnham Library playground featured a turning picture game describing the biblical tale of Noah and the … More »

Trump travel ban hurts everyone, asserts FFRF-signed brief

8/3/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has signed on to an amicus brief challenging President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban. The case, Arab American Civil Rights League et al. v. Donald J. Trump et al., is before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. FFRF had in … More »

FFRF calls on Spokane sheriff to cancel bible-based training

7/29/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to an upcoming mandatory “training seminar” at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office that mixes religion and policing. The two-day event, scheduled for October, is orchestrated by Bulletproof Mind, an ultraviolent police training seminar program that is under increasing … More »

FFRF asks IRS to probe megapastor Jeffress’ endorsement of Pence/Trump

7/28/2020 · Among the more than half dozen complaints about unlawful church political activity that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has recently made to the IRS is one over a service at a Dallas megachurch that crossed the line from pastoral to political. Pastor Robert Jeffress, who … More »

Two wins — and hopes for a strong finish in 2020

7/27/2020 · To paraphrase Taylor Swift: Legislators are gonna legislate. And the Freedom From Religion Foundation is making your secular voice heard in that process. Congress is resuming normal order and looking to pass appropriations bills to fund the government. FFRF has been using this part of … More »

FFRF condemns Texas town’s religious ‘abortion ban’

7/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns a Texas town’s religiously motivated decision to prohibit abortion providers from operating in its jurisdiction. East Mountain has become the 14th community in Texas to declare itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn,” after a 3-2 City Council vote. … More »

House funding bill pushes back against Trump’s religious agenda

7/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation lauds landmark provisions in a House of Representatives funding bill that will fight discrimination and protect true religious liberty. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has passed a very strong appropriations bill … More »

FFRF legal eagles stay busy disentangling religion from government

7/23/2020 · Apart from dealing with pandemic-related issues, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has also been recently busy fielding a variety of dismaying non-COVID First Amendment violations. A lot of these (not surprising in an era of physical distancing) involve inappropriate promotion of religion on government social … More »

House repeals Trump travel ban, as FFRF has been urging

7/22/2020 ·   The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a crucial bill overturning President Trump’s infamous travel ban. The NO BAN Act repeals, in a bipartisan 233-183 vote, the president’s existing executive order blocking travel from several majority Muslim countries and prevents such a baseless, discriminatory travel … More »

FFRF condemns South Carolina’s outrageous giveaway to religious schools

7/22/2020 · South Carolina’s recent decision to hand out tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to private schools is unprecedented and shocking, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts in a letter to the governor. The S.C. governor’s office recently announced that of the $48 million of taxpayer … More »

City revokes tax exemption after FFRF protests

7/22/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a victory for taxpayers very near its home that it played an educational role in. The city of Monona (adjacent to FFRF’s headquarters in Madison, Wis.) had incorrectly classified a nearly 10-acre property on Lake Monona as being … More »

FFRF applauds Wisconsin county fine for Christian “mask free zone” coffeeshop

7/22/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends its home county for taking action against an evangelical-run coffeehouse that advertised itself as a “mask free zone” in violation of a countywide public health order. FFRF had emailed a complaint letter on Monday, July 20, to Public Health … More »

Religion: A reason the U.S. is COVID No. 1

7/21/2020 · Religion has a lot to answer for when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. There are many political and sociological reasons why the United States is leading the pack in new coronavirus cases, but the finger must also be pointed at religion and the … More »

Texas AG’s exemption for religious schools endangers students and staff

7/20/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his special treatment of the state’s religious schools — recklessly risking students and staff alike. In an open letter, Paxton, who is currently facing felony criminal charges for securities fraud, told religious private … More »

A Madison-area coffeeshop — and the lethality of magical pandemic thinking

7/17/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking on fundamentalism-inspired pandemic idiocy at its home base this weekend. FFRF has been a pillar of the Madison community for 40 years. We pride ourselves on shopping locally, beautifying our space a few blocks from the Wisconsin state … More »

Pompeo commission report on “Unalienable Rights” is dangerous Christian Nationalism

7/16/2020 · Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights produced a report today asserting that religious beliefs are more important than other peoples’ rights. The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns this report and its flagrant attempt to elevate the rights of believers above the … More »

Secret White House calls helped funnel tax money to Trump preachers

7/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is releasing evidence today of how the Trump administration has secretly turned the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) into a bonanza of tax-paid handouts for churches and religious leaders. FFRF is providing audio documentation, via a recording that it made, of … More »

FFRF Denver billboard urges ‘social distancing between church and state’

7/15/2020 · A new Denver public message couldn’t be more timely: “Practice social distancing between church and state.” The dictum on a backlit 10-foot-by-23-foot billboard situated on Broadway south of 10th Avenue is brought to city residents by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation, thanks to a … More »

FFRF condemns Catholic lobbying for billions in taxpayer support

7/14/2020 · Greed is said by the Roman Catholic Church to be one of the “seven deadly sins.” Yet that entity, including many of its dioceses involved in clergy sexual abuse cover-ups, has appeared to rake in the biggest haul of taxpayer COVID-19 relief money going … More »

Texas churches shouldn’t be exempt from mask order, FFRF insists

7/13/2020 · The state of Texas needs to revoke its ill-advised mask-wearing exemption for churchgoers, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. The recently issued Executive Order GA-29 admirably requires Texans to wear face masks in most public places, but unfortunately makes an exception for churches. “The Supreme … More »

Eliminate religious mask exemption, FFRF asks Columbus officials

7/9/2020 · The Columbus City Council should remove its exception for houses of worship from mask-wearing requirements, urges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The City Council passed an ordinance on July 6 requiring that masks be worn in public, including in most public facilities, but exempted religious … More »

FFRF condemns “Ark Park” taking taxpayer money, again

7/9/2020 · The infamous Ark Encounter in Kentucky, the $100 million boondoggle meant to prove that the bible is literally true, has taken in more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars earmarked to stimulate the COVID-impacted economy. Worse, even after receiving these taxpayer funds, the ark … More »

FFRF blasts Supreme Court contraceptive ruling

7/8/2020 ·   The U.S. Supreme Court in its decision today lamentably has blessed the Trump administration’s expansion of exceptions to contraceptive coverage for religious reasons. In Trump v. Pennsylvania, and its companion case “Little Sisters,”a five-judge majority of the court ruled that the Trump administration may have … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court’s Guadalupe ruling a setback to workers nationwide

7/8/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying today’s unwarranted expansion of a religious exemption by the U.S. Supreme Court as a blow to the rights of employees everywhere. “The Supreme Court is allowing religious employers a broad opportunity to discriminate against employees. Their workers now … More »

Churches took in billions from taxpayers during pandemic

7/7/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the unconstitutional, possibly corrupt handout of taxpayer funds to churches, including churches run by some of President Trump’s closest allies, under the Paycheck Protection Program. New data released by the Small Business Administration on the program’s forgivable loans … More »

FFRF runs ‘godless’ July Fourth ads in Oregon dailies

7/2/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a patriotic full-page ad in three Oregon dailies celebrating “our Godless Constitution” on Saturday, the Fourth of July. The national state/church watchdog’s ads are being featured in Portland’s daily, The Oregonian (pictured), the Eugene Register-Guard and the Salem … More »

California church pandemic orders aren’t discriminatory, FFRF brief asserts

7/1/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted a brief in solidarity with the state of California in response to churches challenging pandemic social prohibitory measures. “The suit, Gish v. Newsom, says that religious services may not lawfully be restricted,” reports a California TV station. “The … More »

FFRF seeks info on pandemic aid to churches & Trump’s evangelical advisers

6/30/2020 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation is expanding its major investigation into the misuse of pandemic federal funds to aid churches and clergy. The state/church watchdog is seeking specific records to help it determine whether the Trump administration is rewarding with taxpayer money the Christian Nationalist … More »

FFRF blasts SCOTUS voucher ruling for imperiling religious liberty

6/30/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court handed down an alarming decision today on school voucher programs that imperils true religious liberty, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “The ruling eviscerates a founding principle of our secular republic — that citizens must not be taxed to support religion, … More »

Mississippi’s new flag to swap one divisive symbol for another

6/29/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends Mississippi lawmakers for finally taking action to remove the racist Confederate Battle Flag from the state flag. Mississippi’s flag was indefensible when it was created in 1894 — an unconscionable affront and threat to Black Americans. Voters will eventually … More »

FFRF praises Supreme Court for preserving abortion rights, warns of coming battles

6/29/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down an unconstitutional Louisiana provision that would have effectively outlawed abortion in the state. In a 5-4 decision in June Medical Services v. Russo issued today, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s … More »

FFRF helps advance bill to extend sexual abuse reporting in the Aloha State

6/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently played a part in moving forward an essential bill through the Hawaii Senate that helps victims of sexual crimes get justice. FFRF Attorney Ryan Jayne submitted written testimony to the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee in support of H.B. 2177, … More »

2020 National Convention Canceled -- Join us in Boston in November of 2021

6/16/2020 · Due to the coronavirus pandemic and related safety concerns, the FFRF 2020 convention scheduled for San Antonio this November has had to be postponed. Our annual meetings of the membership and state representatives will take place online. We hope to hold a fabulous post-pandemic celebration … More »

FFRF condemns HHS rule explicitly allowing anti-LGBTQ discrimination

6/15/2020 · The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a final rule declaring that it will no longer recognize anti-LGBTQ discrimination as an instance of sex discrimination, effectively endorsing bigotry against LGBTQ individuals in health care. The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns … More »

FFRF praises historic Supreme Court decision in LGBTQ Title VII case

6/15/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a historic ruling upholding civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans. In a 6-3 decision issued today in Bostock v. Clayton Co. (with Justice Neil Gorsuch authoring the majority decision), the court declared that the existing federal ban on sex discrimination … More »

No siphoning of public funds for vouchers, FFRF urges Congress

6/10/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Congress to include safeguards in the second stimulus bill to thwart public money from being diverted to private school voucher programs. FFRF has signed on to a joint letter with dozens of like-minded groups (including the NAACP and … More »

FFRF awards $9,500 to 2020 winning law student essayists

6/8/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to disburse $9,500 in scholarship money to this year’s winners of the law student essay competition, the second such annual contest. Law school students in the 2020 Cornelius Vanderbroek Memorial Essay Competition were asked to write a legal … More »

FFRF has Gideons barred from Ga. school district

6/5/2020 · A Georgia school district has stopped the Gideons from distributing bibles in a number of schools after the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised several objections. Many parents reported to the national state/church watchdog that Ebenezer Elementary School and Marlow Elementary School in the Effingham … More »

Texas Lt. Gov. offers absurd religious diversion

6/4/2020 · In a time of national turmoil, it’s more than dismaying to see the second-highest Texas state official peddle religious snake oil. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to Fox News to preach Christianity last night, a move the Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns. Patrick joined Fox ostensibly … More »

Illinois city erases cross from mural after FFRF protests

6/4/2020 ·   An Illinois city has removed a Christian cross from a city-owned mural primarily viewed by public school students after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to it several times. The city of Effingham recently complied with FFRF’s wishes, belatedly realizing how problematic the mural was. “The … More »

Congress, Christian Nationalist judges, and COVID: Dispatches from Mark Dann, FFRF’s rep on Capitol Hill

6/4/2020 · Congress is back in session. You’d think that the Senate majority’s highest priority would be helping Americans survive the coronavirus pandemic. But its imperious objective instead is to confirm Christian Nationalist judges. As the contagion spreads and Americans die, the federal bench is being … More »

Trump’s International Religious Freedom Order shows he doesn’t understand religious freedom

6/3/2020 ·   As the world burns and protests mount, President Trump is increasingly turning to religious distractions. He got peaceful citizens tear-gassed so that he could have a photo taken of himself with a bible in front of a church. Then he went to a papal shrine … More »

Peaceful protesters terrorized for sake of Trump church photo-op

6/2/2020 · Talk about theocratically clearing the stage. About 6:30 p.m. last night, without any warning, federal officers dispersed rubber bullets and tear gas into a crowd of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square next to the White House — to empty the area so that President Trump … More »

Justice and healing needed to halt America’s poisonous racism

6/1/2020 · “Neither love nor terror makes one blind: Indifference makes one blind.” —James Baldwin We have all watched the horrifying video documenting a helpless African-American’s life being snuffed out by a pitiless and indifferent white police officer in Minneapolis. African-American bystanders desperately tried to point out … More »

‘Hallelujah!’ Supreme Court rejects church challenge to shutdown

6/1/2020 · May we say “Hallelujah”? Reason has prevailed — for now — at the U.S. Supreme Court when it comes to church litigation against protective pandemic shutdown orders. In a 5-4 decision on Friday, May 29, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s more … More »

SNL alum Julia Sweeney on season’s last “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

5/28/2020 · Catch up with actress, comedian and playwright Julia Sweeney, who is interviewed this Sunday on Freedom From Religion Foundation’s last “Freethought Matters” TV show of the season. “Saturday Night Live” alumna Sweeney is currently co-starring in the TV shows “Shrill” on Hulu and “Work in … More »

Calling churches “essential,” Trump crosses line, endangers lives . . . again

5/26/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out the White House for demanding that churches must “reopen” and for threatening to “override the governors” who continue shutdowns affecting churches. Late Friday, May 22, on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, President Trump delivered an … More »

Freethinking power couple on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

5/21/2020 · You can watch a globally famous intellectual power couple — Steve Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein — interviewed this Sunday on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s weekly “Freethought Matters” TV show, already available to view on FFRF’s YouTube channel. Goldstein, an honorary FFRF director, and … More »

Ignorant churches file lawsuits nationwide against COVID-19 closures

5/21/2020 · Litigious churches and churchgoers — mostly of the evangelical persuasion — have filed legal challenges against stay-at-home orders in at least 19 states. Shockingly, the Justice Department is intervening on behalf of some of the churches, in accordance with Attorney General William Barr’s memo signaling … More »

FFRF opposes ideologue’s nomination to appeals court

5/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly opposes the nomination of another unqualified political ideologue, Cory Wilson, to a lifetime seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Wilson is a Mississippi state court judge, a position he has held for barely a year. Before … More »

Trump lawyer’s attacks on FFRF are badge of honor

5/20/2020 · Maybe the Freedom From Religion Foundation should consider it a badge of honor that Jay Sekulow attacked the state/church watchdog the same week he represented President Trump before the Supreme Court. Sekulow, a granddaddy of the Religious Right, virulent Christian Nationalist, and leader of the … More »

Rescind religious exemption, FFRF asks its home county in Wisconsin

5/19/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting on behalf of its local members a recent countywide order in Dane County, Wis., providing an unwise exemption for religious gatherings. Soon after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide safer-at-home order, Public Health Madison & … More »

FFRF objects to forced taxpayer bailout of religion

5/14/2020 ·    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising its voice against the Trump administration’s unconstitutional massive bailout of houses of worship. The national state/church watchdog is conveying its formal objections to public bailouts of churches to the Small Business Administration during the public comment period ending … More »

Agnostic bible scholar Bart Ehrman on “Freethought Matters” this week

5/14/2020 · Agnostic bible scholar Bart Ehrman is the featured interview on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s weekly “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Ehrman, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a leading New Testament researcher. He has … More »

Secular groups ask FDA to ignore theocrats in coronavirus vaccine research

5/13/2020 · Prominent secular groups, led by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are asking the Food and Drug Administration to disregard a theocratic plea for limiting COVID-19 vaccine research. In their letter of April 17, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, Religious Right groups and various anti-abortion … More »

HHS official’s ‘God’ statement reveals religion’s dangerous role in pandemic

5/12/2020 · The evangelical hold on the Trump administration is endangering the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. A senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services, described by the New York Times as having “deep ties to religious conservatives,” raised objections to the Centers … More »

Religious discrimination case gets Supreme Court hearing

5/12/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a significant case pertaining to the civil rights of individuals employed with religious entities, a case in which the Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted an amicus brief. The consolidated cases of Our Lady of Guadalupe … More »

FFRF’s TV spot by Ron Reagan returns to ‘Rachel Maddow’

5/12/2020 · An iconic ad featuring a presidential son extolling the Freedom From Religion Foundation returns to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” today for the next two weeks. The commercial with Ron (“unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell”) Reagan inviting viewers to join … More »

FFRF castigates N.M. sheriff for enabling church pandemic misconduct

5/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is urging a New Mexico sheriff to quit enabling a church to breach pandemic social-distancing orders. On May 3, Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton attended a worship service at New Hope Revival Church in his official capacity. He reportedly … More »

FFRF asks Wis. Supreme Court to uphold state health directive

5/11/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in favor of the state’s stay-at-home order, specifically as it applies to religious gatherings. Among the two state citizens petitioning the highest state court seeking a lifting of the social … More »

At last! N.J. county ordered to pay FFRF attorney fees in church funding case

5/11/2020 ·   A year after the Freedom From Religion Foundation won a resounding victory halting millions in tax dollars flowing unconstitutionally to repair churches in Morris County, N.J., a judge has finally ruled that the state/church watchdog and its attorneys are entitled to attorneys’ fees. FFRF and … More »

Christian Nationalism chronicler Katherine Stewart on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

5/7/2020 · Possibly the foremost expert on Christian Nationalism in the United States is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s weekly “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday.  Journalist Katherine Stewart, whom the Boston Globe has called “the Paul Revere of American civic life,” is a leading … More »

FFRF promotes ‘Day of Reason’ in provocative New York Times ad

5/7/2020 ·   Click here to view high-resolution image. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a full-page ad in the national news section of the New York Times today that urges: “We need reason, not prayer, to combat the coronavirus.” FFRF’s ad notes that “Nothing fails like prayer. … More »

It’s Trump and nuns versus women’s reproductive liberty

5/6/2020 ·   The highest court in the land today heard oral arguments in one of the most important reproductive rights cases of our time. The U.S. Supreme Court this morning held oral arguments in Trump v. Pennsylvania, a case involving attacks on the contraceptive mandate by the … More »

We need a National Day of Reason, not Prayer

5/6/2020 · The congressionally sanctioned National Day of Prayer — this Thursday, May 7 — is more ludicrous than ever in a time of a pandemic. Fortunately, we now have a reasoned alternative. House Resolution 947 has, laudably, been introduced in Congress by four members of the … More »

Minneapolis mosque permit impermissible, FFRF contends

5/5/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising the Minneapolis mayor for granting a mosque a permit to broadcast prayer five times daily during the month of Ramadan. FFRF members and residents of Minneapolis and other parts of Minnesota have contacted the state/church watchdog to … More »

FFRF asks: Give to secular food banks & charities on #GivingTuesday

5/5/2020 · On Giving Tuesday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asks that you and the secular community donate to your local secular food bank or national or international hunger charities. With more than 30 million unemployment claims — a number that is rapidly growing — in the … More »

FFRF condemns AG Barr’s push to support pandemic church services

4/30/2020 · Working hand-in-glove with one of the nation’s most outspoken evangelicals, Attorney General William Barr has issued a memorandum that signals Justice Department support for church gatherings during the pandemic shutdown. The two-page memorandum states: “I am directing each of our United States attorneys to also … More »

FFRF opposes DeVos COVID voucher scheme

4/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ plan to use $300 million in COVID stimulus money for “microgrants.”  FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor does not mince words: “These are vouchers. A voucher by any other name is as ineffective, unaccountable … More »

A classic First Amendment movie on FFRF’s ‘Freethought Matters’ this week

4/30/2020 · You’ll be watching a landmark Freedom From Religion Foundation First Amendment film on the “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday, also available on YouTube. FFRF’s second movie, “Champions of the First Amendment” (1988), introduces major plaintiffs who’ve been triumphant in landmark state/church cases before the … More »

FFRF attorney's scholarship exposes abuse of history in First Amendment cases

4/29/2020 · Bad history makes bad law — and when it comes to state/church separation, Christian Nationalists have flooded the courts with bad history that has led judges astray. Freedom From Religion Foundation Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel makes this argument in a groundbreaking new … More »

FFRF asks for summary judgment against W.Va. City Council prayer

4/28/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a motion for summary judgment against a West Virginia city’s unconstitutional prayer practice. FFRF and two of its local members sued the city of Parkersburg, W.Va., in 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of … More »

Clergy are far from “essential,” FFRF informs DHS

4/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to the Department of Homeland Security’s designation of the clergy as “essential” in securing critical infrastructure. A recently issued guidance by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (under DHS oversight) on critical infrastructure workers during the COVID … More »

FFRF, CREW settle lawsuit over HUD open records denial

4/23/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that it has successfully settled a federal lawsuit today over the denial of its Freedom of Information Act request by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, teamed up … More »

Timeless FFRF movie exposes religion on ‘Freethought Matters’ this Sunday

4/23/2020 · You’ll be watching a classic Freedom From Religion Foundation movie on its weekly “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. The state/church watchdog is going to air a 40-year-old film, FFRF's first feature, called “A Second Look at Religion.” “Fashions may have changed, I have changed … More »

Happy Earth Day to you — Statement from Annie Laurie Gaylor

4/22/2020 ·   Statement byAnnie Laurie GaylorCo-founderFreedom From Religion Foundation Here in Madison, Wis., where the national office of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is based, my tulips are finally popping open today — as if in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate our … More »

Stop exempting religious gatherings, FFRF advises governors

4/20/2020 ·    The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cautioning 17 governors around the nation that the exemptions they’ve granted to religious gatherings from prohibitory orders could have dire consequences. States all over the country, from Connecticut and Pennsylvania to New Mexico and Colorado, have exempted religious congregations … More »

A Ky. judge issues an outrageously sectarian COVID-19 ruling

4/17/2020 ·   A rookie judge’s shameless Christian Nationalist pandering in a recent coronavirus-related judicial order and opinion is alarming, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Judge Justin Walker granted an emergency restraining order allowing large Christian congregations in the Louisville, Ky., area to gather for Easter church … More »

Freethinking psychologist and author on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

4/16/2020 · An ex-evangelical freethinking psychologist and author is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s weekly “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Valerie Tarico is a former evangelical who was raised in a staunch fundamentalist family and attended the ardently Christian Wheaton College. She has a … More »

FFRF awards $20,000 in minority secular scholarships

4/15/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to provide, in partnership with a freethinking African-American group, student scholarships for the sixth year running, this year doubling the total amount to $20,000. FFRF is granting Black Skeptics Los Angeles, an African-American humanist-atheist community-based organization, $20,000 for … More »

Ohio guv endangers lives of Ohioans, FFRF warns

4/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cautioning the Ohio governor that his exemption of religious gatherings from coronavirus-related restrictions is putting innumerable Ohioans at risk. Ohio’s stay-at-home order, amended April 2, leaves out religious gatherings by defining them as “essential services.” This will quite certainly … More »

Irreverent FFRF animated music video makes ‘heavenly’ splash

4/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to release its first animated music video, which takes a gentle jibe at unreasonable beliefs in an afterlife. What better time than the here and now to enjoy the 2-D music video, featuring a clever poem, “Heaven,” by … More »

Universal vote by mail — it’s a secular issue

4/13/2020 · The injustice of forcing citizens to endanger their lives to vote in the midst of a pandemic was recently brought home to the Freedom From Religion Foundation during the debacle that was Wisconsin’s in-person primary election. Several FFRF staff members were forced to risk their … More »

FFRF tutors members of Congress on the Constitution

4/13/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is objecting on constitutional grounds to members of Congress urging federal agencies to include houses of worship in the stimulus package. The CARES Act allows businesses and nonprofits to request forgivable loans from the federal government to cover operating … More »

What to do if public officials exempt churches from stay-at-home orders

4/10/2020 ·  Many of you have contacted FFRF, angry and worried that governors or other officials across the country are exempting churches and religious worship from the “safer at home” orders necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The upcoming Easter Sunday is exacerbating these … More »

Science works, stay home, FFRF urges Floridians

4/10/2020 · A national state/church watchdog today has placed a timely digital message on a billboard in Melbourne, Fla.: “Science works! Please stay home.” The large billboard is on Interstate 95 at Pineda Causeway, Melbourne. The message is the brainchild of a lifetime member of the Freedom From … More »

FFRF: Church exceptions mean Safe at Home order not safe enough

4/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cautioning that new “drive-up Easter” worship rules in Wisconsin are likely to be abused and that the “Safer at Home” executive order issued March 24 by Gov. Tony Evers is not safe enough. Evers, who remained stalwart in refusing … More »

Quit promoting Christianity, FFRF tells Alabama Lt. Gov.

4/10/2020 · Stop exploiting the pandemic to promote Christianity, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the Alabama lieutenant governor. On April 8, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth used his official social media accounts to “Ring for the Resurrection,” asking that all churches and citizens ring bells at … More »

Kansas church exemption is unconstitutional and lethal, FFRF asserts

4/9/2020 · A recent Kansas move to exempt religious gatherings from coronavirus-related measures could have large-scale deadly consequences, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council, on bad advice from Attorney General Derek Schmidt, has overturned a gubernatorial order banning religious assemblies of 10 … More »

Watch Ron Reagan on “Freethought Matters” now

4/9/2020 · Click here to watch. “Unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan is this week’s entertaining and eloquent guest on “Freethought Matters,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation weekly TV show, available to watch now on FFRF’s YouTube channel. As an antidote to religion on the airwaves and Sunday morning … More »

FFRF signs on to SCOTUS brief over contraception exemption

4/8/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has signed on to a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court contending that the Trump administration is breaching the First Amendment in allowing certain religion-based exemptions from required birth-control coverage. A diverse assortment of groups, including Americans United for Separation … More »

Ala. governor should stop promoting Christianity, FFRF stresses

4/7/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written to the Alabama governor to ask her to stop misusing her office to promote religion. Several Alabama residents contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that during Gov. Kay Ivey’s April 3 statewide stay-at-home announcement, she suddenly started … More »

Appeals court expands FFRF victory against Gov. Abbott

4/3/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won its case at the appeals court level against censorship of its display in the Texas Capitol by Gov. Greg Abbott. The unanimous opinion by the three-judge court panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today … More »

Gov. DeSantis is endangering Floridians, FFRF asserts

4/3/2020 · The Florida governor is recklessly risking lives by exempting church congregations from prohibitory orders on large gatherings, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. These orders will kill some Floridians, FFRF emphasizes in a firm letter sent today to Gov. Ron DeSantis, and should be … More »

FFRF op-ed warns country: Taxpayers cannot be forced to support churches — even in a pandemic

4/3/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning Americans that their tax dollars may soon be given away to churches and preachers. In a concise and powerful op-ed for Religion Dispatches, Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response and author of The Founding Myth: … More »

Divine classical music tour continues on Sunday’s FFRF TV show

4/3/2020 ·   This week on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” Sunday TV show, we continue our freethought musical excursion — a voyage that’ll lift you into another realm. It's the concluding installment of a two-part series in which FFRF Co-President/“Freethought Matters” co-host Dan Barker and … More »

It’s unconstitutional to bail out churches, FFRF and others remind senator

4/2/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and other religious freedom watchdog organizations are informing a prominent senator that it is against the Constitution to bail out religious entities — even in the current crisis. American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Secular … More »

FFRF welcomes police action against religious scofflaws

4/2/2020 · Law enforcement across the country is cracking down on renegade preachers defying coronavirus restrictions — and that’s the way it should be, affirms the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Zealous ministers nationwide are denying the science of preventive measures and the authority of the state to … More »

MyPillow CEO misused official coronavirus forum, asserts FFRF

4/1/2020 · A prominent CEO misappropriated a White House coronavirus event to sermonize to the country, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Concerned American citizens, including many of FFRF’s 31,000 members across the nation, contacted the state/church watchdog after watching MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell preaching at the … More »

Judge moots FFRF lawsuit over W.Va. bible class

4/1/2020 ·   A federal judge has dismissed the claims of a mother who, with the support of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has been challenging religious indoctrination in a West Virginia school system. Because those classes were suspended as a result of FFRF’s litigation, the court … More »

Texas theocrats use pandemic to cause irreparable harm to women

3/31/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Texas’ reigning theocrats, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, for causing irreparable harm to the women of their state under the pretext of containing the coronavirus pandemic. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a … More »

Bible classes don’t belong in public schools, FFRF tells W.Va. schools

3/31/2020 ·   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 has sent 55 letters, to pretty much every school district and superintendent in West Virginia. The Legislature in … More »

FFRF: Time to end hate preacher’s White House bible study

3/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again calling on the Trump administration to dissolve its embarrassing White House bible study after the head preacher recently spouted coronavirus-related bigotry. The White House bible study is led by Ralph Drollinger, who formed Capitol Ministries in order to … More »

FFRF admonishes Okla. governor for coronavirus-related religious theatrics

3/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is reproaching the Oklahoma governor for engaging in religious shenanigans instead of real action in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an official proclamation declaring March 26 as a “Statewide Day of Prayer.” He cited Psalm … More »

Be transported to ‘musical heaven’ on FFRF’s TV show this Sunday

3/27/2020 · We bring you the initial segment of an incredible musical journey on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” Sunday TV show — a perfect musical balm for our time. It’s the first of a two-part series in which FFRF Co-President/ “Freethought Matters” co-host Dan … More »

Governors must prohibit church gatherings, FFRF urges

3/26/2020 · Churches must be included in the extensive list of entities currently prohibited from large gatherings, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the nation’s governors. To combat the spread of COVID-19, states are heeding the advice of public health professionals and banning large gatherings of … More »

Congress should have abstained from abstinence funding in stimulus package

3/26/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is blasting a $40 million allocation for “abstinence-only” education programs slipped into the stimulus package passed by the Senate and expected to be approved by the House on Friday.  Formally titled the “extension of sexual risk avoidance education program,” section … More »

Halt religious coronavirus proclamations, FFRF urges Utah governor

3/25/2020 · The Utah governor should stop making coronavirus-related religious proclamations that are counterproductive as well as unconstitutional, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts. Gov. Gary Herbert issued an official proclamation declaring March 20-22 as a “Weekend of Prayer and Service in Utah” as an apparent method … More »

FFRF chides MS gov. for misusing social media over virus

3/25/2020 · The Mississippi governor needs to quit engaging in unconstitutional and pointless religious attempts to tackle the coronavirus, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog. Several concerned Mississippi residents have contacted FFRF to report that Gov. Tate Reeves, in his official capacity, posted … More »

FFRF: Trump’s pandering to ‘packed churches’ crosses the line

3/25/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing the White House for its continued pandering to churches — and for sending reckless mixed signals about resuming church services by Easter. FFRF also condemns President Trump’s opportunism in his overt electioneering with evangelicals under the auspices … More »

FFRF: Pa. House day of prayer resolution recklessly misguided

3/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning an alarmingly misguided Pennsylvania House of Representatives resolution calling for a day of prayer and fasting in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, is rife with theocratic religious claims and suggests that … More »

FFRF condemns anti-choice multistate power grabs amid pandemic

3/24/2020 ·   Anti-choice public officials in two states have stooped to what may be a new low, exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic response as an opportunity to shutter abortion clinics. Attorneys general in Texas and Ohio, in defiance of recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, … More »

FFRF admonishes S.C. guv for official prayers

3/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out the South Carolina governor for repeatedly organizing prayers before important coronavirus-related press conferences. Residents of the state informed FFRF that Gov. Henry McMaster invited Chaplain Greg Brown to begin a March 15 news conference about the COVID-19 … More »

FFRF rebukes S.C. mayor for COVID-19 prayer proclamation

3/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is castigating a South Carolina mayor for an official prayer proclamation that appears to be a misbegotten response to the coronavirus outbreak. Sumter Mayor Joseph T. McElveen Jr. declared in his official capacity on March 18 “a special communitywide day … More »

FFRF protests Pence’s appeal for church contributions

3/23/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Vice President Mike Pence’s call to the American people to shower churches with their generosity. At a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on Saturday, March 21, the vice president told Americans that if they don’t attend a church … More »

FFRF still at work on your behalf

3/20/2020 · Like all of you, we at the Freedom From Religion Foundation are adapting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this message will find you well and want to assure you that FFRF is committed to working on your behalf to … More »

Churches have no constitutional right to defy pandemic protective measures

3/20/2020 ·   A Louisiana church’s assertion that it has a right to continue organizing big gatherings — even in the face of the coronavirus pandemic — has no basis in the Constitution, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Baton Rouge church is defying statewide measures to … More »

Intelligent Design debunker on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

3/19/2020 · A leading biologist who has discredited the notion of God as an “Intelligent Designer” is interviewed on Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ Sunday TV show. Abby Hafer, who has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University, is a senior lecturer on human anatomy and … More »

Stop religious untruths about COVID-19, FFRF urges Ky. District

3/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling a Kentucky school system to halt the spread of religious misinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. A concerned student contacted FFRF to report that a Bell County High School teacher recently preached to his students about God and the … More »

Project Blitz stands defeated on East Coast

3/17/2020 · As legislative sessions across the country draw to a close, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating the defeat of several Christian Nationalist bills. In Florida, H.B. 341 and its Senate counterpart, S.B. 746, both died, ensuring that public schools will not be forced to … More »

Phoenix event with Paula White scuttled

3/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that an upcoming Phoenix religious event, in which President Trump’s spiritual adviser was a slated headliner, has been cancelled. FFRF rushed out a letter on Friday, March 13, to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich warning him … More »

President called for most useless coronavirus response

3/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns President Trump’s worthless plea for the nation to pray together in response to the coronavirus scourge. President Trump called on the country to “pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our nation” on Sunday, … More »

Trump is packing the courts with ill-qualified ideologues

3/16/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns President Trump for remaking the federal judiciary in the image of the archconservative Federalist Society. The New York Times has published a chilling analysis of the more than 185 federal judgeships filled so far during the Trump administration. These … More »

FFRF Urges Arizona AG to stop Paula White event claiming coronavirus “cure”

3/13/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the cancellation of an upcoming Phoenix religious event, with President Trump’s spiritual adviser as a headliner, that is a hazard to the community’s health. Instead of scuttling a large mid-April gathering at the Phoenix Convention Center, organizers of … More »

Communications scholar/Vietnam vet on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

3/12/2020 · A communications scholar — who’s also a veteran depicted in “Good Morning, Vietnam” — is interviewed on Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ Sunday TV show. James Lull is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at San Jose State University. He has taught in universities all … More »

CNN Sunday debate viewers will watch landmark FFRF Ron Reagan ad

3/11/2020 ·   Many millions of viewers of the Sunday Democratic primary debate will be seeing the iconic Freedom From Religion Foundation ad featuring “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan. The 30-second commercial will air twice during the down-to-the-wire CNN debate in Phoenix on March 15 starting at 8 p.m. … More »

FFRF urges Supreme Court to protect employees’ civil rights from religious exemption

3/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to safeguard the civil rights of individuals working for religious institutions. In an amicus brief filed before the court today, March 10, in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the state/church watchdog is … More »

Judge throws out suit by praying Wash. football coach

3/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a recent ruling against a former Washington state football coach, who sued after his public high school instructed him to stop praying on the 50-yard line after games. Joe Kennedy of Bremerton, Wash., has been singled out for praise … More »

Mark Dann: Appropriations - the most wonderful time of the year

3/9/2020 · It’s appropriations season on Capitol Hill — the most wonderful time of the year for government affairs folks like me! FFRF is working on appropriations, and I’d like you to get involved. Appropriations season is marvelous because the appropriations bills clearly state what the values … More »

FFRF questions free bus rides for Mormons

3/9/2020 ·   The mayor of Salt Lake City must reconsider a problematic deal that offers free bus rides for members of the Mormon church, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A local resident reported to the state/church watchdog that Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall recently announced … More »

No Space Force hymn, FFRF appeals to the Pentagon

3/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is seeking assurances from the Pentagon that the newly formed Space Force will not adopt an official hymn. On March 4, a religious news wire service, Christian News Wire, published an article entitled, “The History of the United States Space … More »

Fla. tax office removes Christian signage after FFRF complaint

3/9/2020 · A tax office in Florida has removed an obviously Christian sign after the Freedom From Religion Foundation strenuously objected. A concerned area resident reported to FFRF that inside the Orange County tax collector’s office, located at the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee, there was a … More »

“Freethought Matters” continues its musical treat this Sunday

3/5/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is highlighting freethought in the Great American Songbook on its “Freethought Matters” TV show for the second week in a row. In part two of the musical treat this Sunday, FFRF Co-President Dan Barker plays selections from freethinking composers such … More »

FFRF asks Supreme Court to respect precedent on abortion case

3/5/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments March 4 in an important abortion challenge — and the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking it to respect precedent and protect women’s rights. FFRF has joined 71 other groups in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, which … More »

Secular studies pioneer to speak at Nov. FFRF convention

3/4/2020 · A pioneer scholar of secular studies will be speaking at FFRF’s 43rd annual convention in San Antonio. Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, founded the country’s first secular studies program at that institution. He has done groundbreaking work demonstrating … More »

U.S. Supreme Court could entrap reproductive rights

3/3/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case Wednesday, March 4, with the chilling potential to deny American women the ability to exercise their right to self-determination under Roe v. Wade. The case involves a Louisiana law that imposes an unnecessary restriction on abortion providers: … More »

Kentucky district removes religious displays following FFRF intervention

3/2/2020 · Numerous religious displays have been removed from Letcher County Public Schools property after the school district received letters of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Whitesburg, Ky., resident reported to FFRF that Letcher Central High School had a bible verse on display … More »

N.Y. public school reins in proselytizing teacher, per FFRF advice

2/28/2020 · Holland Patent Central School District has remedied a serious state/church violation following the advice of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned district parent recently reported to FFRF that a Holland Patent High School biology teacher began a lesson on evolution by undermining the theory … More »

Enjoy the Freethinking American Songbook on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

2/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting freethought in the Great American Songbook on “Freethought Matters” the next two weeks. In part one of the two-part musical this Sunday, FFRF Co-President Dan Barker plays selections from freethinking composers such as Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin, Jerome … More »

AG Barr once again attacks secularism

2/27/2020 · Attorney General William Barr has yet again blamed the lack of religiosity in America for all of the country’s problems. In remarks at the 2020 National Religious Broadcasters Convention yesterday, Feb. 26, Barr grossly misrepresented the American Founders’ views on the importance of religion, while … More »

FFRF announces its student essay contests for 2020

2/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has announced its four 2020 essay competitions for freethinking students — offering more than $60,000 in total scholarships. Each of the four contests has 10 prizes: First place — $3,500; second place — $3,000; third place — $2,500; fourth place … More »

Famed author and Oscar-winner John Irving to speak at Nov. FFRF convention

2/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that acclaimed author and Oscar-winner John Irving has agreed to speak at FFRF’s 43rd annual convention in San Antonio. Irving will receive FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award, for statements such as this remark in a … More »

FFRF corrects Okla. rep’s fallacious state/church claims

2/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is correcting a slate of ahistorical claims promoting Christian Nationalism made by Oklahoma state Rep. Jay Steagall. Recently, Steagall argued in favor of Oklahoma H.B. 3817, a proposal to place the phrase “In God We Trust” on all state buildings … More »

FFRF sues to protect students forced to pray in Puerto Rico primary school

2/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today, Feb. 27, filed a federal lawsuit against Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary and a principal on behalf of a family subjected to forced prayers and bullying in a public primary school. Since September 2019, in direct contradiction of well-established constitutional … More »

Mo. school district follows FFRF’s wise counsel — not AG’s bad advice

2/25/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has scored a constitutional touchdown against the Missouri attorney general after a school district ignored his advice about football team prayers. FFRF had sent a letter last October to Cameron R-1 School District Superintendent Matt Robinson about Cameron High School’s … More »

McConnell’s anti-choice bills are harmful grandstanding

2/25/2020 · The U.S. Senate is slated to vote this afternoon on two punishing bills intended to pander to anti-choice religious extremists. The first, the insidiously branded “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” bans nearly all abortions after 20 weeks. The second, the equally dubious “Born-Alive Survivors Protection … More »

FFRF: SCOTUS review of LGBTQ foster care case is alarming

2/24/2020 · It is alarming that the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it will hear a case involving a Catholic charity suing the city of Philadelphia for ending its contract, after it refused to allow same-sex parents to provide foster care. The case could upend decades … More »

FFRF to air ad featuring JFK during Tuesday CBS Democratic debate

2/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing an ad featuring John F. Kennedy during the Democratic debate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to remind candidates and voters of dire threats to the constitutional principle of separation between religion and government. FFRF is running a 30-second commercial … More »

African freethinking pioneer on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

2/20/2020 · A leading African freethinker is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” television interview show this Sunday. Roslyn Mould, a pioneer of freethought in Africa, is the former president of the Humanist Association of Ghana and coordinates the West African Humanist Network. Mould … More »

State/church separation dealt major blow in 11th Circuit cross ruling

2/19/2020 · The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling upholding the constitutionality of a massive Latin cross on city property in Pensacola, Fla. Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom, writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, wrote that the 34-foot-call Christian cross in Bayview Park “has … More »

Stop N.Y. teacher from denying evolution, FFRF insists

2/19/2020 · A New York school district needs to ensure that a teacher ceases spewing religious anti-evolution propaganda at a local high school, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent whose child attends Holland Patent High School in the Holland Patent Central School District has … More »

FFRF announces student winners of art contest countering new Ky. law

2/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly announces the winners of its student art contest protesting a Kentucky law requiring the posting of “In God We Trust” in every public school. Marilyn Buente, 16, and Kate Benton, 17, both high school juniors of Louisville, will split … More »

Author Katherine Stewart at FFRF’s 2020 convention — Sign up now

2/18/2020 · Katherine Stewart, a journalist and author of a number of books exposing Christian Nationalists, will be a part of the stellar line-up at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s convention in November. That line-up includes Margaret Atwood and Gloria Steinem. The gathering takes place the weekend … More »

W.Va. House prayer unconstitutional and insulting, FFRF contends

2/17/2020 · A recent Christian prayer at the West Virginia Statehouse was unconstitutional and an affront to the state’s non-Christians, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that on Feb. 12, the House of Delegates hosted students from the West … More »

Actor, agnostic Ed Asner on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

2/13/2020 · Acting legend Ed Asner is showcased on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television interview show this Sunday. Asner has won more primetime Emmys than any other male actor. In addition to his iconic Lou Grant character, among his nearly 400 credits on TV … More »

Va. House should drop prayers, FFRF advises

2/13/2020 · After a particularly fractious recent prayer session at the Virginia House of Delegates, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the body to discontinue prayers altogether. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Robert Grant Jr., a pastor at the Father’s Way Church in Warrenton, Va., offered … More »

FFRF testifies at Colorado Statehouse against anti-LGBTQ bills

2/13/2020 ·   Seven virulently anti-LGBTQ Colorado bills that seek to advance Christian Nationalism have compelled the Freedom From Religion Foundation to testify at the Statehouse. FFRF Attorney Ryan Jayne began his testimony today, Feb. 13, to the Colorado House Committee on State, Veterans, & Veterans Affairs by … More »

DOJ must withdraw grant to Hookers for Jesus, FFRF demands

2/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that the U.S. Department of Justice rescind a half-a-million-dollar unconstitutional grant to a proselytizing group. The Department of Justice is granting $530,190 over three years to Hookers for Jesus, an organization that requires attendance at church worship and … More »

Brevard County, Fla., commissioners agree to end religious discrimination in invocation practices

2/12/2020 · Americans United, ACLU and FFRF challenged county’s invocation policy that discriminated against minority religions and nontheists In a victory for religious freedom for all residents of Brevard County, Fla., the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners today agreed not to resume its past practice of … More »

‘IM GOD’ license plate victory final

2/10/2020 · A federal judge has ordered the state of Kentucky to pay more than $150,000 to the groups representing a freethinker denied a license plate saying “IM GOD.” The court ruled today, Feb. 10, that the state has to pay for work performed by Freedom From … More »

Religious Tallahassee swearing-in is unconstitutional, FFRF insists

2/10/2020 · The highly religious recent swearing-in of the Tallahassee police chief is unconstitutional, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Chief Lawrence Revell’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 6 was rife with religion, a Tallahassee resident conveyed to FFRF. Revell reportedly thanked “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” … More »

Nevada district ceases school board prayer per FFRF’s advice

2/10/2020 · The Clark County School District in Las Vegas has discontinued the practice of beginning school board meetings with prayer after receiving an official complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF was made aware that the Clark County School District Board of Trustees meetings began … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel excoriates Trump’s State of the Union

2/10/2020 · One passage of President Trump’s State of the Union address stood out for those of us who work to keep state and church separate. Trump claims to be defending religious liberty. Instead, he’s weaponizing it. Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has … More »

Black filmmaker and writer on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

2/6/2020 ·   A filmmaker and author who has exposed religion’s negative role in black history is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Jeremiah Camara is the director and producer of the new documentary “Holy Hierarchy The Religious Roots Of Racism … More »

Trump pushes founding myths in State of the Union

2/5/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning President Trump’s lies about the state of separation of state and church in our union. After touting his tainting of the federal judiciary for a lifetime, Trump claimed: "My administration is also defending religious liberty, and that includes the … More »

National Prayer Breakfast scorns the Constitution, FFRF contends

2/5/2020 · Tomorrow, Feb. 6, the Washington establishment, with President Trump leading the way, will once again flout constitutional principles at a gala prayer event in the nation’s capital. “The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws 3,500 people from all over … More »

FFRF condemns Trump’s school voucher proposal at State of the Union

2/4/2020 · President Trump is expected to unveil a federal voucher scheme to fund religious schools during his State of the Union this evening. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on legislators to oppose this troubling public subsidy of religious education. The proposal could divert up … More »

FFRF probes Kentucky city’s grant to religious university

2/3/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the city of Harrodsburg, Ky. to ensure that taxpayer funds are not being misused, after a local resident raised concerns over a grant to a local religious university and public records suggest that the funds have been … More »

FFRF benefactor endows groundbreaking secular chair at UT-Austin

1/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hailing the setting up of a new secular studies professorship at Texas’ premier public university, which is being endowed by an FFRF member. The professorship at the University of Texas at Austin will focus on the growing segment of … More »

Wheeling City Council replaces prayer with secular message after FFRF complaint

1/30/2020 · A West Virginia city council has replaced a routine prayer before meetings with a secular alternative following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Wheeling citizen reported to FFRF that each Wheeling City Council meeting began with a prayer. These prayers were … More »

FFRF pays tribute to atheist ex-Rep. Pete Stark

1/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation pays tribute to former U.S. Rep. Pete Stark — the only “out” atheist in Congress of his generation — who died on Jan. 24. Stark received FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award, reserved for public figures who make known their … More »

Black humanist scholar on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

1/30/2020 · A distinguished humanist scholar whose work has often focused on race is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” television show this Sunday. Anthony B. Pinn, a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University, is a leading humanist thinker. He has authored … More »

Texas public school district remedies state/church violation following FFRF complaint

1/28/2020 · A Texas public school district will properly charge a religious ministry for the use of its property per the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s recent advice. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that an event called “Fields of Faith” has been repeatedly held at the … More »

FFRF supporting spring state/church symposium at RWU

1/28/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly supporting a scholar-studded late March symposium at the Roger Williams University School of Law focusing on the separation between state and church. The one-day gathering with the title “Is This A Christian Nation?” will be held on Friday, … More »

FFRF calls on Paula White to resign from White House after ‘satanic pregnancy’ remarks

1/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is calling on evangelist Paula White to resign her official post after she appealed to Jesus Christ to “command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now.” Long known as President Trump’s “spiritual adviser,” White was … More »

FFRF protests Pence’s Madison visit promoting school vouchers

1/27/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding a picket to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to promote school vouchers. Pence (“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order”) is headlining a noon-1 p.m. … More »

Trump panders to religion at anti-abortion March for Life

1/27/2020 ·   President Trump’s remarks on Friday at the biggest anti-abortion event of the year confirm how much religious zealotry is the motivation for that movement. Trump became the first U.S. president ever to speak in person at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., boasting … More »

State/church separation, not anti-Catholic bias, reason for “no-aid” clauses

1/23/2020 · The compulsory support of religion is un-American. Thomas Jefferson wrote in his iconic Statute for Religious Freedom that “to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” Historically, our country has done … More »

Don't miss FFRF's TV show 'Freethought Matters' this week with Chris Johnson

1/23/2020 ·   An acclaimed freethinking photographer and filmmaker is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Chris Johnson is the author of a gorgeous coffee table book called A Better Life — 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in … More »

FFRF calls out multiple violations in Fla. district

1/22/2020 ·  Hillsborough County Public Schools must address numerous constitutional violations occurring in the district, a national state/church watchdog is urging. Robinson High School has reportedly allowed Ron Satterwhite, director of missions for the Mount Salem-Wyaconda Southern Baptist Association, to act as a chaplain, for its football … More »

Supreme Court voucher case not about choice, FFRF’s Andrew Seidel contends

1/22/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the Supreme Court’s school vouchers case, which it heard today. In the article, called “School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn’t About Choice, It’s About Coerced Support for Religion,” Seidel … More »

Supreme Court should recognize real issue in Espinoza case, FFRF urges

1/21/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court should appreciate the real issue at stake in the Espinoza voucher case, the Freedom From Religion Foundation urges as oral arguments start Wednesday in the lawsuit. FFRF’s 18-page friend-of-the-court brief, filed in November jointly with Center for Inquiry, American Atheists and … More »

Gloria Steinem showcases FFRF’s 2020 convention

1/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that legendary activist Gloria Steinem will be appearing at its annual national convention in San Antonio in November. Steinem will receive FFRF’s “Forward” Award, which is reserved for those who are moving society forward. The award … More »

Trump’s school prayer photo-op left out most common victims

1/17/2020 · President Trump held an event yesterday designed to create the phony impression that religious students and teachers are routinely discriminated against in our public schools. A diverse group of children and adults, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and White House evangelist Paula White, clustered … More »

Trump school prayer guidance inadequate, other regs worrisome

1/16/2020 · President Trump’s just-released guidance on school prayer and religious instruction, issued on Religious Freedom Day, simply reiterates the state of law, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation contends that it misses the chance to adequately warn schools about common First Amendment violations. The administration not … More »

FFRF: Okla. bible college proposal unconstitutional

1/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging an Oklahoma task force’s recommendation to create a seminary or bible college in state prisons. A centerpiece of the Criminal Justice Reentry, Supervision, Treatment and Opportunity Reform (RESTORE) Task Force recent recommendations is to create “an accredited seminary … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel for Religious Freedom Day

1/16/2020 · Every Jan. 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. On this day 234 years ago, the Virginia Assembly passed the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a law drafted by Thomas Jefferson and one of the three achievements he had inscribed on his gravestone. The Father … More »

Margaret Atwood to headline FFRF’s 2020 convention

1/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that literary titan Margaret Atwood will be appearing at its annual convention in San Antonio in November. The gathering takes place the weekend of Nov. 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the famed Riverwalk. … More »

FFRF’s TV show this week has ex-minister who’s Dying Out Loud

1/16/2020 · A Lou Gehrig’s Disease-afflicted former evangelical pastor is the subject interview on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Dave Warnock, a former minister who has become an atheist, spent 37 years as a charismatic evangelical preacher in Tennessee. After recently … More »

FFRF Reagan ad trended (again) during CNN Democratic debate

1/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to report that its iconic commercial recorded by Ron Reagan, “lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” once again trended on social media last night (Jan. 14) during the CNN-hosted Democratic primary debate. Reagan, the son of … More »

Jeff Sessions fallaciously attacks FFRF

1/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking exception to inaccurately disparaging statements ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made about the national state/church watchdog. Sessions recently described to a conservative website FFRF’s efforts to ensure the right of students to a secular public school system as … More »

FFRF denounces bible-blessing Pentagon ceremony

1/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is protesting a ceremony where the newly formed U.S. Space Force designated and blessed its own bible. Selecting one book as the official “holy book” of a governmental branch is improper and an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause, … More »

FFRF asks Supreme Court to declare RFRA unconstitutional

1/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The case, Tanzin v. Tanvir, was brought before the court by three men seeking damages under RFRA. “The U.S. Supreme … More »

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