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FFRF win: N.J. Supreme Court upholds bar on funds to repair churches

4/18/2018 ·   Photo of David Steketee A major court victory by the Freedom From Religion Foundation will save New Jersey taxpayers many millions of dollars by terminating an unconstitutional boondoggle. The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision today, upheld the state Constitution’s ban against taxpayer funds … More »

Chaplain who censored atheist Barker to step down

4/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit to have nonbelievers included in our nation’s legislative chambers is not immediately affected by the announcement that the current House chaplain will retire. “The in-house chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives is stepping down next month after seven … More »

FFRF gets proselytizer barred from Missouri schools

4/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully gotten a proselytizer barred from a Missouri school district. Bolivar High School had invited Bob Holmes, the "one man volleyball team," to give a presentation to its student body. Holmes was accompanied by representatives of the Agape Baptist … More »

TV host Adam Savage at FFRF San Francisco convention

4/16/2018 · Famed television host and special-effects wizard Adam Savage will be speaking at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s convention in San Francisco in early November. Savage achieved renown as the co-host of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel. The series, which ran for many seasons, aimed … More »

FFRF guides Illinois school district on the right track

4/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully counseled an Illinois school district to get on the constitutionally correct path. A concerned El Paso Gridley CUSD #11 community member contacted the state/church watchdog to report that El Paso Gridley Jr. High School Principal Robby Tomlinson sent … More »

Persecuted Saudi activist honored at FFRF San Francisco convention

4/10/2018 · The activist wife of a Saudi freethinker whose persecution has caused global outrage will be speaking at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's convention in San Francisco in early November. For the supposed crime of "apostasy," Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was shockingly sentenced in 2013 to … More »

FFRF admonishes Ga. school’s ‘Holy Spirit' at Easter

4/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is castigating a Georgia public school for getting religiously carried away during Easter. Rossville Elementary School in Rossville, Ga., reportedly allowed representatives from Peavine Baptist Church to enter the school to hand out candy to students and invite them to … More »

FFRF celebrates 40th year with NY Times ad & other commemorations

4/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its official founding today, April 5, with a full-page ad in The New York Times commemorating “40 years of activism.” Counseling that “Freedom depends on Freethinkers,” the ad asks: “If you share our concern … More »

Tenn. school ends morning prayers

4/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put an end to the unconstitutional endorsement of religion at a Tennessee public high school. It was recently reported by several community members to FFRF that Wayne County High School was broadcasting prayer over its public announcement system to … More »

FFRF causes Illinois district to curtail creationist cant

4/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has extracted a pledge from an Illinois school district to curb creationism-promoting events in its schools. A concerned district parent had contacted FFRF to report that Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ's Church, where he is … More »

Salman Rushdie headlines FFRF San Francisco convention

4/4/2018 · One of the most renowned authors and iconoclasts of our era is headlining the Freedom From Religion Foundation's annual convention in San Francisco in early November. Salman Rushdie has achieved worldwide fame both as a writer and as a resolute defender of freethought and free … More »

FFRF trumpets Florida constitutional victory

4/3/2018 · FFRF is celebrating a major victory that keeps an important state-church protection in the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission meets to consider changes to the state Constitution. Any proposed changes are then placed on the November ballot. This round, the commission … More »

FFRF educates Indiana school district on religious force-feeding

4/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is educating an Indiana school district about the unconstitutionality of a religious lesson recently taught at a local elementary school. A concerned parent from Liberty Elementary School in the School City of Mishawka district contacted FFRF to report that a … More »

‘IM GOD’ Kentucky license plate case moves forward

4/2/2018 · A federal lawsuit in Kentucky over the denial of an irreverent license plate has been given the green light by the presiding judge. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit in November 2016 on behalf of … More »

FFRF notches up many constitutional wins in Ohio

3/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has obtained multiple victories for our secular system in an Ohio school district. The state/church watchdog initially wrote in early March to Indian Creek School District about a March 19 event at Hills Elementary School, where representatives from Samaritan's Feet … More »

FFRF files Supreme Court brief against Trump’s latest travel ban

3/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the latest version of President Trump's travel ban on immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.  Never in the history of the United States have our immigration policies and procedures been used … More »

FFRF ruptures prayer circle in Illinois

3/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has broken a prayer circle at an Illinois public high school. Coaches of the Okaw Valley High School basketball team were participating in prayers with their students. The accompanying image, taken after a February Okaw Valley High basketball game at … More »

FFRF to bible museum: Don’t bear false witness

3/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for the Museum of the Bible this Easter week: Thou shalt not bear false witness. FFRF has sent museum officials a letter unmasking serious inaccuracies and misrepresentations and asking them to correct the record. On a recent visit to … More »

FFRF implores Oklahoma school to nix evangelical event

3/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Oklahoma public high school to cancel an upcoming event that an evangelical group is organizing there. Newcastle High School has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during the school day on Wednesday, April 4. The … More »

FFRF sounds alarm about preaching in Missouri schools

3/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sounding the constitutional alarm about shockingly religious indoctrination events that have occurred at a number of Missouri public high schools. Bolivar High School and Stockton High School have recently invited Bob Holmes, the "one man volleyball team," to give … More »

FFRF opposes reckless rule at HHS

3/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposing a proposed theocratic rule at the Department of Health and Human Services that will jeopardize health care. The rule purports to enhance protections for religious-based objections by health care workers in their provision of health care. In … More »

FFRF pans de Blasio’s religious pandering

3/26/2018 · New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing his long campaign of religious pandering. This week, city schools will close for Good Friday. In past years, Good Friday has typically fallen during students' week off for Spring Break. This year, that's changed. Students get … More »

FFRF warns Tennessee school not to pray over P.A.

3/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is insisting that a public Tennessee high school end its unconstitutional endorsement of religion. It was reported by multiple community members to FFRF that Wayne County High School broadcasts prayer over its public announcement system to students during the … More »

FFRF steps up billboard campaign in Atlanta area

3/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is doubling down on its freethought message in the Atlanta area. It has placed a billboard this week in Marietta calling supernatural belief the "enemy of humanity." The 14-x-48-foot bulletin can be viewed on Cobb Parkway north of Roswell Street. … More »

FFRF asks for removal of prayer plaques from Ohio memorial

3/22/2018 · Sectarian prayers have no place at a public memorial site, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is explaining to a village in Ohio. A concerned community member in Evendale (near Cincinnati) contacted FFRF to report that in May 2017, the village spent more than $388,000 to … More »

FFRF gets partial win in Indiana for U.S. Constitution

3/22/2018 · An appeals court decision in a crucial Freedom From Religion Foundation Indiana case is a partial victory for our secular Constitution. Each December for nearly half a century, the Performing Arts Department of Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., staged several highly religious nativity performances of … More »

FFRF celebrates Johnson Amendment victory

3/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation scored a major victory last night on the front lines of the latest federal battle between religion and politics. The Johnson Amendment, ensuring churches and other nonprofits don’t electioneer with tax-exempt funds, is safe. FFRF has fought fiercely to keep … More »

FFRF protests Iowa Senate’s discriminatory tradition

3/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the Iowa Senate strongly objecting to its invocation practice. The state Senate regularly welcomes guest clergy to give an invocation before each session. Any person wishing to deliver an invocation must be invited by a … More »

FFRF protests Illinois public school promoting creationist event

3/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking exception to an Illinois public school encouraging students to attend a creationism-promoting event at the school. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF to report that Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ's Church, where he … More »

Ala. law will finally protect children

3/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Alabama lawmakers for closing a loophole that has allowed religious child care centers to escape state oversight. The Legislature has passed House Bill 76, which will correct a dangerous Alabama law that has permitted “faith-based” day care centers to … More »

FFRF urges Congress to quash new voucher-style education program

3/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and 60 other organizations are opposing a new congressional bill that introduces a voucher-style program for military families. The groups' joint letter focuses on the Military Education Savings Account Act of 2018. The bill promotes the setting up of Education … More »

Bevin’s Christian proclamation deceitful, FFRF contends

3/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Kentucky members are outraged at Gov. Matt Bevin's "Christian Heritage Week" proclamation for next week. On March 14, Bevin signed a proclamation that twists American history to paint a false narrative about the country's founders. The proclamation is … More »

FFRF spotlights illegal daily prayer at Texas public charter

3/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an end to an unconstitutional daily prayer ritual taking place at a Texas public charter school. A concerned parent of a student at Leadership Academy in Tyler, Texas, contacted the state/church watchdog to report that teachers within … More »

W.Va. bill requiring public school bible classes dies

3/14/2018 · In light of vocal opposition from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a bill requiring West Virginia schools to teach bible classes has died. The West Virginia Senate did not even give a vote to SB 252, a bill that would have required all schools in … More »

Kansas county commissioner to non-believers: “Go to hell”

3/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled at a Kansas county commissioner’s censure of nonbelievers. FFRF recently wrote to the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners, after a Sedgwick County resident was denied an opportunity to deliver a secular invocation before the board because his request … More »

FFRF counters congressional salvo aimed at Navy

3/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebutting a flood of false information from members of Congress who are opposing a secular-humanist chaplain recently recommended for approval by the Navy. Recent letters from House members and senators to high-ranking Navy officials propagate many untruths in objecting … More »

Pompeo utterly unfit to be top diplomat

3/13/2018 · The anointing of Mike Pompeo as U.S. secretary of state will be a disaster for the world, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF has been on to Pompeo for a while. When he was chosen to lead the CIA, the state/church watchdog highlighted his … More »

FFRF warns Okla. school district against spreading Christianity

3/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is alerting an Oklahoma school district about serious First Amendment concerns. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that on Feb. 24, Okmulgee Public Schools Superintendent Renee Dove spoke at a “prayer walk” for Okmulgee County. During the speech, Dove … More »

No preaching at Ohio middle school, FFRF requests

3/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is flagging a serious constitutional violation occurring in an Ohio school district.  A concerned area resident informed FFRF that Indian Creek Middle School has been allowing a pastor on campus during the school day to preach. Bobbyjon Bauman, a pastor … More »

Minnesota County removes unconstitutional plaque

3/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased that a Minnesota county has removed a Ten Commandments plaque that was long on display in one of its courthouses. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Saint Louis County was prominently displaying a plaque that contained the … More »

Prayer is snow business of the Utah guv

3/8/2018 · It's best to check the weather report before praying for snow, the Freedom From Religion Foundation paraphrases Mark Twain as a retort to a silly request by the governor of Utah.

 Gov. Gary Herbert recently sent a letter on state of Utah letterhead and signed … More »

Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation Re: Lawrence Krauss

3/8/2018 · In light of well-documented allegations of sexual misconduct against Lawrence Krauss, and in keeping with FFRF's commitment to feminist values, the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Board of Directors voted on Feb. 22 to remove Professor Krauss from the organization's honorary board.  Krauss had joined that board, … More »

First Amendment prevails in Alabama high school

3/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been assured that an Alabama high school principal will not abuse his position to promote personal Christian beliefs. It was reported last month that an LGBT student at Alexandria High School in Anniston, Ala., was suspended after asking … More »

FFRF puts kibosh on Wis. district’s religious promotion

3/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put an end to Christian propaganda within a Wisconsin school district. FFRF asked the Kenosha Unified School District to immediately take corrective action to end infringements of the U.S. Constitution in an elementary school in the district after several … More »

Appeal filed in prominent bible-teaching W.Va. case

3/6/2018 · A high-profile case involving the teaching of the bible in a West Virginia school district has reached the next stage. Elizabeth Deal, a parent challenging bible classes in Mercer County, W.Va., filed an appeal before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, March … More »

Pruitt’s leaked views confirm FFRF’s claims

3/5/2018 · Recently discovered tapes of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirm what the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been asserting all along. Recordings have surfaced of Pruitt attacking evolution, advocating for a constitutional ban on gay marriage and abortion, and claiming that Christianity is under attack in … More »

FFRF saves N.C. county tens of thousands of dollars

3/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's efforts to halt an unconstitutional taxpayer grant to a North Carolina church have been successful. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority had awarded $72,500 to Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, N.C., for, according to local media, "an innovative project, to … More »

FFRF ad airs on ‘Rachel Maddow Show’

3/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s famed Ron Reagan ad is airing this week on the “Rachel Maddow Show.” The spot starts airing tonight, Monday, March 5, and will be running daily through Friday, March 9, on the popular talk show, which is broadcast weekdays at … More »

FFRF banishes prayer from OK City high school team

3/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has remedied a constitutional violation taking place within an Oklahoma City school district. It was reported to FFRF by a concerned area resident that Putnam City High School had been including religion in its football program. The Rev. Mike … More »

FFRF convinces N.C. county to remove religious courthouse painting

3/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten a brazenly religious work of art removed from a North Carolina courthouse. A Cleveland County resident informed FFRF that a large painting had been installed in the main corridor of the Cleveland County Courthouse depicting a Latin cross … More »

FFRF condemns governmental honoring of Billy Graham

3/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation denounces various governmental efforts to venerate the late Billy Graham. A federal order instructed that flags be lowered to half-mast today, just after Graham was "lain in honor" in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. And North Carolina is proceeding with a … More »

FFRF’s Atlanta billboard campaign continues secular message

3/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's billboard campaign propagating freethought and secularism is proceeding briskly in the Deep South. A new billboard graphically representing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has gone up this week on Spring Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road in … More »

FFRF will unceasingly fight bad Arkansas law

2/28/2018 · Yet another state law to foist God on the public education system has been put into place — and yet again the Freedom From Religion Foundation will fight it tooth and nail. An Arkansas bill requiring "In God We Trust" to be displayed in public … More »

FFRF alarmed by TX sheriff office’s use of bible quotation

2/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to the use of a bible verse in an official Texas sheriff department memo. FFRF was contacted by a concerned local resident regarding a memo Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree sent to sheriff’s officers on his “policy on … More »

Nonbelief Relief announces $75,000 in spring grants

2/28/2018 · Nonbelief Relief, a leading freethought charity, has announced its early spring grants "to improve this, our only world."  Nonbelief Relief is a charitable organization created by the executive board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Its purposes are to serve as a humanitarian agency for … More »

FFRF condemns preaching Wis. substitute teacher

2/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is concerned over a Wisconsin school district substitute teacher’s constitutional violation. A local resident reported to FFRF that Jason Storms, who says he recently received a license to substitute teach in the Milwaukee Public Schools system, expressed disgust with public … More »

Secular groups demand equal treatment for Humanist prisoners

2/27/2018 · Two of the most prominent secular organizations in the United States have filed an amicus brief in appellate court today over discriminatory official treatment of a Humanist inmate in Nevada. The Nevada Department of Corrections and Lovelock Correctional Center have denied a Humanist prisoner, Benjamin … More »

FFRF condemns EPA chief’s use of bible to set public policy

2/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's use of the bible to set this country's environmental policy. In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which has unprecedented access in this administration, Pruitt put forth his theocratic perspective. He explained: "The … More »

FFRF’s four 2018 student essay competitions offer $30K-plus

2/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is announcing its four award-laden student essay contests for 2018. “We consider our essay competitions to encourage and reward young freethinkers to be one of FFRF’s most important forms of outreach,” says FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. Each of the four contests … More »

FFRF alarmed by Ala. principal’s Christianity promotion

2/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is warning an Alabama high school about an outrageous constitutional violation.   An LGBT student at Alexandria High School in Anniston, Ala., was reportedly suspended after asking her girlfriend to prom during a school talent show. The next day, … More »

FFRF announces memorial award on third anniversary of Avijit Roy’s assassination

2/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce, on the third anniversary of the assassination of Avijit Roy, the creation of an annual award in his name. Roy, the Bangladesh-American writer and atheist, died at the hands of militant Islamists on the streets of … More »

FFRF protests Billy Graham Capitol honor

2/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog, is formally objecting to an extremely rare national honor being accorded to the late Billy Graham. According to a press release from the Speaker's office, "On Wednesday, Feb. 28, the late Rev. Billy Graham will be brought … More »

FFRF deplores creationist event in S.C. elementary school

2/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is denouncing a recent creationist event hosted by a South Carolina elementary school. A parent reports that Ocean Bay Elementary School in Myrtle Beach hosted a Science Night for students on Jan. 30 that included creationism instruction. The school … More »

FFRF shocked by S.C. superintendent’s proselytizing message

2/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to the top South Carolina education official's use of the recent Florida school shooting to proselytize to public school students. State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman recently released a “February Message on School Safety,” in which she offered … More »

FFRF opposes daily piety at Houston school

2/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says a daily unconstitutional religious practice at a Houston public charter school must immediately cease. A concerned district community member contacted FFRF to report that earlier this year, Energized for Stem Academy Principal Ranier Perez adopted a policy of including … More »

Long-time FFRF foe and state-church opponent Billy Graham dies

2/21/2018 · The man who did so much to tear down the wall of separation between state and church died at his North Carolina home today, Feb. 21. Billy Graham was known for his close relationships with American presidents. His intimacy with President Nixon helped expose Graham … More »

Kimberly Veal, President of People of Color Beyond Faith, on 'Freethought Matters'

2/20/2018 · Kimberly Veal comes to us from Chicago and hosts the "Black Freethinkers" podcast. She is president of People of Color Beyond Faith. The half-hour show is hosted by FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. "Freethought Matters" first airs on Madison's local WISC-TV 3, … More »

FFRF shocked by Okla. House proposal for Christian invocations

2/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to an alarming Oklahoma House of Representatives' proposal to promote Christianity. A concerned citizen contacted FFRF that the chaplain coordinator for the Oklahoma House, state Rep. Chuck Strohm, has proposed unconstitutional guidelines for representatives who wish to sponsor … More »

FFRF urges Va. Speaker to stop promoting bible sessions

2/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that the speaker of the Virginia House stop utilizing state resources to recruit for bible study sessions that he's been regularly organizing. Speaker Kirk Cox reportedly conducts a weekly bible study in the Speaker's Conference Room at the … More »

Ohio building mural earns FFRF’s censure

2/15/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving the thumbs down — because of the U.S. Constitution — to a religious mural in an Ohio building. A concerned citizen recently contacted FFRF about a religious mural in the Findlay Municipal Building. This mural features a large … More »

Tex. school honors graduating students' rights

2/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is thrilled that a Texas school district has moved its graduation ceremony to a secular venue. Unfortunately, the minister of the church where graduation ceremonies had previously been held has decried the district’s decision on social media, calling it "an … More »

FFRF tutors Congress: dump the Trump education budget

2/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is schooling Congress on why it should discard the Trump administration's proposed education budget. The budget that President Trump announced this week would funnel $500 million to private educational institutions through school vouchers. Christian schools would be the overwhelming beneficiaries, … More »

FFRF shocked by chaplain at Oklahoma City school

2/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Oklahoma City high school against its flagrantly unconstitutional use of a chaplain for its football team. A local resident reported to FFRF that Putnam City High School has designated the Rev. Mike Keahbone as team chaplain of … More »

FFRF’s Atlanta billboard campaign propagates freethought

2/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing to spread its freethought message in the heart of the Deep South. A 14-by-48-foot billboard featuring a secular play on our current national motto has just gone up on Cobb Parkway north of Roswell Street in the Atlanta … More »

Michelle Goldberg, NY Times columnist, on 'Freethought Matters'

2/12/2018 · Author and New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg is the guest on this week’s "Freethought Matters." Michelle is interviewed by FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal about the rise of Christian nationalism. Michelle Goldberg's work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York … More »

FFRF attunes Arkansas school music room

2/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has harmonized an Arkansas high school’s choral area. Last fall, it was brought to FFRF’s attention that Searcy High School’s choral director had placed several Christian-themed posters on the walls of the high school chorus room. Most contained bible verses, … More »

FFRF spotlights Wis. school violations

2/12/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to a number of constitutional violations at various schools within a Wisconsin school district. Several concerned Kenosha Unified School District parents have contacted FFRF to report instances of staff at Roosevelt Elementary School promoting Christianity. A fourth-grade … More »

FFRF raises alarm over Ky. school district’s blatant praying

2/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging a Kentucky school district's unabashed endorsement and promotion of prayer. A concerned local resident reported that on Jan. 26, 2017, coaches from East Carter High School and West Carter High School (both part of the Carter County Schools … More »

FFRF’s halting of Ohio public school prayer proves religion’s divisiveness

2/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured a halt to constitutionally out-of-bounds praying at a school district in Ohio. Two concerned local citizens informed FFRF that prayer was regularly scheduled at school-sponsored events in the West Branch Local School District. At a varsity basketball game … More »

W.Va. senator sponsors bible bill because students are “sexually confused”

2/7/2018 · https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVBxFXqOHsk A West Virginia state senator sponsoring a school bible bill has offered ludicrous reasoning for the proposed legislation. The bill would require all schools in the state to offer bible classes. During a Senate Education Committee hearing on Feb. 1, state Sen. Mike Azinger proffered … More »

FFRF trumpets First Amendment victory in Georgia

2/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ended a Georgia high school marching band’s incorporation of religion into its performances. Last fall, it was reported to FFRF that the director of the Rome High School marching band chose a Christian worship theme for 2017. The performance … More »

FFRF ad airs on Anderson Cooper & Colbert

2/5/2018 · A famous Freedom From Religion Foundation's commercial will be featured several times this month on one of CNN's most high-profile shows. FFRF will run its memorable ad featuring "unabashed atheist" Ron Reagan on "Anderson Cooper 360°" (8 p.m.-10 p.m. Eastern Time). The spot will air … More »

Julia Sweeney, actress, comedian and playwright, on this week's 'Freethought Matters'

2/5/2018 · Acclaimed actress, comedian and author Julia Sweeney is the guest on this week's "Freethought Matters." Julia, an FFRF member, is interviewed by FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. Julia talks about her life and work, including her stint with "Saturday Night Live," and … More »

FFRF corrects Eric Trump’s mistaken beliefs

2/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written to Eric Trump to correct some of his misconceptions about the role of religion in the United States. I mean, they [congressional Democrats] didn't stand for anything. When he said "In God We Trust" — when my father … More »

FFRF halts creationism teaching in Kansas City

1/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped an unscientific middle school science teacher from peddling creationist myth to his students. A seventh-grade science teacher at Smith-Hale Middle School in Kansas City, Mo., was reportedly teaching creationism. One of his unit tests included questions intended to … More »

FFRF rues Ky. governor’s prayer proclamation in response to school shooting

1/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out the Kentucky governor for his pointless prayerful proclamation over the recent school shooting in his state. "Like you and the rest of the nation, we are appalled and saddened by the Marshall County High School shooting," Co-Presidents … More »

FFRF expels religion from Georgia schools

1/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation stepped in to mend constitutional violations in three Georgia school districts that were promoting religion. FFRF sent letters to Towns County Schools, Hancock County Schools and Carroll County Schools after receiving reports that employees in these three districts had been … More »

Atheist sculptor Zenos Frudakis on this week’s 'Freethought Matters’

1/29/2018 · World renowned sculptor Zenos Frudakis, a member of FFRF, is the guest on this week's new TV program, "Freethought Matters." Zenos is interviewed by FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal about why he worked with FFRF to create the new bronze sculpture of Clarence Darrow … More »

FFRF sues Kentucky correctional center

1/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking legal action against a Kentucky penal institution to make it comply with the law. The Kentucky attorney general last month rendered an opinion that the Laurel County Correctional Center had to abide by FFRF's open record request filed … More »

Colorado Supreme Court shuts down voucher program

1/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating the final demise of a high-profile school voucher scheme in a Colorado county after the state’s highest court dismissed a case involving the program. In 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the Douglas County School District's voucher … More »

FFRF banishes crosses from N.M. public college

1/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ended a New Mexico school’s unconstitutional public endorsement of Christianity. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs was displaying numerous crosses in public spaces, including the main reception area of the school’s student … More »

FFRF calls on Ambassador Brownback to defend Iranian protester

1/26/2018 · UPDATE on Jan. 29, 2018: Good news, Iranian authorities have since released the protester. FFRF is pressuring the new U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom to call for the release of an iconic Iranian protester.  As the protests in Iran gained momentum at the close of … More »

FFRF Reagan ad runs on Colbert in 10 cities, censored in others

1/25/2018 · FFRF's ad will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights during the "Late Show" (11:30 p.m. Eastern), including during Colbert's live broadcast Tuesday night following President Trump's State of the Union Address, in: Washington, D.C. Tampa, Fla. Phoenix Seattle Portland, Ore. Columbus, Ohio Milwaukee Austin, Texas Las Vegas Madison, Wis. These are CBS-affiliated stations not owned … More »

Brownback ambassadorship sets back religious freedom

1/25/2018 · What a pity the new U.S. ambassador for religious freedom lacks a basic understanding of the concept. Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence broke a 49-49 tie in the Senate to confirm Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as the latest U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. FFRF warned … More »

FFRF scuttles Calif. school district’s field trip to Christian camp

1/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation talked a California school district out of a scheduled field trip to an evangelical site. Dixie School District, based in San Rafael, Calif., was planning a field trip for all its fifth graders to Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, a religious … More »

Texas school district scraps religious decorations

1/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that teachers in a Texas school district will stick to secular décor during its arts and crafts festivities. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that this past December, Sunray Independent School District hosted a Christmas Open House event … More »

FFRF scores victory for First Amendment in Illinois

1/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ended a recurring constitutional violation at an Illinois high school’s athletic events. A local resident contacted FFRF to report that football coaches at East Alton-Wood River High School, in Wood River, Ill., were regularly participating in prayers with their … More »

On 45th anniversary, Roe v. Wade never under greater threat

1/22/2018 · In the heady feminist era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, let's work hard to ensure it's also not #timesup for legal abortion in this nation. The right to choose, enshrined in Roe v. Wade, which turns 45 years old today, has never been more vulnerable … More »

FFRF battle over courtroom prayer lawsuit moves forward

1/22/2018 · A federal judge has ruled that the Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit against a prayerful county justice of the peace in Texas can proceed. Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. ruled late Friday that the plaintiffs could proceed in their case against Montgomery County and Montgomery County Justice … More »

Watch Marie Schaub on this week’s 'Freethought Matters’

1/22/2018 · Marie discusses her monumental victory last year removing a 2-ton monolith of the Ten Commandments from the lawn of her daughter’s high school in rural Pennsylvania. Marie received both FFRF’s Atheist in Foxhole Courage Award, and Freethinker of the Year Award, 2017, for serving … More »

FFRF stops Iowa county from giving church unfair waiver

1/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has helped stop an Iowa county board from giving preferential treatment to a church. FFRF wrote to the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors after a report by a concerned member that the board was planning to vote on waiving … More »

FFRF urges Alabama county not to fund Christian school

1/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Alabama's capital county not to fritter away tens of thousands of tax dollars on a Christian institution. A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that Montgomery County has received a request from Valiant Cross Academy, located in … More »

FFRF strongly opposes Wisconsin anti-civil-rights bill

1/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is opposing a regressive Wisconsin bill that would eliminate civil rights  protections in Madison under the guise of setting “statewide labor standards.” In truth, the bill would remove every local government protection against labor discrimination across the state. SB 634 would … More »

Pope displays moral hypocrisy to world

1/19/2018 · While being credited as a reformer, Pope Francis has done nothing to ease any of the Roman Catholic Church’s draconian decrees and doctrines. Yet the pope has excelled in creating a public relations image of a “kinder, gentler” church hierarchy. But the pope’s true colors … More »

FFRF warns Tenn. school district to stop religious postings

1/18/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is reiterating its request that a Tennessee school district put an end to religious postings on its social media pages. FFRF first wrote to the Dickson County School District on Dec. 14, 2016, regarding religious tweets on the Dickson County … More »

FFRF denounces West Virginia school bible bill

1/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly condemns a West Virginia bill that would require all schools in the state, including elementary-level institutions, to teach bible classes. FFRF is dismayed that West Virginia lawmakers would initiate such a transparent attempt to impose religion on other people's … More »

FFRF condemns reckless ‘religious freedom’ division at HHS

1/18/2018 · A new federal unit that is being created under the ruse of freedom of conscience will jeopardize health care and true freedom of conscience, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Office for Civil Rights at the Department … More »

FFRF & CREW sue over Ben Carson FOIA violations

1/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing Secretary Ben Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development for dodging records requests relating to a White House bible study. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, has teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government … More »

FFRF’s “In Science We Trust” billboard goes up in Georgia

1/17/2018 · Many commuters in the greater Atlanta area will be noticing in the coming days a secular play on the national motto. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has placed a billboard with the saying "In Science We … More »

FFRF looks into sermonizing in Indiana public school

1/16/2018 · Several concerned school district parents have contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation to report that two pastors from Heartland Christian Church lead voluntary religious education at Kouts Middle/High School (in Kouts, Ind.) during the lunch period though a program called "Elevate." It is inappropriate and … More »

Secular groups request end to coerced prayer in military

1/16/2018 ·               The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and American Atheists have sent a joint letter to the Defense Department warning against unconstitutional coerced religious observances in the military. The groups write to Secretary of Defense James Mattis that there has … More »

Ron Reagan ad returns to ‘Rachel Maddow Show’

1/12/2018 · A memorable endorsement recorded by Ron Reagan on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is reappearing through January on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show." Two ads apiece will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights on the rebroadcast (9 p.m. Pacific time, midnight Eastern) of Maddow's … More »

FFRF ends Louisiana sheriff’s official social media sermons

1/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought to an end a Louisiana sheriff's sermonizing over the department's official social media. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal regularly invoked Christian scripture in his official statements as sheriff, statements … More »

FFRF seeks to end Kentucky Capitol’s misuse

1/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to find out if the Constitution was recently violated at Kentucky's hallowed seat of government. That's why it is seeking records regarding the staging at the Capitol of a New Year's bible-reading marathon. Starting on New Year's Eve, a … More »

Support pro-child legislation in Alabama!

1/10/2018 · Take action to support Alabama bill requiring religious child care centers to follow basic standards. A sensible bill that would put a stop to unchecked child abuse and neglect in religious child care centers was introduced to the Alabama House on the first day of … More »

FFRF asks W.Va. county to end aid to religious school

1/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a West Virginia county end its monetary support to a private Christian school. FFRF has received multiple complaints concerning Mingo County’s ongoing financial support of Ambassador Christian Academy. Since 2014, the school has been renting a county … More »

FFRF wants Santa Fe Ten Commandments slab relocated

1/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for the removal of a hulking Ten Commandments monolith from a city park in New Mexico's capital. A 6-foot-tall stone monument of the biblical Ten Commandments is displayed in Ashbaugh Park, in front of Fire Station No. 3, … More »

FFRF debuts TV ‘non-sermon’ in Madison Sunday night

1/4/2018 · The country's largest association of freethinkers is launching a new TV program for a local — and a national — audience. The Freedom From Religion Foundation will unveil on Sunday, Jan. 7, its newest project, a weekly television show, in its hometown of Madison, Wis. … More »

FFRF asks Pa. school district to stop violating the law

1/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again warning a Pennsylvania school district that a recurring religious baccalaureate ceremony violates the Constitution. A concerned Pottstown School District employee contacted FFRF more than two years ago to report that the school district organizes and sponsors a religious … More »

FEMA directive will shower freebies on churches

1/3/2018 · The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just issued a disastrous directive to provide disaster relief to houses of worship. The move comes in the wake of pressure by President Trump and litigation by churches and synagogues in Texas and Florida. FEMA announced Tuesday it will … More »

FFRF blocks Alaska city giveaway to church

1/2/2018 · An Alaska city wisely chose not to dole out money to a local church after the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised objections to the proposed move. The Sitka City Assembly was all set to allocate $5,000 from the city's Visitor's Enhancement fund to help repair … More »

FFRF warns N.D. school districts about Christian group

1/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning three school districts in North Dakota against a disturbing evangelical group’s planned event. On Jan. 10, the Todd Becker Foundation will host an assembly at Linton High School, which students from Linton Public Schools, Strasburg Public School and … More »

FFRF wants Ala. guv to stop preaching

12/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Alabama governor to quit preaching on the state's official social media accounts. Concerned citizens contacted FFRF to report that on Dec. 25, the official Alabama governor's Facebook page posted a religious message and Gov. Kay Ivey's 2017 … More »

FFRF’s first-ever ‘atheist’ flag goes up new year in N.H.

12/28/2017 · Come the new year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly raising its unique flag to honor freethought and to protest a New Hampshire town’s Ten Commandments monument. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, FFRF and local member Richard Gagnon are hoisting an “A” flag in Somersworth, … More »

Gaylor v. Mnuchin in H&R Block tutorials

12/28/2017 · The nation's most famous tax preparation service now features a recent Freedom From Religion Foundation legal triumph as part of its tutorials. H&R Block's class required for all its tax professionals in the coming year includes a section on FFRF's historic federal court victory that … More »

Ala. mayor’s scheme raises ‘red flag’

12/27/2017 · This flagpole photo accompanies the Washington Post story about the proposed Christian flag in Glencoe, Ala. (Kevin D. Lines / The Washington Post.)  The Freedom From Religion Foundation warns that an Alabama mayor's Christian machinations are raising a constitutional red flag. FFRF had informed the city … More »

What I want for Christmas

12/25/2017 · By Robert Green IngersollThe Arena, Boston, December 1897 If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves. I would have all the nobility crop their … More »

FFRF to Gillibrand: Bible is even worse than Trump!

12/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising the feminist senator who's standing up to President Trump to reassess the bible. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand famously repudiated Trump's tweet about her as a "sexist smear to silence women." FFRF is viewing the Trump-Gillibrand standoff as … More »

FFRF members bring back freethinking banner in Connecticut park

12/22/2017 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have yet again installed a freethinking banner in a Connecticut park. Jerry Bloom, with the help of John Levin, has put up an FFRF sign in Huntington Park in the city of Shelton. Two years ago, the city … More »

FFRF aghast at Tenn. county’s official live nativity scene

12/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is astonished at a Tennessee county's unconstitutional weeklong official live nativity scene. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that Hardeman County is coordinating and sponsoring a weeklong live nativity. The resident reports that the live nativity is occurring on … More »

Vandalized FFRF Wash. Capitol sign resurrected

12/21/2017 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation sign at the Washington state Capitol is back up after being vandalized. Darrell Barker, president of FFRF's chapter "Unfettered Freethinkers of South Sound," got a call on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from the Washington Capitol building in Olympia saying that FFRF's … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/20/2017 · 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 returns to an Indiana town

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and area member Geoff Snyder have returned a Bill of Rights "nativity" scene to a key Indiana city. The scene is placed at the County-City Building in South Bend, Ind. The centerpiece of the seasonal display is a whimsical Bill … More »

Glad tidings: ‘Christmas’ increasingly secular observance

12/20/2017 · Most U.S. adults approve of the growing secular emphasis on Christmas, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. Differing from their president, more than half of Americans don't care how they are greeted in stores and businesses.  Even though 55 percent of adults consider … More »

FFRF’s NY Times ad gifts Trump a lump of coal

12/20/2017 · The nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics is gifting President Trump a lump of coal for his all-out assault on the First Amendment. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking out a light-hearted, full-page ad in the New York Times — expected to appear … More »

FFRF urges nixing of Alaska city church grant

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that an Alaska city not fund the repairs of a local church. The Sitka City Assembly will soon vote on allocating $5,000 from the city's Visitor's Enhancement fund to help repair the St. Michael's Cathedral in town. This … More »

FFRF asks Ark. governor to silence his public piety

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Arkansas governor stop using official social media accounts to promote his personal religious beliefs. Every Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson posts on his Facebook account (AsaForArkansas) or tweets on his Twitter account (@AsaHutchinson) an image with a … More »

FFRF denounces CDC’s orwellian language ban

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply disturbed over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s attempt to restrict language used in budget proposals. According to various news sources, CDC staffers compiling the budget were given a list of words to avoid, which … More »

FFRF “nativity” display returns to Iowa Capitol

12/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is returning to the Iowa Capitol to counter religiosity at the seat of the state’s lawmaking. The centerpiece of its seasonal display in Des Moines’ most famous building is a whimsical Bill of Rights “nativity.” The metal cutout depicts three … More »

FFRF asks Michigan town to remove bible nativity scene

12/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that an unconstitutional nativity scene be removed from a Michigan town. An exhibit of the manger scene of Jesus Christ’s birth has been put on display on the lawn of the Oscoda Township hall building, which houses the … More »

FFRF challenges official Wis. nativity scene

12/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a nativity scene that a Wisconsin city is unconstitutionally sponsoring. A large nativity display stands alone in Scott Park in Omro in a prominent location with no sign of private sponsorship. The city's Park Facility Rental Form … More »

Ky. school district plagued with First Amendment violations

12/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a Kentucky school district put an immediate end to several ongoing constitutional violations. FFRF recently wrote to Knox County Public Schools in Barbourville, Ky., over recurring First Amendment breaches. In the past, FFRF has written to the … More »

Away with the manger, FFRF insists

12/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to a Wyoming town asking for the removal of an unconstitutional Christian nativity display. An exhibit of the manger scene in the Christian myth of Jesus’ birth has been put on display in a public park … More »

FFRF wishes Texas Legislature a happy Bill of Rights Day

12/15/2017 · In celebration of Bill of Rights Day — the 226th anniversary today of the adoption of the Bill of Rights — Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor has sent a personal greeting to all Texas legislators. That greeting comes in the form of … More »

VICTORY: Johnson Amendment intact

12/15/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a huge victory for the separation between state and church. The new tax bill leaves intact the wise ban on church electioneering: The Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment keeps nonprofits nonpartisan. Under it, churches and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits … More »

FFRF appeals unjust plaintiff exclusion in W.Va. bible case

12/15/2017 · A parent and child are appealing a ruling last month in the Freedom From Religion Foundation's case that seeks to put a full stop to blatantly unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes in a West Virginia county.  Plaintiffs Elizabeth Deal and her child, Jessica Roe, … More »

FFRF historic victory: Housing allowance enforcement enjoined

12/14/2017 · A federal judge who recently ruled in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's challenge of the clergy housing privilege yesterday officially halted its enforcement by the IRS. "This is a decision ultimately affecting all clergy and retired clergy nationwide who've received this unconstitutional tax … More »

FFRF tackles unconstitutional prayer in Indiana

12/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped coach-led Christian prayer at an Indiana school district. A concerned district community member reported to FFRF that the South Dearborn High School head football coach, Rand Ballart, led students in the Lord’s Prayer prior to a football game … More »

FFRF display back in California Capitol

12/14/2017 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Sacramento chapter are back at the California Capitol to counter religious displays at that legislative shrine. The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF has put up the whimsical "nativity" cutout depicting three Founding Fathers (and the Statue of Liberty) … More »

Judge sides with FFRF against Texas Attorney General

12/13/2017 · A district judge has rejected the Texas attorney general's attempt to meddle in a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against an overly prayerful judicial official. In March of this year, the national state/church watchdog and three individuals filed a federal lawsuit to stop a Texas … More »

FFRF opposition to extremist judicial nominee pays off

12/13/2017 · In a significant victory for state-church separation and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, President Trump’s worst judicial nominee, Jeff Mateer, will not get a lifetime federal appointment.  One day after urging the White House to reconsider Mateer and Brett Talley (a blogger who has never … More »

FFRF ensures equal time for freethought at home base

12/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making sure that freethought is being given equal representation in small-town Wisconsin. When a crèche scene went up at Veterans Memorial Park in the city of Brodhead, not too far from Madison, the state capital and FFRF's hometown, the … More »

FFRF fights congressional discrimination against atheists

12/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is filing an appeal of a district court ruling in October that legitimized the exclusion of nonbelievers from the nation's legislative chambers. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer (Washington, D.C.), a President Bush appointee, ruled against plaintiff Dan Barker in … More »

FFRF files amicus brief in support of Fla. athletic association

12/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a brief at the appeals court level in support of a state athletic association against a Florida Christian school that wants to compel prayers at state football games. Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., initiated a federal lawsuit … More »

FFRF explains the true reason for the season

12/12/2017 · In her Monday, Dec. 11, press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood before the White House podium and seal and began highlighting the work of a West Virginia church to preach “what the Christmas spirit and the American spirit are all about.” “There will be so … More »

FFRF gets Gideons blocked from Mich. schools

12/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has blocked the Gideons from a Michigan school district. A concerned parent informed FFRF that on Oct. 20, members of Gideons International were passing out New Testaments to all students of reading age outside of Fennville Elementary School in Fennville, … More »

Freethought displays return to Warren, Mich.

12/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is heralding a return of freethought to a Michigan town this winter. With the help of local members, FFRF has yet again placed a tongue-in-cheek banner proclaiming "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" in the city of Warren in Macomb County. It'll … More »

FFRF takes down godly banner at Indiana school

12/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has had a religious banner removed from an Indiana high school. Recently, a local community member reported to FFRF that the New Palestine High School football stadium was displaying a sizable religious banner directly across from the entrance to the … More »

FFRF prevails: Johnson Amendment still in force, DOJ admits — again

12/11/2017 · President Trump has failed to fulfil his misguided promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” according to documents filed in court by his own lawyers. The Department of Justice filed two motions in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit … More »

“A” display lights up FFRF’s Freethought Hall in Madison

12/8/2017 · An 8-foot red lighted "A" will be on display for the month of December outside Freethought Hall, the office of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in downtown Madison. The image has been popularized by evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins (author of the blockbuster book, "The God … More »

FFRF demands end to religious program for WI prisoners

12/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning the Wisconsin Department of Corrections against a ploy to convert inmates to Christian ministers. Trinity International University, a private evangelical Christian university based in Illinois, has recently started offering a bachelor’s degree at Waupun Correctional Institution in Biblical … More »

FFRF calls out religious Calif. town Xmas ceremony

12/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is illuminating a California town about the problems arising from a live nativity scene at its recent Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. A local resident informed FFRF that the city of Bakersfield's "first annual tree lighting ceremony" at Centennial Plaza on … More »

Freethought makes presence felt in Buckeye State

12/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured a debut for freethought in the heart of Cleveland. The Northern Ohio Freethought Society, the local chapter of FFRF, has obtained at spot at the Cleveland Public Square for the FFRF Bill of Rights exhibit. The installation was … More »

Moore endorsement raises alarm about church politicking

12/6/2017 · An apparent attempt by a church in Alabama to influence the upcoming senatorial election shows why the ban on church electioneering needs to be preserved. FFRF has requested that the IRS commence an immediate investigation into Living Way Ministries in Opelika, Ala., after a concerned … More »

FFRF opposes FEMA bill subsidizing religion

12/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is adamantly opposing a provision in a pending congressional bill that would force taxpayers to repair houses of worship. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, or H.R. 4460, which includes a provision to … More »

FFRF scores constitutional victory at Okla. high school

12/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has quelled an Oklahoma high school football coach’s unconstitutional prayers. The legal violation occurring at Norman Public Schools in Norman, Okla., was reported to FFRF by a concerned parent after a Norman High School football coach led players in prayer … More »

FFRF offers to tutor Indiana school officials

12/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering to educate an Indiana school district on state-and-church separation after problematic remarks regarding public school prayer.  Superintendent Thomas Kopatich of Indiana’s Metropolitan School District Mount Vernon made recent comments to the press regarding FFRF’s complaint to another Indiana school district … More »

FFRF warns schools about Todd Becker Foundation

12/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters of warning to 350 school districts across the United States cautioning against allowing a disturbing evangelical group into public schools to convert students. FFRF has sent its letters and a report entitled, "Closing the Doors: Why the … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice display reappears at Illinois Capitol

12/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice display is back at the Illinois Capitol for the ninth year in a row. The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the heart of the Illinois state government in Springfield on Dec. 1 and will … More »

Freethinking exhibits installed in Chicago

12/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have put on display their annual secular solstice exhibits at a number of locations in the Chicago area. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers was recently unfurled in downtown Daley Plaza in the heart … More »

FFRF shuts down prayer in Tenn. elementary school

12/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put the kibosh on a recurring constitutional violation within a Tennessee elementary school. A concerned parent of a child in the Elizabethton City Schools district in Elizabethton, Tenn., reported that an open house held at East Side Elementary School … More »

Wis. appeals court denies Madison church tax break

12/1/2017 · St. Raphael’s owns a 1.3-acre lot in downtown Madison that is assessed at more than $4 million   A Wisconsin church’s attempt to get a massive tax exemption on an empty valuable piece of property was again rejected by a state court. The Wisconsin 4th District Court … More »

Supreme Court should heed FFRF’s Masterpiece brief

12/1/2017 · Is God a license to discriminate? The U.S. Supreme Court will listen to oral arguments on that very question tomorrow, Dec. 5, when it hears the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Colorado bakery, violated the state civil rights act … More »

Please help fight discrimination against atheists by the U.S. chaplain

11/30/2017 · A Personal Message from Dan BarkerFFRF Co-President I need your help to fight a congressional policy that not only discriminates against me personally, but against you and every nonbelieving citizen in the United States. I'm suing U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, a Roman Catholic priest, … More »

FFRF’s display at Illinois courthouse spotlights freethought

11/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has installed a display honoring the Bill of Rights at an Illinois courthouse to balance a nativity scene there. The whimsical exhibit was set up by FFRF Member Will Meyer at the Grundy County Courthouse, not too far from Chicago, … More »

FFRF solstice display reappears at Wisconsin Capitol

11/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's annual Winter Solstice exhibit begins displaying at the Wisconsin Capitol Friday, Dec. 1, morning for the 22nd year running. A sign features FFRF's traditional message by its principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. It was composed as an equal-time challenge to … More »

FFRF has unique season’s greetings for Atlanta

11/30/2017 · As December begins this year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is ushering in a different kind of seasonal greeting in the Atlanta area. On Friday, Dec. 1, the national freethought association is placing its cheerfully irreverent message, "Reason's Greetings," on a prominent lighted 14 by … More »

Reason’s Greetings – How you can counter December violations

11/29/2017 · Reason's greetings! 'Tis the season . . . for many entanglements between state and church. And that's the reason for this email! This is your handy guide to what resources FFRF can offer when you encounter religious displays on public property at this time of … More »

FFRF wants S.C. “Bible & Badges” program to stop

11/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an immediate end to a city-organized Christian bible study for cops in a South Carolina town. An area resident informed FFRF that the city of Newberry regularly sponsors Christian "Bibles and Badges" sessions. The bible studies are … More »

FFRF's N.H. flag-raising postponed to Jan.

11/28/2017 · Update: The proposed flag-raising of the FFRF-sponsored “A” flag is being moved from Dec. 4 to the month of January. Due to an anticipated backlash to a December display, Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard suggested the change, and FFRF Member Richard Gagnon agreed to the … More »

Congress shamefully shills for new bible museum

11/28/2017 · A congressional resolution gushing about the newly opened Museum of the Bible is full of problems. The resolution is nonbinding but still an affront to truth, good taste and the separation of religion from government. Rep. Robert Pittenger's resolution (H. Con. Res. 94) exemplifies the … More »

FFRF’s Fla. cross case gets big boost

11/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's legal action to remove an unconstitutional and massive Christian cross from a Florida city park has received a major fillip. More than a dozen organizations have filed an amicus brief in support of FFRF's lawsuit to remove a 34-foot Latin … More »

FFRF thanks Ark. school for honoring First Amendment

11/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has had prayer struck from a performance at an Arkansas elementary school. FFRF was informed by a concerned parent that students at Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., were going to perform in in a Thanksgiving-themed program with music and … More »

Okla. students don’t have to listen to Christian music, thanks to FFRF

11/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped Oklahoma middle school kids from being forced to regularly listen to Christian music during the school day. A concerned parent informed FFRF that teachers at Adair Middle School were playing Christian music during class. One teacher reportedly played … More »

Focus on touchdowns, FFRF advises Indiana football coach

11/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising an ostentatiously devout Indiana public school football coach and his school district to focus on the game. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that F.J. Reitz High School personnel, including head football coach Andy Hape, prayed … More »

FFRF demands religious promotion cease at Wis. school

11/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Wisconsin school district to restrain a school board member from promoting his personal religious beliefs at school events. A concerned resident of Appleton, Wis., contacted FFRF to report that local media published an article stating … More »

FFRF applauds Conn. city’s pro-women proposal

11/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is praising the city of Hartford, Conn., for seeking to combat faith-based crisis pregnancy centers with a new measure. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are anti-science clinics that disseminate erroneous and misleading information about abortions to dissuade women from receiving one. Some … More »

FFRF wants Ga. school band’s disharmony to cease

11/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wishes the discordant notes from a Georgia public high school band's overtly Christian theme would stop. A local resident has informed FFRF that the director of the Perry High School marching band has chosen a Christian theme for the band's … More »

FFRF calls time out on illegal La. football loudspeaker prayers

11/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is seeking a permanent time out for the tradition of broadcasted prayers at a Louisiana high school. Franklinton High School in Franklinton, La., has developed an unlawful policy of scheduling a student speaker to lead a prayer over the school's … More »

FFRF files appeals brief in Pensacola cross case

11/16/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an appeals court to sustain a judge's order to remove an unconstitutional and massive Christian cross from a Florida city park. Two of the country's leading secular organizations, FFRF and the American Humanist Association's Appignani Legal Center, achieved … More »

FFRF asks Ind. school to shut down bible club

11/15/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that an Indiana elementary school cease unconstitutional religious promotion. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that Fremont Elementary School in Fremont, Ind., is regularly advertising in its newsletter religious activities, including a bible club. The club is … More »

FFRF wants Calif. town to dissociate from prayer breakfast

11/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a California town stop its participation in an upcoming prayer breakfast. The state/church watchdog is urging the city of Buena Park to discontinue using resources and taxpayer funds to plan, organize and promote an annual Mayor's Prayer … More »

FFRF lawsuit forces suspension of W. Va. bible classes, Judge dismisses suit

11/14/2017 · This visual aid is used to help teach "Bible in the Schools" in classes in Mercer County schools. A federal judge has unfairly dismissed a high-profile lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to end blatantly unconstitutional “Bible in the Schools” classes in a … More »

FFRF insists N.C. county stop funding church’s religious project

11/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for the immediate termination of an unconstitutional taxpayer grant to a North Carolina church for decorating its interior with a sectarian religious scene. Asked why, FFRF replies: Do we really need to draw you a picture? The Buncombe County … More »

Beware pious politicians — the moral of immoral Roy Moore

11/13/2017 · By Annie Laurie Gaylor,Co-President,Freedom From Religion Foundation As a county judge, he forced jurors to pray and look at a plaque of the Ten Commandments on courtroom walls. Coercive. As Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, under dark of night he sneaked a washing-machine sized monument of … More »

For Veterans Day, honor all vets — including atheists in foxholes

11/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation urges that "atheists in foxholes" and other freethinkers who have served our country be honored and remembered this Veterans Day. It's unfortunate that during World War II, journalist Ernie Pyle promoted the myth that "there are no atheists in foxholes" … More »

FFRF and U.S. govt. agree judge should ‘nullify’ housing allowance

11/10/2017 · After the Freedom From Religion Foundation's historic victory against the clergy housing tax allowance, the judge's next move is eagerly awaited. U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, who in October ruled the clergy privilege unconstitutional, now must decide how to implement her ruling. Crabb, seated … More »

FFRF urges tight scrutiny of Illinois mentorship program

11/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Illinois school district to reconsider a religious organization's access to its elementary school kids. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that Consolidated Community School District 15 allows outside adults affiliated with Kids Hope USA to … More »

FFRF asks Ark. school to remove bible verses

11/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says discordant bible verses are creating a “bad note” at an Arkansas high school’s choral area and must come down. Searcy High School’s choral director has placed several Christian-themed posters on the walls of the high school chorus room. Most … More »

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