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FFRF continues objecting to Arizona department head’s promotion of religion

8/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing to object to a state of Arizona department head's promotion of religion at work. In June, FFRF sent a letter concerning Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries' email to all department employees about his membership in a … More »

FFRF gets Wisconsin religious entity to pay full school fees

8/26/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made certain that a Wisconsin religious organization will pay full rental fees at local public schools. Mission of Hope has held several events at public schools in Waupaca, Wis. Among other activities, the events include a prayer tent staffed … More »

Choose a winner, make this country constitutional

8/25/2016 · You can help to make the United States more constitutional by picking a winner in our annual online Nothing Fails Like Prayer contest.  The U.S. Supreme Court unwisely (and unconstitutionally) sanctioned sectarian prayer by city and county governments in its May 5, 2014, Town of Greece v. … More »

First Amendment prohibits heckler’s — or governor’s — veto

8/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's closing brief in its federal lawsuit, FFRF v. Gov. Greg Abbott, does not mince words. "This case is foremost about the conceit of the censor and the braying of a bully," it says, referring to the Texas governor. Abbott "banished" FFRF's Bill … More »

Nonbelievers grant $10,000 to flooded public school district

8/25/2016 · A freethought charity is providing financial assistance to a flood-hit Louisiana public school district. Nonbelief Relief, which functions as the charitable arm of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has just donated $10,000 in flood relief to the Livingston Parish Public Schools. The group, which represents … More »

Lunchtime religious public school group disbanded, thanks to FFRF

8/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten an outsider-led lunchtime religious group at an Illinois public school disbanded. School administrators at Harrisburg Middle School were allowing a Baptist minister to lead a religious session during lunch hour. He offered free pizza and soda to students … More »

FFRF complaint ends unconstitutional Wisconsin preschool tie-up

8/23/2016 · An unconstitutional tie-up between a Wisconsin school district and a parochial preschool has been nixed following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. In Beaver Dam Unified School District, 3-year-old public school students with developmental delays were often being sent to private preschools. FFRF's complainant, who … More »

FFRF blasts AG’s 'foregone conclusion' on courtroom prayer

8/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the misinformed opinion of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approving courtroom prayer cannot go unchallenged. Although Paxton's opinion, issued Aug. 15, was foregone and therefore not surprising, that does not make it any less irresponsible. FFRF had acted on two … More »

Arizona public college hotel now ‘bible free’

8/16/2016 · Publicly supported hotel rooms at Thunderbird Executive Inn in Glendale, Ariz., are now bible free, thanks to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF, a state/church watchdog with 24,000 members, contacted the Thunderbird School of Global Management after receiving a consumer complaint. The … More »

FFRF sues Pennsylvania county over cross on seal

8/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and several local members are suing Lehigh County in Pennsylvania to remove a Latin cross from the county seal and flag. The federal lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. FFRF is a plaintiff, … More »

FFRF keeps after NASA’s unconstitutional grant to religious institute

8/16/2016 · After hearing back from NASA, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has re-upped its request for NASA to revoke a grant in excess of $1 million to a Christian-focused religious institute. In May 2015, NASA's astrobiology program awarded $1.108 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry for … More »

FFRF announces 2016 college essay contest winners

8/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the 2016 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest winners. The list of awardees has seven top places and 13 honorable mentions from colleges located all over the country. Students were asked to write 700 to 900 … More »

Netflix series ‘Last Chance U’ busts Mississippi college football program

8/11/2016 · Photo from Netflix The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Mississippi community college to resolve constitutional violations that a recent documentary has revealed in its football program. The hit documentary series "Last Chance U" has unearthed several infringements at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, … More »

FFRF objects to a sermonizing Wisconsin community college professor

8/10/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to a sermonizing Wisconsin community college professor. Madison College Professor Hiep S. Van Dong, an instructor in the School of Business and Applied Arts, has encouraged students in his Leadership, Ethics and Development course to add religion … More »

National essay scholarships awarded to young minority freethinkers

8/10/2016 · FFRF is pleased to announce that it has awarded $10,000 in scholarship awards in money of Catherine Fahringer to four students chosen by the Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, an African-American atheist community-based group. This year's winners are Kola Heyward-Rotimi (Amherst College), Makeda Scott (University … More »

Court: Parent in FFRF suit has standing to challenge Ten Commandments monument

8/9/2016 · The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided today that an FFRF member who is a parent of a high school student has legal standing to challenge a Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania school. The court ruled in favor of Marie Schaub, … More »

FFRF gives Florida police chief constitutional lessons

8/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is teaching a Florida police chief the U.S. Constitution. In June, FFRF sent a letter to Oviedo Chief of Police Jeffrey Chudnow regarding an Oviedo Police Department Awards Ceremony and Career Track Recognition held in March at the Reformed Theological Seminary, … More »

Mississippi public school cancels prayer service due to FFRF letter

8/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation caused a prayer service to be moved out of a public elementary school in Mississippi. The Oak Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs, Miss., was all set to host a back-to-school prayer service yesterday. The Ocean Springs School District was … More »

FFRF wants big cross removed from Texas public park

8/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Texas town to remove a huge cross from a public park. A large Latin cross is displayed at the entrance to Swenson Park in Spur, Texas. It overlooks the town and can be seen by passersby. "The religious … More »

FFRF objects to religious N.C. school district logo

8/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting a blatantly religious school district logo in North Carolina. The logo of Madison County Schools (headquartered in Marshall) contains a triangle with the word "God" at the top and a surrounding square that includes "spiritually" as one of … More »

Come join historic celebration in Illinois

8/1/2016 · Sculptor Zenos Frudakis with the Ingersoll statue, before and after restorationAn eminent Illinois freethinker is being restored to his rightful place in the sun, and everyone is invited. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the rededication of a historic statue in Peoria … More »

2016 William J. Schulz High School Essay winners

8/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the 16 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's essay competition. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 and graduate students since 2010. Seniors were asked to pick from two topics: … More »

2016 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest for Freethought Students of Color winners announced

8/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 10 winners of the 2016 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest for people of color. Essayists were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about why they are nonbelievers and their experiences as young nonbelievers … More »

FFRF protests students being punished at San Diego State

7/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the penalization of two San Diego State University students for refusing to participate in a choir performance at a church service. A choir course that Patrick Walders teaches at San Diego State University is mandatory for certain degrees. … More »

FFRF applauds worker victory on religious hospital pension plan

7/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a recent court victory that health care workers have obtained over their religious employers regarding unfair pension plans. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog group, filed a friend of the court brief in a case decided earlier this week … More »

FFRF gets Christian flag removed from courtroom

7/28/2016 · A Georgia courthouse has taken down a Christian flag due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. An overtly Christian flag on a flagpole boasting an additional cross had been prominently on display next to the judge's bench in a Bryan County courtroom. The flag is … More »

Tennessee county pauses land transfers to churches due to FFRF

7/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Tennessee county to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county … More »

FFRF objects to Ohio city scholarships for Christian university

7/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging an Ohio town's scholarship program for a Christian university. Grove City is offering its residents scholarships to attend Ohio Christian University's local campus, at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, as part of the Grove City Higher … More »

FFRF spotlights Texas charter chain’s numerous constitutional transgressions

7/26/2016 · Click here to watch the video.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a publicly funded Texas charter school chain’s multiple violations of the U.S. Constitution. FFRF is requesting that the Texas Education Agency investigate Advantage Academy and take action to prevent its schools … More »

FFRF urges New Hampshire House to discontinue prayer

7/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the New Hampshire House of Representatives to end its tradition of starting sessions with a prayer. An incident earlier this year highlights the complications that can result from this misbegotten practice. On Feb. 4, Peter Chamberland, pastor of … More »

Freethought plays in Peoria, thanks to FFRF donors

7/22/2016 · An illustrious Illinois freethinker is being restored to his pedestal. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that, with the help of 238 generous donors from 43 states plus Puerto Rico, it has raised the money to refurbish a historic statue in Peoria … More »

Trump’s proposal would turn churches into PACs

7/22/2016 · Donald Trump wants to convert religious institutions into campaign halls. In his nomination acceptance speech last night, the Republican presidential candidate repeated his pledge, now part of the GOP platform, to repeal the Johnson Amendment. Named after then-Sen. (later President) Lyndon B. Johnson, the amendment … More »

Georgia officials pledge to remove Christian flag

7/21/2016 · A Georgia courthouse has promised to take down a Christian flag after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A very obviously Christian flag with a cross on top has been prominently on display next to the judge's bench in a Bryan County courtroom. … More »

FFRF takes its message to DNC

7/21/2016 · Don't ignore the power of the secular voting bloc. That's the message the Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A striking 14-by-48-foot billboard bearing the images of four millennial voters that proclaims "I'm an atheist and I vote" … More »

FFRF protests Ohio judge’s religious sentencing

7/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting an Ohio judge's religious actions. On May 25, Judge William Mallory of the Ohio Court of Appeals, First Appellate District, sentenced Jake Strotman, who is religious, to attend Morning Star Baptist Church for 12 consecutive Sunday services. Strotman … More »

FFRF persuades Ohio county commissioner to remove religious references

7/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded an Ohio county commissioner to remove religion from her official email signature. Crawford County Commissioner Jenny Vermillion used two inappropriate signature lines in her county email address. The first of these was a reference to an Old Testament … More »

Nontheists get apology for denial of service at Ark protest

7/18/2016 · A regional freethinkers group has received an apology for discriminatory denial of services during a recent protest at a religious theme park. On June 30, Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals agreed to send portable toilets to a July 7 demonstration against the Ark … More »

FFRF cites Reagan in Cleveland message to GOP

7/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is citing to GOP convention attendees the party's patron saint on the importance of keeping religion out of government. FFRF is greeting convention-goers this week with a 14-by-48 message on a Cleveland highway billboard from President Ronald Reagan, possibly the … More »

FFRF urges Christian flag removal from Georgia courthouse

7/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Georgia courthouse to stop flying a Christian flag. A very obviously Christian religious flag with a cross on top is prominently on display next to the judge's bench in a Bryan County courtroom. The flag is a … More »

FFRF asks San Diego schools to sever partnership with churches

7/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the San Diego school district to end a summer partnership with local churches. The San Diego Unified School District has reportedly formed a partnership with area churches that involves these churches opening up their doors to children to … More »

FFRF gets Texas school district to discontinue religious propaganda movies

7/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced a Texas school district to take a harder stance against showing harmful Christian propaganda and anti-evolution movies to students. In Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, two teachers showed their students extremely questionable films. In a ninth … More »

Ark Encounter proprietor makes rash big bet to lure public schools

7/14/2016 · Ark Encounter entrepreneur and fundamentalist Christian evangelist Ken Ham may have just bet the farm. He has announced that the $28 children's admission price to his biblical Noah's ark theme park (dinosaurs included!) will be slashed to $1 for any public school student. He will … More »

FFRF decries business discrimination against nonbelievers at Ark park protest

7/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a regional freethinkers' group are decrying the discriminatory denial of services during their protest against a religious theme park. On June 30, Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals agreed to send portable toilets to a July 7 demonstration … More »

Kentucky judge turns away nonreligious couple

7/13/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned a Kentucky judge about his refusal to marry a nonreligious couple. Mandy Heath and her fiancé, Jon, were planning on getting married in Trigg County on July 22 at the courthouse of County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander. Heath … More »

FFRF has praying coach reminded of his responsibilities

7/12/2016 · A prayerful Indiana public school coach was given a talking to, following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The girls' tennis coach at Bellmont High School in Decatur, Ind., led members of his team and their families in a Christian prayer at the last match … More »

FFRF co-sponsors “Atheist Night” in St. Paul on Saturday

7/11/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is inviting Midwesterners to a "godless game" on Saturday, July 16. The "St. Paul Saints" will be renamed "Mr. Paul Aints" for the evening at an event that FFRF is co-sponsoring with the Minnesota Atheists for the third consecutive … More »

FFRF objects to Delaware county’s repeated religious grants

7/8/2016 ·  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a Delaware county's repeated grants to religious groups for religious purposes. FFRF wrote the Sussex County Council on Feb. 9 regarding a $10,000 grant to Delmarva Teen Challenge, a religious ministry that purports to help drug addicts … More »

FFRF protests Kentucky public school bands at new “Noah’s Ark”

7/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the participation of two Kentucky public high school bands at a ceremony celebrating a new religious theme park. The Williamstown High School (Williamstown, Ky.) and Grant County High School (Dry Ridge, Ky.) marching bands performed at the ribbon-cutting … More »

FFRF supports denial of a Missouri state grant to a church

7/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has co-filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the denial of a Missouri grant to a church. The Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., is appealing the refusal of a state grant for the upgrading of a playground … More »

FFRF warning more than 1,000 school districts about new “Noah’s Ark”

7/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising public schools in more than 1,000 school districts against visiting a new religious theme park. The Ark Encounter, which is opening this week in Kentucky, is a Christian ministry run by the creationist Ken Ham, who also built … More »

Judge rules in favor of religious freedom

7/6/2016 · A federal judge in Mississippi has provided a huge victory to those who believe in actual religious freedom. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi's unconstitutional "religious freedom" bill, HB 1523, last Thursday night. The judge declared the entire bill unconstitutional, with immediate effect. … More »

FFRF wants religious exemption for retirement plans declared unconstitutional

7/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a court brief asking that a religious exemption for retirement plans be deemed unconstitutional. The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulates retirement plans, but exempts those managed by churches from requirements such as paying insurance premiums, meeting … More »

FFRF billboard “too hot” for Tupelo

7/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been censored in Mississippi. The first billboard it ever put up in the state, on July 1, was removed today. Lamar Outdoor, contending it was getting "a lot of hate," yanked FFRF's digital display this afternoon. The election-year billboard at … More »

FFRF calls for Catholic Church property to be taxed

6/29/2016 · The St. Raphael's congregation owns a 1.3-acre lot in downtown Madison. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to make sure that a Madison, Wis., Catholic congregation pays its fair share of taxes. The state/church separation watchdog group filed an amicus curiae brief this week in Dane County … More »

FFRF gets religious decals on Kansas cop cars removed

6/29/2016 · A Kansas police department has removed religious decals after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about them. The police department in Harper, Kan., had placed a decal on the back of patrol cars stating: "Romans 13:4." The New Testament verse in question reads as follows: … More »

FFRF gets Indiana religious sign taken down

6/28/2016 · A religious public school marquee was quickly taken down after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. Morristown Jr./Sr. High School in Morristown, Ind., posted "MAY GOD BLESS YOU" as part of its 2016 congratulatory message for its graduating students. Public schools may not endorse a … More »

FFRF Mississippi billboard sends important message

6/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sending an important election-year message to the good people of Mississippi. A highway billboard in Tupelo stresses to Mississippians: "God Fixation Won't Fix This Nation." The message is going up on July 1 on a digital billboard at the … More »

California city council nixes huge grant to religious school

6/28/2016 · A California city council nixed a multimillion-dollar grant to a private religious school after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected. The Santa Ana City Council was considering a $2.5 million grant to Mater Dei High School, a Catholic institution, for construction of a new building … More »

FFRF quotes Reagan in Cleveland message to GOP convention

6/27/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Cleveland chapter are mounting an impressive 14-by-48-foot message to the Republican National Convention: Keep church and state separate. That message on a highway billboard comes from an unexpected source: President Ronald Reagan. "We establish no religion in this … More »

FFRF wants unconstitutional Wisconsin tie-up to end

6/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an end to an unconstitutional tie-up between a Wisconsin school district and a parochial preschool. In Beaver Dam Unified School District, 3-year-old public school students with developmental delays are often sent to private preschools. FFRF's complainant, who … More »

FFRF gets creationist movie removed from Colorado school

6/24/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint about a creationist movie has made sure that it will not be shown again in a Colorado public school. Carl Christianssen, a science teacher at Dakota Ridge High School, showed a video in class called "Unlocking the Mysteries of … More »

FFRF protests religious decals on Kansas cop cars

6/23/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting religious decals on patrol vehicles in Kansas. The Harper Police Department has placed a decal on the back of patrol cars reading "Romans 13:4." The New Testament verse in question reads as follows: "For he is the minister … More »

FFRF opposes gender discrimination at NYC public pool

6/23/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to gender discrimination at a New York public pool. At the Metropolitan Pool, owned and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, there are women-only hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The hours … More »

FFRF alarmed about Tennessee school

6/22/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed about multiple constitutional violations occurring in a Tennessee high school. A Christian club called FISH meets every Friday during lunch at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough. An employee at the high school, Jerry Day, leads this group. … More »

Calif. ‘school chaplaincy’ makes changes due to FFRF complaint

6/22/2016 · A California school district has taken a number of steps to conform with the U.S. Constitution following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The Turlock Unified School District had a partnership with the Turlock Chaplaincy, a group of ordained ministers. Some of these ministers and … More »

FFRF objects to NJ religious counseling program

6/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a proposed program in New Jersey where offending juveniles will receive church counseling. The Trenton Police Department intends to take juveniles who have broken the curfew law to churches for "counseling," according to media reports. The city of Trenton's … More »

FFRF gets religious school message removed

6/20/2016 · A large religious message in an Oklahoma public school was taken down after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. One of the walls in the teachers' lounge in East Side Elementary School in Chandler, Okla., had a 5-foot-by-5-foot stenciled message that read: "Miracles alter flow … More »

FFRF and Wegmans agree about ex-Muslims: “Let them eat cake!”

6/20/2016 · A group of ex-Muslims is finally getting to eat cake—and that, too, for free—due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wegmans outlet in Fairfax, Va., refused to decorate and sell a cake to the Ex-Muslims of North America. On May 31, the organization's staff … More »

FFRF demands a cake for ex-Muslims

6/19/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a grocery chain to bake a freethinking group a cake. A Wegmans outlet in Fairfax, Va., refused to decorate and sell a cake to the Ex-Muslims of North America. On May 31, the organization's staff emailed the Wegmans … More »

FFRF seeks removal of religious highway signs

6/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to religious highway signs that greet people when they enter a Texas city. Signs proclaiming "Welcome — This Is God's Country Please Don't Drive Through It Like Hell — Hondo, Texas" are displayed prominently by U.S. 90, at … More »

Nonbelief Relief aids Orlando victims, Bangladeshi bloggers, Sudan famine

6/17/2016 · Nonbelief Relief is making major donations to help with the Orlando tragedy and to assist Bangladeshi nonbelievers. Its latest round of grants include $10,000 earmarked for Orlando and $35,000 in aid of Bangladeshi freethinkers. Nonbelief Relief is a new humanitarian agency created by the Freedom From Religion … More »

FFRF lawsuit triumphs over school district censorship

6/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has prevailed in a court battle over a California school district's censorship. In a legal settlement signed by U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, the Antelope Valley Union High School District consented to distribute scholarship opportunities offered by FFRF and Antelope Valley … More »

FFRF raises alarm about Texas charter school chain

6/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising red flags about a publicly funded Texas charter school chain. Newman International Academy, which has frequently breached the constitutional wall separating state and church, operates a number of charter schools in Texas. In August, it is opening up … More »

Kentucky school district halts proselytizer access following FFRF complaint

6/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Kentucky chapter have blocked a Christian organization's infiltration into athletic programs throughout a Kentucky school district. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes had embedded itself into athletic programs all over the Jefferson County Public Schools system (located in Louisville), … More »

FFRF protesting Franklin Graham rally in Madison

6/14/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is picketing the Franklin Graham noon rally at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday, June 15. Franklin, son of Billy, is visiting all state capitols to "urge Christians to vote" and to "stand up for the things of … More »

FFRF condemns Catholic Church’s ‘vote shaming’ on child sex-abuse bill

6/13/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the Catholic Church targeting Pennsylvania legislators who have shown support for stronger child sex-abuse laws. Of 195 members of the Pennsylvania House, 180 recently voted in favor of a bill designed to prevent those accused of sexually abusing children from claiming … More »

Nevada school to end violations after FFRF alert

6/10/2016 · A Nevada school district has agreed to halt several constitutional violations at a local high school after being alerted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Mojave High School Principal Antonio Rael and Grace Point Church Pastor Ty Neal were seen chatting in a video about … More »

FFRF asks NASA to withdraw large religious grant

6/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants NASA to revoke a grant in excess of $1 million to a Christian-focused religious institute. In May 2015, NASA's astrobiology program awarded $1.108 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry for "an interdisciplinary inquiry on the societal implications of … More »

FFRF takes down fire department's religious sign

6/8/2016 · A fire department in the state of Washington has agreed to stop posting religious messages on its outdoor marquee, following a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. The Oakville Fire Department, Grays Harbor Fire District #1 had put up a sign last holiday season reading: "Unto … More »

Iowa governor needs to revoke bible proclamation

6/8/2016 · The governor of Iowa needs to rescind a recent bible-reading proclamation or face legal action from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Gov. Terry Branstad recently issued an official decree "encouraging all Iowans" to participate in the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon, to take place in front of … More »

National scholarship contest for young minority freethinkers is open

6/7/2016 · A national scholarship contest for high school freethinkers of color is open to entries. The First in the Family Catherine Fahringer Memorial Scholarships, administered by the Black Skeptics Group Los Angeles and underwritten by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are available to high school youth … More »

New York Times features FFRF ad

6/2/2016 · The New York Times has run a full-page ad today highlighting a new lawsuit that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought against the U.S. Congress. FFRF filed the suit after the national lawmaking body denied its Co-President Dan Barker a chance to give an … More »

Nation’s premier rating entity gives FFRF excellent grades

6/2/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has once again received a stellar assessment from the country's premier nonprofit charity rating organization. FFRF has for the sixth consecutive year gotten the highest four-star ranking from Charity Navigator in its just-released annual survey. Four stars indicate that the state/church watchdog … More »

Come see what FFRF is offering at the Reason Rally

6/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a lot to offer at the Reason Rally this Saturday in Washington, D.C. If you're planning to attend, read on. If not, look for photo coverage in Freethought Today's June/July issue.  FFRF is part of a coalition sponsoring the June 4 … More »

FFRF hails speedy victory for Constitution in Texas

6/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased at the role it has played in a recent victory for the U.S. Constitution. FFRF and two of its members in March had sued the sheriff of Brewster County, Texas, over his decision to affix Latin cross decals … More »

FFRF launches national ad blitz this week

5/31/2016 · Click here to view full-sized ad.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a timely national ad campaign this week on the need to vote for candidates who'll get religion out of government. The full-page ads—featured in three of the country's foremost newspapers—are aimed in this … More »

Texas school district cracks down on religious promotion after FFRF complaint

5/27/2016 · A Texas school district has made important policy changes in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF had raised concerns with the McKinney Independent School District on several issues. District employees were displaying crosses in a number of rooms at local high schools. A … More »

FFRF objects to religious ROTC creeds

5/26/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to the injection of religion into U.S. Army programs. Specifically, FFRF is taking issue with the JROTC and the ROTC's cadet creeds. The JROTC belief principle ends: "May God grant me the strength to always live by this … More »

Commuters should decide about FFRF bus ads

5/26/2016 · WASHINGTON, D.C.¬–With the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission having second thoughts about allowing advocacy ads on its buses, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the commuters to decide instead. Washington, D.C-area commuters are riding on PRTC buses on the Prince William and D runs that … More »

FFRF wishes to be generous to a Texas town

5/26/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is happy to pay a Texas town 20 times the amount the town agreed to get from a church for a controversial piece of land. The Port Neches City Council is selling a portion of Riverfront Park containing a 10-foot Latin cross … More »

FFRF opposes proposed Arkansas bible class

5/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is opposing a proposed bible class in an Arkansas school district. Bentonville School Board member Brent Leas has recommended adding an elective academic bible study class to the 2017-18 curriculum. He is justifying it under Arkansas Act 1440, which was … More »

Atheists taking over D.C. transportation

5/24/2016 · Clarification: FFRF’s “I’m an Atheist and I Vote” ad campaign is not running on Washington, D.C., Metro buses, which prohibit political and advocacy ads. It’s actually featured on the Prince Williams and D runs on PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) commuter buses. Commuter buses, … More »

FFRF agrees House action against gays ‘shameful’

5/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the recent maneuver in the House to defeat a measure protecting gay rights. An amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., to uphold an executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors was defeated 213-212 after a dramatic floor fight. … More »

FFRF cautiously welcomes Texas city’s cross sale decision

5/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation cautiously welcomes a Texas city's decision to deed a piece of public land with a cross to a church, but is skeptical about the terms of the sale. The Port Neches City Council is selling a portion of Riverfront Park … More »

Update: FFRF deplores Okla. bill criminalizing abortion

5/20/2016 · Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor deplores the recently passed Oklahoma bill that will make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. Bill supporters openly acknowledge the measure is ultimately aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade., the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision … More »

FFRF wants Chicago principal terminated

5/19/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a Chicago-area public school principal to be dismissed for his active promotion of religion. Rich South High School Principal Michael McGrone regularly boosts religion, according to media reports and FFRF local members. He has brought in a woman to … More »

FFRF wants LA schools' religious clubs investigated

5/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a number of illegal Los Angeles public school religious clubs to be investigated. Last September, FFRF had drawn the Los Angeles Unified School District's attention to an unconstitutional bible club (the TRUTH Club), run by football coach Jesse Montes, … More »

FFRF welcomes Do No Harm Act to amend RFRA

5/18/2016 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation The Freedom From Religion Foundation welcomes the introduction today of the "Do No Harm Act" to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA. FFRF applauds U.S. Reps. Bobbie Scott of Virginia and Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts … More »

Judges hear arguments in Pa. Ten Commandments challenge

5/18/2016 · A three-judge panel in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments tomorrow in a challenge to a Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania school. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Marie Schaub, who is a parent of a student, appealed a … More »

FFRF dismayed at military institute’s religious commencement

5/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is dismayed at the unconstitutional distribution of religious texts during the commencement at a famed public military institution. At this year's ceremony on May 16, retired Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, handed out … More »

FFRF condemns vandalism of California cross

5/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the vandalism of a 14-foot granite cross over which it is suing in Santa Clara, Calif. A large letter X was spray-painted in white on the words "Santa Clara Lions Club" (which donated the cross) in the dedication. The … More »

FFRF demands that Florida school board stop praying

5/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly protesting a Florida school board's habit of regularly praying. The Duval County Public School Board starts each of its monthly meetings with a prayer. Its agenda always lists an invocation or a thought of the day at the … More »

Texas school district won’t promote religious ceremonies

5/13/2016 · A Texas school district has assured the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it will stop publicizing private religion-infused baccalaureate ceremonies. FFRF had contacted the Friendswood Independent School District with its concern that a baccalaureate service in the Friendswood High School on May 22 has been … More »

FFRF runs full-page ad in Tulsa & Wichita debunking anti-abortion claims

5/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be running a full-page ad in Sunday's Tulsa (Okla.) World and Wichita (Kan.) Eagle asking the question, "What does the bible really say about abortion?" The answer is (as the ad puts it): "There is no biblical justification for the assault … More »

Tennessee schools to systematically address state/church violations

5/12/2016 · A Tennessee school district is taking systemic steps to make sure that state-church violations do not recur after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted it. FFRF had learned about a second-grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary in Fayetteville, Tenn., who helped students construct crosses as … More »

Kentucky town to discontinue nativity display

5/11/2016 · A Kentucky town will stop displaying an overtly religious nativity scene in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation objection. FFRF had notified the city of Walton a number of times that a Christmas nativity panorama on the City Hall lawn was in violation of … More »

FFRF springs Oklahoma students from moralistic sermons

5/9/2016 · An Oklahoma school district has assured the Freedom From Religion Foundation that its students will not be attending a moralistic sermon. The "Spring Tea" is a highly religious annual event in Muskogee. This March, hundreds of middle school girls were preached at on such issues as abstinence, … More »

FFRF questions adult-run Indiana student club

5/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning adult involvement in an Indiana public school religious club. The Foundation of Christian Students chapter at Riverside Intermediate School in Fishers, Ind., has extensive adult participation, FFRF has been informed. The meetings are led by grown-ups, including four … More »

FFRF & friends to restore Peoria Ingersoll statue

5/9/2016 · (Peoria, Ill.) A 105-year-old statue of one of America's most illustrious nonbelievers is scheduled to leave town tomorrow for a long overdue restoration. The Freedom From Religion Foundation raised funds from donors across the nation to repair the historic statue of Robert G. Ingersoll in Glen … More »

Everything you need to know about the Reason Rally

5/6/2016 · We invite you to make your plans now to attend the June 4 Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., being sponsored by a coalition of secular groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The world's largest gathering of nonbelievers and freethinkers will get to … More »

FFRF knows of a solution to Wisconsin 'Jesus Lunches'

5/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation believes there's a simple solution for the city of Middleton, Wis., to stop the contentious weekly "Jesus Lunch" event. For the past couple of years, a parents' group has held weekly lunches at the Fireman's Memorial Park, adjacent to the … More »

FFRF decries Michigan city’s behavior

5/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a Michigan city's censorship of a freethinker on the National Day of Prayer. Doug Marshall, a resident of Warren, Mich., secured the right last year to set up a Reason Station in the city hall after a … More »

FFRF sues Congress for banning atheist from delivering House invocation

5/5/2016 · Congress spends $800,000 in taxpayer resources for opening prayers; bans nonbelievers from participating Today, on the National Day of Prayer, The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy for barring FFRF Co-President Dan Barker from delivering a secular guest invocation to the House … More »

FFRF puts pressure on schools, city over prayers

5/5/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is working to get public school districts, city councils and other government bodies to refrain from opening meetings with prayers. In the past week, FFRF has sent out five letters to various governmental agencies asking them to stop with the … More »

FFRF challenges church school trip

5/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to an Arkansas school district's church trip tomorrow to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. The Jessieville Public School District is organizing an excursion of students from the local high school to the Village Church of Christ. … More »

FFRF, AHA sue to remove giant cross from Florida park

5/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association's (AHA) Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed suit today against the City of Pensacola, Fla., to challenge a 25-foot tall Christian cross in public Bayview Park. A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here.  According to … More »

FFRF not seeing windfall from Chino Valley lawsuit settlement

5/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is going to see a little reimbursement as part of its legal victory over the Chino Valley School Board in California. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal ruled on Feb. 18 that the School Board's prayers violated the Establishment Clause of … More »

FFRF challenges Kentucky’s rejection of license plate

5/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to Kentucky's censorship of a personalized license plate. FFRF contacted the state of Kentucky on behalf of state resident Ben Hart after his application for a personalized license plate was rejected. Hart had the "IM GOD" license plate in Ohio, … More »

FFRF gets W. Va. school district to change its rules

5/2/2016 · A West Virginia school district changed its policies after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to a Christian revival meeting held at one of its schools. Evangelist Matt Hartley sermonized to students at Mingo Central High School in Williamson, W.Va., on Wednesday, April 13, preaching … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment in Indiana nativity lawsuit

4/29/2016 · In a motion filed today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Indiana are seeking summary judgment in a lawsuit challenging an annual nativity performance at an Indiana public school.  Each December for nearly half a century, the … More »

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 »

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