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Nonbelief Relief makes $80,000 in donations

12/13/2018 ·   Nonbelief Relief, Inc., a charity established to do good in the name of nonbelievers, has announced its final gifts for 2018 — and for the foreseeable future. It has given $80,000 this December for six important causes. NBR ‘s new grants include $20,000 to aid … More »

FFRF honors Bill of Rights Day in whimsical NY Times ad

12/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing a whimsical ad with an urgent message in the Sunday New York Times, in honor of Bill of Rights Day — the anniversary of its Dec. 15, 1791, ratification. The full-page ad will appear in the main … More »

FFRF adds Solstice message to Atlanta media campaign

12/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation debuted a Solstice message this December as part of its 2018 Billboard campaign in suburban Atlanta. Two digital billboards have gone up with secular holiday messages reading:  “At the Season of the Winter Solstice MAY REASON PREVAIL.” One digital billboard is located … More »

FFRF offers advice on country’s suicide problem

12/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has concrete suggestions on how to tackle the suicide crisis in this country. FFRF is offering its input in response to public comments requested regarding the implementation of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018. The secular group highlights … More »

FFRF freethinking banner in N.Y. park counters religion

12/12/2018 · A New York freethinking organization has once again unfurled a Freedom From Religion Foundation banner at a local park to balance religion there. The Freethinkers of Hastings-on-Hudson recently put up FFRF’s “Reason’s Greetings” banner in VFW Park in the New York village. Next to it, … More »

FFRF excoriates Missouri city officials for surrendering on the Constitution

12/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking to task officials in a Missouri town who yielded to pressure from some of its citizens. Early yesterday, Dec. 11, the city of Ozark issued a remarkable statement indicating that a cross displayed in its Finley River Park … More »

FFRF brings secular display back to Indiana

12/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and local member Geoff Snyder have brought a Bill of Rights “nativity scene” back to South Bend this Solstice season. The scene is actually a cutout of Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, along with the Statue … More »

FFRF Reason Station makes its reappearance in Warren, Michigan

12/11/2018 · Reason is celebrating Winter Solstice in a small Michigan town. The Reason Station, staffed and organized by Freedom From Religion Foundation activist Douglas Marshall, has been observing Solstice in the Warren, Mich., City Hall for the fourth season running. This commemoration is the result of … More »

AG nominee William Barr must repudiate previous statements vilifying secularism

12/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts that President Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr must provide reassurances that his views on secularism have evolved. In 1992, while serving as attorney general, Barr blamed secularism for the nation’s “moral decline.” “The secularists of today are clearly … More »

FFRF debuts freethought displays in San Diego city park

12/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the help of local activists, is debuting secular Winter Solstice displays in San Diego's Balboa Park this holiday season. Katie D., a San Diego freethinker who has asked to be identified without her full last name, put up two … More »

FFRF brings secular Solstice message to Eugene, Ore.

12/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought its seasonal Winter Solstice display to Eugene, Ore., this week for the first time. A large banner spans 30 feet by 4 feet and stretches across 11th Avenue. The display contains the message: “Celebrate the Solstice. TIS THE SEASON … More »

FFRF gets religious exhibits relocated from Ohio public space

12/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded the city of Dover, Ohio, to transfer a nativity scene and a Ten Commandments monument from public to private property. “The city has moved its downtown nativity scene and a granite monument bearing the Ten Commandments in the … More »

Ill. city cancels religious trip due to FFRF intervention

12/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce the cancellation of an Illinois city-sponsored religious tour. FFRF contacted the city of Charleston, Ill., this Monday after receiving a report that the Parks and Recreation Department was hosting a five-day trip featuring visits to the … More »

FFRF’s secular display returns to Milwaukee County Courthouse

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice sign is back in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. County Executive Chris Abele graced the installation ceremony on Monday, Dec. 3. FFRF put up the display with the help of member Ted Shellhamer. FFRF has placed the message in the … More »

FFRF requests removal of nativity scene from Ohio government property

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a large nativity scene on an Ohio courthouse. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that the Hocking County Municipal Courthouse has a large nativity scene on the side of its building. The resident reports that … More »

An evangelical Christian group is using popular superheroes, like Captain America and Spider-Man, to target children in Georgia’s public schools

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to an evangelical Christian group that has been permitted by Georgia school districts to evangelize public school students while dressing up as popular superheroes like Captain America, Thor and Spider-Man. A concerned district parent informed FFRF that … More »

FFRF spreads secular message in Chicago

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have placed their annual secular holiday exhibits all over the greater Chicago area. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers has again been unfurled in Daley Plaza. It greets everyone with: “Happy Winter Solstice,” and … More »

FFRF intervenes in constitutional violation in Texas school district

12/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a staggering constitutional violation in a Texas public school district. A concerned community member in Whitehouse Independent School District contacted FFRF to report that the district had recently recorded and posted to its website a video promoting … More »

FFRF unveils secular display in Cleveland

12/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making certain for a second year in a row that a secular message is proudly on view in the heart of Cleveland. The Northern Ohio Freethought Society, the local chapter of FFRF, has obtained a spot at the Cleveland … More »

FFRF intervenes in Illinois city-sponsored trip to Christian theme park and museum

12/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposing a scheduled Charleston, Ill., city-sponsored trip to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. The Charleston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a five-day trip featuring visits to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum from … More »

FFRF calls foul on Gibson County high school football coaches praying with students

11/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to Indiana public high school football coaches praying with students, violating their First Amendment rights in the process. A concerned community member in the South Gibson School Corporation contacted FFRF to report that high school personnel prayed … More »

FFRF challenges religious clubs in W.Va. school district

11/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting several constitutional violations occurring in schools all over a West Virginia school district. FFRF has received multiple reports that Wood County Schools has allowed teachers and outside adults to facilitate religious instruction during the school day in its … More »

FFRF Solstice exhibit comes back to the Capitol

11/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual Winter Solstice exhibit became available for public viewing at the Wisconsin Capitol today, Dec. 3, for a remarkable 23rd year running. The display has a few components. A sign features FFRF’s traditional message by its principal founder Anne Nicol … More »

FFRF condemns Arkansas politician’s countrywide Christian Nationalist push

11/29/2018 · Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert, who championed an unconstitutional Ten Commandments megalith on the Capitol grounds, is going national with his sectarian agenda. In forming the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, Rapert is encouraging other legislators to follow his lead and abuse their public office … More »

Religious bigotry fuels growing “child welfare crisis”

11/28/2018 ·   A recently published report reaffirms The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s opposition to religious discrimination in adoption and foster care. The Center for American Progress, Voice for Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children have published a new report confirming that religious exemption laws allowing … More »

FFRF display graces Illinois Capitol 10th year in a row

11/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice display has proudly been on view at the Illinois Capitol for 10 years running. The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the heart of the Illinois state government in Springfield and will be up till … More »

FFRF denounces inclusion of religious messages in Baraboo community event

11/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the inclusion of religion at a Baraboo school-sponsored event that took place in response to the recent photograph of high school students giving the Nazi salute. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that the Baraboo School … More »

FFRF protests religious meetings at Mississippi high school

11/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to coercive and unconstitutional religious meetings regularly occurring in a Mississippi school district. Employees at George County High School (located in Lucedale, Miss.) have evidently permitted a private group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to hold meetings … More »

FFRF installs secular holiday display at Illinois courthouse

11/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up an exhibit honoring the Bill of Rights at an Illinois courthouse. The display was installed by FFRF Member Will Meyer at the Grundy County Courthouse, not too far from Chicago, on Nov. 23 and will be available … More »

FFRF urges Supreme Court not to review its unanimous N.J. win

11/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand its recent victory on behalf of New Jersey taxpayers. The state/church watchdog filed a brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court, encouraging it to reject a request that it review a … More »

Trump administration fanatic moves to faith-based office

11/20/2018 · A legal disappointment that the Freedom From Religion Foundation suffered more than a decade ago continues to have repercussions today. If FFRF had won Hein v. FFRF back in 2007 before the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have been allowed to make the case that … More »

Freethinkers ask U.S. Supreme Court to let Pensacola cross win stand

11/19/2018 · Two of the country’s leading secular groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to assent to their victory declaring unconstitutional a massive cross in a Florida city park. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the American Humanist Association (AHA) today filed a brief opposing … More »

FFRF objects to Chicago taxpayer money granted to church

11/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning the Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s unconstitutional funding of a local church. A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that the department awarded a grant to the First Church of Deliverance under the Adopt-a-Landmark program. Public … More »

On its 25th birthday, a federal “religious liberty” law continues to legalize discrimination

11/16/2018 · A law passed in the name of religious liberty continues to legitimize discrimination a quarter century after it came into existence. Twenty-five years ago today, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) went into effect. RFRA is a superstatute, effectively amending every other federal law, that … More »

Tenn. public school disrespects nonreligious veterans, FFRF intervenes

11/15/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting a troubling Veterans Day constitutional violation at a Tennessee middle school. A concerned district parent, who is also a veteran, reported that the recent Veterans Day program at Smith County Middle School included a Christian prayer. The program … More »

FFRF delighted at inclusiveness of Milwaukee exhibition

11/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appreciative that an upcoming exhibition in Milwaukee on the diversity of faith is truly diverse. “Gratitude: Faith/Diversity,” a collaboration of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee that is being displayed at … More »

FFRF lauds Colo. district for withdrawing from Todd Becker ministry event

11/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is commending a Colorado school district for cancelling its attendance at an upcoming sermonizing session that an evangelical group is a key part of. The Todd Becker Foundation, a Christian ministry, is scheduled to appear at a Burlington Middle School … More »

FFRF appalled that Colorado district agrees to let religious group pray with students

11/14/2018 · Image Source: Todd Becker Foundation's Annual Ministry Banquet Advertisement   FFRF is shocked to discover a Colorado district has explicitly and unconstitutionally consented to a religious group running an assembly and individually meeting to pray with students during school hours. The Todd Becker Foundation, a Christian ministry, … More »

FFRF deplores Trump administration's latest assault on birth control

11/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation denounces the Trump administration’s most recent attack on birth control. The Trump administration wasted no time in announcing the day after the midterm elections that it would publish final rules to allow employers to deny their employees access to basic … More »

FFRF calls on Oklahoma baseball coach/superintendent to cease leading school prayers

11/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting a proselytizing baseball coach/superintendent in an Oklahoma high school.  A concerned local resident reported that the Sentinel High School baseball team coach has been praying with his team. It is well established law that public school athletic coaches may … More »

FFRF sues over Wisconsin’s DOJ chaplaincy

11/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is legally contesting an unconstitutional Wisconsin religion-centered counseling state program. In a lawsuit filed today in a Dane County court, FFRF is challenging the constitutionality of a faith-based employee chaplaincy that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel created at the state … More »

FFRF condemns most recent Trump-Pence attack on women’s health care

11/12/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s latest bald-faced attack on women’s reproductive rights. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would require Affordable Care Act marketplace plans to send consumers a separate “abortion bill” … More »

FFRF highlights city manager’s official religious posts

11/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to a Florida city manager’s unconstitutional social media postings. A concerned area resident recently reported to the state/church watchdog that Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White regularly posts proselytizing messages to the city’s Facebook page at … More »

FFRF warns: Acting AG is a Christian nationalist

11/9/2018 · A man who has a “biblical view of justice” is now running the Department of Justice. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (appointed by President Trump this week minus the required Senate approval process) is a Christian nationalist. He has asserted that all judges must be … More »

FFRF calls out unconstitutional public school religious recruitment

11/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled that an Illinois school district has allowed its schools to be used as a recruiting ground for a religious ministry. A concerned local community member reported that a local religious ministry, Yoked Mentoring Program, and an affiliated ministry, … More »

FFRF challenges unconstitutional New York City grant to religious event

11/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a constitutional violation by the New York City Council. A concerned New York taxpayer contacted the state/church watchdog to report that the city has awarded a grant to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) as … More »

FFRF commends Arizona voters for rejecting voucher expansion

11/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Arizona voters for sending a clear message not to divert public tax dollars to fund private religious schools. By rejecting Proposition 305 on Tuesday, Arizona declined a massive expansion to its voucher scheme, which has proven to be a … More »

FFRF contacts IRS over Florida church’s electioneering

11/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising the alarm over a Florida church’s blatant electioneering yesterday. FFRF has learned that on Election Day, Grace of God Church, which serves as a Pasco County polling location in New Port Richey. Fla., posted a political sign on … More »

Election Day brings hope, concern to FFRF

11/7/2018 · As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is nonpartisan and does not take sides in elections. This rule is laid out in the Johnson Amendment, something FFRF has worked hard to protect against an onslaught led by conservative Christian churches. But elections … More »

Trump’s ‘revised’ birth control religious exemption will remain insidious

11/2/2018 · After losing in two federal courts, the Trump administration is back at the drawing board on a new strategy to undermine women’s access to basic healthcare. It was announced this week that administration officials are revising rules— blocked from taking effect last year by two … More »

FFRF calls attention to unconstitutional proselytization in Ill. district

11/1/2018 · FFRF is calling attention to a serious constitutional violation at Moline-Coal Valley School District. Several concerned district parents reported that multiple schools, including Wilson Middle School, hosted Zak Mirzadeh, an “illusionist,” to give a mandatory assembly to students during the school day. After the performance, … More »

FFRF denounces Washington state rep. for promoting violent Christian extremism

11/1/2018 · Washington State Rep. Matt Shea recently released a video admitting that he distributed an openly violent screed titled “Biblical Basis for War.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the document as dangerous and staggeringly hypocritical. The “Biblical Basis for War” begins with a list of … More »

FFRF warns that Friday W.Va. event will encourage churches to violate election law

10/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to an upcoming gathering in West Virginia that is aiming to persuade churches to break election rules. This Friday, Nov. 2, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, a radical Religious Right organization, is partnering with notorious … More »

Alabamians Will Soon Vote on Putting the Ten Commandments on Public Property

10/31/2018 · Statement by Andrew L Seidel, Director of Strategic Response For the Freedom From Religion Foundation The god of the Bible is on the Nov. 6 ballot in Alabama. A proposed constitutional amendment would allow the government to display his so-called divine law — the Ten … More »

FFRF corrects barrage of misstatements in Jeff Sessions speech to Federalist Society

10/31/2018 · On Monday, Oct. 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to a Boston chapter of the Federalist Society about his haunting vision for religious liberty. In an attempt to sell a story of Christian persecution and demonize the nonreligious, Sessions made several false or deeply … More »

Appeals court to hear argument in W.Va. bible class case

10/30/2018 · This Thursday, Nov. 1, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a high-profile case involving bible classes in a West Virginia school system. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Elizabeth Deal, a parent of a student, last year challenged … More »

FFRF condemns Mississippi governor’s sectarian religious promotion

10/30/2018 · FFRF is denouncing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for promoting two religious events. A concerned local FFRF member reported that while acting in his official capacity as governor, Bryant recorded a promotional video for a “pastors and leadership summit” that was held on Oct. 4 and … More »

FFRF denounces Pence’s exploitation of synagogue tragedy to push Christian nationalism

10/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying Vice President Mike Pence’s use of the killings at the synagogue in Pittsburgh to further his Christian nationalist agenda. At a political rally on Monday, Oct. 29, Pence hosted a religious figure who prayed to Jesus for the … More »

FFRF appalled at Pittsburgh synagogue shootings

10/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is horrified by the multiple killings inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. The apprehended suspect, Robert Bowers from the Pittsburgh suburbs, reportedly drove into the city to inflict a massacre during the Saturday morning services, murdering 11 congregants because of … More »

FFRF ringing alarm on coach-led prayers in Tenn. district

10/29/2018 · FFRF is raising serious concern over a proselytizing coach in a Tennessee school district. A concerned parent reported that the coach of the DeKalb County High School boys and girls soccer teams has been proselytizing to and praying with both groups. The coach reportedly leads the … More »

FFRF celebrates repeal of Irish blasphemy law

10/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Ireland for voting to repeal the nation’s constitutional ban on blasphemy. The theocratic provision, which dates back to 1937 and was reinforced with a 2009 statute had never been actively enforced. But it was a national embarrassment for Ireland … More »

FFRF calls out multiple constitutional violations in Tenn. school

10/25/2018 · FFRF is calling for an end to multiple constitutional violations by a Tennessee school district. A concerned complainant reported that the New Prospect Elementary gym in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., has text painted on the wall that says, “God First. Others Second. Self Third. FCA.” FCA stands … More »

Ariz. Dept. of Education heeds FFRF advice, denies anti-science curriculum

10/25/2018 · An attempt to de-emphasize evolution and pander to creationists in Arizona public schools has been shot down following pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Earlier this year, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas attempted to alter the state’s scientific education standards by eliminating … More »

FFRF brings freethought, Salman Rushdie, Cecile Richards to Bay Area

10/25/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be bringing a celebration of secularism and irreverence to the Bay Area the weekend of Nov. 2-4. Nearly 1,000 freethinking attendees will be in San Francisco for FFRF's 41st annual convention, headlined by best-selling author Salman Rushdie, reproductive rights … More »

FFRF condemns Trump administration’s discriminatory transgender policy

10/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Trump administration’s latest attempt to advance the plague of religiously motivated discrimination. According to a leaked Trump administration memo, multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, are considering a policy to redefine gender … More »

FFRF tackles Auburn football program’s religiosity

10/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is redoubling its efforts to stop the unconstitutionally excessive piety in Auburn University’s football program. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, sent Auburn University an open records request in 2014 asking for information related to its football chaplain, Chette Williams, and the … More »

Leading Freethought Organizations Defend Pensacola Cross Victory in Appeals Court

10/23/2018 · Today, attorneys at the American Humanist Association (AHA) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), led by AHA Senior Counsel Monica Miller, filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Today’s filing opposes the City of Pensacola’s request that … More »

FFRF defends housing allowance victory before appeals court

10/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be defending its housing allowance victory before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Oct. 24. FFRF’s momentous challenge to preferential tax allowances given to “ministers of the gospel” could shake up the federal tax structure. Treasury … More »

FFRF ends coach-led prayer in Alabama high school

10/22/2018 ·   An Alabama high school football coach will cease the unconstitutional practice of leading his team in prayer prior to games after a letter from FFRF. The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted the Autauga County Schools’ counsel earlier this month after it was reported that the … More »

The United States must sever ties to Saudi Arabia

10/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the United States to break off diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regime’s torture and murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi has exposed the brutality of the country’s ruling apparatus. But the problem with the country is … More »

FFRF objects to sheriff’s “prayer meeting” as substitute for enforcing animal cruelty laws

10/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying the failure by a Texas sheriff’s office to enforce animal cruelty laws after a woman reportedly abandoned two puppies at a local dump. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department recently submitted a report to local media summarizing the sheriff’s … More »

FFRF urges belief in science, reason with new Atlanta billboard

10/19/2018 · A 14-by-48 foot billboard went up this week at the corner of Marietta Street and Simpson Street in Atlanta featuring a secular play on the national motto. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has placed the billboard … More »

FFRF remedies constitutional violation in Maryland elementary school

10/18/2018 ·   A Christian sign has come down from an elementary school lunchroom in a Harford County, Md., school following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that Jarrettsville Elementary School displayed a portion of the Lord’s Prayer on … More »

DOJ heeds FFRF’s call for Catholic Church child sex crime investigation

10/18/2018 · After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Justice Department has launched a probe of the Roman Catholic clergy’s horrific sex abuse scandal. “The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, … More »

Secular groups raise alarm at 4th Circuit nominee Allison Rushing

10/17/2018 · Several secular groups are opposing the confirmation of Allison Rushing, a just-announced nominee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Rushing will serve a lifetime appointment to the court. In addition to outlining several other concerns, the groups call specific attention to … More »

FFRF’s atheist guest chaplain challenge before D.C. appeals court

10/17/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be presenting its case before the D.C. appeals court on Thursday as part of its legal challenge to open up our nation’s legislative chambers to atheists and freethinkers. The state/church watchdog filed a brief in May before the U.S. … More »

Dawson County Schools to cease coach-led prayer

10/16/2018 · FFRF has received confirmation that coach-led prayer will not continue in a Georgia public school system. FFRF sent a letter to the district in September, after a concerned area resident reported that Dawson County High School employed a “character coach” to regularly pray with its … More »

FFRF awards $10,450 to 2018 graduate students essay contest winners

10/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 15 winners of the 2018 Brian Bolton Graduate/“Older” Student Essay Contest. Graduate students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about “The dangers of bibliolatry in the United States.”   FFRF has paid out a … More »

FFRF asks Atlanta Public Schools to stop sending its students to religious camp

10/15/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Atlanta Public Schools to end its practice of sending elementary school students to a religious camp. A concerned area resident reported that Humphries Elementary School regularly takes its students on field trips to a Christian camp called “Camp … More »

New Treasury report vindicates FFRF stance on politicking ban

10/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is welcoming a new report highlighting deficiencies in the IRS’ enforcement of a rule that prohibits churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits from engaging in electioneering. The U.S. Department of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — which is an … More »

FFRF files IRS challenge in D.C. court on behalf of Nonbelief Relief

10/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking the Internal Revenue Service to court over yet another religion-related tax privilege. The national state/church watchdog has filed a federal lawsuit this morning in D.C. district court to challenge the preferential exemption of churches and related organizations from … More »

FFRF calls out all-white, all-male, all-Christian Wis. justice chaplain program

10/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is encouraging the Wisconsin Department of Justice to scuttle a just-announced chaplaincy program. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has today unveiled a program consisting of six chaplains who will receive tax-paid training to deal with the physical and mental well-being … More »

New survey of 8,500 secular voters finds potent counterforce to Religious Right

10/10/2018 · Secular voters would strongly support candidates who come out as nonreligious and fight for separation of church and state A new survey of 8,500 secular voters reveals a bloc of highly educated, frequent voters determined to counter the Religious Right’s hold over the U.S. government … More »

FFRF calls attention to unconstitutional coach-led prayer in Ala. school

10/10/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a constitutional violation at an Alabama high school. It was reported to FFRF that the football coach at Prattville High School is regularly leading his team in prayer before football games. A video published by the … More »

FFRF objects to cross on Pa. city property

10/10/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging a Pennsylvania city on its display of a cross on government property. A concerned local resident reported that a large cross and a star fixture is erected on city property in Gibbons Memorial Park in Honesdale, Pa. … More »

FFRF brings “In Science We Trust” billboard to Denver

10/10/2018 ·   A 14-by-48-foot billboard went up this week on the corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue in Denver presenting a secular play on the national motto. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has placed the billboard with the … More »

Religious Right already asking Kavanaugh Court to turn U.S. law upside down

10/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising the alarm on the Religious Right’s multiple attempts to immediately capitalize on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The same day that Kavanaugh was confirmed, the leader of an ultraconservative religious hate group filed … More »

FFRF rebukes Bevin for biblical imposition

10/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent the Kentucky governor a missive chiding him for imposing his biblical (im)morality on his state. Gov. Matt Bevin recently posted a video message on his official Twitter feed encouraging all students in Kentucky to participate in “Bring Your … More »

FFRF urges the IRS to end private school tax handout

10/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the IRS to approve a proposed rule change that would terminate a massive voucher-like tax break. The Internal Revenue Service is seeking public comments on a rule that would, among other things, puts a stop to a widespread … More »

FFRF doubly determined after Kavanaugh confirmation

10/8/2018 · There’s no overstating the supreme setback that Saturday’s Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will be for our movement, for the explicit work of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and for our nation. But if you’re wringing your hands, you can’t roll … More »

FFRF corrects Roy Moore’s erroneous advice for Ala. districts

10/8/2018 · FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, has sent a letter to every school district in Alabama urging them to ignore erroneous advice from Roy Moore and protect the constitutional rights of their students.  On Sept. 21, the Foundation for Moral Law, led by disgraced former Alabama … More »

FFRF chides Toombs County, Ga., for praying coaches and football chaplain

10/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling timeout on a Georgia school district for its multiple violations of the U.S. Constitution. Not only are coaches and an outside pastor praying with the high school football team, religious propaganda is also being posted on its … More »

FFRF stops 'Unstoppable Man' and principal-led prayers at Cloverdale, Ind., schools

10/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped an Indiana school district from violating the U.S. Constitution in several ways. The superintendent of Cloverdale Community Schools has assured the state/church watchdog it will stop prayers at staff meetings and will not invite back an “inspirational” … More »

FFRF asks Illinois high school to halt coach’s participation in student prayers

10/2/2018 ·   FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is calling attention to a constitutional violation at an Illinois high school. A concerned district parent reported that the Dunlap High School boys cross country coach joins his team in a group prayer prior to each cross country meet. The … More »

FFRF denounces Christian lunchroom sign in Harford County, Md., school

10/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebuking a Maryland school district for offering constitutionally indigestible material to its children during lunch. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that Jarrettsville Elementary School (in Jarrettsville, Md.) displays a portion of the Lord’s Prayer on a large … More »

FFRF calls out constitutional violation at Ky. high school

10/1/2018 · FFRF is calling attention to a serious constitutional violation occurring at a Kentucky school. A concerned district parent reported that a recent Ohio County High School football game began with a student reciting a sectarian prayer over the loudspeaker. “God, we thank you for the opportunity … More »

FFRF convinces Massachusetts school district to stand up for secularism

9/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has received assurances from a Massachusetts school district that religion will not be allowed to intrude into its graduation ceremonies from now on. Canton Public Schools officials invited the Rev. John Tomilio III to give a sectarian religious invocation at … More »

FFRF questions court ruling dismissing case against praying judge

9/28/2018 · A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and three local plaintiffs against a Texas justice of the peace who imposes prayer at the beginning of court sessions. FFRF and three plaintiffs directly affected by Montgomery County Judge … More »

Appeals court hears arguments in Florida athletic prayer case

9/26/2018 · An appeals court is hearing oral arguments today in a case brought by a Christian school that argues it has a right to compel a state athletic association to broadcast prayers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a brief supporting the association, noting that … More »

FFRF calls out Roy Moore for reckless legal advice

9/26/2018 · FFRF is calling out the wildly misnamed Foundation for Moral Law for encouraging Alabama public schools to violate students’ rights and the Constitution. On Sept. 21, the Foundation for Moral Law, led by disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, held a press conference, … More »

FFRF rebukes Louisiana schools over prayerful event

9/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising a Louisiana school district over unconstitutional prayer gatherings that recently took place at many of its schools. A concerned member of the Iberville Parish School District community contacted FFRF about the Concert of Prayer, a districtwide affair held … More »

Congressional Freethought Caucus expands rapidly

9/25/2018 · A uniquely freethinking caucus in Congress created a short while ago is growing by leaps and bounds. In April, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., the only openly nontheistic member of Congress, announced the formation of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to focus on promoting secular values and give a voice … More »

Ted Cruz repeats heinous lie about school shootings

9/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a recent troubling comment that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has made about school shootings. During a debate against Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday, Sept. 21, Cruz was asked about school shootings and responded with a debunked, pandering talking … More »

Religious texts removed from Dixie State University hotel rooms

9/25/2018 · FFRF has convinced Dixie State University to remove all religious texts from its College Inn hotel guest rooms. A concerned hotel guest reported that on one stay at the College Inn in St. George, Utah, she found two copies of the Book of Mormon in … More »

Religious banners no longer permitted at Jackson County Courthouse lawn

9/24/2018 ·     FFRF has caused county commissioners in West Virginia to rewrite their policy on allowing religious banners to be hung on county courthouse property. In May, a concerned complainant reported that a gazebo on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn displayed two banners – one … More »

FFRF warns TX school district to cancel upcoming Christian event

9/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sending up a warning flare regarding a Christian event scheduled for Wednesday in a Texas school district. A concerned district community member contacted FFRF to report that a teacher at North Pointe Elementary in the Clear Creek Independent School … More »

FFRF calls foul on proselytizing Georgia football coach

9/21/2018 · FFRF is asking officials to cease imposing religious proselytizing on a high school football team in Georgia. A concerned resident has reported that Dawson County High School in Dawsonville, Ga., employs a “character coach,” Pastor Russell Davis from Etowah Church, to regularly pray with its … More »

FFRF applauds bipartisan effort to protest blasphemy laws worldwide

9/21/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a renewed bipartisan effort to repeal blasphemy laws worldwide. This week, Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced a resolution that calls for the “global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.” “Freedom of expression and religion … More »

FFRF presses for injunction against W.Va. city’s prayers

9/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is redoubling its efforts to immediately halt a West Virginia city council from unconstitutionally praying at every meeting. The city of Parkersburg has adopted and instituted an official Christian prayer — the “Lord’s Prayer” — that opens each City Council … More »

FFRF urges DOJ investigation into Catholic abuse

9/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Justice Department to initiate a federal nationwide investigation into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. “The Church’s claim of divine authority gives it coercive power over its congregants that allows it to get away … More »

FFRF calls on IRS to investigate church, Trump adviser

9/19/2018 · FFRF, a national church/state watchdog, is calling on the IRS to immediately investigate a Texas church’s illegal campaign meddling. Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, has been actively electioneering — endorsing a political party to its flock — and mistakenly stating that the IRS … More »

SCOTUS should let stand FFRF’s court victory against funding church repairs

9/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be represented by renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky in opposing a request today by Morris County, N.J., asking the Supreme Court to overturn FFRF’s resounding victory this spring against taxpayer subsidy of churches. Morris County, defended by the Catholic … More »

FFRF protests Christian parking privilege in Austin

9/18/2018 · Screenshot via KXAN The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to unconstitutional religious discrimination at a high school in Austin, Texas.  FFRF contacted the district regarding allegations that as part of James Bowie High School’s “Senior Reserved Painted Parking Spaces” program for students with good attendance, … More »

FFRF highlights Tenn. politician’s theocratic beliefs

9/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out a Tennessee state senator and congressional candidate for his religion-based opposition to government social programs. A concerned constituent recently alerted FFRF to a video in which state Sen. Mark Green explained in the following way his opposition … More »

FFRF urges Denver to get out the secular vote

9/13/2018 · A 14-by-48 feet billboard went up this week in Denver on the corner of Lincoln Street and Eighth Avenue featuring young atheists with the message “I’m an atheist and I vote.” As anticipation mounts for November’s mid-term elections, these billboards serve as timely reminders of … More »

FFRF celebrates secular Constitution Day with ad in Portland Oregonian

9/13/2018 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Portland chapter are placing a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Portland Oregonian celebrating “Our godless Constitution” and Constitution Day. Monday, Sept. 17, is the 231st anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The ad, featuring six U.S. … More »

FFRF slams Huckabee and Citizens United for their smear letter

9/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking Mike Huckabee and the Citizens United Foundation to task for scurrilously using its name as a fundraising gimmick. FFRF has obtained a recent letter that Huckabee wrote for the Citizens United Foundation (yes, that Citizens United). The undated … More »

FFRF awards $12,750 to 2018 college students essay contest winners

9/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 18 winners of the 2018 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest. College students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about, "Why you are an unabashed freethinker, and not afraid of burning in hell." Winners … More »

FFRF asks Nev. school to remove unconstitutional religious displays

9/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter asking a public charter school to remove or cover the religious iconography present at its new campus inside a church. According to FFRF’s complainant, Discovery Charter School in Las Vegas recently moved its … More »

FFRF, AHA win big in Fla. cross case

9/10/2018 · A federal appeals court has ruled that a 34-foot-tall cross in a Pensacola park is unconstitutional and must come down. The decision is a resounding victory for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association. In a pivotal federal decision released late Friday, Sept. … More »

FFRF commends Congressional Freethought Caucus letter opposing Kavanaugh

9/7/2018 ·   FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is pleased that members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, along with other House Democrats, penned a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday warning against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The letter outlined six main areas of concern the group recognizes … More »

Hawaii’s Hirono hammers Kavanaugh’s anti-woman hypocrisy

9/7/2018 · Finally, a senator has taken Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to task for his openly hostile perspective on the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The Freedom From Religion Foundation had pointed out that Kavanaugh had only faced questioning on state-church issues from friendly quarters. It lamented … More »

FFRF knocks Logan County, W.Va., schools for constitutional violations

9/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is slamming a West Virginia school district for several constitutional violations that have recently occurred there. A concerned parent reported these infringements in the Logan County Schools system to the state/church watchdog. On Aug. 23, Logan High School broadcast a Christian … More »

FFRF urges Atlanta to get out the secular vote

9/6/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Atlanta-area freethinkers to get out and vote this fall like their rights depend on it – because they do. Rotating digital billboards feature several young atheists with the message “I’m an atheist and I vote,” on Pleasant Hill … More »

FFRF asks Ohio school district to stop preachy coaches

9/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to repeated proselytizing occurring in an Ohio school district’s sports programs. Back in 2015, the national state/church watchdog wrote the New Lexington Schools in New Lexington, Ohio, regarding a cheerleader coach leading students in prayer, and received … More »

Hawaii senator submits FFRF-Secular Coalition letter in Kavanaugh hearing

9/6/2018 · On Sept. 5, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, submitted into the record of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing a letter organized by the Secular Coalition of America and signed by FFRF urging senators to reject his nomination. The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly signed onto … More »

Oral arguments Friday in appeal of FFRF’s Lehigh County, Pa., cross victory

9/6/2018 · Oral arguments take place Friday over an appeal of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s court victory regarding a cross on a Pennsylvania county seal. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, and four individual plaintiffs won in district court last September when the judge found that the … More »

FFRF spars with Chicago PD over chaplaincy program

9/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a follow-up letter to the Chicago Police Department requesting that it discontinue its chaplaincy program. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, originally contacted the deparment in May of 2017 asking the it to halt its imposition of prayer at … More »

FFRF issues second warning to Ohio high school over school prayer

9/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dispatched a second letter to an Ohio school district reminding them of the unconstitutionality of school-sponsored prayer. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, originally sent a letter to the West Branch Local School Board in Beloit, Ohio, in January of … More »

FFRF calls out Starbucks, Hilton for ejecting nonreligious patrons in Houston

9/5/2018 · FFRF is calling attention to a serious civil rights violation that occurred at a Hilton Starbucks in Houston the past weekend. Several volunteers of the Ex-Muslims of North America (ExMNA) were enjoying the beverages they purchased in the Hilton-Americas Houston when they were ejected for … More »

Kavanaugh’s alarming hostility to state-church separation on full display in confirmation hearings

9/5/2018 · Judge Brett Kavanaugh is working hard to avoid any firm stance on any substantive question in Day 2 of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But in an exchange with his old buddy Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kavanaugh tacitly expressed … More »

Kissimmee proclamation honors FFRF & ACLU chapters

9/4/2018 · A Florida city is officially recognizing local affiliates of two leading national organizations at its meeting this evening. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Florida chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, the ACLU of Florida and its Central Florida chapter are to be honored by proclamation … More »

FFRF asks Colorado school to cancel religious trips

8/30/2018 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter asking a Colorado Springs (Col.) public charter school to discontinue field trips to a religious camp. A concerned parent reports that, every year, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) takes its sixth graders on … More »

FFRF objects to Ohio County’s many constitutional violations

8/29/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to numerous constitutional infractions committed by the Meigs County Commissioners Office. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, sent a recent letter to the Meigs County Board of Commissioners after a local complainant reported numerous constitutional violations from the … More »

Trump repeats Big Lie on Johnson Amendment at pandering dinner party

8/29/2018 · It’s bad enough that President Donald Trump held what amounted to a “state dinner party” at the White House exclusively for U.S. Christian evangelical guests. But at the Monday night event, Trump added injury to insult by repeating his lie that he has gotten … More »

FFRF’s ‘Freethought Matters’ airs in 9 cities beginning Sunday, Sept. 2

8/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s new weekly TV show, “Freethought Matters,” begins airing this Sunday in eight major cities, plus Madison, Wis., covering more than 22 percent of the United States TV market. The show will start broadcasting Sunday, Sept. 2, for 26 weeks, … More »

FFRF warns against proselytizing teacher

8/27/2018 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has issued a warning to a California public charter school after receiving a complaint that a teacher made extremely disturbing comments about homosexuality during class. According to FFRF’s complainant, a teacher in Nova Academy Early College … More »

FFRF to run new ‘quit the church’ ad in New York Times

8/27/2018 · VIEW THE AD The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be running a full-page ad this week in The New York Times urging people to leave the church, in response to the newest revelations over sexual crimes against children in the Catholic Church. The ad, headlined “It’s … More »

FFRF, ACLU of Florida prevail: Kissimmee prayer proclamation revised

8/22/2018 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Florida are greeting with approval a revision of a proclamation that had promoted prayer by city officials in Kissimmee, Fla. The ACLU of Florida and its Central Florida Chapter, along with FFRF’s chapter, the Central … More »

FFRF pressures Santa Rosa schools over abstinence program

8/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog with more than 1,500 members throughout Florida, is placing pressure on the school board in Santa Rosa County to replace its abstinence-only sex education program. FFRF first sent an open records request to the district in … More »

FFRF convinces Ohio city to remove decalog from public park

8/17/2018 · A Ten Commandments plaque has been removed from Murphy Park in Steubenville, Ohio, after a national state/church watchdog sent a letter to the city asking for the religious display to move to private property. The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted City Manager Jim Mavromatis on … More »

Irreverent billboard campaign continues in Cobb County, Ga.

8/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing its irreverent 2018 Georgia billboard campaign in suburban Atlanta with two new additions this August. “Enjoy life now — There is no afterlife” is appearing on a digital board on Spring Road half a mile east of Atlanta … More »

FFRF, ACLU-FL partner to ask Fla. city to rescind 40 days of prayer proclamation

8/16/2018 ·   A trio of civil liberties groups is asking the city of Kissimmee, Fla., to rescind its “Call to Fast and Prayer” event and proclamation by the close of business on Friday, Aug. 17. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, in partnership with the ACLU of Florida … More »

FFRF partners with Black Skeptics of LA to award $10,000 in scholarships

8/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving $10,000 in scholarship awards to four students in partnership with Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, an African-American atheist community group. For the fourth year in a row, FFRF has divided its $10,000 annual Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award between … More »

FFRF directs MPS Board’s attention to mishandling of church/state case

8/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is directing the Milwaukee School Board’s attention to poor handling of complaints to the Milwaukee Public School District over a proselytizing substitute teacher. This February, FFRF sent a letter to the former superintendent after a local complainant reported that a … More »

FFRF objects to Kissimmee mayor’s call for prayer

8/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is asking the mayor of Kissimmee, Fla., to rescind an unconstitutional proclamation calling for prayer, and to cancel an upcoming city prayer event. Mayor Jose A. Alvarez Alvarez signed a proclamation on Aug. 7 declaring 40 … More »

Call your senators today to delay Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

8/13/2018 · In a desperate rush to push through an unvetted nominee before a contentious election, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in three weeks, on September 4. As the Freedom From Religion Foundation has detailed, Kavanaugh will be … More »

FFRF safeguards constitutional rights in Ohio courthouse

8/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a Knox County (Ohio) judge for halting religious activity in his courtroom after its unconstitutionality was called to his attention. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, had received a report from a concerned Mount Vernon citizen that Judge Richard Wetzel … More »

FFRF objects to religious patches on Shelby County sheriffs uniforms

8/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is formally objecting to religious patches on Shelby County, Ohio officer uniforms. After receiving a complaint about the patches, which say “For God and Country,” FFRF sent a letter to the Sheriff’s Office requesting the patches … More »

FFRF awards $10,550 in students of color 2018 essay contest

8/9/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 15 winners of the 2018 David Hudak Memorial Students of Color Essay Competition for College Students. FFRF has paid out a total of $10,550 in award money for this year’s contest. College students of color … More »

FFRF urges unity and condemns racist “alt-right” rally

8/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly denounces the upcoming Aug. 12 “Unite The Right” rally in Washington, D.C. FFRF encourages its members and supporters in the area to attend a peaceful counter-protest as a message to hate-mongering white supremacists that their racist ideology will … More »

Project Blitz targets schoolchildren with godly agenda

8/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning that at least nine state legislatures are promoting or even forcing display of a religious motto in public schools. As a captive audience of young, impressionable students return to classes for the new fall term, they may … More »

FFRF puts heat on Mobile school district over “fire and brimstone” prayer

8/8/2018 · A national state/church watchdog has sent a complaint letter to Mobile County Public Schools, Ala., over a mandatory staff event that turned into a mandatory religious service. Pastor Vint Norris from the Alabama District of the Assembly of God was invited to deliver what has … More »

FFRF protects constitutional rights in Indiana elementary school

8/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced an Indiana elementary school to refrain from holding a teacher-led religious club. FFRF sent a letter to Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) after it was brought to FFRF’s attention that Daniel Wertz Elementary School was sponsoring the Fellowship of … More »

U.S. should protest Saudi Arabian human rights violations

8/7/2018 · The United States should be following the lead of Canada in condemning human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. Instead, U.S. inaction corresponds to Saudi Arabia’s aggressive and reactionary response to Canada’s criticism of recent arrests of Saudi rights activists. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian … More »

FFRF stops city-sponsored National Day of Prayer in North Miami Beach

8/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded the city of North Miami Beach, Fla., to cease its sponsorship of National Day of Prayer events. FFRF sent a letter to the Mayor of North Miami Beach on June 26, illuminating the unconstitutionality of the city’s sponsorship of … More »

Conservative group pushes for Air Force to fly in the face of the law

8/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, to stand up to the Family Research Council, a designated hate group, and defend a Wyoming Air Force base that chose to respect the rights of non-Christian and nontheist … More »

FFRF emphasizes necessity to bar church politicking

7/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to learn that the U.S. Senate has voted for a must-pass spending bill that does not contain language to repeal the ban on church electioneering. This news comes after the U.S. House approved a provision slipped into the … More »

FFRF sues over recitations of Lord’s Prayer at W. Va. city meetings

7/31/2018 · A new lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and two of its local members seeks to ensure that the City of Parkersburg, W.Va., complies with the First Amendment by halting its unconstitutional city prayer practice. The federal lawsuit was filed today in the … More »

FFRF: Sessions’ ‘theocratic’ task force endangers wall of separation

7/31/2018 · Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement yesterday of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” to enforce his theocratic “religious liberty” agenda is cause for grave concern. The task force will be charged with carrying out Sessions’ 20-page Principles of Religious Liberty memo, which Freedom From Religion Foundation … More »

FFRF applauds, criticizes State Department’s religious freedom summit

7/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has been highly critical of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s promotion of religion on the job, has found something good to say about one of the outcomes of the Trump Administration’s “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” conference last … More »

FFRF terminates Tenn. department’s religious promotion

7/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Tennessee state department to end its promotion of belief in a god. FFRF wrote to the state’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) warning it against endorsing religion to those wishing to become foster parents. A concerned Tennessee … More »

Sign up now for FFRF’s amazing San Francisco convention

7/26/2018 · Where can you meet hundreds of like-minded freethinkers, and see folks like Salman Rushdie, Cecile Richards, Adam Savage, and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, founder of the new Congressional Freethought Caucus? At FFRF’s 41st annual national convention in San Francisco, of course, taking place on Friday, … More »

FFRF, parents, score appeals court victory against praying Calif. school board

7/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with 22 parents, students and employees of the Chino Valley School District (Calif.), today won a major victory before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against prayer at public school board meetings. FFRF’s lawsuit challenged the practice of prayer at … More »

Humanist group supports FFRF’s housing allowance challenge

7/24/2018 · A leading national humanist group is backing the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s legal challenge to a discriminatory religious tax handout. The Center for Inquiry has filed a brief in support of FFRF’s challenge of a special tax break for clergy, now before the 7th U.S. Circuit … More »

Tax law profs back FFRF’s clergy housing challenge

7/19/2018 · Almost two dozen tax law experts have endorsed the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s legal objection to a discriminatory religious tax giveaway. FFRF’s challenge of a special tax break for clergy, now before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has unleashed a numbing list* of legal … More »

FFRF harmonizes Illinois school choir with First Amendment

7/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully harmonized an Illinois public high school choir with the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, FFRF was informed that a public school madrigal choir at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Ill. performed at a Catholic church in … More »

FFRF urges Atlanta to rediscover the wall

7/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Atlanta-area residents to remember our nation’s foundational wall: the one dividing state and religion. A large billboard with the message has gone up on Spring Street near the intersection of Atlanta Road in the city of Marietta. The … More »

10 Reasons Brett Kavanaugh would be a disaster for state-church separation

7/17/2018 · Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, would be a disaster for the separation of state and church. Here are 10 reasons why. FFRF has been told that senators are paying attention to the ratio of calls for … More »

TX governor needlessly appeals FFRF’s constitutional win

7/17/2018 · In an unfortunate legal and fiscal miscalculation, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has decided to appeal the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s recent constitutional triumph. Last month, FFRF won in federal court against Abbott, who had ordered the removal of its winter solstice display and Bill of … More »

FFRF throws cold water on TX summer school religious endorsement

7/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising a Texas school district for forcing down the throats of its summer school students an unconstitutional sort of lesson. A concerned Melissa Independent School District parent informed FFRF that district employees recently permitted a church group to distribute … More »

FFRF boos AL police chief’s religious video

7/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is panning an Alabama police department’s recent religious music video. The Hollywood Police Department participated in an internet “Lip Sync Challenge” and posted a video to its Facebook page of Department Chief Jason Hepler lip-syncing in uniform to the Christian … More »

FFRF awards $13,000 to high school essay winners

7/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 24 winners — including 10 major prizes — of the 2018 William Schulz High School Essay Contest for college-bound seniors. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 … More »

Tenn. school takes action to ax proselytizing

7/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced a Tennessee school district to implement a corrective plan barring proselytizing assemblies from taking place. A concerned student of the Oneida High School in Huntsville, Tenn., reported to FFRF that the school had allowed a local pastor to … More »

FFRF: Thumbs down to TX police dept. religious video

7/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving a poor review to a Texas police department’s ill-advised and unconstitutional religious music video. The Crandall Police Department recently posted a video to its Facebook page of officers lip-syncing to the evangelical Christian song “God’s Not Dead.” The … More »

FFRF validated after Milwaukee Public Schools demands apology

7/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again requesting assurance from a Wisconsin school district that it will not allow a proselytizing substitute to teach students. FFRF wrote to Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) this February after a local resident reported that a preacher, Jason Storms, … More »

FFRF warns Kavanaugh would tilt court to religious right

7/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be “a disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church” and tilt the court to the religious right for more than a generation. FFRF is asking … More »

FFRF objects to government handout to Va. church

7/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting a sizeable government giveaway to a Virginia church. A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that St. Mary’s Episcopal Church received $10,000 in taxpayer funds to refurbish the church’s stained-glass windows as part of a Virginia Department … More »

FFRF questions religious high school football camps in Arkansas

7/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling foul on recent religion-infused high school football camps in Arkansas. Last month, two school-sponsored football camps held in the state invited preachers to proselytize players. On June 5, evangelist Tyson Simon, an area representative for the Western Arkansas Fellowship … More »

FFRF protects constitutional rights in Illinois elementary school

7/5/2018 · An Illinois elementary school has taken First Amendment lessons from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF sent a letter to La Harpe Elementary School after it was reported that the school’s principal was using her position to promote her personal religion to teachers and students. … More »

Scott Pruitt’s resignation good news for science and the environment

7/5/2018 · Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation vindicates the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Although Pruitt’s stepping down had more to do with his serial ethics violations, his disdain for basic science and common sense won him few friends. Pruitt set about systematically dismantling the nation’s environmental … More »

FFRF kicks off 2018 national voting registration initiative

7/3/2018 · In true Fourth of July spirit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has proudly kicked off a nationally coordinated secular voting registration drive for the 2018 elections. The state/church watchdog has joined forces with five other leading national secular groups to launch the first national secular … More »

FFRF debunks Hobby Lobby’s annual “In God We Trust” ad

7/2/2018 · Hobby Lobby is engaging in its yearly Independence Day charade, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation is here to expose it. Every Fourth of July, the pious folks at Hobby Lobby, the corporation that gutted Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, run a full-page ad in newspapers across … More »

FFRF to senators: Science is not up for debate

7/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a group of senators attempting to twist scientific reality to fit their political agendas. Sens Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., James Inhofe, R-Okla., and James Lankford, R-Okla., recently requested that the National Science Foundation (NSF) treat … More »

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand ruling against N.C. county board prayer 

6/29/2018 · After a grim week of news out of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to point out one bright spot. The high court yesterday denied an appeal  of an appeals court decision striking down a coercive prayer practice by … More »

We’re in big trouble with Kennedy’s Supreme announcement

6/27/2018 · Although not unanticipated, the news today that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court is an ominous development for our civil liberties. The opposition in Congress absolutely must do what it can to ensure that confirmation hearings and votes on Kennedy’s replacement … More »

FFRF condemns court ruling upholding Muslim travel ban

6/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the Trump administration’s religion-based travel ban. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, decided on narrow grounds, adopted a recklessly “deferential standard of review” for presidential authority. In light of concerns over … More »

FFRF discovers hushed First Amendment victory within TX school district

6/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was pleased to recently discover a hidden victory for state-church separation in an eastern Texas school district. Back in 2014, FFRF was informed by a concerned community member of the Mt. Vernon Independent School District that the district was displaying … More »

Nonbelief Relief disburses tens of thousands in mid-year grants

6/26/2018 ·     Nonbelief Relief, a leading freethought charity, has announced its mid-year grants intended to "to improve this, our only world."  Nonbelief Relief, a charitable organization created by the executive board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is a humanitarian agency taking charitable action in the name … More »

FFRF to Virginia school district: Don’t let Jesus take the wheel

6/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a Virginia school district for promoting religion on its school vehicles. The state-church watchdog is expressing disappointment that Lee County Schools has decided to place the theocratic phrase “In God We Trust” on every school bus in the … More »

FFRF raises red flag over Tenn. department’s religious video

6/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is objecting on constitutional grounds to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services endorsement of religion. A concerned Tennessee resident who went through training to become a foster parent reported that the Department of Children’s Services requires aspiring foster parents … More »

FFRF condemns biblical justification of immigration policy

6/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is formally objecting to the attorney general’s use of the bible as justification for the Trump administration’s newly draconian immigration procedures. “Religion has no place in shaping public policy in our secular nation,” FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie … More »

FFRF wins Bill of Rights court case against Texas Gov. Abbott

6/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has triumphed in federal court against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who had ordered in 2015 the removal of its winter solstice Bill of Rights Nativity from the state Capitol. In a final judgement, issued late yesterday (Tuesday, June 19), U.S. … More »

FFRF attorney debunks lordly argument in constitutional journal

6/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation advocates for our Constitution every day. It is, as we regularly point out, a godless Constitution. But every now and then, we encounter theocrats or Christian nationalists who thinks they’ve found a savvy rejoinder: God is in the Constitution. … More »

FFRF warns Dallas police about upcoming event

6/19/2018 · The Dallas Police Department has partnered with First Baptist Dallas to provide the church with uniformed officers, possibly from the Dallas Police Honor Guard, for an event called “Freedom Sunday.” The church service is scheduled to take place on June 24 and will feature … More »

FFRF takes on gargantuan clergy housing tax break again

6/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, aiming a legal slingshot, is poised to topple a Goliath of discriminatory tax benefits just for clergy for in a much-awaited appeals. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog with over 33,000 nonreligious members, filed a brief before the 7th U.S. Circuit … More »

FFRF insists that UConn banish forced religious rituals

6/18/2018 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation is warning the University of Connecticut against enabling its staff to force students to adhere to religious phrases and rituals. National media recently reported that a now-retired University of Connecticut biology professor at a UConn satellite campus in Hartford had required … More »

Administration officials on border separations: The bible tells them so

6/15/2018 · Both the White House and the attorney general are shockingly invoking the bible to justify their cruel and inhuman policy to break apart families crossing the border. “I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee … More »

FFRF and CFI warn North Carolina against funding ministry

6/13/2018 · Two leading secular groups are warning the North Carolina Legislature against religious financial boondoggling. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Center for Inquiry (CFI) were contacted by several concerned state taxpayers about a proposal to funnel a quarter of a million in tax … More »

FFRF urges Atlanta to abandon the supernatural

6/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Atlanta-area residents yet again to give up their faith in the supernatural. A large (14-by-48-foot) billboard with the message “Supernatural belief — the enemy of humanity” has gone up on the well-travelled Cobb Parkway 500 feet south of … More »

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