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Get rid of chaplaincy, FFRF warns Fla. school district

6/10/2021 · A football chaplain needs to be ejected from the field, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a Florida school district.  Matt Norman, the husband of a Polk County Public Schools employee, is reportedly acting as a chaplain for the Haines City High School football … More »

Oregon state Rep. Nearman should resign over Statehouse siege

6/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation concurs with a bipartisan call for the resignation of an Oregon state representative implicated in what appear to be seditious actions. Many of us missed the news in December that a mob — well before the Jan. 6 insurrection at … More »

Preachy Okla. coach reprimanded after FFRF alert

6/10/2021 · An Oklahoma school district has promised to give a preachy coach a talking-to following the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s intercession. FFRF’s intervention seems to have resulted in a home run for the U.S. Constitution. An area resident contacted FFRF with concerns about promotion of religion … More »

Curb unconstitutional practices, FFRF tells TX public hospital

6/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a large Texas public hospital stop engaging in unconstitutional religious promotion. Multiple concerned University Medical Center community members, including an employee, have reported that the Lubbock hospital displays a huge religious banner on its employee parking structure. … More »

Stop your prayers, FFRF appeals to N.C. city council

6/8/2021 · Cease starting your meetings with a prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a North Carolina city council. A concerned King resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the King City Council has appointed a rotation of five chaplains to deliver prayers at the … More »

Milwaukee Archdiocese stonewalling on AG abuse probe shows need for transparency

6/8/2021 · A Milwaukee Archdiocese announcement that it does not intend to fully cooperate with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s investigation into church sex abuse and cover-up underscores the need for the probe — and for increased church transparency. Archdiocese attorney Frank LoCoco in a letter to … More »

Utah gov’s call to pray for rain an insult to Utahns

6/4/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation excoriates Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s show of governmental piety in calling on the citizens of Utah to “pray for rain.” “We need more rain and we need it now,” Cox has remarked. “We need some divine intervention. That’s why I’m … More »

Leave prayer out of meetings, FFRF asks N.C. county board

6/3/2021 · A North Carolina county’s board of commissioners needs to nix the unconstitutional prayer that starts its meetings, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned Alleghany County resident has reported that the county’s Board of Commissioners begins its meetings with prayer. These prayers are … More »

FFRF co-sponsors online Thomas Paine Day celebration on Tuesday, June 8

6/3/2021 · You are invited to a celebration of the life and legacy of Thomas Paine on Tuesday, June 8, via Zoom, an event co-sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Click here to register for this event.  The program will include an introductory statement by Rep. Jamie … More »

Fla. governor signs trans athlete ban in religious photo-op

6/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not only for signing into law a discriminatory bill to ban transgender girls from school sports, but for making it a religious photo-op. DeSantis made a show of signing the bill at Trinity Christian Academy, … More »

June a month for LGBTQ+ pride and great concern

6/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, nearly 12 percent of whose members identify as LGBTQ+, celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month with the knowledge that even though there’s been much improvement, much is at stake. As President Biden’s Pride Month proclamation points out, … More »

The nation’s future, and our secular republic, rides on defeating voter suppression

6/2/2021 · The brazen attacks on citizen rights are snowballing, and freethinkers need to oppose voter suppression. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has previously pointed out that protecting our democracy is a secular issue. The campaign to defend the principle of separation between state and church is … More »

Take action against preachy coach, FFRF prods Fla. school district

6/2/2021 · A proselytizing coach should be reined in and, if need be, removed, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Florida school district. A concerned area resident has reported to the state/church watchdog concerns about religious promotion taking place in the Lake Minneola baseball program. … More »

FFRF cheers Biden’s removal of Hyde Amendment from budget

6/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds President Biden for notably excluding the Hyde Amendment from his budget proposal. The religiously rooted amendment, first introduced in 1976 by the ultra-Catholic Rep. Henry J. Hyde, restricts federal funding for abortion care. This means that low-income women on … More »

FFRF TV show this week asks: ‘What’s So Great About the Great Beyond?'

5/27/2021 · Note: This is the last show of the fall/spring 2020-21 season. “Freethought Matters” will begin broadcasting again in the fall, starting on Sunday, Sept. 5. The Freedom From Religion Foundation concludes the fall/spring season of its “Freethought Matters” TV show by taking a look at … More »

FFRF’s Jayne to testify against WI anti-trans bills

5/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be in its hometown Capitol Wednesday morning to oppose religiously motivated anti-LGBTQ bills. FFRF Attorney Ryan Jayne will be present at two of the day’s Wisconsin legislative committee hearings to submit oral testimony in opposition to Assembly Bill 196 … More »

Nontheist community raises $25,000 during National Day of Reason Mayday for Humanity event

5/25/2021 · Five national nontheist organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, hosted an event of action to counter the National Day of Prayer on May 6 — raising $25,000 earmarked for five homeless shelters or food banks. As those in prayer beseeched the heavens, thousands of … More »

Opposition to Alabama yoga law highlights Christian nationalist hypocrisy

5/24/2021 · The Alabama Legislature has commendably done away with a ban on teaching yoga in public schools. Since yoga in public schools would almost certainly not involve religious instruction or iconography, state/church watchdogs like the Freedom From Religion Foundation are not concerned about the new law. … More »

Fla. officials unconstitutionally imposing religion, contends FFRF’s Jayne

5/24/2021 · Florida officials are unconstitutionally imposing religion on public schools, FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan D. Jayne asserts in an op-ed published in one of the state’s most prominent newspapers. In a column for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Jayne spotlights two recent events. The Legislature has … More »

BREAKING NEWS! FFRF wins lawsuit against praying Texas judge

5/21/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won its court challenge to stop a Texas judge from conducting courtroom prayer. U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt today ruled in favor of plaintiffs FFRF and local attorney “John Roe.” They had sued Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack … More »

Hindu nationalist govt brought pandemic calamity upon India, asserts FFRF’s comm director

5/21/2021 · India’s Hindu nationalist government is primarily responsible for the apocalyptic pandemic wave currently slamming the country, says Freedom From Religion Foundation Communications Director Amitabh Pal in a nationally distributed op-ed. In a piece written for the Progressive Media Project and circulated through the Tribune News … More »

Supreme Court’s move on abortion rights ominous, warns FFRF’s Seidel

5/20/2021 · The country has been rocked by the unwelcome news that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up an abortion rights case this term. FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel has explored in a new column another aspect of this alarming development that … More »

FFRF calls on AG Garland to investigate Catholic abuse and cover-up

5/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the U.S. Justice Department to initiate a nationwide investigation into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. “The Church’s claim of divine authority gives it coercive power over its congregants that allows it to get away … More »

Multitalented Mexican-born actor & freethinker on FFRF TV show Sunday

5/20/2021 ·   A multifaceted Mexican-born freethinker, actor and author is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Indra Zuno has appeared in movies such as “The Virgin of Juarez” and on television. She is best known for her characters in … More »

Donohue says to ‘trash’ faith-based office for meeting with atheists

5/19/2021 · The irony is delicious. The Freedom From Religion Foundation vigorously protested the White House faith-based offices when first created by President George W. Bush. We never thought Catholic League President Bill Donohue would join our protest. But ... saints preserve us! This week Donohue wrote a piece … More »

FFRF: SCOTUS decision to hear abortion ban is very bad news

5/17/2021 ·   “A chill wind blows,” as the late Justice Harry Blackmun once proclaimed to warn against the initial erosion of Roe v. Wade in the 1980s. Today (May 17) that wind got far chillier, with the announcement that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an … More »

FFRF, other secular groups make history with White House meeting today

5/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and five other secular organizations met with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Friday afternoon, and made a little welcome history. Representatives from FFRF, the American Humanist Association, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, Ex-Muslims of North … More »

FFRF’s “unabashed atheist” ad with Ron Reagan on “CBS Sunday Morning”

5/14/2021 · The irreverent ad featuring Ron (“unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell”) Reagan extolling the Freedom From Religion Foundation will run on “CBS Sunday Morning” this Sunday, May 16, and May 30. It is airing for the first time on the show; CBS … More »

FFRF denounces TX anti-abortion ban — part of worrisome trend

5/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation castigates the Texas Legislature for approving a bill to ban abortion care as early as six weeks of gestation. The bill will assuredly be signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, a Christian nationalist whom FFRF recently successfully prevailed … More »

Renegade member of fundamentalist Westboro family guest on FFRF TV show

5/13/2021 ·  A woman who has rejected her family — infamous for its hateful fundamentalism — is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Megan Phelps-Roper is author of the book Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist … More »

FFRF praises Blinken, State Dept.’s ‘religious freedom’ report for including nonbelievers

5/12/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the 2020 Report on International Religious Freedom released today by Secretary of State Antony Blinken for including the rights of nonbelievers. Blinken described religious freedom as “coequal,” condemned Nigeria for jailing citizens for blasphemy, noted approvingly that Sudan repealed … More »

FFRF’s constitutional chiding gets Ga. media attention

5/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has given a Georgia school district a legal lesson on why it can no longer send children home with backpacks containing bibles and other religious materials. Graysville Elementary School (based in Ringgold, Ga.) in Catoosa County Public Schools gave students … More »

FFRF supports HHS proposal to expand family planning services

5/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is supporting a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule to reverse the Trump administration’s cruel attacks on Title X, the federal program providing family planning and other health care screening to low-income patients. The state/church watchdog has submitted … More »

Quit endorsing religion, FFRF warns Miss. Gov. Reeves & others

5/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to top Mississippi officials, including the governor, endorsing the National Day of Prayer in an over-the-top event. Gov. Tate Reeves, the first speaker in a National Day of Prayer shindig at the Mississippi Coliseum on Thursday, May … More »

FFRF, civil rights groups say officials shouldn’t be shielded from wrongdoing

5/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has joined more than 80 other organizations in calling for an end to the judicially created doctrine of qualified immunity — which shields state officials from liability for their misconduct even when they violate the Constitution. The criminal killing of … More »

Deadline approaching for FFRF's third annual essay competition for law school students

5/7/2021 · Law students are invited to submit a no more than 1,500 word essay on the dangers of adopting a broad “history test” to justify violations of the separation between state and church. The contest will award $10,000 in prize money, with $4,000 for first … More »

Feminist icon Robin Morgan on FFRF TV show Sunday

5/6/2021 · A towering figure in the worlds of feminism and atheism is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Robin Morgan is a poet, novelist and author and has served as editor and columnist for Ms. Magazine. Her groundbreaking … More »

BREAKING NEWS: FFRF wins major court victory against Gov. Abbott censorship

5/6/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been granted permanent relief in its six-year lawsuit challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s censorship of its Winter Solstice display in the Texas Capitol. U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel ruled in favor of FFRF in its federal challenge of censorship … More »

FFRF: Why we are so over that unconstitutional ‘Day of Prayer’

5/6/2021 · It is an unconstitutional affront that the first Thursday of every May is designated by Congress as the “National Day of Prayer.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which took the lead in challenging this unconstitutional act, won a historic federal court ruling declaring that act … More »

Don’t officially back the National Day of Prayer, FFRF asks several cities

5/5/2021 · Do not violate the Constitution tomorrow by promoting prayer, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging cities all over the United States. FFRF has sent letters to Provo, Utah, Bunnell, Fla., Lebanon, Conn., Acworth, Ga., and Henderson, Texas, chastising their officials for participating in, sponsoring … More »

FFRF commends Connecticut for removing harmful religious vaccine exemptions

5/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the triumph of reason over dogma and science over pseudoscience in Connecticut. Despite zealous opposition from religious anti-vaccination protesters, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a bill into law ending religious exemptions from vaccine requirements for students. Many … More »

First Amendment legal warriors on FFRF TV show Sunday

4/29/2021 · On “Freethought Matters” this Sunday, the interview is with two champions of the First Amendment, Debra and Dan Weisman, who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in 1992 ensuring that public school graduations stay free of prayer and religion. Debbie was in her … More »

National Day of Reason congressional resolution offsets National Day of Prayer

4/29/2021 · Several members of Congress have introduced a National Day of Reason resolution to counter the National Day of Prayer. Led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, a number of national legislators are championing a resolution proclaiming May 7 as an annual … More »

FFRF corrects Ak. Senate candidate's claims over state/church separation

4/28/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is educating Kelly Tshibaka, a U.S. Senate candidate in Alaska, on the founding principle of separation between state and church. Tshibaka was co-founder and formerly pastored The Lighthouse Fellowship, affiliated with the Foursquare Church, founded by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. … More »

FFRF condemns Montana abortion restrictions

4/27/2021 · The future of reproductive rights for women in Montana has become bleaker. On Monday, April 26, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed three anti-abortion bills into law: banning abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, requiring health care workers to give pregnant women an opportunity to view … More »

FFRF’s Seidel writes open letter to CNN about Rick Santorum for Christian Nationalism

4/27/2021 · Last week, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel warned you, “creationism is back.” Your activism helped kill that bill in the Arkansas Senate, but now Rick Santorum is back. One of the loudest proponents of modern Christian Nationalism, Santorum spouted what Seidel … More »

FFRF: Rogue La Crosse, Wis., priest must be reined in

4/27/2021 · A loose cannon Catholic priest who gained notoriety last year for counseling parishioners that they would go to hell if they voted for a Democrat is again making outrageous pronouncements. Rev. James Altman has currently set his sights on Covid-19 mitigation efforts, defying local safety … More »

FFRF celebrates confirmation of Vanita Gupta as U.S. associate attorney general

4/27/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation celebrates the confirmation of Vanita Gupta as the associate attorney general of the United States. Last week, the Senate confirmed Gupta in the number three position at the Department of Justice by a bipartisan 51-49 vote. Gupta is a civil … More »

FFRF condemns anti-abortion bill in Idaho

4/26/2021 · Legislators in Idaho have passed an anti-abortion bill that would ban abortions as early as six weeks’ gestation, which the Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns as both cruel and unconstitutional. House Bill 366 is now headed to Gov. Brad Little’s desk and is expected to … More »

FFRF welcomes Wis. DOJ investigation into clergy abuse

4/23/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s announcement of a statewide probe into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has reportedly notified Catholic churches across the state that his office will review … More »

FFRF educates Arkansas district on science standards

4/23/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Arkansas school district to investigate claims made in the Legislature that one of its teachers has been unconstitutionally teaching creationism. During a recent Arkansas Senate Education Committee hearing on HB 1701, which would have permitted the teaching … More »

Freethinking star reveals her fundamentalist past on FFRF TV show

4/22/2021 · A movie and TV star who has made a remarkable journey from an ultrareligious upbringing to an outspoken freethinker is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show. Alice Greczyn has appeared in many movies and TV series, including “The Dukes of … More »

Unconstitutional Arkansas creationism bill dies after FFRF announces plan to sue

4/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends the Arkansas Senate Education Committee for declining — barely — to pass a bill aiming to put biblical creationism into Arkansas public school biology classrooms. FFRF pointed out that the bill, HB 1701, was blatantly unconstitutional, as the U.S. … More »

To combat climate change we must combat religion’s denialism

4/21/2021 ·   Over the past year, the world watched the United States become the hot spot of a global pandemic while elected officials at every level flouted collective safety measures in favor of prayer and willful ignorance. It was, and remains, a shocking and horrifying display … More »

Revoke Fla. church mega-giveaway, FFRF asks FEMA

4/21/2021 · A recently announced Federal Emergency Management Agency mega-giveaway to a Florida church is unconstitutional, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FEMA has reportedly approved a grant of $1,973,993 to Hiland Park United Pentecostal Church in Panama City, apparently to reimburse recovery expenses for damage resulting … More »

FFRF applauds Chauvin guilty verdict

4/20/2021 · Image from Lorie Shaull via Flickr The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the “guilty on all counts” verdict in the George Floyd murder trial against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. We all watched the horrifying video documenting a helpless African-American’s life being snuffed out by a … More »

FFRF, national secular orgs host Mayday ‘helping hands’ event

4/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is teaming up with four other national secular nonprofits to hold a “Mayday for Humanity” to raise funds for homeless shelters and food banks. FFRF, The Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, Secular Student Alliance and Secular Coalition for America will … More »

N.D. Ten Commandments law unconstitutional, FFRF charges

4/20/2021 · A new North Dakota law that seeks to impose the Ten Commandments on the state’s public schoolchildren is unconstitutional, declares the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The bill, which would require school districts to allow Ten Commandments displays “in the school and in a classroom,” shockingly … More »

Bible shouldn’t be ‘official state book,’ Annie Laurie Gaylor admonishes Tenn. Statehouse

4/19/2021 · Do not impose the bible on Tennesseeans, FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor warns the state Legislature in an op-ed published in a Tennessee daily newspaper. “A proposal to anoint the bible as Tennessee’s ‘official state book’ is not only unconstitutional, it is also an affront … More »

Atheist legal crusader Jessica Ahlquist on FFRF TV show this Sunday

4/15/2021 ·  A person who became the target of national opprobrium when she stood up for her secular rights as a teenager is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show. “Freethought Matters” catches up with Jessica Ahlquist, the courageous teenage atheist plaintiff who was … More »

FFRF applauds Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Supreme Court expansion bill

4/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation welcomes a significant congressional proposal to add four seats to the U.S. Supreme Court, a necessary court correction. Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., today introduced a bill, the Judiciary Act of 2021, to increase the number of justices. Joining Jones as … More »

FFRF applauds abortion policy changes

4/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the Biden administration’s decision to lift a Trump-era policy requiring abortion pills to be dispensed in person during the pandemic. FFRF is also cheering the tandem announcement that the administration is beginning to undo another Trump-era directive that … More »

Thou shalt remove unconstitutional biblical verses, says FFRF to Tenn. courthouse

4/14/2021 · Biblical verses prominently posted at a Tennessee courthouse are unconstitutional, adjudges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The national state/church watchdog has previously complained about two such verses at the Henderson County Courthouse. One verse reads: “Justice—Then shalt thou understand judgment. Proverbs 2:9.” Another verse reads: … More »

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: The Equality Act debate and its implications for our legislative agenda

4/14/2021 · Recently, the Equality Act — one of FFRF’s top priorities for legislation — passed the House (224–206). It provides consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, and it is starting to move in the Senate. The debate on the … More »

FFRF tells Bland Co. Sheriff to stop religious social media posts

4/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Virginia sheriff’s department to discontinue its pattern of posting discriminatory religious messages on its official social media account. A local resident alerted FFRF about the bible verses, prayer requests and other religious messages that Bland County Sheriff … More »

Creationism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry coalesce in Arkansas Legislature, Seidel writes

4/13/2021 · Creationism is back. Not disguised as intelligent design or teaching a controversy, but unadulterated biblical creationism. And in Arkansas, a state with a long history of losing fights in court to teach creationism in public schools. (FFRF is looking for families in Arkansas school … More »

Gov. Reynolds engaged in unconstitutional fundraising, FFRF charges

4/12/2021 · The Iowa governor has transgressed the Constitution by recently raising funds for a Christian school, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Saturday, April 10, Gov. Kim Reynolds helped a faith-based school raise money by allowing it to auction off a dinner with her at … More »

FFRF: Latest SCOTUS church ruling signals trouble ahead

4/12/2021 · The high court’s series of rulings in favor of science-denying religious litigants signals serious trouble ahead for the principle of separation between state and church, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Near midnight on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued yet another emergency decision striking … More »

Secular author & scholar Susan Jacoby on FFRF TV show Sunday

4/8/2021 · A leading proponent and scholar of freethought is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Susan Jacoby is a distinguished journalist, author and FFRF honorary director specializing in the history of reason, atheism, secularism and religious liberty. She’s … More »

BREAKING NEWS! FFRF lawsuit ends religious test to register to vote in Alabama

4/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has attained a huge constitutional victory for secular voters in Alabama. FFRF sued the Alabama secretary of state last October on behalf of four Alabama citizens who encountered and objected to a religious test to register to vote. Now that the … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad reappears on ‘Maddow’ and ‘Samantha Bee’ this month

4/6/2021 · The endorsement ad by Ron Reagan promoting the Freedom From Religion Foundation will reappear several times on MSNBC in April, starting tonight. The irreverent ad, with Reagan’s signature line of being “an unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” will air tonight, Wednesday and … More »

FFRF NY Times ad examines religious roots of insurrection

4/6/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a full-page ad in the national news section of today’s New York Times calling the storming of the Capitol a “faith-based initiative.” The ad features a large photograph of Jan. 6 insurgents in prayer before a wooden cross … More »

Scientific maven and heir Sasha Sagan guest on FFRF TV show Sunday

4/1/2021 · A secular maven who is the scion of a famous scientific family is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Sasha Sagan is a television producer, filmmaker, writer and speaker. Her essays and interviews on death, history and ritual … More »

FFRF chapter’s secular display returns to Windy City

4/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's local chapter will once again put up a secular display in downtown Chicago on Easter weekend to counter a Catholic shrine there. On Saturday, April 3, FFRF's Metropolitan Chicago Chapter (FFRFMCC) will place in Daley Plaza two colorful 8-foot banners on … More »

FFRF announces $300,000 secular studies endowment at Pitzer College

3/31/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the FFRF Secular Studies Endowment at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., the trailblazing home of the country’s first Secular Studies program. The $300,000 gift, made possible thanks to a bequest by FFRF member and ardent atheist … More »

Nix unconstitutional bill, FFRF urges Maine Statehouse

3/31/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is submitting testimony to the Maine Legislature in opposition to a bill that proposes to unconstitutionally favor long-established churches. LD 1063 exempts “qualifying” religious organizations from auto insurance requirements. To qualify, a religious organization must have “established tenets and faith-based … More »

FFRF celebrates demise of so-called Unalienable Rights Commission

3/31/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is toasting the demise of a Christian nationalist commission imposed on the nation by Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s secretary of state. FFRF was among the first groups to criticize and oppose Pompeo’s pet project, the so-called Commission on Unalienable Rights. … More »

FFRF cheers plummeting U.S. church membership

3/29/2021 · Image via Shutterstock by Encierro   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering a report from Gallup that formal church membership among Americans has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in Gallup’s 80-year history of asking the question. “Americans are waking up,” says FFRF Co-President … More »

Religion undermined Inaugural’s call for unity, FFRF’s Seidel writes

3/26/2021 · Protecting our democracy is a secular issue. FFRF explained this a few weeks ago and it’s something we want our members and the wider country to understand. We paid special attention to the groups that oppose full enfranchisement and voting rights for all Americans. … More »

FFRF calls out senator from Mississippi on Christian nationalist comments

3/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the junior senator from Mississippi to recant recent Christian nationalist comments she made in defense of voter suppression. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defended a voter suppression bill in Georgia during a Senate Campaign Finance Committee hearing this week. The … More »

FFRF condemns evangelical role in voter suppression

3/25/2021 · The Religious Right and its political allies are busy depriving citizens perceived to be Democratic — especially Black Americans — of their voting rights. Tony Perkins, a leading evangelical and president of the Family Research Council, brags: “We’ve got 106 election-related bills that are in … More »

Actor, author & atheist Malachy McCourt guest on FFRF show Sunday

3/25/2021 · A multifaceted irreverent talent is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Malachy McCourt is an Irish-American actor, author, humorist and an outspoken and happy atheist. He has appeared in many movies, including “The Molly Maguires” and “Brewster’s … More »

‘Thoughts and prayers are not enough’ to address mass shootings

3/25/2021 · Many in Congress have finally gotten the message that “thoughts and prayers are not enough,” as Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday during a hearing on gun reform. “And yet ‘thoughts and prayers’ is all we’ve heard from my colleagues on the other side,” Blumenthal added. … More »

Stop officially praying, FFRF demands of S.C. school board

3/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a South Carolina school district to stop its unconstitutional practice of opening school board and other meetings with prayer. The Dorchester School District Two opens its school board meetings and many other school-sponsored events with prayer, a concerned … More »

FFRF & other secular orgs host Mayday fundraising event

3/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and four other national secular nonprofits are teaming up to address the increased need for food and shelter assistance due to the pandemic. In a three-hour fundraising event — “Mayday for Humanity” — FFRF, The Freethought Society, Recovering From Religion, … More »

FFRF cheers appeals court decision against praying Wash. coach

3/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a ruling against a praying football coach. A three-judge panel at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of Washington’s Bremerton School District, which did not renew the coach’s contract after he refused to … More »

Covid relief bill includes inappropriate funding for private schools

3/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying the diversion of billions of taxpayer dollars to private, mostly religious schools in the recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. When private school mogul Betsy DeVos was at the helm of the Department of Education, it was … More »

FFRF: It’s time to quit the Catholic Church after renewed LGBTQ bigotry

3/18/2021 · The Vatican reaffirmed the bigotry of the Catholic Church earlier this week, decreeing that no official in the church hierarchy can bless or recognize a same-sex relationship. The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly known as the Inquisition, announced its ruling that same-sex … More »

Rep. Jerry McNerney guest on FFRF Sunday TV show

3/18/2021 · A co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Rep. Jerry McNerney has represented the 9th district in California (the Stockton area) since 2006. He has a doctorate in math and after … More »

Indiana school board hasn’t a prayer after FFRF intercedes

3/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded an Indiana school district to cease opening school board meetings with prayer. A concerned district community member contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that the Griffith Public Schools Board of Trustees opened each of its meetings with … More »

FFRF denounces Georgia mass murder

3/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly condemns Tuesday’s killing spree. Eight people are dead — including six Asian-American women — after a shooter attacked three massage parlors in the Atlanta area yesterday evening. All violence is abhorrent, but attacks are particularly repellant when they target … More »

FFRF stops school board prayer in Pa. district

3/16/2021 · A Pennsylvania public school district has discontinued injecting religion into each school board meeting due to intervention by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Montrose Area School District community member alerted the state/church watchdog that the school board had a practice of opening every … More »

FFRF asks W.Va. district to protect students from proselytizing teacher

3/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Huntington, W.Va. school district to rein in a teacher using her position to denigrate LGBTQ and non-Christian students. A district parent alerted the state/church watchdog that a Cabell County Schools health teacher has been abusing her position … More »

FFRF calls out La. rep’s bible remarks on gun control

3/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, who represents Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, for his religious rhetoric delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week. While colleagues were debating the Covid-19 relief bill, Higgins invoked the … More »

FFRF celebrates Scottish repeal of blasphemy law

3/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Scotland for voting to repeal its blasphemy law. The theocratic provision dates back to 1825 and has not been enforced since 1843. The repeal was part of a broader bill updating Scotland’s hate crime laws. Scotland is following in … More »

Trump’s pandemic Day of Prayer: Nothing fails like prayer

3/15/2021 · One year ago today, President Donald Trump declared a national day of prayer to stop the pandemic and called on the country to “pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our nation.” More than 540,000 Americans died in that interval. … More »

Michigan department removes religious content from state licensing materials

3/12/2021 · The state of Michigan has corrected an unconstitutional entanglement after intervention from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Wolverine State resident alerted FFRF that the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services’ official required study materials for those who wish to become licensed insurance agents … More »

Popular host & magician Matt Dillahunty on FFRF TV show

3/11/2021 · A multifaceted freethinker is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Matt Dillahunty is a popular talk show host, public speaker and debater who advocates for skepticism, humanism, secularism and atheism. He has hosted “The Atheist Experience” call-in show … More »

FFRF condemns Arkansas abortion ban

3/11/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for signing into law a near-total abortion ban. Senate Bill 6 would permit abortion care only in rare cases to save the lives of pregnant women, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Hutchinson claims … More »

Stop promoting religion, chaplains and prayer, FFRF chides the FBI

3/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the FBI for conducting Christian devotions and otherwise unconstitutionally promoting religion. An FBI employee has informed the national state/church watchdog about serious concerns regarding increased religious promotion within the Bureau. The FBI reportedly has a chaplain offer a … More »

FFRF announces $45,000+ in prizes in four 2021 student essay contests

3/9/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has announced its 2021 essay competitions for freethinking students — offering more than $45,000 in total scholarships. Each of these four contests has 10 top prizes: First place — $3,500; second place — $3,000; third place — $2,500; … More »

FFRF welcomes Supreme Court ruling over litigation rights

3/8/2021 · Photo by Jarek Tuszyński via Creative Commons   The U.S. Supreme Court has strengthened the constitutional rights of all Americans. In an 8-1 decision today (March 8), the court ruled that those who have suffered past constitutional deprivations can have their cases heard in court, even when … More »

Protecting our democracy is a secular issue

3/8/2021 ·   Although it may not be obvious at first glance, a pending voting reform bill will not only accomplish political change but will also help protect our First Amendment and keep state and church separate. HR1, also known as “For the People Act,” would “expand Americans’ … More »

FFRF joins coalition introducing Biden admin. to secular priorities

3/8/2021 · Image: Matt Wade Photography via Creative Commons   A coalition of secular groups that includes the Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted the Biden administration on behalf of nonreligious Americans. FFRF and 18 other secular advocacy organizations have sent a letter to the Office of Faith-Based … More »

Reel & real-life hero guest on FFRF TV show Sunday

3/4/2021 · An Indian movie star who is also a leading activist for secularism in his country is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Sushant Singh is a well-known Indian movie and TV actor and presenter. He’s done an … More »

Christian nationalist FFRF nemesis charged for Capitol attack

3/4/2021 · Eric Barber of Parkersburg, W.Va., is alleged to have participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 Christian nationalist Eric Barber, a former member of the City Council in Parkersburg, W.Va., has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. … More »

FFRF attains free speech victory in Alabama

3/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has obtained a victory for secularism and free speech in Alabama. An Alabama resident contacted the state/church watchdog after being told that a request for a personalized “S8TAN” plate was “offensive to the peace and dignity of the state of … More »

Newly elected Christian nationalist wrong on school prayer

3/1/2021 · U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville, who built a reputation for pushing religion onto public school football players, today repeated his Christian nationalist talking points on the floor of the U.S. Senate. As a coach, Tuberville was instrumental in spreading the harmful practice of scheduling Christian college … More »

FFRF alarmed by SCOTUS for again blocking Covid-19 restrictions on churches

3/1/2021 · The U.S. Supreme Court has engaged yet again in religiously preferential conduct toward churches resisting Covid-19 health orders, much to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s alarm. In an unsigned order issued on Friday night, the high court blocked local health regulations seeking to slow the … More »

CPAC gathering a horror show of Christian nationalism

3/1/2021 · Christian nationalism was on full display at the just-concluded Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. “We were dismayed but not surprised by the lies and Christian nationalist rhetoric spouted on stage this weekend,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. The stage itself appeared to … More »

Join ‘Do No Harm Act’ Day of Action today!

3/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that Rep. Bobby Scott and 102 co-sponsors have reintroduced in Congress today the Do No Harm Act. The bill would make certain that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is used only as a shield … More »

Sever tie-up with church, FFRF urges N.C. school district

2/26/2021 · Terminate your unconstitutional teamwork with a local church, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting to a North Carolina school district. Burns High School (in Lawndale, N.C.) is reportedly working with Hope Community Church to help the church attract students. The church is building a … More »

Guest on Sunday’s FFRF TV show is ‘unapologetically black, feminist and heretical’

2/25/2021 · A Black skeptic, humanist activist and author is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Sikivu Hutchinson, founder of Black Skeptics Los Angeles, talks on the show about her latest book, Humanists In The Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, … More »

Cancel million-dollar-plus Ky. church funding, FFRF insists to FEMA

2/18/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that the Federal Emergency Management Agency rescind a proposed $1 million-plus handout for a Kentucky church/tornado shelter. A concerned Versailles city resident and taxpayer had alerted FFRF about an official decision to spend public funds to pay for … More »

Fundamentalist family member turned freethinker on FFRF TV show

2/18/2021 · A freethinker who escaped America’s possibly most notorious fundamentalist family is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. Nate Phelps thought his way out of a notorious family cult that you’ve quite certainly heard of: the Westboro Baptist Church founded by … More »

FFRF announces third annual law student essay competition

2/17/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is announcing its third annual essay competition for law school students. Law students are invited to submit a no more than 1,500 word essay on the dangers of adopting a broad “history test” to justify violations of the separation between … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’

2/16/2021 · The iconic “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan ad promoting the Freedom From Religion Foundation has aired for the first time on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Feb. 16, for a run of two weeks. The national state/church watchdog thanks FFRF Board Member Jim Zerwick for suggesting the … More »

FFRF: Biden should abolish ‘faith-based office,’ not perpetuate it

2/15/2021 · The Biden Administration should abolish, not resurrect the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as it has with this week’s executive order. The Freedom From Religion Foundation was the most vociferous critic of President George W. Bush’s egregious action to establish a … More »

FFRF attempts to unearth official Ky. church construction project

2/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is trying to ascertain details about a Kentucky city’s reported proposal for a church construction at taxpayers’ expense. A concerned Versailles resident and taxpayer has alerted FFRF about an official decision to spend city and federal funds to raise a … More »

FFRF Darwin Day ad in Wis. State Journal razzes Legislature

2/12/2021 · A “Celebrate Darwin Day” ad in the Wisconsin State Journal promoting science-based recommendations for the pandemic takes a dig at the Wisconsin Legislature’s obstructionism. The full-page ad appearing in the main section, placed by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation based in Madison, invokes Dr. … More »

FFRF's Darwin Day billboard in Madison promotes science

2/11/2021 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation has just erected a billboard celebrating Darwin Day and scientific recommendations during the pandemic in its hometown of Madison, Wis. The 10-by-22-foot billboard, located at 2741 University Ave. (above Qdoba Mexican Eats) on view to westbound traffic going to … More »

Non-Christian Americans (& humor) in spotlight on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

2/11/2021 · A leading chronicler of the rights of non-Christian Americans who is also an ardent humorist is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday. Professor Jay Wexler of the Boston University School of Law and his newest book, Our … More »

FFRF secures state/church victory in Mich. school

2/11/2021 · A public school basketball coach in Michigan has been asked to stop praying with his team after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted his school district. A district parent informed FFRF that a Wyandot Middle School basketball coach had been leading his students in prayer … More »

FFRF urges Biden admin. to drop SBA church funding

2/10/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is formally asking the Biden administration not to adopt Trump-era regulations allowing for the unprecedented funneling of taxpayer money to religious institutions. The national state/church watchdog is conveying its formal objections to the public bailouts of churches during the pandemic … More »

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: Defeating Christian nationalism

2/10/2021 · Enabled by Donald Trump as president, white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Va., staged armed anti-mask protests in state capitols, devised a plot to kidnap and murder Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and burned a Black Lives Matter sign at a historically Black church here in … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court spreads church preference and Covid-19

2/8/2021 · The U.S. Supreme Court issued a dismaying order late Friday night overriding “the judgments of experts about how to respond to a raging pandemic,” as dissenting Justice Elena Kagan put it. “In the worst public health crisis in a century,” Kagan writes, “this foray … More »

FFRF censures Jeep’s divisive Christian Super Bowl ad

2/8/2021 · The Jeep Super Bowl Sunday ad with Bruce Springsteen ostensibly encouraging Americans to find common ground has generated a lot of buzz. But, ironically, it flagrantly undercuts unity by assuming that Americans must all be Christians united under the repeatedly depicted cross. That message is … More »

S.C. district removes religious display following FFRF complaint

2/5/2021 ·   A religious display has been promptly removed from a South Carolina school following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Palmetto High School community member informed FFRF that a framed prayer was prominently displayed on a table in the school’s front office … More »

New AP report details ongoing abuse of PPP funds by Catholic Church

2/4/2021 · Another new bombshell report by the Associated Press shows once again that churches are stealing from the American taxpayer: “As the pandemic began to unfold, AP reveals today, “scores of Catholic dioceses across the U.S. received aid through the Paycheck Protection Program while sitting … More »

Biden should have skipped Natl. Prayer Breakfast, FFRF maintains

2/4/2021 · In a misbegotten attempt at bipartisanship, President Biden has continued the lamentable presidential tradition of legitimizing the sectarian annual National Prayer Breakfast. Biden was in virtual attendance from the White House for the dubious quasi-official prayerfest today (on Thursday, Feb. 4). The president asked for … More »

Armin Navabi on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

2/4/2021 · A former Muslim who has become an ardent secular online activist, podcaster and author is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. Armin Navabi is an Iranian ex-Muslim. In 2012, he founded Atheist Republic, an online community that now has … More »

Curtail religious group’s activities, FFRF presses Neb. schools

2/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Nebraska school district that has agreed to allow a religious group to preach to its students to cancel the proselytizing gathering — especially given that it’ll be taking place in the middle of a pandemic. Even with … More »

FFRF blasts appeals court reasoning in Indiana nativity display case

2/3/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is severely criticizing an appeals court ruling handed down Feb. 2 that dubiously claims a historical framework justifies a government nativity display. Although FFRF was not party to the lawsuit, the national state/church watchdog had sent a December 2018 letter … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad returns to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show”

2/1/2021 · An irreverent ad featuring a presidential son extolling the Freedom From Religion Foundation returns to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” today for the next two weeks. The commercial with Ron (“unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell”) Reagan inviting viewers to join … More »

FFRF analysis of Christian Nationalist members of Congress featured in Religion Dispatches

2/1/2021 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the way Christian Nationalism is dividing our country in the wake of the Capitol insurrection. Seidel explores the division by looking at two stories from this week in … More »

FFRF unveils new pro-science Chicago billboard

1/29/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Chicago chapter are unveiling a timely secular advertising campaign promoting science and pandemic safety in the Windy City. The artwork features a striking image of Charles Darwin wearing FFRF’s “In Science I Trust” face mask next to the … More »

FFRF to Wis. Assembly: ‘Let the science speak,’ protect mask mandate

1/29/2021 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent an urgent letter to all members of the Wisconsin Assembly urging them to “listen to the science” and protect the current statewide mask mandate. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Wisconsin Senate, by a vote of 18-13, passed … More »

Religious/racial extremism scholar on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

1/28/2021 ·  An expert on an issue that everyone is talking about — the intersection of religious and racial extremism — is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show this Sunday. Robert P. Jones is the CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute. … More »

FFRF: Shame on Christian Nationalist disruptors inside Congress

1/28/2021 ·     The Christian Nationalists, neo-Nazis, racists and anti-government militia who attacked the U.S. Capitol and our democracy on Jan. 6 have been roundly denounced. But the Freedom From Religion Foundation believes it is also important to call to account the Christian Nationalist views of most … More »

FFRF applauds reversal of the global gag rule

1/27/2021 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the Biden administration for revoking the draconian global gag rule that denied U.S. funding to foreign nongovernmental organizations providing any information, counseling or care about abortion. President Trump had signed an executive order imposing the global gag rule on … More »

Biden’s early executive orders are a breath of fresh secular air

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to welcome many of President Biden’s early actions to reverse course on measures taken by the previous administration, which FFRF had roundly opposed. Biden’s laudable executive orders to date include: Repealing Muslim Ban: FFRF long argued, including before the Supreme … More »

FFRF asks Wis. DOJ to investigate Catholic Church abuse

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Wisconsin Department of Justice to launch a statewide probe into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. FFRF is not alone in demanding a statewide inquiry. The nonprofit Survivors Network of those Abused by … More »

FFRF applauds court ruling that Boston can reject Christian flag at City Hall

1/26/2021 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a federal appeals court’s decision affirming that the city of Boston has the right to deny citizens’ requests to fly a divisive Christian flag in front of City Hall. FFRF had previously joined a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the … More »

FFRF applauds first secular invocation in Fla. county after historic legal battle

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation hails a victory this morning (Jan. 26) for religious freedom and secular inclusion in a Florida county. David Williamson, a director and co-founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of FFRF), offered what is believed to be … More »

Scuttle national hymn idea, FFRF and Black Nonbelievers ask Rep. Clyburn

1/26/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Black Nonbelievers are appealing to a congressional leader and civil rights activist to drop his recent proposal for a “national hymn.” The freethought groups are asking House Majority Whip James Clyburn to reconsider his suggestion that Congress adopt a … More »

Christian Nationalism and the Capitol insurrection

1/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to uncover and amplify the role of Christian Nationalism in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. As part of this effort, two experts on religious nationalism have appeared on recent episodes of our show “Ask an … More »

Secular survivor of terror attack guest on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

1/21/2021 ·  A survivor of a horrific Islamist assault who has redoubled her secular activism is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday. Bonya Ahmed is a Bangladeshi-American secular activist and co-founder of Think, which specializes in short educational videos, many of … More »

FFRF’s Seidel on how religion undermined Inaugural’s call for unity

1/21/2021 · FFRF heard from many of its members on Inauguration Day. Like you, we watched the Inaugural with hope in our hearts. The intent was a ceremonial moment of national healing and unity. But we were often left out — and left wondering about what … More »

Please Mr. Biden, less religion, more true unity

1/20/2021 · During the much-anticipated Inaugural, kicking off a hopeful new administration, it’s unfortunate that President Biden, while trumpeting a message of unity, remains tone deaf about the divisiveness of religious rhetoric. U.S. politicians’ often gratuitous use of religion at official events makes us nonbelievers feel like … More »

FFRF’s Reagan ad plays tonight on ‘Samantha Bee,’ ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Late Show’

1/20/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be dominating the television landscape tonight, with its ads airing on three separate network comedy news programs. The national state/church watchdog’s iconic endorsement by Ron “Unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell” Reagan will make … More »

The expanding role of Christian Nationalism in the Capitol attack

1/20/2021 · Is America finally waking up to the threat Christian Nationalism poses? The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has been educating about the dangers of theocratic extremism for decades, is hopeful the attack on the Capitol has opened the nation’s eyes. “New photos, videos and reportage … More »

Groups sue outgoing Trump admin for scrapping anti-discrimination protections

1/20/2021 · A coalition of service and advocacy organizations have filed suit against the Trump administration for rolling back civil rights protections for beneficiaries of federal programs. The prior federal rules had required faith-based organizations providing critical, taxpayer-funded services (like food and shelter) to inform recipients of … More »

FFRF condemns Trump’s last-minute Christian Nationalist vanity projects

1/19/2021 · With the clock running out on his term, President Trump fired off two more attacks at the wall of separation between state and church and equality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The 1776 Commission’s report seeks to rewrite American history through the lens of … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel urges Biden to leave God out of presidential oath

1/19/2021 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written a column for The Progressive magazine urging Joe Biden to stick to the Constitution and drop God from the presidential oath. Seidel explains in “Leave God Out of the Presidential Oath” that the Constitution doesn’t … More »

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 »

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