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Investigate Christian Nationalist W.Va. official’s involvement in Capitol insurrection

1/14/2021 · Yet another official involved in a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation for entangling government with religion appears to have participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is calling for an investigation of Eric Barber, who until recently was … More »

Philosopher A.C. Grayling guest on this week’s “Freethought Matters”

1/14/2021 · A revered freethinking philosopher is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. A.C. Grayling, a pre-eminent British philosopher and the author of about 30 books, grapples with philosophy and the pandemic, and discusses how he himself dealt as a nonbeliever … More »

Resign Sen. Hawley: Another Christian Nationalist endangers our Constitution

1/13/2021 · Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was shamefully captured by news photographers holding his fist up in a sign of support as mobs assembled at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 before they sacked his workplace — and the citadel of our republic. Despite what transpired shortly after … More »

FFRF's Reagan ad to air nationally starting today on 'Daily Show'

1/12/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is starting out 2021 with a weeks-long high-profile TV ad campaign on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show.” FFRF’s iconic ad recorded by the obliging “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan will air on “The Daily Show with … More »

FFRF lauds banning of female genital mutilation nationwide

1/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation celebrates the signing into law of a measure that prohibits female genital mutilation on minors across the entire nation. The STOP FGM Act of 2020 (HR 6100) was a key priority for the Congressional Freethought Caucus, and FFRF worked closely … More »

Christian Nationalist politicians like Rick Saccone are dangerous

1/8/2021 · Among the many shocking, sickening images captured during the attempted takeover of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday was a selfie tweeted by former Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone, a man the Freedom From Religion Foundation once sued to rein in his extremism. Saccone not only tweeted … More »

We need an epiphany on why religion should be kept out of government

1/7/2021 · The horrific chain of events at the U.S. Capitol should enlighten us all on the importance of keeping state and church separate. When the lockdown was over, we Americans breathed a sigh of relief after the very composed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reconvened the House … More »

FFRF asks N.C. district to ditch Ten Commandments mandate

1/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is informing a North Carolina district that a new proposal mandating religious displays in its schools is unconstitutional. Multiple local residents have alerted FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, that the Cleveland County School Board is considering requiring all of its … More »

State/church victors appear on Sunday’s “Freethought Matters”

1/7/2021 · Two victorious secular plaintiffs provide a lively account of their wins on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. On the first half of “It Pays to Complain — Featuring Two State/Church Victors,” “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor … More »

FFRF joins calls for Trump’s removal in light of insurrection

1/6/2021 ·   In the wake of the ongoing armed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a direct consequence of President Trump’s encouragement, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Congress (once its members are safely out of lockdown) to take immediate action against him. Our republic has … More »

FFRF awards $17,750 to grad/’older’ student essay contest winners

1/6/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to award $17,750 in prize money to the 10 winners and nine honorable mentions of the 2020 Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students. Graduate students up to age 30 or undergrad students ages 25-30 were asked … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel explains how House ‘awoman’ prayer contretemps misses the point

1/5/2021 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about a recent prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives that has Christian Nationalists in an uproar for all the wrong reasons. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, an ordained minister, ended the … More »

FFRF asks Biden to drop religion in presidential oath & Inaugural

1/5/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking President-elect Joe Biden to honor his promise to unite the country by leaving religion out of his inauguration, especially the presidential oath. FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor note in a letter to Biden that the … More »

Release freethinking activist, FFRF insists to Tanzanian government

1/4/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Tanzanian government’s arrest and persecution of a young ex-Muslim activist — and asking for your help in ensuring her well-being. Zara Kay, an Australian who has founded the group Faithless Hijabi (which provides support to women leaving … More »

FFRF convinces TX district to curb religious promotion

1/4/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Texas school district to educate its employees about the constitutional pitfalls of promoting sectarian religious events. A concerned local resident contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that Pine Tree Birch Elementary School in Longview, Texas, used … More »

FFRF’s ‘Stay safe in the New Year’ message promotes science

12/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is starting the New Year out with a serene message urging Americans to “Stay safe in the New Year” by basing actions on science. The attractive full-page ad is running in the Wisconsin State Journal, the daily in Madison, Wis., … More »

Black nonbelief expert on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

12/30/2020 ·  The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s first episode in the new year of its TV talk show challenges the stereotype of African-American religiosity. Christopher Cameron, who teaches history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has done groundbreaking research showing that there have been many … More »

N.C. county removes religious materials after FFRF objects

12/29/2020 · A North Carolina county has removed displayed Christian paraphernalia from its recycling center after the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised the issue. A concerned employee contacted the national state/church watchdog to report religious materials on display at the Otto Center in Macon County, N.C. These … More »

FFRF’s Liz Cavell warns newspaper audiences about Trump’s judicial legacy

12/29/2020 · FFRF Constitutional Attorney Liz Cavell has written an op-ed published in prominent newspapers all over the country warning about the dire legacy of President Trump’s judicial appointments. The column, based on an FFRF report “Religious Liberty Under Threat,” which Cavell was the lead author on, … More »

FFRF — yet again — receives highest charity rating: perfect score

12/28/2020 · The country's premier nonprofit charity rating organization has yet again affirmed that the Freedom From Religion Foundation belongs to an extremely select club. “We are proud to announce Freedom From Religion Foundation has earned our 11th consecutive four-star rating. This is our highest possible rating … More »

Investigate Liberty University’s electioneering, FFRF asks IRS

12/28/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alerting the IRS to potentially illegal electioneering by Liberty University. The Falkirk Center at the university, based in Lynchburg, Va., endorsed Donald Trump during the presidential election and “purchased campaign-season ads on Facebook, at least $50,000's worth of which … More »

FFRF greets Xmas with full-page Bill of Rights ad in Wis. State Journal

12/24/2020 · Readers might be surprised to see a striking full-page ad headlined “Joy to the World” on Christmas Day in the Wisconsin State Journal, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wis. Why surprised? Because the advertisement was placed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest … More »

Celebrate the Solstice season with FFRF’s TV show this Sunday

12/23/2020 ·  Click here to watch the teaser of the show. Join the Freedom From Religion Foundation in celebration of the Winter Solstice — the real reason for the season — on its “Freethought Matters” television show this Sunday. Co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor guide us … More »

FFRF wins prestigious award from “religious liberty” group

12/21/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the proud recipient of the 2020 Ebenezer Award, annually bestowed by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Roman Catholic ultraconservative outfit. The fund conferred this honor upon FFRF after the national state/church watchdog properly persuaded a public school … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment against praying Texas judge

12/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a motion for summary judgment in its federal case against a Texas justice of the peace who regularly foists prayer upon his courtroom attendees. FFRF originally challenged the courtroom prayers in a lawsuit filed in March 2017, and … More »

FFRF lauds Senate’s resolution seeking repeal of blasphemy laws

12/21/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the U.S. Senate’s approval by unanimous consent of a resolution seeking the global repeal of blasphemy and related laws. The Senate passed SR 458 on Saturday, Dec. 19. The U.S. House approved a similar resolution earlier this month, … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/21/2020 · For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don't mind sharing the season with them, but we don't like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic … More »

FFRF spreads Solstice cheer in Illinois town

12/18/2020 ·   FFRF has installed a Bill of Rights “Nativity” cutout once again in a Chicago suburb. The irreverent exhibit, displayed at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Ill., depicts Founders Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington gazing adoringly at a “baby” Bill of Rights in a … More »

FFRF’s Bill of Rights ‘Nativity’ returns to the Garden State

12/18/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Solstice display has again been erected in a New Jersey town. Its Bill of Rights “Nativity” exhibit, which depicts Founders Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, along with the Statue of Liberty, gazing adoringly at a “baby” Bill of … More »

Trump should sign bill banning female genital mutilation nationwide

12/18/2020 · President Trump needs to immediately sign into law a bill banning the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation in the United States, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. In a rare show of bipartisan support, the U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 6100, the STOP … More »

Winter Solstice Music Special on FFRF TV show

12/17/2020 ·  Join the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s musical celebration of the real reason for the season — the Winter Solstice — on Sunday’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. The shortest, darkest day of the year has been celebrated for millennia in the Northern Hemisphere for signaling the … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel calls out illegal religious display in recent op-ed

12/17/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for one of FFRF’s hometown newspapers, The Capital Times, about two state legislators’ childish installation of an illegal religious display in Wisconsin’s Capitol building. In defiance of Gov. Tony Evers’ wise decision … More »

Revoke your prayer proclamation, FFRF asks Gov. Reeves

12/17/2020 · Rescind your prayer proclamation for the upcoming Sunday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to the Mississippi governor. Gov. Tate Reeves has declared Sunday, Dec. 20, as a “Statewide Day of Prayer, Humility, and Fasting.” During his Facebook Live event announcing the proclamation, he … More »

Boise State downgrades chaplaincy after FFRF protests

12/16/2020 · One of Idaho’s most prominent educational institutions has listened to the Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding its unconstitutional football chaplaincy. The national state/church watchdog had written to Boise State University about the football program’s official chaplain, Mark Thornton. Thornton has arranged for post-game prayers on … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel exposes megachurches’ tax money misuse

12/16/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about churches, especially megachurches, abusing the taxpayer-funded Paycheck Protection Program. The article, Inevitable megachurch abuse of PPP funds is coming to light—private jet included, will have you seeing red … More »

FFRF report reveals harm of Christian Nationalist federal judiciary capture

12/16/2020 · A new Freedom From Religion Foundation report exposes the Christian Nationalist takeover of the federal courts and the damage this is causing to the separation of state and church. Over the past four years, President Trump has stacked the federal courts with ultraconservative judges, thanks … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights ‘Nativity’ returns to counter religion in Illinois courthouse

12/15/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has once again installed its secular holiday display at an Illinois courthouse. A Bill of Rights “Nativity” display has been set up by FFRF Member Will Meyer (pictured above) next to a Christian Nativity scene on the grounds of the … More »

Biden must repeal Trump’s new faith-based rules that give license to discriminate

12/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing a just-announced massive final rule change that grants faith-based federal social services contractors license to discriminate against beneficiaries on religious grounds. The 381-page final rule is categorically harmful, the state/church watchdog cautions. The incoming Biden administration should rescind … More »

FFRF New York Times Bill of Rights Day ad asks for help staving off ‘judicial Doomsday’

12/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a full-page ad in the New York Times expected to run today, Dec. 15, warning of the right-wing takeover of the federal judiciary. The ad, in honor of the 229th anniversary of Bill of Rights Day, features an arresting … More »

FFRF Solstice banner stolen from Michigan town

12/14/2020 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation seasonal banner in Warren, Mich., has been stolen. The display, which read “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia,” was installed just a few days ago near the intersection of Mound and Chicago roads. A complaint about the theft has been filed with … More »

FFRF’s solstice greetings return to Eugene, Ore.

12/14/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual Winter Solstice display has returned to Oregon’s premier college town. For the third year in a row, a large Solstice banner stretches across 8th Avenue, west of Willamette Street in downtown Eugene. The display reads: Celebrate the Solstice. TIS THE … More »

FFRF Solstice banner on display again in Michigan town

12/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving Solstice greetings once again in Warren, Mich. FFRF’s irreverent “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” banner has again been placed near the intersection of Mound and Chicago roads. Saturnalia, observed during the time of the Roman Empire, was one of the … More »

Supreme Court misses opportunity in religious damages case

12/10/2020 ·   In an unsurprising 8-0 decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals can sue federal officials for damages under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling the decision a missed opportunity to address a fundamental … More »

“Cosmos” co-creator Ann Druyan guest on FFRF TV show

12/10/2020 ·  The co-creator of possibly the most acclaimed TV series of all time is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this Sunday. Ann Druyan is an award-winning writer, producer, director and science educator. You perhaps know her as the co-writer with … More »

Terminate chaplaincy, FFRF insists to Boise State

12/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling a penalty on the Boise State University football program’s chaplaincy.  The Boise State University football program’s official chaplain, Mark Thornton, reportedly led Boise State and Brigham Young University players in a joint prayer following a recent game. He … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights Nativity on display in Iowa Capitol

12/10/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again making its freethinking presence known in the legislative heart of the Hawkeye State. For the fourth year in a row, FFRF’s Bill of Rights “Nativity” has been installed in the Iowa state Capitol. The display depicts three … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court’s COVID church action bodes big trouble ahead

12/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising the alarm over the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest attempt to give churches special privileges during the COVID pandemic. The court took an unusual step a week ago and sided with a California church challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related … More »

FFRF deplores Trump’s parting shot allowing contractors to discriminate based on religion

12/9/2020 · On its way out the door, President Trump’s Labor Department has shamelessly finalized a rule that allows federal contractors to discriminate against employees based on “sincerely held religious tenets.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation opposed this unjust rule last August when the Trump administration first … More »

Yank illegal religious Capitol display, FFRF asks Gov. Evers

12/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the removal of an unpermitted, illegally placed religious display currently installed in its home state Capitol. In defiance of Gov. Tony Evers’ wise decision not to install a holiday tree in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda this year because … More »

Stop coach’s preachiness, FFRF asks Idaho district

12/8/2020 · A football coach should desist from imposing his religious doctrine on students, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to an Idaho school district. The national state/church watchdog has learned that Emmett High School’s football coach, Rich Hargitt, regularly promotes his personal religious beliefs to … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights Nativity appears again in N.H. capital

12/8/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s secular Winter Solstice display has returned to New Hampshire’s capital city. For the third year in a row, FFRF members have put up a display honoring the Bill of Rights and our secular government in Concord City Plaza. The exhibit … More »

FFRF applauds House for passing historic anti-blasphemy resolution

12/7/2020 · The U.S. House has overwhelmingly passed a groundbreaking resolution calling for blasphemy and related laws to be revoked worldwide, much to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s delight. House Resolution 512 , which passed 385-3, specifically notes that “secularists” are frequent victims of such laws. Rep. Jamie … More »

Stop praying during official meetings, FFRF asks Utah school board

12/7/2020 · A Utah school board needs to cease its unconstitutional practice of delivering a prayer during its meetings, insists the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF received an email in October in response to a letter it had sent in May to the Washington County School District … More »

FFRF’s Solstice exhibits on display in greater Chicago area

12/7/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have again erected two secular holiday displays around the Chicago area. The first, a colorful cutout invoking the Founding Fathers, has returned to North School Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. It pictures Thomas Jefferson, George … More »

Hollywood legend John Davidson guest on “Freethought Matters”

12/2/2020 ·  A legendary multitalented Hollywood personality who has also been a near lifelong atheist is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s television talk show this Sunday. Singer and actor John Davidson was the host of several fondly remembered TV shows, including “That’s Incredible,” “The … More »

FFRF to Okla. Gov: Cancel COVID-19 prayer proclamation

12/2/2020 · Withdraw your proclamation designating Thursday, Dec. 3, as “Oklahoma Day of Prayer and Fasting” to counteract the effects of COVID-19, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Gov. Kevin Stitt.  Stitt cites in his proclamation the New Testament verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, … More »

SCOTUS Thanksgiving decision start of ultraconservative push, asserts FFRF's Andrew Seidel

12/1/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the Supreme’s latest attempt to weaponize religious freedom. The article, “With this Thanksgiving bombshell SCOTUS began implementation of an ultraconservative agenda,” begins: The unsigned, midnight opinion dropped like a … More »

Help FFRF’s work go ‘viral’ — Help us turn back the clock on Christian Nationalism

12/1/2020 · Dear Friend of Freethought: You might say the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s work went viral this year! Despite this “annus horribilis,” it’s actually been a terrific year for FFRF in the courts, in the court of public opinion and for our growth and accomplishments. (Please … More »

Secular organizations release agenda for incoming Congress & administration

11/30/2020 ·   The Secular Coalition for America, in partnership with its 19 member organizations (including the Freedom From Religion Foundation), has issued a blueprint for the new administration and Congress. The “Secular Agenda for the 117th Congress & Biden Administration” includes strengthening and supporting the Congressional Freethought … More »

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: The 2020 Elections and You

11/30/2020 · In this edition of FFRF’s Mark on the Hill, let’s discuss the impact of the 2020 elections and how we plan to build the movement together as Christian Nationalism regroups. It is clear that following the 2020 elections, we’re in a far better place than … More »

Justices ‘play a deadly game’ in COVID/church ruling

11/30/2020 · A 5–4 Supreme Court decision enjoining New York state’s pandemic policy that limited some church gatherings is wrong, unnecessary and portends big trouble ahead for our secular laws and policies. As dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor warns: “Justices of this Court play a deadly game in … More »

Secular rapper guest on“Freethought Matters” this week

11/25/2020 ·  A hip-hop artist who isn’t shy about his freethinking views is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. Greydon Square is a West Coast performer who survived the gang culture in Compton, Calif., served in the military in Iraq … More »

FFRF applauds NY AG’s lawsuit against Catholic Church abuse

11/23/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the New York Attorney General’s Office announcement today that it has filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Diocese over failure to report more than two dozen priests credibly accused of sexual assault. The lawsuit alleges that the church … More »

FFRF constitutionally tutors N.C. Rep.-elect Cawthorn

11/23/2020 · The youngest new member of Congress needs some help understanding the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, so the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a leading state/church watchdog, has obliged with some free lessons. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel has sent a … More »

“Holy Spirit” may not guide policy, FFRF tells Tenn. mayor

11/23/2020 · Personal religious beliefs cannot be the basis for decisions regarding public health policy, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned a Tennessee official. According to local news reports, Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman recently recognized that requiring county residents to wear masks in public … More »

Get rid of religious badge, FFRF suggests to Calif. sheriff

11/20/2020 · You need to change your badge design, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising a California sheriff. A county resident conveyed to the national state/church watchdog a concern over the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office’s badge, which depicts a religious mission with a Latin cross on … More »

Biden administration must prioritize judiciary, urge FFRF & other groups

11/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and dozens of other national organizations are advising the incoming administration on how to effectively prioritize judicial appointments, in the wake of court packing by the Trump administration. Senate Republicans have confirmed over 200 extremist judges to lifetime seats on … More »

E.C. Stanton descendant & feminist activist on “Freethought Matters” this week

11/19/2020 ·  A descendant of a feminist pioneer who is a notable activist and author in her own right is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. Coline Jenkins is the great-great-granddaughter of powerhouse 19th century feminist and freethinker Elizabeth Cady … More »

Stop Christian group’s access to students, FFRF admonishes Fla. district

11/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is reprimanding a Florida school district for granting unconstitutional access to a Christian proselytizing group. Concerned local residents informed the national state/church watchdog that the West Central Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes was given access to Polk County Public Schools … More »

Watch FFRF’s video year in review

11/17/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to share with you our video report of highlights from this year — including legal and strategic. It features an inside glimpse of FFRF’s year to date, with a variety of brief and timely reports, short cameo … More »

FFRF’s alert to Ga. school district about praying coach proves successful

11/17/2020 · A Georgia school district will be reminding its staff members about their constitutional obligations after the Freedom From Religion Foundation notified officials of a praying coach. Fannin High School’s football coach was regularly leading his team in prayer, FFRF informed Fannin County School System officials. … More »

FFRF: Justice Alito’s Federalist Society speech shows need for court reform

11/13/2020 ·   Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito consummated the unholy union between the federal judiciary and the Federalist Society in a one-sided speech yesterday. FFRF is appalled over Alito’s rant. “It’s shocking to hear a supposedly impartial Supreme Court justice speak in such a hyperpartisan, reckless and entitled … More »

Kan. school abandons Christian fundraising due to FFRF

11/13/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Kansas school district to discontinue fundraising for a proselytizing Christian organization. A concerned staff member conveyed to the state/church watchdog that Liberty Middle School in Pratt, Kan., was preparing to participate in “Operation Christmas Child,” a charity … More »

Secular/feminist performer Shelley Segal on Sunday FFRF TV show

11/12/2020 · A performer who seamlessly weaves in secular and feminist themes into her music is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. The show debuts Shelley Segal’s music video, “Holy Man,” and features her live performance of the nontheistic “My … More »

FFRF formally condemns Trump’s proposed global gag rule expansion

11/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted a formal public comment to the Federal Register condemning the Trump administration’s proposal to expand the global gag rule. The rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, denies U.S. funding in the form of grants … More »

‘Atheists in Foxholes’ have Veterans Day message for the Pentagon: Destigmatize us

11/11/2020 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation associated with the military have a message for the Defense Department on this Veterans Day: Acknowledge their existence and quit proselytizing. Following national protests against systemic racism, the DOD announced a multistep process to address diversity and inclusion … More »

FFRF files brief in favor of Dane County pandemic health order

11/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief before the Wisconsin Supreme Court urging it to overturn its injunction halting COVID-19-related school closure orders as they apply to religious and private schools in the state/church watchdog’s home county. The Supreme Court had issued … More »

Multimedia artist/atheist guest on FFRF TV show

11/5/2020 · A talented artist and dedicated secularist who works in several mediums is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this week. In the midst of an unsettling political time, FFRF’s television talk show will provide a calming respite with a look … More »

FFRF condemns Trump administration’s support of anti-abortion declaration

11/5/2020 · The United States has dismayingly joined some other countries in support of an anti-abortion statement at the United Nations. The Geneva Consensus Declaration, which was co-sponsored by Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda and, sadly, the United States, asserts “the essential priority of protecting the right … More »

Election results heartening for FFRF’s work

11/4/2020 ·   For the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the apparent results of the U.S. presidential election will mean the Christian Nationalist takeover of the federal government should end. A new administration will mean a renewed chance to advocate for secularism and a return to rational debate. Former … More »

Supreme Court tracks troubling course on LGBTQ discrimination

11/4/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court exhibited worrisome signs today during oral arguments in a major case involving a Catholic group that’s seeking to discriminate while participating in a government foster care program. In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the conservative 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court … More »

FFRF announces Cliff Richards Memorial Scholarship for HBCU students

11/4/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to nonreligious students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The scholarships are part of FFRF’s Cliff Richards Memorial Student Scholarships and are in partnership with Secular Student Alliance. FFRF … More »

FFRF/Harburg Foundation awards $3,000 to students in the arts

11/4/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce the first Yip Harburg Youth Activist Award winners, who will each receive $1,000. This scholarship is made possible by the generous Yip Harburg Lyric Foundation and FFRF member Ernie Harburg, the son of the famous lyricist … More »

Amid uncertainty, FFRF maintains its ‘faith’ in democracy

11/4/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation, like our 33,000 members and every other American, is anxiously awaiting the final results of the 2020 election. Our members may be “faithless,” but we maintain our faith in democracy. FFRF has plans in place to redouble our advocacy for … More »

Upcoming FFRF report warns about biased federal judiciary

11/2/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is set to release a report exposing the growing imbalance, Christian Nationalism and religious favoritism of the federal judiciary. The massive shift in the judicial makeup highlighted in the report is having a profound impact on issues that are fundamental … More »

FFRF hails decision affirming secular education in Maine

10/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a circuit court judgment that upholds the secular nature of the Maine public education system in a case in which the state/church watchdog filed an amicus brief. “A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the state of Maine's … More »

FFRF awards $28,150 to 2020 Students of Color essay contest winners

10/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the awarding of a record total of $28,150 in prize money to the winners of its 2020 students of color essay contest. Entrants were asked to write a personal persuasive essay for the 2020 David … More »

Irreverent entertainer Roy Zimmerman on FFRF’s TV show this week

10/29/2020 ·  A freethinkingly entertaining singer-songwriter is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” show this week. If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where the show broadcasts on Sunday, you can already catch the episode on FFRF’s YouTube … More »

End constitutional infringements, FFRF warns Ala. district

10/28/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting multiple constitutional violations occurring in an Alabama school district that a concerned parent has brought to its attention. Dothan Preparatory Academy (in the Dothan City Schools system) has been using its Remind App to send out prayer requests … More »

FFRF puts a stop to Missouri coaching staff prayers

10/28/2020 · A Missouri school district has listened to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and ended its football coaching staff’s practice of praying with the student-athletes. Joey Ballard, head coach for Jasper High School’s boys football team, regularly led team prayer, a concerned parent of a player … More »

FFRF condemns Senate confirmation of zealot Amy Barrett to SCOTUS

10/27/2020 · As the Senate voted (52-48) to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite an ongoing election in which more than 63 million Americans have already voted, know this: It’s not over. Now we fight, not for one seat, but for the … More »

Stop proselytizers from meeting student-athletes, FFRF insists to Fla. district

10/27/2020 ·   Halt the access you’re providing a Christian group to your athletes, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Florida school district. The Osceola School District is apparently permitting several outside adults to act as “character coaches” for various athletic teams throughout the district. Fellowship … More »

Steve Pinker guest on FFRF’s TV show this week

10/22/2020 · One of the most eminent public intellectuals in the world is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this week, talking about his new course on rationality. If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where “Freethought Matters” … More »

How you can protest Judiciary Committee vote to approve zealot Amy Barrett

10/22/2020 ·   The Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court means her approval by the full Senate is now a foregone conclusion. And that’s all the more reason to keep fighting. We are grateful to you and other FFRF supporters … More »

Preview of Secular Day of the Dead on ‘Ask an Atheist’ — sign up now!

10/20/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited to be co-sponsoring and co-hosting an upcoming global Secular Day of the Dead event, which is previewed on FFRF’s live “Ask an Atheist” program on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon Central. (If you miss the live show, … More »

Halt coach-student praying, FFRF tells Tenn. district

10/20/2020 · Stop football coaches from praying with their students, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a Tennessee school district. The football coaching staff at Stone Memorial High School, in the Cumberland County School District, joined a public prayer with students after a football game … More »

SBA expands outrageous church exemption

10/19/2020 · Through an “interim final rule,” the Small Business Administration has just announced that recipients of $50,000 or less in taxpayer-funded forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program can have their loans forgiven even if they’ve violated rules prohibiting them from firing employees or reducing … More »

RBG and the 116th Congress: Dispatches from Mark Dann, FFRF’s rep on Capitol Hill

10/19/2020 · If there’s a common thread in my thoughts from Capitol Hill this year, it’s the combination of dark and light moments: pessimism and fear coupled with tangible examples of victories and reasons for optimism. Like many of you, I’m living this emotional conflict. On … More »

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton guest on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

10/16/2020 ·   Legislative stalwart and civil rights and feminist pioneer U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this week. If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where “Freethought Matters” broadcasts on Sunday, you … More »

Remove Jesus image, FFRF asks La. police dept.

10/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Shreveport, La., police department take down a painting depicting Jesus. A concerned community member has contacted the state/church watchdog to report that a portrait of Christianity’s messiah is prominently displayed in a police department hallway where … More »

FFRF to Algerian government: “Inciting atheism” is not a crime

10/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the persecution of Yacine Mebarki, reportedly prosecuted by the government of Algeria for “inciting atheism” and sentenced on Oct. 8 to 10 years imprisonment. Mebarki was also fined and found guilty of “offending Islam.” The sentence, which … More »

Greedy clergy want taxpayers to pay church security bills

10/13/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning an appeal by an assortment of church groups to Congress urging a drastic increase in the amount of taxpayer funds for church security costs. Currently, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides $90 million to various nonprofit organizations, the … More »

Mo. football coaches should stop organized prayer, FFRF insists

10/13/2020 · Missouri high school’s coaching staff is repeatedly violating the Constitution by organizing regular prayers with the athletes, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Joey Ballard, head coach for Jasper High School’s boys football team, regularly leads team prayer, a concerned parent of a player … More »

FFRF gets N.C. district to halt access to Christian group

10/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a North Carolina school district to stop the unconstitutional access that it was granting a Christian organization to its athletes. The Duplin County Schools system permitted Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area Director Ken Lovell repeated access to its … More »

Refuting magical thinking, miracles and ‘gifts from God’

10/9/2020 · Could there be a clearer refutation of the Trump administration’s ban on federal funding of newly created human embryonic stem cell lines than the fact that the treatment President Trump boasts of “curing” him of COVID-19 derives from such a stem cell? While the efficacy … More »

Catholicism’s spiritual blackmail, ‘vote life’ injunctions endanger public health, rights

10/9/2020 · Catholics are obligated to attend Mass, says the Madison diocese spokesperson: “As of right now, we are not inclined to reinstate a diocesan-wide dispensation.” He was careful not to sound as draconian as Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki, who recently instructed Catholics that if they … More »

FFRF advises end to Pa. district-Christian camp collaboration

10/9/2020 · An unconstitutional partnership between a Pennsylvania school district and a Christian camp needs to be dissolved, stresses the Freedom From Religion Foundation. To cope with the pandemic, the Williamsport Area School District has implemented a hybrid schedule in which students are required to attend school … More »

FFRF applauds S.C. ruling halting $32 million funding to private schools

10/8/2020 · Photo by Nolichuckyjake / Shutterstock   The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a unanimous decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court that public money cannot be spent on the state’s private schools. The 5-0 judgment was called “a high-profile defeat for Gov. Henry McMaster” by the state’s … More »

Supreme Court expert on FFRF’s TV show this Sunday

10/8/2020 · This week’s episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show, “Freethought Matters,” has as its guest the country’s foremost expert on an institution that’s been on everyone’s mind: the U.S. Supreme Court. If you don’t live in the 22 percent of the country’s markets … More »

FFRF, Puerto Rican Humanists award $16,500 in student scholarships

10/7/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that it is awarding, in partnership with Humanistas Seculares De Puerto Rico (Humanists of Puerto Rico), more than $16,000 in cash scholarships to Puerto Rican students, including 10 major winners and four honorable mentions. … More »

Stop favoring churches, FFRF admonishes California DA

10/6/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chiding the DA of a prominent California county for bestowing special status on houses of worship by exempting them from pandemic control measures. Multiple concerned San Luis Obispo residents have reported to the national state/church watchdog that District Attorney … More »

FFRF billboard reminds Tennesseans about U.S. Constitution

10/6/2020 · Undeterred by COVID-19, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed a new billboard in the Knoxville area reminding people of the importance of the separation of state and church. With the aid of its local chapter, FFRF has put up on Route 62 at Jim … More »

FFRF releases major secular voter poll: ‘We are the real values voters’

10/5/2020 · What do nonreligious American voters want? The Freedom From Religion Foundation has just released a major new secular poll of more than 12,000 registered voters who are atheists or agnostics, providing a fascinating profile of American nonbelievers and their views on the major social issues … More »

Who are FFRF members? 2020 membership survey results

10/5/2020 · We asked our 32,000 current members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation more about themselves, and they answered — over 12,000 of them, which is an amazing response. (A standard response rate is 10-15 percent.) Here’s the scoop: The typical FFRF member is a retired, … More »

Renowned jazz artists on FFRF’s TV show this Sunday

10/2/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show has a double treat for you this Sunday in the form of interviews with two stellar jazz musicians with unusual freethought back stories. If you don’t live in the 22 percent of the country’s markets where the show … More »

FFRF challenges religious voter oath requirement in Alabama

10/1/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a mandatory religious oath for voter registration that is unique to Alabama. Alabama is the only state in the country that requires voters to register on a form mandating they swear “so help me … More »

Ky. school district assures FFRF its graduations will be secular

10/1/2020 · A Kentucky school district has pledged to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it won’t have prayerful graduation ceremonies in the future. A concerned citizen contacted the state/church watchdog to report that this year’s Pikeville High School graduation program included three student-led prayers. These prayers … More »

FFRF’s Full Report on Amy Coney Barrett

9/30/2020 · Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court initiates the final stage of a Christian Nationalist takeover of the high court. If Barrett is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have a supermajority committed to undoing so many of our hard-won rights. At 48 … More »

FFRF warns Barrett would complete Christian Nationalist takeover of Supreme Court

9/25/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says that President Trump’s new presumed Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, if confirmed, would be “a disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church” and would complete the Christian Nationalist takeover of the high … More »

FFRF slams Pompeo’s relentless misuse of his position

9/25/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of his office — yet again — to advance his personal religious beliefs. FFRF has received numerous complaints from its members regarding a speech Pompeo made on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Prestonwood … More »

“Star Trek” legend on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

9/24/2020 · Actor and FFRF After-Life Member John de Lancie of “Star Trek” “Q” fame is the celebrity guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. If you don’t live in the 22 percent of the country’s markets where the show broadcasts, you can … More »

FFRF reports to IRS Kansas senatorial candidate’s religious politicking

9/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alerting the IRS to potential electioneering violations related to a Kansas state Senate candidate’s campaign. Rick Kloos is the founder and pastor of God’s Storehouse, a thrift store run as a church in Topeka. He is running for a … More »

Retract your church electioneering falsehoods, FFRF advises FEC chair

9/23/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Federal Election Commission chairman to withdraw a series of deeply misleading statements made during a recent media interview. During a chat with the far-right media outlet Church Militant, FEC Chairman James Trainor III complained about Catholic bishops … More »

FFRF-supported Roger Williams University symposium tackles state/church separation

9/22/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is supporting a virtual symposium at the Roger Williams University School of Law in which some of the best minds in the country are speaking on the separation between state and church. The one-day discussion with the title “Is This … More »

Register & Vote like your secular rights depend on it . . . because they do

9/22/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud that more than 98 percent of its members are registered voters. Nevertheless, with an election year in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, it is strongly advised that secular voters and prospective voters should make a voting … More »

Heads up: Senators may and should ask nominees about religion

9/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation predicts that in the upcoming battle over filling the vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, extremists and Christian Nationalists will seek to muzzle inquiries and limit senatorial questioning about the nominee’s religious beliefs. The name at … More »

FFRF files amicus brief against Indiana courthouse Nativity

9/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking an appeals court to rule that a Nativity display at an Indiana county courthouse is unconstitutional. A U.S. district court judge earlier this year ordered that the Christmas-timed exhibit be discontinued at the Jackson … More »

FFRF: Mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death by calling your senators now

9/21/2020 · To repeat and second the dying words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it is the most fervent wish of the Freedom From Religion Foundation that she will not be replaced until 2021. The nation's second female Supreme Court justice, the tenacious feminist, civil rights pioneer … More »

Christian Nationalism experts on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

9/17/2020 ·   Two of the foremost specialists in the United States on Christian Nationalism, who have a new book out on the phenomenon, are the joint guests on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s television show this Sunday. If you don’t live in the 22 percent of … More »

FFRF ad celebrates 'Godless Constitution' today

9/17/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed an ad today in The New York Times to “Celebrate & Preserve our Godless Constitution” in honor of the 233rd anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. “The United States was first among nations to adopt an … More »

Non-prophet nonprofit offers to pay staff to serve as Wis. poll workers

9/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), is offering to pay its employees to serve as poll workers on Election Day. “Normally, the ranks of poll workers are largely filled by retired citizens, but … More »

Vouch!ers hurt our public schools

9/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Trump administration’s latest attempt to weaken public schools and send taxpayer money to private religious schools. According to reports, President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have seized on the pandemic to facilitate this. Last week, … More »

FFRF endorses Vt. bill advancing reproductive health care access

9/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pushing the Vermont Statehouse to pass a pending reproductive health care bill. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor this week submitted written testimony to the Vermont House Committee on Human Services in favor of H. 663, which would expand access … More »

FFRF halts Tenn. district’s social media misuse

9/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought to an end a Tennessee school district’s preachy misuse of its official social media. A concerned complainant contacted the state/church watchdog to report that on July 26 the Alamo City School District posted a graphic on its official … More »

End chaplaincy program, FFRF urges county in Ohio

9/14/2020 · An Ohio county prosecutor office’s chaplaincy program violates the constitutional separation of state and church, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned local resident contacted the state/church watchdog to report that Craig Burdick, a chaplain with the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office, delivered a religious … More »

FFRF to Milwaukee Archbishop: Back off spiritual blackmail

9/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning as irresponsible spiritual blackmail an order by the Milwaukee archbishop that parishioners need to return to in-person Mass or else. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki, who presides over a 10-county archdiocese, has instructed Catholics in a letter that those … More »

Investigate Denver Archdiocese’s electioneering, FFRF urges the IRS

9/11/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling the IRS’ attention to potentially illegal political campaigning on part of the Denver Archdiocese. Several concerned citizens contacted FFRF to inform the state/church watchdog that on Aug. 27, the last night of the Republican National Convention, the Archbishop … More »

FFRF urges IRS to probe priest’s political video, bishop’s endorsement

9/11/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the IRS to investigate a video rant by a Catholic priest insisting “You cannot be Catholic and a Democrat” and threatening Catholic Democrats with “the fires of hell.” FFRF’s complaint also asks the IRS to look into … More »

FFRF condemns pandemic pandemonium created by Wis. high court action

9/11/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is blasting the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s irresponsible action halting COVID-19-related school closure orders in its home county. The injunction was issued late yesterday in favor of a petition by a number of religious schools and parents challenging emergency safety orders … More »

Expert on Christian privilege on this Sunday’s “Freethought Matters”

9/10/2020 · An expert on the benefits that Christianity enjoys in the United States is the interview guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s television show this Sunday. On the season’s second episode of “Freethought Matters,” airing this Sunday, Sept. 13, in 12 cities, FFRF Co-Presidents Dan … More »

Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist is ‘nightmare of Christian Nationalism’

9/10/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing the new shortlist of future Supreme Court nominees announced yesterday by President Trump as a “nightmare of Christian Nationalism.” FFRF has no confidence that most of these 20 named additions would decide cases based on legal principle rather … More »

FFRF awards $23,650 to college essay contest winners

9/9/2020 · Not pictured: Kirsten Cohns The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the disbursement of $23,650 to the 13 major winners and 16 honorable mentions of its 2020 Michael Hakeem Memorial Essay Contest for Ongoing College Students. More than 200 college students up to … More »

FFRF landmark ad airing on Rachel Maddow’s program and “The Daily Show”

9/4/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s iconic TV commercial recorded by Ron Reagan (“unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell”) will return to Comedy Central and MSNBC starting next week. The 30-second spot will run six times during MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” (between Sept. 7-Sept. … More »

FFRF’s Freethought Hall now powered by solar

9/3/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that its headquarters — the historic Freethought Hall in downtown Madison, Wis. — is getting greener. Adding to energy improvements, such as universal LED lighting made during a 2015 renovation and expansion, FFRF is taking a … More »

FFRF, Black Skeptics award $20,000 in tuition scholarships

9/3/2020 · 2020 Scholarship Recipients The Freedom From Religion Foundation is announcing $5,000 scholarships for four students, making this its second annual distribution of the Forward Freethought Tuition Relief Scholarships funded by generous FFRF benefactor Lance Bredvold. This year, the students were selected by Black Skeptics Los … More »

American Christianity has white supremacy problem, FFRF’s Andrew Seidel contends

9/3/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the inextricable links between white supremacy and Christianity. In the article, “Fundraising for Kyle Rittenhouse Reveals American Christianity’s White Supremacy Problem,” Seidel writes: Christianity has long had a white … More »

Halt prayer at meetings, FFRF insists to N.C. school board

9/3/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a North Carolina school board immediately cease injecting sectarian religion and prayer into its meetings. A concerned local resident has contacted FFRF to report that the Brunswick County School Board regularly opens its meetings with prayer, including references … More »

Eleanor Clift on ‘Freethought Matters’ TV fall season debut

9/3/2020 · The pandemic is not stopping the Freedom From Religion Foundation from producing a lively fall season of its TV show, “Freethought Matters,” which resumes airing in 12 cities this Sunday, Sept. 6. The season’s first show, with the distinguished journalist and pundit Eleanor Clift, … More »

FFRF advises Sen. Cassidy: Cool it on all the religion

9/2/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chiding a U.S. senator for being unconstitutionally stubborn. A concerned Louisiana constituent had contacted FFRF to report that every Sunday, bible verses are posted to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s official government Facebook page, and FFRF had written to the senator … More »

FFRF scores two for the U.S. Constitution

8/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has notched up a few constitutional victories recently. A concerned resident contacted FFRF to report that the Morgan County School Board in Tennessee had been opening its meetings with a Christian prayer. For instance, the July meeting began with a … More »

BREAKING NEWS! FFRF lawsuit convinces Puerto Rico Education Department to stop coercive school prayer

8/27/2020 · A lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary and a proselytizing school principal there to halt unconstitutional school prayer.  The state/church watchdog had filed a federal court challenge in March against Secretary of Education Eligio Hernandez Perez and Principal … More »

FFRF lambastes government persecution of Nigerian atheist

8/26/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation demands that Nigeria release a freethinker, arrested in late April for blasphemy, who has vanished from view. Mubarak Bala, head of a humanist association in Nigeria and an outspoken atheist and organizer, criticized the prophet Muhummad on Facebook on April … More »

FFRF condemns Kenosha police shooting and vigilante homicides

8/26/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s home state has been the site of a string of horrendous events over the past 24 hours. We at FFRF woke up first to learn that Jacob Blake, shot in the back at close range seven times Sunday afternoon by … More »

HUD enabling religious bigotry, FFRF contends

8/25/2020 ·   A proposed Housing and Urban Development rule is blatantly pandering to religious prejudice, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts in a recent public comment. The HUD regulation would allow shelters to “establish a policy that places and accommodates individuals on the basis of their biological … More »

FFRF & Women’s Leadership Project announce first-ever Lorraine Hansberry Scholarships

8/24/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce, in association with the Women’s Leadership Project, the establishment of the Lorraine Hansberry Humanist Scholarship Awards. The state/church watchdog has funded for the first time this year $1,000 scholarships for five recently graduated high school seniors … More »

FFRF joins in Saturday’s Apostasy Day observance

8/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is participating in the observance of the first-ever Apostasy Day this weekend. An international coalition has organized this commemoration on Saturday, Aug. 22, in good part to protest appallingly harsh apostasy laws in several Muslim nations. FFRF has enthusiastically signed … More »

Sen. Cassidy, please don’t preach on social media

8/20/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a U.S. senator to cease sermonizing on his official social media accounts. A concerned Louisiana resident contacted FFRF to report that every Sunday, bible verses are posted to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s official government Facebook page. When a government official … More »

FFRF files Supreme Court amicus brief against foster care discrimination

8/20/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court strongly opposing a Catholic agency’s contention that it can discriminate as a government contractor against same-sex couples for foster care. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by … More »

FFRF awards $26,100 in 2020 high school essay contest

8/17/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 William Schulz High School Essay Contest, to whom it is awarding an unprecedented $26,100 in scholarship money. College-bound high school seniors were asked to craft an essay based on this prompt: … More »

FFRF celebrates recent multiple wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF condemns Nigerian Shariah court’s blasphemy death sentence

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

Get rid of bigot from seal, FFRF urges Ventura County

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

No handouts to religious schools, secular groups insist

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

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

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

Trump travel ban hurts everyone, asserts FFRF-signed brief

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

FFRF calls on Spokane sheriff to cancel bible-based training

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

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

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

Two wins — and hopes for a strong finish in 2020

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

FFRF condemns Texas town’s religious ‘abortion ban’

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

House funding bill pushes back against Trump’s religious agenda

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

FFRF legal eagles stay busy disentangling religion from government

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

House repeals Trump travel ban, as FFRF has been urging

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

FFRF condemns South Carolina’s outrageous giveaway to religious schools

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

City revokes tax exemption after FFRF protests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secret White House calls helped funnel tax money to Trump preachers

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

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

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

FFRF condemns Catholic lobbying for billions in taxpayer support

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

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

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

Eliminate religious mask exemption, FFRF asks Columbus officials

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

FFRF condemns “Ark Park” taking taxpayer money, again

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

FFRF blasts Supreme Court contraceptive ruling

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

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

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

Churches took in billions from taxpayers during pandemic

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

FFRF runs ‘godless’ July Fourth ads in Oregon dailies

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF blasts SCOTUS voucher ruling for imperiling religious liberty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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