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Two more parents join Indiana nativity lawsuit

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

Arizona proves yet again that religion divides us

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

Kentucky governor must cancel prayer breakfast

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

FFRF ad airing on ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ tonight

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

FFRF asks for probe of Ohio bible study groups

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

FFRF: Abbott crosses the line

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

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

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

Fearing Satan, Phoenix boots prayers

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

Freedom From Religion Foundation hails Ten Commandments removal

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

2016 National Prayer Breakfast entangles religion and state, once again

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

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

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

FFRF cautions Fla. PD about Facebook Jesus imagery

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

FFRF condemns changes to Phoenix prayer policy

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

FFRF: Liberty Institute continues to waste school, court resources

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

FFRF blasts Va. sheriff over religious statements

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

FFRF gets Tennessee county board of education to remove Christian flag

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

Christian crosses remain up, despite warnings of unconstitutionality

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

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

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

‘Resurrection’ fund created for FFRF banners

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

FFRF celebrates ‘Scrooge’ award from Religious Right

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

Alabama Chief Justice’s religion blinds him to the law

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

FFRF asks NYC to drop support for religious schools

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

FFRF’s Winter Solstice banner vandalized in Indiana

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

‘Religious’ hospitals not exempt from retirement regulations

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF banner stolen from public park in Sanford, Maine

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

Solstice banner placed in Sanford, Maine

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

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

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

Texas governor orders FFRF Bill of Rights Display removed from Capitol

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

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

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

FFRF tells Texas sheriff to keep it secular

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

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/21/2015 · For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing the season with them, but we don’t like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic … More »

FFRF banner stolen from police station lawn in Belle Plaine, Minn.

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

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

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

FFRF puts up Bill of Rights display on Illinois courthouse lawn

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

New York freethinkers group displays FFRF banner in park

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

FFRF lodges complaint over proselytizing bus driver

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

FFRF files appeal in school Ten Commandments case

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

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

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

FFRF places ‘Let Reason Prevail’ banner in Virginia park

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

Elkhart school officials flout message of Bill of Rights

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

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

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

Colorado clerk removes religious poster after FFRF complaint

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

Illinois school district to stop coach-led prayers

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

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

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

FFRF protests again after crosses go back up in Arkansas

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

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

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

FFRF requests ‘bible-free’ hotel rooms

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

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

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

'Reason's greetings' in Warren, Mich.

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

Shop with ease at FFRF online

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

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

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

Announcing the 2015 Brian Bolton Graduate/Older Student Essay winners

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

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

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

Mississippi student fights for secular rights

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

FFRF sues to stop New Jersey church grants

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

FFRF’s Nonbelief Relief makes year-end gifts

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

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

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

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

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

Praying coach must go, says state/church watchdog

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

FFRF places Solstice Display in Daley Plaza

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

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

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

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

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

Announcing the 2015 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest winners

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF asks Texas city to remove large cross from park

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

FFRF asks Tennessee school board to remove Christian flag from meetings

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

Minnesota nativity scene won't return to public park

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

Freedom From Religion Foundation to hold Veterans Day event

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

Portland upholds ban on student religious holiday performances

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

UPDATED: FFRF continues ‘In God We Trust’ battle

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

Bibles removed from Northern Illinois University following FFRF objection

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

FFRF defends besieged Texas teacher

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

FFRF objects to Miss. park filled with Christian displays

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

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

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

FFRF: Consequences of Wisconsin statewide voucher expansion showing

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

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

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

Texas school district makes changes after FFRF complaint

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF debuts first-ever ‘atheist marquee’

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

FFRF ends longtime Portland schools Grotto violation

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

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

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

FFRF protests Ky. city's water tower cross

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

FFRF weighs in on N.C. legislative prayer case

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

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

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

FFRF unveils ‘Atheists in Foxholes’ monument at new headquarters

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

Texas lawmakers’ request to AG is phony pandering

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

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

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

FFRF court victory: Ga. school stops school prayer

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF: Texas principal oversteps state/church line

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

Pray to Play exposé riles up Ala. Legislature

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

Secularism will join nativity on display in Ind. this winter

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

FFRF ads counter ‘pope-mania’

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

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

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

FFRF seeks Breathitt County plaintiff to challenge county Jesus painting

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

FFRF offers 'Reason' to Missouri sheriffs

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

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

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

Council backs off 'Christians only' invocation policy

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

FFRF pulls out stops to counter pope-mania

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

FFRF asks White House to pull pope promo from website

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

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

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

House idiocy puts zealotry above women’s lives

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

FFRF warns city about limiting prayer to Christians

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

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

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

Two Fla. cities drop government prayers from meetings

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

FFRF is pleased to announce Freethought Now!

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

Reason prevails over Villa Rica school baptisms

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

FFRF Legal Roundup: September 15, 2015

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

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

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

FFRF continues protest of Ind. school’s live nativity

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

FFRF court victory! School district to remove Ten Commandments monument

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

Davis: Get off your knees and get to work

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

Ga. city pulls out of Gospel Fest following FFRF complaint

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

FFRF protests NYC pope ticket giveaway

9/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticizing the city’s ticket giveaway contest for Pope Francis’s upcoming Central Park Procession. The pope is visiting New York City on Friday, Sept. 25. The city plans to draw ticket … More »

Reason Rally 2016 to gather June 4 at Lincoln Memorial

9/4/2015 · The second Reason Rally, sponsored by a coalition of secular groups including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will take place at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, June 4, 2016. "At FFRF, we work hard to ensure that reason will prevail — not only in urging … More »

FFRF protests prisoners crafting pope chair

9/4/2015 · A national state/church watchdog with 23,000 nonreligious members has sent a letter of protest to the Commissioner of Prisons over misuse of prisoners to carve and upholster a special chair to be used by Pope Francis when he celebrates Mass in a prison later … More »

FFRF honorary director Rebecca Newberger Goldstein receives National Humanities Medal

9/3/2015 · Among the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal announced today by the White House is Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, an author, philosopher and honorary director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Other awardees include historians, writers, preservationist, food activist and an education course. … More »

Freethinking Reagan headlines national FFRF gathering

9/2/2015 · REGISTER TODAY! The 10 most terrifying words in all of Christendom: "Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell." Talk about mourning in America, at least in red-state America. It's a sure bet you'll hear those terrifying words the weekend of Oct. 9-11 in … More »

FFRF seeks en banc review over Jesus shrine on Big Mountain

8/31/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog representing 23,000 members nationwide, announced it will ask for a review by the entire panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of today's 2-1 decision permitting a shrine to Jesus on federal land in Big Mountain, … More »

Court win for FFRF over Ten Commandments at Pa. school

8/28/2015 · Senior U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry of the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a 50-page decision today in FFRF v. Connellsville Area School District, ruling that "the Ten Commandments monument at the Connellsville Area School District Junior High School runs afoul of the … More »

FFRF complaint removes Jesus painting from public school

8/26/2015 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, students at Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kan. will no longer have to walk past a devotional painting of Jesus in their secular public school. FFRF took a complaint over the state/church violation from a local family. FFRF … More »

FFRF, parent, file appeal in school Ten Commandments case

8/26/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a parent of a student who challenged a Ten Commandments monument in front of a public school filed notice in court on August 25 that they will be appealing a judge's decision that they do not have standing. … More »

FFRF seeks to place “no gods” monument at Arkansas Capitol

8/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is entering the fray over the controversial decision by the state of Arkansas to place a Ten Commandments monument on its Capitol grounds, by seeking permission to erect a permanent display saying "there are no gods." This week the Arkansas … More »

Lovable atheist sitcom creators win big in 'No God But Funny' contest

8/24/2015 · Challenging the negative stereotypes of atheists as heartless, hopeless, or just plain evil in popular entertainment, talented freethinkers were asked to create a sitcom featuring a lovable atheist lead character for the No God But Funny Contest, sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation … More »

FFRF asks Mizzou to end unconstitutional chaplaincy

8/21/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's blistering report on unconstitutional Christian chaplains in college football programs highlights the University of Missouri as one of the major offenders. FFRF wrote to Mizzou Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin asking him to abolish the chaplaincy and adopt the model policy in FFRF's report. Records from the … More »

Announcing 2015 William J. Schulz High School Essay Contest winners

8/21/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sincerely congratulates the 23 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's joint essay competition. FFRF, an educational state/church watchdog that has more than 22,700 members nationwide, has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students … More »

FFRF reopens prayer complaint against Ky. school district

8/21/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was forced this week to take up a complaint it had already resolved. The Bell County Board of Education in Kentucky announced that it would reinstate prayer at football games, a practice that was dropped in 2011 after FFRF sent the district … More »

FFRF demands removal of Jesus portrait from Kan. school

8/20/2015 · The portrait of Jesus hanging in Royster Middle School must go, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote today to Chanute Public Schools, Kansas. A print of Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ" is prominently displayed in the school. This is "an egregious violation of the First … More »

FFRF to UGA: Permanently bench football chaplain

8/19/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's expose, "Play to Pray," on unconstitutional Christian chaplaincies at public college football programs singles out University of Georgia as one of the major offenders. FFRF wrote to 20 universities, including GA President Jere Morehead, asking him to abolish the chaplaincy and adopt the model policy in … More »

FFRF: Auburn employs chaplain who baptizes players, has office in stadium

8/19/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's just-released national report, "Pray to Play," documenting unconstitutional Christian chaplaincies embedded in public university football programs, includes the Auburn University in its list of offending universities. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, has written to university President Jay Gogue asking him to abolish the … More »

FFRF: Unconstitutional football chaplaincy at Georgia Tech

8/19/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has contacted  Georgia Institute of Technology President G.P. Peterson to request changes to the football program's embedded chaplain. Peterson is one of 20 presidents or administrators of public universities being contacted by FFRF, in conjunction with its groundbreaking … More »

FFRF asks U. of S.C. to end its paid football chaplaincy

8/19/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's blistering report on unconstitutional Christian chaplains in college football programs highlights the University of South Carolina as one of the major offenders. FFRF wrote to USC President Dr. Harris Pastides asking him to abolish the chaplaincy and adopt the model policy in FFRF's report. FFRF, a … More »

State/church watchdog issues report damning college football chaplains, coaches

8/17/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog with more than 22,700 members, issued a report today condemning more than 25 public universities for allowing football coaches to impose their personal religion on players by hiring Christian chaplains. Only 54% of college-aged Americans are … More »

Civil rights triumph, for now, in Colorado

8/14/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hailing a decision by the Colorado state appeals court yesterday, ruling that a baker cannot invoke religious beliefs as an excuse to deny services to a customer. FFRF signed onto an amicus brief submitted by Americans United for Separation of … More »

FFRF lodges formal complaint against proselytizing Texas judge

8/14/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a complaint to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct yesterday about Smith County Judge Randall Rogers, who required a man to marry his girlfriend, as well as repeatedly copy a bible verse. Judge Rogers forced Josten Bundy and Elizabeth Jaynes to marry … More »

FFRF alerts Fla. superintendents to ‘dirty dozen’ state/church violations

8/13/2015 · In response to a never-ending stream of flagrant state-church violations coming out of the Florida public schools, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a memorandum today to all 67 Florida superintendents. The memo covers 12 of the most common complaints reported to FFRF. The memo was signed … More »

FFRF’s ‘unabashed atheist’ Reagan ad to air on 'The Daily Show'

8/4/2015 · Click here to preview the ad.The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which debuted its TV ad featuring Ron ("not afraid of burning in hell") Reagan last year on "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," is running the commercial again this week as a farewell … More »

FFRF: Remove religious quotes from Texas school district's walls

8/3/2015 · Mount Vernon Independent School District in Texas should remove quotations on its school walls that "unconstitutionally endorse religion," the Freedom From Religion Foundation contends in a letter sent last week. At least seven bible quotes are posted on the walls of schools in the MVISD, among … More »

Fla. school district paid $86,000 to contest FFRF lawsuit

7/30/2015 · Orange County Public Schools, Fla., spent $86,164.68 paying its attorney to defend a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation—only to eventually do what FFRF requested it do months before filing suit. That money could have bought 861,645 No. 2 pencils, 47,869 elementary school … More »

Can Tennessee recognize reason along with faith?

7/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to put reason on an equal footing with religious faith, if only for a day, due to a new state law that requires the governor to designate the first weekend in August of each calendar … More »

Settlement ousts Cowboy Church from Colorado school

7/30/2015 · A Colorado teacher in the Fremont RE-2 School District has favorably settled his case against the district, which has long drawn the ire of the Freedom From Religion Foundation for unconstitutional insertion of religion into school activities. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel had sent the … More »

FFRF asks Pensacola, Fla., to take large cross down from public park

7/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter yesterday asking that the city of Pensacola, Fla., take down a 15 to 20-foot tall cross that stands in Bayview Park, a public park. The cross was put up decades ago, and has been a popular location for Easter … More »

FFRF combats ‘In God We Trust’ police bumper sticker trend

7/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent seven letters recently to police and sheriff's departments across the South that have decided to display "In God We Trust" on their law enforcement vehicles. Law enforcement agencies contacted include:  • Amory Police Department, Miss.• Bay County Sheriff's Office, Fla.• Bonifay Police … More »

BSA stands still on ban on atheists

7/27/2015 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation What's wrong with this picture? In a laudable development, the national Boy Scouts of America organization is expected today to end its blanket ban on gay leadership, after moving in 2013 to permit participation by gay youths. Notably, BSA cut … More »

FFRF statement on decision in school Ten Commandments challenge

7/27/2015 · Judge Terrence McVerry ruled on July 27 that FFRF and a parent of a student who challenged a Ten Commandments monument in front of a public school do not have standing to bring the lawsuit. The opinion did not address the constitutionality of the … More »

N.C. Supreme Court sets public education back

7/24/2015 · The Supreme Court of North Carolina delivered a stunning blow to public education and the separation of state and church yesterday. In a tellingly partisan 4-3 decision, the court upheld the state's "Opportunity Scholarship Program," reversing a trial court opinion that struck down the program … More »

FFRF raises alarm about 'religious coercion' from new Iowa State basketball coach

7/20/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the president of Iowa State University to raise concerns about Steve Prohm, the university's recently hired head basketball coach, due to "numerous reports of Mr. Prohm's promotion of religion through his coaching position." To combat Prohm's anticipated … More »

Budget will erode Wis. public schools

7/20/2015 · Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget that is, as a Washington Post blogger put it, "a blueprint for abandoning public education," the Freedom From Religion Foundation charges. The highly controversial 2015-17 budget passed on July 9 contains several attacks on public education, including a plan … More »

La Crescent cross violates constitution, contends FFRF

7/17/2015 · La Crescent, Minn., has long played host to a cross and a star that are lit up to celebrate Easter and Christmas. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has lodged a complaint on behalf of local residents in protest of the … More »

Orwellian First Amendment Defense Act would privilege religious bigotry

7/16/2015 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has proposed the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a name that would make George Orwell's Big Brother proud. To date, 124 representatives are sponsoring the misnamed bill. H.R. 2802 does nothing to defend the First … More »

FFRF charges Pompano Beach, Fla. with discriminating against atheists

7/16/2015 · The City Commission of Pompano Beach, Fla., recently adopted a resolution to severely restrict who is allowed to give invocations before its meetings, limiting the pool to religious speakers only. Under the new policy, the "invocation speaker" must be chosen from " 'churches,' 'congregations,' or … More »

FFRF challenges Congressional rep’s mission trip to Belarus

7/14/2015 · New Mexico U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's recent trip to Belarus mixed religious evangelism with diplomacy, blurring the constitutional line between the state and church, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a letter sent to Pearce. Pearce traveled to Belarus in June, speaking to the … More »

UPDATE: FFRF objects to Texas clerk’s wall of crosses

7/9/2015 · In this photo published in the Longview News-Journal, Gregg County Clerk Connie Wade shows off the county's cross collection UPDATE: Local news sources are reporting that the crosses have been removed. The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently sent a letter to Connie Wade, a county clerk in Gregg … More »

FFRF denounces Ohio's $300,000 grant to Christian ministry

7/9/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter July 9 criticizing the state of Ohio's $300,000 grant to Athletes in Action, a Christian youth sports ministry. Attorney General Mike DeWine's office announced the grant on July 1 for the group "to initiate new, or accelerate existing, sports … More »

Answer to school funding crisis: halt vouchers

7/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has the answer to the school funding crisis: remove the outrageously expensive — and unconstitutional — voucher expansion from the state budget. "Where's the uproar and outrage over what will be the demise of public education, and a windfall of … More »

Kansas Gov. Brownback showcases his impotence

7/8/2015 · In an attempt to do something — anything — in the face of marriage equality, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has issued an entirely superfluous and pointless executive order. As Brownback's order recognized, the U.S. Constitution and the Kansas Constitution already protect the freedom of religion. Religion … More »

Brevard County Board must not discriminate against nontheists, civil liberties groups say

7/7/2015 · The Brevard County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners' policy of excluding nontheists from offering pre-meeting invocations is unconstitutional, several civil liberties groups say in a federal lawsuit. In legal action filed today by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American … More »

Congress honors FFRF founder Anne Gaylor

7/7/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor, who has been memorialized in the New York Times and other publications after her death on June 14, will leave another permanent legacy in print, in the United States Congressional Record. On July 7, 2015, U.S. … More »

Glencoe, Ala., takes down Christian flag thanks to FFRF

7/6/2015 · The City of Glencoe, Ala., has removed a Christian flag from its police station after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "Hallelujah!" said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. "Reason will prevail. In this case, it was so patently obvious why a civil, … More »

FFRF breaks up church-city partnership

6/30/2015 · The city of Casselberry, Fla., cancelled a planned partnership with Church Together, an evangelical Christian church, for a city camp's soccer event, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint. Camp Casselberry, a city-run youth program, was scheduled to partner with Church Together for … More »

FFRF celebrates Okla. decision downing decalog

6/30/2015 · The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the divisive Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds violates the Oklahoma Constitution and "is enjoined and shall be removed." "This decision ensures 'Thou shalt honor thy First Amendment' and the constitutional separation of state and church," … More »

FFRF: Orange, Calif. unlawfully sponsors annual Christian prayer breakfasts

6/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion has uncovered evidence via a records request that the City of Orange, Calif., used city time and resources to coordinate Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts in 2013 and 2014. FFRF sent the city a letter today to ensure there is no similar unconstitutional sponsorship in the … More »

Equality trumps dogma! SCOTUS approves gay marriage

6/26/2015 · Over the predictable dissents of four Catholic male justices, the Supreme Court on June 26 finally recognized the right of Americans of any sexual orientation to marry. The decision was a long time coming, in large part because of the terrible control religion exercises … More »

FFRF condemns possible arson in Hawkins, Texas

6/25/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation expressed dismay over a possible arson attack at Will Rogers Coffee Company early Wednesday in Hawkins, Texas, where FFRF has recently objected to a religious sign on city property. Wood County fire marshals are investigating. According to local news, … More »

FFRF asks Ark. county to take down 'Appeal to Heaven' flag

6/23/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Bradley County judge in Warren, Ark., to remove a flag reading "Appeal to Heaven" from the courthouse flagpole, calling it a sectarian symbol that indicates government endorsement of Christianity. The flag currently flies at the Bradley County … More »

FFRF calls upon key Wisconsin Senators to end voucher expansion

6/17/2015 · In an effort to further highlight the dangers of the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee education budget, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters on Tuesday to select members of the Wisconsin Senate, drawing their attention to the harm facing public schools within their legislative districts. … More »

FFRF asks NY legislators to oppose religious school tax schemes

6/16/2015 · In response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Parental Choice in Education Act" and similar bills proposed by the New York Assembly and Senate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters to every member of the New York Assembly urging them to take … More »

Anne Gaylor, FFRF principal founder, dies

6/15/2015 ·    1975, 2015 Anne Nicol Gaylor, 88, the principal founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, died just before midnight on Sunday, June 14, at a hospice in Fitchburg, Wis. She was hospitalized May 30 after a bad fall in her independent living apartment in Madison.  Anne … More »

FFRF criticizes sermonizing Fla. sheriff

6/15/2015 · Screenshot from First Baptist Church on the Mall website. The Freedom From Religion Foundation today sent a letter to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in protest of the sheriff delivering sermons in uniform at Lakeland, Florida's First Baptist Church on the Mall. Judd, as a guest … More »

Chino Valley School District a “no show” for scheduling conference

6/9/2015 · A religious legal group representing a California school district being sued over school board prayer by the Freedom From Religion Foundation failed to show up for a mandatory scheduling conference June 8 before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Federal Judge … More »

Taslima Nasrin given $20,000 on March 4 from FFRF’s Atheists in Foxholes Support Fund

6/2/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wired $20,000 to Taslima Nasrin on March 4, in rapid response to her appeal to the freethought and humanist community for help after her friend, Avitji Roy, was brutally hacked to death on the streets of Bangladesh and his … More »

FFRF objects to Ga. teacher’s classroom proselytizing

5/28/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has lodged a complaint with the Douglas County School System after learning that science teacher James Tillman reportedly promotes his personal beliefs to students and actively tried to convert one atheist student to Christianity. A parent of a Douglas County … More »

Colo. school breaks promise to FFRF of no grad prayer

5/27/2015 · Julesburg High School in Colorado included a prayer at its graduation ceremony, despite Julesburg School District Superintendent Shawn Ehnes assuring FFRF that there was "no chance" there would be prayer. FFRF originally wrote to the district on February 27 after receiving a report that the public … More »

FFRF urges Congress to consider RFRA in drafting LGBT conversion therapy ban

5/26/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a warning for the Congressional co-sponsors of HR 2450, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would ban therapy attempting to "convert" LGBT people: beware RFRA. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act could provide a loophole for practitioners of such "treatments," says FFRF … More »

FFRF: Wisconsin Voucher Bill 'insidious' and harmful to public schools

5/22/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling a proposal to uncap school vouchers in Wisconsin harmful and an insidious attempt to transition from a public education system to one that sends students to religiously segregated schools. The Wisconsin Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance voted this … More »

Secularists are on the march

5/19/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation I've been saying for years that public officials, and the media, haven't caught up with the changing secular demographics in the United States. The newest Pew report on the growing population of religiously "unaffiliated," released last week, … More »

Time to reject bible-based death penalty

5/19/2015 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation While Wisconsin's reputation for progressivism is sadly overrated, there is one fact, as a state native, that I remain very proud of: Wisconsin was the first U.S. state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. (A … More »

FFRF protests exemption for religious retirement plans

5/13/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has weighed in on two federal court cases that deal with large companies taking advantage of an exemption to retirement plan regulations for churches. In amicus briefs, FFRF makes the unique argument that the "church plan exemption" itself is … More »

FFRF: National Day of Prayer still unconstitutional

5/7/2015 · This year, like every other, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has continued to receive complaints about local government officials planning and speaking at National Day of Prayer events in their official capacity. Federal law also requires the President to "issue each year a proclamation designating … More »

Orange County literature distribution case comes to an end

5/4/2015 · Today, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Ga., closed the book on a literature distribution case in Orange County Public Schools (Fla.) filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state-church watchdog with more than 22,500 members and … More »

Florida city nixes godly motto in council chambers

4/30/2015 · After protests by local activists and a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Venice City Council voted 5-2 at its Tuesday meeting against erecting an "In God We Trust" display in its chambers. David Williamson, head of the Central Florida Freethought Community, a … More »

FFRF weighs in on California prayer case

4/30/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief in a case over government-sponsored prayer in the city of Eureka, California. The brief was filed with the court on April 22. In the case, Beaton v. Eureka, city resident and atheist Carole Beaton filed suit over … More »

FFRF’s ‘Nonbelief Relief’ Fund contributes $10,000 to help Nepal

4/29/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made a $10,000 donation under a new project, its Nonbelief Relief Fund, to help earthquake-ravaged Nepal. FFRF is evenly splitting the donation between the United Nations World Food Program and Doctors Without Borders, both of which rate well … More »

FFRF and Dawkins Foundation expel creationism from Calif. school

4/29/2015 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a California science teacher will not be allowed to continue teaching creationism. The groups sent a letter that sparked an investigation by the Lucia Mar Unified School District into the creationist … More »

Fla. student groups support FFRF in protest of bible verse inscription

4/27/2015 · Two student groups at the University of Florida, Gator Freethought and Humanists on Campus, recently sent a letter to University President W. Kent Fuchs in support of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's objection to a bible verse inscribed on a new building on campus. New … More »

After legal battle, 'reason station' to go up in Warren, Mich.

4/27/2015 · City Hall in Warren, Mich., will be a lot more reasonable starting tomorrow. Douglas Marshall will finally be allowed to set up a "reason station" in the City Hall atrium April 28, following a legal battle for equal treatment. For years, the city permitted volunteers at … More »

FFRF and Dawkins Foundation combat creationism in Calif. school

4/23/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science have teamed up to protest an Arroyo Grande High School teacher who is reportedly pushing creationism in his classroom. A concerned family reported that science teacher Brandon Pettenger is attempting to … More »

FFRF to Wis. schools: Protest Walker voucher scheme

4/20/2015 · In response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposed massive expansion of the state's private school voucher system, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters to every superintendent in Wisconsin, urging them to speak out now in support of public funding for public, not … More »

‘V(ouch)ers hurt our public schools’ billboard goes up in Madison

4/16/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation just posted a timely message, "V(ouch)ers hurt our public schools," on a billboard at the corner of 405 S. Park St. and West Washington Avenue in Madison, Wis. Although the message is "punny," what's at stake is no laughing matter. … More »

FFRF criticizes Okla. AG's school 'religious freedom' initiative

4/15/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter today to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is offering support to Oklahoma schools to "defend religious freedom"—which is what he calls making sure people can distribute bibles to public school students. Pruitt sent a letter to every school district in Oklahoma saying … More »

FFRF raises alarm in Green Bay over Walker voucher scheme

4/15/2015 · Watch FFRF ad. (Scroll down to view second ad.) Green Bay citizens are being urged to take alarm and vigorously oppose Governor Scott Walker's proposal to open the floodgates on religious school vouchers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been airing two 30-second TV commercials on … More »

FFRF protests bible verse on building at University of Florida

4/13/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a complaint letter to the University of Florida – Gainesville after learning the university inscribed a bible verse into a new building on campus. The business school building, Heavener Hall, has a bible verse on an archway reading, "He has … More »

No God But Funny Contest Offers $40,000 in Prizes for Sitcom Scripts With Positive Atheist Characters

4/9/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and The Center for Inquiry have teamed up to create a unique competition for current and aspiring television writers and directors, the No God But Funny Contest. The contest will award $15,000 to those crafting the winning sitcom script and … More »

Alabama Senate passes grossly misinformed religious display bill

4/9/2015 · The Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 277, the so-called "Religious Display Freedom Act," on Tuesday, April 7. The bill purports to allow municipalities to place nativity scenes and other religious displays on government property. Protections against government-endorsed religious messages are codified in the U.S. Constitution, … More »

Texas baseball coach strikes out on state/church separation

4/8/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter of complaint to Pittsburg Independent School District in Texas after learning that a Pittsburg High School coach regularly brings religion into his interactions with students. Head baseball coach Tommy Stewart reportedly conducts bible study with players … More »

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