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Leading legal scholar on 'Freethought Matters' this week

9/12/2019 · One of the most brilliant constitutional scholars in the United States is interviewed on “Freethought Matters” this week.  Geoffrey Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Stone joined the faculty after serving as a law clerk to Supreme … More »

FFRF publishes Don Addis’ ‘Cartoons for the Irreverent’

9/12/2019 · In an era that can definitely use a lot less religion and a lot more humor, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has the perfect offering: a new book, “Cartoons for the Irreverent,” celebrating the wit of editorial cartoonist Don Addis. If you can make someone … More »

FFRF’s new billboards oppose S. Dakota ‘In God We Trust’ law

9/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing eye-catching billboards in South Dakota’s largest cities to protest a new state law requiring “In God We Trust” in public schools. One billboard is going up for a month on West 41st Street in Sioux Falls and the … More »

FFRF educates members of Congress on ‘The Founding Myth’

9/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving every member of Congress a copy of a timely new book dispelling the “founding myth” that the United States is a “Christian nation.” Each senator and representative is receiving a hardcover copy of The Founding Myth: Why … More »

FFRF comments on president’s atheist-baiting

9/11/2019 · President Trump openly pandered to evangelicals and atheist-baited at a recent rally in North Carolina. Trump claimed on Monday, Sept. 9, that the Democrats are not religious and are trying to take away religion.  “Whether it has to do with religion, our evangelicals … what we’ve … More »

ABC refuses to air patriotic FFRF JFK ad during Thursday debate

9/10/2019 ·     Two TV commercials produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation have been rejected for airing by ABC during the Democratic debate taking place in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 12. FFRF first tried to purchase time from ABC to run its iconic TV spot featuring … More »

Baptisms at a Tenn. high school must cease, FFRF declares

9/10/2019 ·     Coaches at a Tennessee high school must stop promoting and endorsing religion to students, FFRF contends. A concerned area resident reported that on Aug. 7, Chad Diehl, a minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church and “character coach” for the Springfield High School football team, baptized … More »

FFRF tells Okla. governor official church appearance is not OK

9/9/2019 · Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is appearing in a few days at a church event that raises serious constitutional concerns, the Freedom From Religion Foundation warns.  Stitt is scheduled to speak at Guts Church in Tulsa on Sunday, Sept. 22, to a group of “Guts Men.” … More »

FFRF urges Missouri district to address widespread state/church violations

9/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has given a Missouri public school district six directives to protect the right of conscience of its students against illegal government promotion of religion. A concerned Oak Grove R-VI School District parent reported to the national state/church watchdog dozens of … More »

Drew Brees comes up a few yards short in denying support of hate group

9/6/2019 ·     New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has drawn harsh criticism for releasing a video supporting Bring Your Bible to School Day, an annual event put on by Focus on the Family. Focus on the Family, whose mission is “nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad to run on Daily Show for 2 weeks

9/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s iconic TV spot featuring Ron Reagan, the self-avowed “unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell,” will air over the next two weeks on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." The 30-second commercial will run … More »

Freethinker stalwart on “Freethought Matters” this week

9/5/2019 · The nation’s premier freethinking television show is off to a strong start in its fresh season, with a stalwart of the freethinking movement interviewed on the program this week. Robyn Blumner is the CEO of the Center for Inquiry and the executive director of the … More »

Fresno district nixes chaplaincy program after FFRF intervenes

9/5/2019 ·   The Fresno Unified School District has replaced an official school chaplaincy program with a secular alternative after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF first contacted the district in June, after it was reported that the Fresno Unified School District had been operating … More »

Sign up now for FFRF’s national convention Oct. 18-20!

9/5/2019 · Don’t miss the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s upcoming annual national convention taking place the weekend of Oct. 18-20. Make plans now before time runs out!  The irreverent gathering, to be held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis., has an impressive … More »

FFRF awards $20,850 to 2019 students of color essay winners

9/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 30 winners of the 2019 David Hudak Memorial Students of Color Essay Competition for College Students. FFRF has paid out a record total of $20,850 in award money for this contest this year. FFRF thanks … More »

Trump’s weekend tweet praising prayer decision disconcerting in many ways

9/3/2019 · President Trump recently fired off a constitutionally troublesome social media missive. Over the weekend, he tweeted praise of a recent 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allowed the Pennsylvania Statehouse to openly discriminate against atheists. Trump quoted the Christian Nationalist preacher Robert Jeffress, … More »

FFRF awards $10,000 in partnership with Black Skeptics Los Angeles

9/3/2019 · FFRF is pleased to announce that it has awarded, in memory of Catherine Fahringer, $10,000 in scholarship money divided evenly among four students chosen by the Black Skeptics Los Angeles, an African-American atheist community-based group. The scholarship is part of the First in the Family … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel exposes the coordinated effort to put “In God We Trust” in public schools

8/31/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been leading the charge against Project Blitz, a Christian nationalist crusade to redefine American law. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel explains the divisive impact of displaying the motto in public schools- and why it is … More »

Pence distorted “Christian persecution” tale, FFRF contends

8/30/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking the vice president to task for a string of misleading statements during a recent American Legion National Convention speech. Speaking before the gathering on Wednesday, Aug. 28, Vice President Pence said: This administration will always make room for the … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel lampoons the Christian hypocrisy of “In God We Trust”

8/30/2019 · In his second installment of a three-part series on "In God We Trust" for Rewire News, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel delivers a broadside against the national motto. His first article, on the history of this Christian nationalist motto, left a … More »

Trump admin’s tariff exemption for bibles unconstitutional, FFRF contends

8/29/2019 · The Freedom From Religious Foundation is urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to reconsider its recent decision exempting bibles from China tariffs. The office recently placed bibles among about $2 billion worth of products it is exempting from the tariffs President Trump imposed … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel recounts the Christian Nationalist history of “In God We Trust”

8/29/2019 · How did “In God We Trust” get stamped on the currency of a country with a godless Constitution? How did a secular nation get a religious national motto? These are the questions FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel set out to answer … More »

“Freethought Matters” show returns to television

8/28/2019 · The nation’s premier freethinking television show is returning to the airwaves. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” program resumes broadcasting on Sunday, Sept. 1. As an antidote to religion on the airwaves and Sunday morning sermonizing, the half-hour talk show will air Sunday mornings … More »

Staff-led bible club must cease, FFRF warns Indiana district

8/27/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Center Grove Community School District to address an unconstitutional teacher-led religious club operating in its schools. After reviewing hundreds of emails and related open records pertaining to the Christ Youth Bible Club at Center Grove Middle … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel proposes a solution for clergy embezzlement

8/27/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has long run a black collar crime series in its newspaper Freethought Today, which chronicles the crimes of preachers and church leaders. Recently, a Catholic priest made headlines for stealing church funds and spending it on Grindr, an online … More »

DNC resolution on nonbelievers a historic step

8/27/2019 · For the first time in U.S. history, a major political party has warmly welcomed freethinkers. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has adopted a resolution that recognizes the contributions of nonbelievers to society and to the Democratic Party. The almost unanimous move recognizes the value of courting … More »

FFRF awards $17,550 to 2019 college students essay contest winners

8/22/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 16 winners of the 2019 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest. College students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay on the topic of why we’d be better off concentrating on the here and … More »

Planned Parenthood defunding — Is El Salvador a cautionary tale for U.S. reproductive rights?

8/20/2019 · It’s an ominous portent that Planned Parenthood announced its forced pull out from U.S. federal funding the very same day a Salvadoran woman’s trial for delivering a stillborn finally ended. The situation in El Salvador presents a cautionary tale to the United States. Back in … More »

FFRF probes large San Jose grant to religious school

8/20/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is investigating an unconstitutional grant of more than $800,000 in taxpayer funds to a private religious school in San Jose. The city reportedly recently awarded these funds to be paid directly to Cristo Rey San Jose … More »

FFRF: Oppose rule to legalize taxpayer-funded discrimination in name of religion

8/15/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has submitted a formal comment condemning a proposed Department of Labor rule that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against employees based on “sincerely held religious tenets” of the corporation or business. In an alarming new twist, the rule would … More »

FFRF denounces religious staff event in Miss. school district

8/15/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Mississippi public school district to refrain from unconstitutional religious promotion after district staff members were subjected to proselytization during a mandatory event. A district community member reported to FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, that Lee County Schools … More »

FFRF issues second warning to Mobile County Schools over unconstitutional prayer

8/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again calling for an end to unconstitutional prayer at a mandatory staff event in Mobile County Public Schools. Multiple Mobile County Public Schools staff members have reported that on August 2, all district employees were required to attend … More »

Appeals court decision on Lehigh County seal strikes blow to Constitution

8/8/2019 · An appellate court has disappointingly invoked a misguided U.S. Supreme Court decision to declare constitutional a cross-bearing Pennsylvania county seal.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, and four individual plaintiffs won resoundingly in district court in 2017 when a judge found unconstitutional … More »

FFRF: Donohue owes atheists apology for slander re: El Paso

8/7/2019 · Bill Donohue, the Catholic League’s perennial gasbag, is bloviating wildly in the wake of the recent mass shootings, blaming lack of religion for the shooting rampages: It is not people of faith who are the most likely to go on a shooting rampage; it is … More »

Ga. state rep links prayer event to guv’s unconstitutional proclamation

8/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking a Georgia state representative to task after his misuse of social media to promote a worship ceremony.  Georgia state Rep. Wes Cantrell has issued a Facebook post inviting constituents to a church service the coming Sunday (Aug. 11). … More »

FFRF deplores Texas officials’ pandering comments on El Paso

8/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation deplores the pandering remarks of Texas’ three highest officials in their responses to the horrific El Paso mass shooting. Gov. Greg Abbott called for the usual mindless “thoughts and prayers” at a press conference on the shooting, also tweeting, “We … More »

Stop preachy group in Greenville, N.C., school, FFRF insists

8/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting unconstitutional religious proselytizing in the Pitt County Schools system.  A concerned parent has contacted the national state/church watchdog to report that adults from WyldLife, a Christian organization, regularly recruited students last school year during the lunch hour … More »

Appeals court ruling on Trump’s social media implicates Florida state rep

7/31/2019 · A recent judgment regarding President Trump’s use of social media has increased legal liability for a Florida state rep, who’s utilizing her social media account to promote Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising. Earlier this month, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … More »

FFRF: Miss. district must yank religious signs

7/31/2019 · The George County School District in Mississippi needs to immediately remove a number of unconstitutional religious displays, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned district taxpayer recently informed the state/church watchdog that signs exhibiting a Christian cross have appeared on several district properties. These … More »

FFRF warns Ala. district officials about upcoming religious event

7/30/2019 ·   DeKalb County Schools must ensure that its employees cease any involvement in a religious event this upcoming weekend, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned parent has reported to the state/church watchdog that Fyffe High School is holding a “Back to School Worship … More »

New S.D. ‘In God We Trust’ law exclusionary, FFRF says

7/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is damning an exclusionary new South Dakota law that mandates displaying an “In God We Trust” logo in all public schools. “A new state law that took effect this month requires all public schools in the state’s 149 districts to … More »

Dissolve new State Department commission, FFRF & many others urge

7/23/2019 · A new State Department body should be disbanded, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and close to 200 other organizations are urging in a letter. Hundreds of former officials, academics and activists have also signed on to the letter originating with Human Rights First. FFRF and … More »

A Supreme Court giant leaves behind an inspiring legacy

7/17/2019 · The United States has lost one of the most brilliant and compassionate judges in our nation’s history. The famously empathetic Justice John Paul Stevens, who died just eight months shy of becoming the first 100-year-old former Supreme Court justice, continued to fiercely advocate for … More »

FFRF probes ‘week of ministry’ in Michigan schools

7/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written to three Michigan school districts after they invited missionaries to hold assemblies in their schools. This past spring, a group called The Conquerors International Strength Team held a “week of ministry” through the Riverside Church in Three Rivers, … More »

New VA religious decree wrongheaded, FFRF asserts

7/16/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to new VA rules on religious displays. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a change to its directive on “Religious Symbols in VA Facilities.” A July 3 VA news release suggests that the policy changes … More »

Is the State Department using ‘God-given rights’ to trample human rights? FFRF wants to know.

7/15/2019 · The State Department is setting up a religiously inclined commission, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation is determined to figure out what it’s all about. The state/church watchdog is seeking records for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new “Commission on Unalienable Rights.” FFRF is concerned … More »

Circuit court ruling on Trump’s social media implicates Ala. sheriff

7/15/2019 · A recent judgment regarding President Trump’s use of social media has increased legal liability for the Covington sheriff who routinely uses an official sheriff’s department social media account to promote Christianity, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising. Last week, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court … More »

FFRF initiates drive to help young freethinkers of color

7/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a campaign this summer to support young freethinkers of color. While atheists, agnostics and skeptics are often misrepresented as privileged, the fact is that freethinkers of all backgrounds experience deep discrimination. Freethinkers of color, in particular, have undergone … More »

FFRF commends St. Louis Park council’s decision to skip Pledge

7/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a Minnesota city council for its constitutionally correct decision to omit a formal Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings. The St. Louis Park City Council decided in a unanimous vote on June 17 to skip a formal recitation … More »

Help FFRF support young freethinkers of color!

7/10/2019 · FFRF is launching a campaign this summer to support young freethinkers of color and we need your help! While atheists, agnostics and skeptics are often misrepresented as privileged, the fact is that freethinkers of all backgrounds experience deep discrimination. Freethinkers of color in … More »

Working for you on Capitol Hill: FFRF is ensuring secular programs are universally available

7/10/2019 · All Americans must have access to secular recovery programs. My friend Ray deserved one. Have you ever had a friend who was so smart that taking a standardized test was as simple for them as crossing the street? That was Ray: brilliant, great fun, humble … More »

FFRF awards $17,750 to 2019 high school essay contest winners

7/9/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 William Schulz High School Essay Contest, with $17,750 in scholarship money being awarded this year. College-bound high school seniors were asked to write an essay based on this prompt: “Why we … More »

FFRF condemns Illinois town’s Christian proclamation

7/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging city officials in Mount Vernon, Ill., to refrain from promoting religion following an unconstitutional endorsement. Several area residents informed the state/church watchdog that on June 20, the city of Mount Vernon issued an official proclamation that promoted and … More »

FFRF, ACLU, AU win Fla. atheist invocation case

7/8/2019 · The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners’ policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional, discriminatory and a violation of religious freedom.  The ruling came in the case … More »

FFRF ends coach-led prayer, chaplaincy program in Georgia high school

7/2/2019 ·   A Cedartown High School coach and an official team chaplain will cease leading prayers with the football team following a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.   In March, Cedartown High School football coach Doyle Kelley delivered an alarming sermon at the … More »

Hawkins, Texas, removes Christian sign at FFRF’s urging, finally

7/2/2019 · A Texas city has at long last removed a “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” sign that the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to years ago. Back in 2015, the state/church watchdog twice wrote to the city of Hawkins about the blatantly Christian sign on city … More »

FFRF calls on Fresno Unified School District to end taxpayer-funded chaplaincy program

7/1/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Fresno Unified School District to suspend an unconstitutional chaplaincy program it operates in partnership with the local police department. According to recently obtained records, Fresno Unified School District pays up to $65,000 a year to the Fresno … More »

Ala. sheriff promotes religion on social media

7/1/2019 · An Alabama sheriff’s misuse of the official department Facebook page is providing the Freedom From Religion Foundation a chance to set him straight on a number of issues. A Covington County resident had informed FFRF that the official Covington County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page regularly promotes … More »

FFRF will fight Supreme Court’s plan to undermine public education

6/28/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court has just announced its intention to further chip away at the wall of separation in its next term. Today, the court indicated it will review Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case in which the Montana Supreme Court struck down … More »

FFRF, AHA won’t let Supreme Court deter them in Pensacola, Fla., cross case

6/28/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court today issued yet another blow to the principle of separation between state and church, vacating an appeals court decision against a massive Christian cross in a city-owned Pensacola park. That case is brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and … More »

FFRF promotes secular interests in Washington

6/28/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been busy recently advancing the secular cause in the nation’s capital. The state/church watchdog has submitted a letter commending a House Labor and Education Committee hearing on the misapplication of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Such letters for the … More »

Ohio school removes religious plaque following FFRF intervention

6/27/2019 · New Philadelphia City Schools has removed a Ten Commandments plaque from Welty Middle School after the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint against the unconstitutional religious display. A concerned district parent had reported to FFRF that the school prominently displayed the plaque near its … More »

Bible classes don’t belong in public schools, FFRF tells much of the South

6/24/2019 · Bible classes in public schools are financial and legal time bombs, especially when tied to Christian nationalism, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The national state/church watchdog is dispatching an impressive number of letters — 1,093 — to every school district and superintendent in Alabama, … More »

FFRF condemns Ala. church cops law

6/21/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing a new Alabama law that will allow a church to set up its own police force. Earlier this week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed HB 309 into law, which permits Briarwood Presbyterian Church to form a police squad. … More »

FFRF attorney calls out Supreme Court for cross ruling

6/21/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation responded to the Supreme Court's ruling in a number of ways. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, penned a critical article published by Rewire News: “Alito’s majority opinion is bereft of both principle and … More »

FFRF attorney writes for Slate: Supreme Court says enforcing the Constitution is hostile to religion

6/21/2019 · The shockwaves from the Supreme Court's decision in the Bladensburg cross case haven't subsided and FFRF is fighting back. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, wrote another article on the decision, this time for Slate, focusing in on one … More »

FFRF attorney to head civil rights section of Wis. state bar

6/21/2019 · One of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s constitutional attorneys is on his way to becoming the chair of a vital division of a state lawyers’ association. FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott has been chosen president-elect of the Civil Rights & Liberties Section of the State … More »

FFRF: Bladensburg cross decision shameful legacy for Roberts Court

6/20/2019 · It should have been an easy call, but the U.S. Supreme Court blew it. The government-owned, government-maintained, 40-foot-tall Christian cross dominating the landscape in Bladensburg, Md., does not violate the First Amendment, seven justices inexcusably decided today.  One would expect to find a Christian cross … More »

Tony Perkins inexcusably to lead a U.S. agency

6/19/2019 · An infamous Christian nationalist will now head an important U.S. governmental body on religion, much to the dismay of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Tony Perkins, a notorious anti-LGBTQ, anti-atheist and anti-Muslim hatemonger, has been announced as the chair of the U.S. Commission on International … More »

FFRF denounces Christian-only town hall in Redding, Calif.

6/18/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has advised two Redding, Calif. officials against hosting future faith-based government events after they held an exclusionary “Faith & Values Town Hall” last week. Several citizens reported to the national state/church watchdog that Redding Mayor Julie Winter and Senator Brian … More »

Coffee County DA probe initiated due to FFRF

6/18/2019 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint against a blatantly divisive Tennessee district attorney has prompted an official investigation. Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott is patently unfit for office and unfit to hold a top post in the state DA association, the Freedom From Religion … More »

FFRF pro-choice NY Times ad faults religion

6/18/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has run a full-page ad today in The New York Times proclaiming that abortion rights can only be secured by honoring the separation of state and church. The dramatic ad depicts a stark image of the Statue of Liberty transformed … More »

FFRF announces inaugural law student essay contest

6/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly unveils its debut essay contest for law school students. Law students from all over the country are invited to submit an 850-1,000 word essay on “What's wrong with ‘Religious Exemption or Refusal’ laws?” The contest is awarding more than … More »

FFRF applauds dismissal of Puerto Rico’s religious discrimination bill

6/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends Gov. Ricardo Rosselló for dropping a so-called “religious liberty” bill granting government employees exemption from serving constituents if this went against their religious beliefs. The dismissal of the legislation comes just one day after pop icon Ricky Martin published … More »

Clergy housing allowance boondoggle continues . . . for now

6/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been litigating for the past decade over a 1954 law whose sponsor said the purpose of the parish housing allowance is to reward clergy for “carrying on such a courageous fight” against godlessness. How’s that for a secular purpose? It’s … More »

FFRF demands Appleton school board rein in defiant member

6/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising a Wisconsin school district to take action against an openly proselytizing board member who defiantly flaunts his pastor background.  Many irate individuals, including parents, students and district employees, have informed FFRF that the 2019 Appleton North High School … More »

FFRF urges probe into TN sheriff’s call for LGBTQ executions

6/13/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Knox County Sheriff's Department to probe Deputy Grayson Fritts’ wrathful demand for the government to execute LGBTQ citizens. Fritts recently preached a hateful sermon on June 2 at All Scripture Baptist Church entitled “Why Leviticus 20:13 … More »

Coffee County DA must quit, FFRF insists

6/11/2019 · A Tennessee district attorney is patently unfit for office and unfit to hold a top post in the state DA association, the Freedom From Religion Foundation contends. Several Tennesseans have alerted FFRF, a state/church watchdog, to alarming statements and public admissions by Coffee County District … More »

FFRF urges Pulaski Schools to break ties with local religious ministry

6/10/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is imploring a Kentucky district to refrain from extending future invitations to outside religious groups after public schools students were recently subjected to a presentation by a local crisis pregnancy center. A concerned member of the Pulaski County Schools community … More »

Meet Mark Dann: Working for you on Capitol Hill

6/10/2019 · As the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s new Director of Governmental Affairs, based in Washington, D.C., I want to tell you about our strategic direction and how we can influence policy, uphold the separation of state and church and stand up for the freethought community. Strategic … More »

FFRF protests Washington State Patrol chaplaincy

6/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting a sectarian and intrusive chaplaincy program for Washington state cops.  A concerned Washington State Patrol employee has notified the national state/church watchdog that the patrol has a chaplaincy program and reportedly provides chaplains with uniforms, giving the appearance … More »

Reproductive rights are under attack; so is science-based policy

6/6/2019 · Yesterday, the Trump administration announced yet another faith-based policy, halting critical fetal tissue research that would benefit millions of patients. Besides ending such research within the National Institutes for Health, the Department of Health and Human Services also announced it would immediately cancel its contract … More »

Washington Co. Schools baptisms must stop, FFRF declares

6/6/2019 · Baptisms at an Alabama school district are all wet, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts. The practice is unconstitutional and must stop.  A concerned Washington County Schools community member informed FFRF that on May 16 several football players and other students were baptized on school … More »

MMSD should disregard hate-based letter from Christian group, FFRF urges

6/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is expressing its support for the Madison Metropolitan School District’s commitment to equality and inclusion in the face of a hate-based letter from an infamous Christian law firm. Madison Schools received a letter on May 24 from the Liberty Counsel, a … More »

Betty Bowers to give God a performance review at FFRF convo

6/5/2019 · Get ready for Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian™! Betty will be performing this year at FFRF’s national convention in Madison, Wis., which takes place Oct. 18-20 at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center. Mrs. Betty Bowers is a satirical character played by comedian Deven Green … More »

Bible classes threaten secular education in Alabama

6/4/2019 · A so-called “bible literacy” bill that would allow state-funded public schools to indoctrinate students as early as sixth grade with bible classes is headed to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. Just weeks after invoking God to justify signing into law a draconian abortion ban, … More »

Sarasota County must nix religious giveaway, FFRF urges

6/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Florida county not to approve a handout for an overtly religious event.  A concerned local taxpayer informed the state/church watchdog that the Englewood Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) is considering awarding $1,000 and the free use of a … More »

FFRF asks Ga. sheriff’s office to remove Christian flag

5/30/2019 · A sheriff’s office in Georgia must immediately take down a Christian flag flying outside its building, the Freedom From Religion Foundation insists.  A concerned Bleckley County resident has informed FFRF that the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office regularly flies a Christian flag next to its building. … More »

FFRF refiles case against religiously coercive Texas judicial official

5/29/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a co-plaintiff are refiling a case today against a Texas justice of the peace who regularly foists prayer upon his courtroom attendees. Last September, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and three … More »

SCOTUS abortion ruling signals unstable future for Roe

5/28/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a religiously motivated law signed by former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains following abortion. In the same decision, SCOTUS notably evaded ruling on another strict component of the same law … More »

India’s vote a blow to secularism worldwide

5/23/2019 · The world’s largest secular democracy has just moved further away from its foundational secular ideals, part of a global phenomenon that alarms the Freedom From Religion Foundation. India, like the United States, was established as a secular, democratic republic. The ascension to power five … More »

FFRF spells closure to Christian prayers, songs in Birmingham class

5/23/2019 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation intervention formalized an end to a teacher’s imposition of religion on her elementary school students in Birmingham, Ala. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that a first-grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School was leading her students in prayer every … More »

“Save Chick-fil-A” bill is a thinly-veiled attempt to protect religious privilege

5/22/2019 · The Texas Legislature has flagrantly evaded rules and procedure to revive one of its so-called “religious freedom” bills that is likely to advance to Gov. Greg Abbott for signature any day. SB 1978 intends to codify the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. The … More »

Stop the bans — protect abortion rights

5/21/2019 ·   Today, May 21, on the National Day of Action to Stop Abortion Bans, pro-choice protests are being kicked off in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and will continue around the country the rest of the week. On Sunday, protesters filled the streets in front … More »

FFRF praises House for dropping godly oath, condemns remark by ambassador to Israel

5/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the quiet, revolutionary policy change by the U.S. House to drop “So help me God” from witness oath-taking. As House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler has refreshingly stated: “We do not have religious tests.” That is a lesson the … More »

Equality wins in the House

5/17/2019 ·   Amid a week in which women’s rights were viciously attacked in several states, equality won big in the U.S. House, which just today passed the Equality Act by a solid majority vote of 236-173. The bill would at long last amend the Civil Rights … More »

Mayday, Mayday! Roe, women’s rights in grave peril

5/16/2019 · Alabama’s anti-abortion governor has just signed into law a ban on abortion, with the intent to set the stage for a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court. Women’s reproductive rights in the United States are in grave peril. While Alabama’s blatantly unconstitutional law will likely … More »

Conservative justices are killing the rule of law

5/15/2019 · Roe v. Wade is in danger, Supreme Court justices (those not in the five-member conservative bloc) are warning the country. But it’s not just Roe. Many of America’s cherished rights are threatened by President Trump’s Supreme Court, including the wall of separation and religious freedom. On … More »

Dodgeland excises religious language after FFRF alert

5/13/2019 · A Wisconsin school district has revamped its field trip form and policies after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted officials to religious language. A concerned Dodgeland School District community member contacted the state/church watchdog to report that students and parents were asked to sign a … More »

FFRF will be represented on Capitol Hill

5/13/2019 · Mark Dann will join the staff of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) on Monday, May 20, as its first full-time director of governmental affairs. Dann previously worked as the director of governmental affairs for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA). He has also … More »

Texas AG office smears FFRF

5/10/2019 · A theocratic official in the Texas attorney general’s office is busy maligning the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Texas First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer sent a letter yesterday to San Jacinto County Commissioners, applauding their decision to maintain four large Christian crosses on the outside … More »

FFRF’s Steve Pinker ad on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ rest of May

5/9/2019 · Steven Pinker’s ad endorsing the Freedom From Religion Foundationad endorsing the Freedom From Religion Foundation will air nationally on “CBS Sunday Morning” three Sundays in a row, starting Mother’s Day, May 12. The distinguished Harvard professor and best-selling author, who serves as FFRF’s first honorary … More »

Nix ark park, Jesus outings, FFRF tells Frankfort (Ill.) Township

5/9/2019 · An Illinois township has been asked by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to stop officially sponsoring religious excursions to creationist museums and “Jesus” performances, among others.  A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Frankfort Township recently sponsored a religiously themed trip that included … More »

Ga. abortion ban shows it can happen here

5/7/2019 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation A recent trip to Poland chillingly brought home to me the precarious state of abortion rights. At one time, Poland was a reproductive rights beacon in Europe, with Polish women enjoying years of reproductive freedom dating back … More »

N.C. charter school to address violations after FFRF intervention

5/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a North Carolina charter school to address numerous constitutional violations.  A Winston-Salem, N.C., resident reported to the state/church watchdog that Quality Education Academy is a public charter school being run like a private Christian school, regularly promoting religion … More »

New Trump rule will sanction religion-based discrimination

5/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposed to a new Department of Health and Human Services religious rule that could possibly endanger millions of Americans. The rule, announced by President Trump as the pinnacle of his National Day of Prayer event in the Rose … More »

Bible verse removed from California school following FFRF complaint

5/3/2019 · A large bible verse painting has been removed from Muroc Joint Unified School District property after the Freedom From Religion Foundation intervened. A concerned parent reported that Desert Junior/Senior High School had a bible verse painted on a retaining wall near the main office. The … More »

President retells fib during National Day of Prayer observance

5/2/2019 · President Trump repeated one of his favorite lies during this morning’s prayer service in the Rose Garden. To mark the National Day of Prayer — an unconstitutional event — he told that audience that he “got rid of the Johnson Amendment.”  The Johnson Amendment is … More »

FFRF attorney explains: “National Day of Prayer is illegal, but courts won’t hear challenges”

5/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been leading the charge against the National Day of Prayer for more than a decade. This year, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel explains that the day and the statute that underlies it are clearly unconstitutional … More »

Trump reveals theocratic agenda for judiciary

5/2/2019 · On the eve of the National Day of Prayer, President Trump told an audience at a dinner on Wednesday that he’s “breaking records” with his federal judges. “We're going to be breaking records with respect to the judiciary, which means a lot to the people … More »

The National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional

5/2/2019 · By Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation The officially sanctioned National Day of Prayer — observed on May 2 this year — goes against the spirit of our secular Constitution. A federal statute was passed by Congress in 1952 at the direct suggestion of the Rev. … More »

Clymer, N.Y., cancels baccalaureate, commencement prayers due to FFRF

5/1/2019 · A New York school district has agreed to drop baccalaureate services and prayers at commencements after the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked it to end these unconstitutional practices.  A concerned Clymer resident contacted FFRF to report that the Clymer Central School District had been sponsoring … More »

FFRF celebrates Kansas ruling protecting abortion rights

4/26/2019 ·   Kansas’ highest court has today affirmed in a landmark ruling a woman’s right to choose — a rebuke to religiously motivated anti-choice legislatures nationwide. The 6-1 decision begins by citing the Kansas Constitution’s Bill of Rights: “All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural … More »

Animas basketball coach resigns after FFRF intervention

4/26/2019 · A New Mexico high school basketball coach who was violating the Constitution resigned after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted the school district.  A concerned Animas Public Schools community member reported to FFRF that the head coach of the Animas High School boys basketball team … More »

FFRF condemns Trump administration for working faith into policy

4/25/2019 · President Trump’s acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget has admitted what we all know: Christian nationalism is infecting government policy. Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, Mick Mulvaney told his fellow Catholics: “The president has … More »

FFRF warns Dieterich CUSD #30 (Illinois) about Ark Encounter outing

4/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Illinois school district that its recent outing to a Christian theme park flagrantly flouts basic scientific principles. Dieterich CUSD #30 in Dieterich, Illinois, took students on a senior trip to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky on Tuesday, … More »

FFRF’s ‘Night of Prayer’ case to get Ky. hearing

4/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s litigation to protect government transparency and the separation of church and state in the Bluegrass State will carry on a little while longer. The state/church watchdog, which sued the Laurel County Correctional Center in 2018 for intentional evasion of the … More »

FFRF calls on Ohio school to remove Ten Commandments plaque

4/22/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is urging an Ohio middle school to take down an unconstitutional religious display from its property. A concerned parent recently reported to FFRF that Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia, Ohio, displays a prominent plaque featuring … More »

After D.C. court OK’s House exclusion of atheists, FFRF calls it a ‘wake-up’ call

4/19/2019 · The U.S. House chaplain can continue barring atheists from delivering invocations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unfortunately ruled today in Barker v. Conroy. "I am deeply dismayed that atheists and other nonbelievers are being openly treated as second-class citizens," says … More »

After FFRF complaint, Pa. grade school drops “God” broadcast

4/18/2019 · A Pennsylvania school district has removed a godly broadcast tagged on to the Pledge of Allegiance after the Freedom From Religion Foundation advised it to do so. A concerned Springfield School District parent informed FFRF that Sabold Elementary School had been proclaiming “God Bless America” … More »

Mo. city officials move cross in response to FFRF

4/17/2019 · A Missouri town has followed through on relocating a cross that the Freedom From Religion Foundation had convinced it to transfer from public land. “In response to a complaint from a national group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation, employees of the city of Ozark … More »

FFRF, ACLU file for summary judgment in KY license plate case

4/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky have filed for summary judgment in a federal lawsuit over an atheist being denied an irreverent license plate in Kentucky.  FFRF and the ACLU sued the Kentucky transportation secretary in November 2016 … More »

Morris Co. response to FFRF court win called ‘outrageous’

4/15/2019 · After being trounced in a legal battle over funding of churches by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Morris County, N.J., is behaving like a petulant child, says FFRF. The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously agreed last April that Morris County violated the New Jersey Constitution … More »

FFRF attorney calls out Justice Thomas for comments on atheists

4/15/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation leaped into action as reports circulated that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently denigrated atheists and hyped a new conservative line that deliberately misinterprets the U.S. Constitution. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, … More »

FFRF warns northern Wisconsin schools about preacher

4/12/2019 · Beware a bait-and-lure preacher, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a number of northern Wisconsin school districts.  Pastor Brian Cole spoke to students at Mondovi High School during the school day on Jan. 11 with an inappropriate religious message, according to a community member … More »

FFRF condemns passage of Ohio’s anti-woman ‘fetal heartbeat’ law

4/11/2019 · Protesters yesterday unfurled banners at the Ohio Capitol that correctly proclaimed: “This is not a House of Worship” and “This is not doctor’s office.” It did not stop Ohio Governor Mike DeWine from signing one of the nation’s strictest anti-choice bills into law today. The … More »

Don’t turn field trips into religious missions, FFRF asks Great Bend officials

4/10/2019 · A Kansas public high school outing to Washington, D.C., was converted into a religious undertaking by the teacher, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has learned to its dismay. The vocal music director for Great Bend Senior High School arranged for students to sing at the … More »

FFRF urges Kalkaska preschool to ignore legal threats from religious right group

4/8/2019 · Photo of the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a Michigan public preschool’s commitment to the U.S. Constitution and is urging it to ignore a theocratic group’s misguided understanding of our country’s founding document.  Jill Trudeau, the manager of the Kalkaska … More »

Ricketts’ prayer proclamation thunderously misguided, FFRF declares

4/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying the Nebraska governor’s proclamation of Sunday, April 7, as a “statewide day of prayer” in response to the state’s recent horrible weather. Such a proclamation is faulty on several counts, notes a letter to the governor written by … More »

FFRF urges nixing of proposed official grant to Billerica church

4/1/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising a red flag about a Massachusetts town’s proposed $50,000-plus grant to a church.  A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that on Thursday, April 4, the Community Preservation Committee in Billerica will hold a hearing regarding a … More »

Georgia Statehouse over-the-top sermon & invocation disquiets FFRF

3/29/2019 · A recent fire-and-brimstone sermon — coupled with an ultrareligious invocation — delivered on the Georgia Statehouse floor has alarmed the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On March 26, state Rep. Trey Kelley invited his father, Doyle Kelley, to be “chaplain of the day.” Several concerned citizens … More »

Maryland congressman’s remarks are baseless, FFRF asserts

3/29/2019 · A Maryland member of Congress’ recent comments linking violence with lack of religion are specious, the Freedom From Religion Foundation points out.  In remarks Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, delivered on March 18 at a town hall, he “suggested that ‘increased violence’ could be caused … More »

Registration open for FFRF’s lively annual convention!

3/28/2019 · Come join us in Madison, Wisconsin, for a weekend of freethinking fun and edification at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s 42nd annual convention. It’s not too soon to register for the October conference. Best-selling author Sarah Vowell has been added to the growing list of … More »

FFRF applauds Lee County Schools’ pledge to remove unconstitutional religious displays

3/27/2019 · A Mississippi school district has removed unconstitutional religious iconography from its schools, following a recommendation from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Lee County Schools community member reported to FFRF multiple displays promoting religion in areas of Saltillo Elementary School frequented by students and … More »

FFRF probes Tulsa Public Schools religious proselytization scheme

3/26/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is investigating a number of troubling constitutional violations in Tulsa Public Schools. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that the district allows religious leaders to access to its elementary schools during the day to proselytize to young students. A … More »

FFRF debuts law essay contest; $10,000 in prize money

3/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce its 2019 inaugural essay contest for law students with more than $10,000 in prize money. The topic is “What’s wrong with ‘religious exemption or refusal’ laws?” and it’s as timely as can be. State legislatures across … More »

FFRF testifies against prayer at DuPage board meetings

3/25/2019 · Freedom From Religion Foundation attorneys will be testifying tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 26, before the DuPage County Board in Wheaton, Ill., against prayer at board meetings. A motion has been introduced to eliminate such invocations from the County Board’s regular order of business. FFRF Staff … More »

Arkansas Education Dept. removes religion from health curriculum, following FFRF complaint

3/25/2019 · The Arkansas Department of Education has followed a recommendation from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in ensuring the removal of religious promotion from its online health curriculum. FFRF wrote a letter of complaint to the district expressing the concerns of a parent of an Arkansas … More »

Steven Pinker’s FFRF ad airs nationally on Colbert this week

3/25/2019 · Steven Pinker’s ad endorsing the Freedom From Religion Foundation will air nationally today, Tuesday and Wednesday on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 11:35 p.m. Eastern. The distinguished Harvard professor and best-selling author urges viewers to join FFRF in its fight to prevent religion … More »

Six-week abortion bans are a state/church issue

3/22/2019 · On Thursday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant became the most recent governor to sign into law a punitive bill that is popping up in states around the country. The bill bans abortion once doctors are able to detect a fetal heartbeat, which can happen as … More »

FFRF calls for end to UK coach’s unconstitutional religious promotion

3/21/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to serious First Amendment violations involving Matthew Mitchell, University of Kentucky’s head women’s basketball coach. Following numerous instances of religious proselytization by Mitchell, FFRF has written to University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, asking the university to … More »

Celebrate National Coming Out Day

3/20/2019 · Join FFRF’s Out of the ClosetVirtual Billboard Campaign At the Freedom From Religion Foundation, we consider every day a “coming out day” for freethought! But this Saturday, March 23, has been declared an international “Coming Out Day” for atheists and other nonbelievers, and we’d like … More »

FFRF requests removal of religion from Arkansas curriculum

3/20/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Arkansas Department of Education to address the unconstitutional religious promotion included in an online health class it offers. A concerned parent of an Arkansas public high school student reported to FFRF that their child’s online health course, … More »

State Department’s exclusion of nonreligious press unconstitutional, FFRF contends

3/18/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is calling attention to the troubling unconstitutional exclusion of nonreligious media from a State Department call today. A member of the State Department press corps reported Monday that the State Department had limited a “special informational … More »

FFRF: remove bible verse from St. Louis courthouse

3/18/2019 · An Old Testament verse displayed at the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office must be immediately taken down, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog.  A concerned resident of St. Louis County informed FFRF that a bible verse is prominently displayed at Kimberly … More »

7th Circuit blesses clergy housing allowance, rules against FFRF

3/15/2019 · A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago today ruled against the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s historic challenge of a housing allowance in the tax code that uniquely privileges clergy. FFRF had won a favorable ruling by a federal … More »

FFRF condemns New Zealand terror strikes

3/15/2019 · Several shooters went into two mosques in Christchurch (one of New Zealand’s largest cities) and opened fire, killing indiscriminately. Nearly 50 are dead — a number expected to rise — and many more injured in the worst terrorist attack New Zealand has suffered. It goes … More »

Why does the Freedom From Religion Foundation do what it does?

3/14/2019 · An answer can be found in the sentence doled out this week by the Islamic Republic of Iran to a human rights attorney there: 148 lashes and 33 years imprisonment. What were the “crimes” committed by Nasrin Soutoudeh that required such a draconian response? … More »

FFRF: End U.S. aid to Saudi ‘holy war’ in Yemen

3/14/2019 · The Senate has rightly voted to end U.S. involvement in Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen, and the House should follow suit. The conflict is being fought largely along sectarian religious lines, and U.S. participation in the warfare is exacerbating these fissures. Saudi Arabia is a … More »

FFRF decries religious coercion in Mich. school district

3/14/2019 · The Hamilton Community Schools system is engaging in appallingly unconstitutional behavior that is grievously harming its students, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Multiple students and parents have contacted the state/church watchdog to convey how various religious practices at a local high school are causing … More »

FFRF supports the Equality Act for LGBTQ Americans

3/13/2019 · Discrimination against LGBTQ Americans — often rooted in bigoted religious beliefs — is still rife in this country. Today, the Equality Act was again proposed in both houses of Congress to protect them from this hatefulness. The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination against particular classes … More »

FFRF encourages city of Boston’s opposition to Christian flag

3/12/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to join in a brief supporting the city of Boston’s constitutionally correct opposition to residents who want it to fly a Christian flag. Several leading secular organizations have combined with many minority religious groups in an amicus effort … More »

FFRF condemns DeVos’ attacks on public education

3/12/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation denounces the Trump administration’s recent multipronged attack on the separation of state and church in public education. The proposed new federal budget contains $5 billion in tax credits for private school education. And Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has nixed a … More »

Appellate court hears case over nontheist exclusion Tuesday

3/11/2019 · Oral arguments at the appellate level are being heard Tuesday, March 12, morning over Brevard County’s discriminatory practice barring invocations by nonreligious citizens. The Williamson v. Brevard County lawsuit was filed in 2015 by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church … More »

FFRF chides Texas school officials for promoting evangelical group

3/11/2019 · Greenville public school officials have recently appeared in an ad for a proselytizing Christian organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has discovered. Two Greenville Independent School District employees are featured in a recently released video promotional campaign for an evangelical religious group. Its website, HonorMinistries.org, … More »

‘Act of God’ provokes biblical pandering by Trump

3/8/2019 · Statement by Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation President Trump today at a Baptist church in Alabama signed bibles for Alabamans affected by this week’s “act of God” — a tornado on Sunday that killed more than 20 people.  What’s wrong with this picture? Who can forget the … More »

FFRF objects to discriminatory school board prayer in Texas district

3/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Weatherford Independent School District to cease the practice of praying at its Board of Trustees meetings. A concerned school district member has informed FFRF that the board opens each of its meetings with a prayer, led by … More »

FFRF submits testimony to Fla. Statehouse opposing bible classes

3/7/2019 · Note: The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Florida chapter, Central Florida Freethought Community, were recently invited to submit to the Florida Legislature written testimony regarding a house bill that would permit bible classes in the state’s public schools. The letter is reproduced below. … More »

FFRF objects to crosses on Texas sheriff’s office property

3/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is urging the Shelby County Sheriff's Office to remove three Latin crosses from outside its building. A concerned Shelby County resident contacted FFRF to report that these crosses have been displayed outside the sheriff’s office for … More »

FFRF condemns anti-gay vote by United Methodists

3/4/2019 · The lopsided vote last week by the United Methodists to disallow gay clergy and same-sex weddings is a reminder that religion is often the problem, not the solution. While acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and rights has come swiftly in the United States, as usual most … More »

Breaking News: U.S. Supreme Court declines review of FFRF New Jersey win over unconstitutional church funding

3/4/2019 · The U.S. Supreme Court today let stand a huge win for Freedom From Religion Foundation — and state/church separation — in a case about unconstitutional governmental funding of churches in New Jersey.  The N.J. Supreme Court had unanimously held last April that taxpayers in Morris … More »

FFRF seeks to halt Penn. House’s exclusion of freethinkers

3/1/2019 · Image courtesy of Creative Commons The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a strong brief before an appeals court to ensure an end to the Pennsylvania House’s discrimination against nonbelievers. After Pennsylvania House officials systematically denied freethinkers an opportunity to offer invocations before the legislative body, … More »

FFRF’s four 2019 student essay contests offer $61K-plus to nonreligious students

2/28/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce its four 2019 essay competitions for freethinking students — with more than $61,000 in total prizes. This year, FFRF has increased both the number of major prizes and the scholarship amounts. “There have never before been … More »

Landmark Portland, Ore., ordinance outlaws discrimination against nonbelievers

2/28/2019 · Portland, Ore., has become the second city in the country to give nonbelievers equal status, thanks to the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local chapter. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance explicitly conferring on nonbelievers … More »

Wall of separation in crosshairs in Bladensburg case

2/26/2019 · It’s a no-brainer. The U.S. Supreme Court has an easy call to make over the constitutionality of a 40-foot concrete cross on governmental land in Bladensburg, Md. Oral arguments are being heard on Wednesday, Feb. 27, over this fraught challenge. One would expect to find a … More »

Ga. school district stops religiously coercing students after FFRF intervenes

2/26/2019 · A Georgia school district will not continue religiously pressuring its high school football team after the Freedom From Religion Foundation interceded. FFRF had contacted Toombs County Schools in October after a resident informed it that coaches and an outside pastor were praying with the high … More »

Honor Avijit Roy by working for freedom of conscience

2/26/2019 · Today, on the fourth anniversary of the brutal slaying of Bangladeshi-American atheist and author Avijit Roy by Islamist terrorists, the Freedom From Religion Foundation commemorates his life and his work as an activist and author promoting freethought, science and human rights. Following the unspeakable machete … More »

Trump’s domestic gag rule unconscionable capitulation to theocrats

2/25/2019 · The Trump administration’s recent announcement barring organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money is an assault on women’s health care intended to funnel millions of dollars toward religious, anti-abortion groups. The new federal directive, a domestic gag rule in essence, will … More »

FFRF piece to air on PBS affiliates

2/21/2019 · A short first-of-its-kind feature spot, “Spotlight on Freethought and the First Amendment,” produced in conjunction with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has begun re-airing on select national public television affiliates this week. The spot is guaranteed to broadcast 500 times in the next three months … More »

FFRF urges Fayette County Schools to cease religious promotion on social media

2/21/2019 · A Tennessee public school district is using its social media pages to proselytize to students and followers, prompting intervention from the church/state watchdog Freedom From Religion Foundation. It was reported to FFRF that multiple official Fayette County Public Schools Twitter accounts regularly post and share … More »

Coach Rick Barnes unconstitutionally infuses Christianity in UT’s basketball program

2/20/2019 · University of Tennessee head basketball coach Rick Barnes is unconstitutionally proselytizing students, alleges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF recently received a flood of complaints regarding Barnes after a Feb. 4 local television news piece described how he has been using his position as head … More »

Timely Chicago billboard pillories Catholic crimes against children

2/19/2019 ·   With frequent revelations of Catholic sex crimes against children in the news, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s new billboard message in Chicago could not be timelier. Stating “Value children over dogma,” FFRF’s display, depicting a uniformed little girl with her hands in her face, urges: … More »

FFRF requests South Dakota rescind official state endorsement of the bible

2/18/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging South Dakota to rescind permission to print the official state seal on bibles. Many South Dakota state legislators recently received bibles emblazoned with the seal of the state of South Dakota on the cover. These bibles were apparently … More »

Arizona House still disparaging nonreligious legislators, FFRF responds

2/14/2019 · A brave freethinking Arizona state legislator has again been insulted in the House — and the Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to once more come to her defense. On Feb. 11, state Rep. Athena Salman delivered an invocation that included a call to reflect … More »

FFRF condemns bias against Muslim death row inmate at execution

2/14/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that Alabama amend its execution protocol favoring Christians after a Muslim inmate was denied the right to have his imam present at his execution. As the policy privileges Christian inmates above all others, FFRF is requesting that the … More »

FFRF seeks to sustain free speech victory against Abbott

2/13/2019 · A historic triumph for free speech — especially for nonbelievers — in the Lone Star State is being defended in appeals court. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed its brief in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to sustain its win last year … More »

FFRF co-sponsors freethinking women of color’s unique October gathering

2/12/2019 · Black History Month is a fitting time to call attention to a unique upcoming conference that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly co-sponsoring. The Women of Color Beyond Belief Conference, scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at the Marriott Midway Hotel in Chicago, will be the … More »

FFRF requests removal of unconstitutional bible quotes in Ohio school

2/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is urging an Ohio district to take down several unconstitutional bible quotes from a school cafeteria. A concerned Carrollton Exempted Village Schools parent reported to FFRF that there are bible-quoting posters in the cafeteria of their … More »

FFRF ready to defend yet again ban on church electioneering

2/7/2019 · The law that prevents religious institutions from openly cheerleading political candidates is yet again under attack — and the nation’s leading state/church watchdog plans to once more make sure that this assault is thwarted. The Johnson Amendment keeps all 501(c)(3) nonprofits nonpartisan. Under it, churches … More »

Prayer breakfast bipartisan insult to Constitution, FFRF contends

2/4/2019 · Top GOP and Democratic officials — led by President Trump — will be jointly insulting our secular Constitution this week. On Thursday, Feb. 7, thousands of political bigwigs will participate in a “National Prayer Breakfast” in Washington, D.C. “The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual … More »

Michigan withdraws from three big FFRF cases

2/4/2019 · Michigan is withdrawing itself from three of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's cases under the leadership of its new Attorney General Dana Nessel. The state had previously been part of a group led by conservative attorneys general that opposed FFRF’s ongoing litigation to ensure the … More »

DeWine’s swearing in OD’d Ohio on the bible, FFRF asserts

2/1/2019 · An overdose of bibles at the new Ohio governor’s swearing in is causing the Freedom From Religion Foundation to be concerned about the constitutional health of the Buckeye State.  Gov. Mike DeWine chose to be officially sworn on Jan. 14 in at a religious ceremony … More »

Unconstitutional “magic” in Illinois school district stops after FFRF complaint

2/1/2019 · A magician who was performing one trick too many at Illinois public schools has been barred from a school district there, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned community member had contacted FFRF to report that Glenview Middle School in East Moline, Ill., … More »

FFRF & dozens of other groups decry Christian Nationalist legislative drive

2/1/2019 · A major stealth campaign to legally enshrine Christianity in states all over the country is being forced into the public eye, thanks to dozens of leading constitutionally minded groups, such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  “Project Blitz” is a coordinated national effort by the … More »

Bladensburg cross dishonors freethinking veterans, secular groups contend to Supreme Court

1/31/2019 · A huge Christian cross on public land in Maryland is massively disrespectful to nonreligious Americans, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and four other secular groups are contending before the U.S. Supreme Court.  The friend of the court brief in support of the American Humanist Association’s … More »

Tennessee DHS removes religious endorsement from training

1/31/2019 · Certain state workers in Tennessee will no longer be subjected to unconstitutional religious endorsement in their state-mandated training after intervention from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A Tennessee resident and child care provider contacted FFRF to report that the state’s required training and certification contained … More »

FFRF’s ‘Quit the Catholic Church’ ad campaign comes to Chicago, despite censors

1/31/2019 · The Catholic Church’s clout in the Chicago area has resulted in the Windy City’s two daily newspapers rejecting a Freedom From Religion Foundation media campaign that spotlights a survivor of priest abuse. The ad urges: “Stop ignoring headlines: It’s time to leave the Catholic … More »

Illinois district chooses inclusion over religion after FFRF intervention

1/28/2019 · Effingham schools have promised to end religious instruction in elementary school math classes following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF after discovering that a fourth-grade math assignment at Central Grade School in Effingham, Ill., included unconstitutional overt … More »

FFRF chides Wis. governor for beginning term on sectarian note

1/24/2019 · The new governor in Freedom From Religion Foundation’s home state has started his tenure with a major state/church misstep, causing FFRF to formally complain. On Jan. 7, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ Inaugural — the first state-sponsored event with him at the helm — included … More »

Tomorrow River School District will not allow charter school move

1/23/2019 · A possible relocation of a Wisconsin charter school to a church has been prevented, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned community member had contacted FFRF to report that the Tomorrow River School District was considering leasing St. James and St. Mary of … More »

South Dakota governor violates the Constitution on her first full day

1/23/2019 · An over-the-top, government-sponsored religious service in the South Dakota Capitol is making the Freedom From Religion Foundation react in disbelief. On Jan. 6 — her first full day as governor of South Dakota — Gov. Kristi Noem sponsored a church service in the Capitol … More »

46 years post-Roe, right to choice remains under attack

1/22/2019 · Forty-six years ago today, on Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling, Roe v. Wade, affirming the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion. Since Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court last October, replacing pro-choice Justice Anthony Kennedy, a post-Roe world … More »

Newly elected Okla. governor disregards Constitution with religious event

1/18/2019 ·   Newly inaugurated Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has not even been in office one week — and yet has already violated the Constitution he took an oath to uphold.  Multiple concerned Oklahomans alerted the Freedom From Religion Foundation that the day after his inauguration, Stitt and his wife … More »

Calif. school board yields — finally — to Constitution, FFRF

1/18/2019 · The praying, proselytizing and bible-reading school board in Chino Valley (Calif.) voted to respect the First Amendment and minority rights by not appealing a major Freedom From Religion Foundation victory to the U.S. Supreme Court. FFRF, with 22 local parents, students and employees of the … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad returns to ‘Maddow’ & ‘Colbert’

1/18/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s ad featuring Ron Reagan, self-described as “an unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” will begin airing again on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” next week.  The spirited spot will air four times a week Monday through Thursday starting … More »

Steven Pinker endorses FFRF in new TV ad to air on Colbert

1/17/2019 · In a new TV ad campaign, Enlightenment Now author Steven Pinker urges viewers to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation in its fight to prevent religion from creeping into the U.S. government. Pinker has served as FFRF’s first honorary president since 2013. The ad will … More »

FFRF asks Texas city to halt construction of a private church road

1/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a Texas city cease its unconstitutional financial support of a church. Documents received by FFRF have confirmed the reports of a local complainant that the city of Del Rio intends to pave a private road owned by … More »

Tennessee governor-elect already flouting Constitution, pandering to Religious Right

1/16/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee selling tickets to a government-sponsored religious service. A concerned Tennessee member contacted FFRF to report that the governor-elect’s Inaugural Ceremony includes a religious service. Local media reported the upcoming Saturday, Jan. 19 event … More »

FFRF, other secular groups urge William Barr’s rejection as AG

1/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is intensely opposed to William Barr being confirmed as attorney general of the United States. Trump nominated Barr last month to replace Jeff Sessions — an ironically apt choice given how problematically similar Barr is to his predecessor. “Barr is like … More »

FFRF challenges S.C. guv over official piousness

1/10/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not blessing S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s imposition of prayers at official events. Concerned South Carolina residents contacted FFRF about two such instances. At a Sept. 13 news conference about the government’s response to Hurricane Florence, McMaster invited South … More »

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