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FFRF lauds passage of spending bill without anti-abortion amendments

7/30/2021 · Legislative history was recently made in this country. On July 29, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill without inclusion of the Hyde and Weldon Amendments. For 45 years, the Hyde Amendment has denied low-income women on Medicaid (one in five women in … More »

FFRF excoriates Sen. Nass’ reckless anti-vaxx proposal for UW campuses

7/30/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is vigorously protesting Wisconsin state Sen. Steve Nass’ attempt to sabotage Covid-19 public health measures at University of Wisconsin campuses statewide. Nass, who chairs a minor senatorial committee, has declared that he will aim to micromanage the University of Wisconsin’s … More »

‘The terrorists perceived themselves to be Christians’

7/30/2021 · Riveted Americans have watched the chilling testimony before Congress this week of four police officers who survived the Jan. 6 insurrection. Riveted Americans have watched the chilling testimony before Congress this week of four police officers who survived the Jan. 6 insurrection.  There were many memorable … More »

FFRF denounces Sen. Kennedy’s anti-secular bigotry

7/29/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the anti-atheist bigotry of the junior senator from Louisiana and is calling on him to apologize to the 30 million atheists and agnostics in America — who number more than Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Mormons and Muslims combined. During … More »

Cops can’t pamper clergy, FFRF informs Mich. police department 

7/29/2021 · The cops shouldn’t be giving religious officials official joyrides, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is emphasizing to a Michigan police chief.  Several Grand Rapids residents have informed the state/church watchdog that the Grand Rapids Police Department is launching a new faith-based partnership called “Clergy on … More »

New op-ed calls on January 6 Committee to investigate role of Christian Nationalism in attack

7/29/2021 · In a new op-ed for Religion Dispatches, FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel called for the January 6 Select Committee, which met for the first time on Tuesday, to investigate the role that Christian Nationalism played in the assault. Seidel begins the piece: Yesterday, … More »

FFRF: It’s time for Covid-19 vaccine mandates

7/28/2021 · It’s time for reason to prevail regarding Covid-19 vaccination protocols; it’s time to make vaccinations mandatory. With what’s become a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” chaos is reigning. Hospitals and medical providers in many parts of the country are overwhelmed again. People are unnecessarily dying. Parents … More »

Kick the praying habit, FFRF advises Colo. football coach

7/28/2021 · A football coach’s recurring recitation of the Lord's Prayer at football games is out of bounds, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is notifying a Colorado school district. West Grand High School head coach Chris Brown has been requiring his team captain to lead a recitation … More »

New anti-science lawsuits redefining religious freedom are akin to child sacrifice

7/26/2021 · Two recent lawsuits seek to drag America back to the dark ages, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel contends in an article for Religion Dispatches. An anti-vax lawsuit filed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claims that a DC law allowing children to be vaccinated … More »

FFRF calls for full investigation into Brett Kavanaugh

7/23/2021 · In the wake of bombshell reports about the FBI’s failure to fully vet Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for an investigation. Seven senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual … More »

FFRF celebrates New York's ban on child marriage

7/23/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that raises the minimum marriage age statewide to 18 and eliminates all exceptions to this requirement. Remarkably, this full elimination of child marriage in New York … More »

FFRF: Pelosi shows how to separate state and church

7/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for providing us with a simple lesson in how to keep personal religious beliefs out of governmental duties. At her weekly press conference, Pelosi celebrated the removal of the Hyde Amendment from a draft spending … More »

Godly pledge isn’t fair play, FFRF chides Little League

7/22/2021 · Be inclusive of all Americans, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is exhorting the Little League. Secular parents have contacted the state/church watchdog about the Little League Pledge many times and in various contexts over the years. The first line of the pledge begins, “I trust … More »

FFRF scrutinizes Indiana school district’s Christian subsidy

7/22/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is closely examining an Indiana school district’s financing of church-run programs. A concerned area resident has informed the state/church watchdog that among the partners the South Bend Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees has approved for summer programs are … More »

No prayers at meetings, FFRF insists to a Va. school board

7/21/2021 · Stop imposing your religion on the public, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting of a Virginia school board. A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog that the Russell County School Board begins each of its meetings with a prayer, confirmed by the … More »

FFRF cheers advance of Hyde Amendment-free spending bill

7/19/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cheering the advance of a House spending bill that does not contain an extremely problematic amendment. President Biden released a $6 trillion federal budget plan in May that omitted the Hyde Amendment — the first time in over 40 … More »

Anti-vaccine crusade prolongs our pandemic plight

7/19/2021 · The disinformation campaign against Covid-19 vaccination campaigns is increasing, even though only roughly half the nation is fully vaccinated against the surging delta variant. This campaign, egged on by Fox News and many Christian nationalist-oriented elected officials, is so pronounced that Dr. Anthony Fauci told … More »

FFRF: Tennessee’s anti-science attacks persist 96 years after Scopes trial

7/16/2021 · What would Clarence Darrow say? This week marks the fourth anniversary of the dedication of Zenos Frudakis’ bronze statue memorializing Darrow, which the Freedom From Religion Foundation gifted to the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tenn., site of the famous Scopes trial in 1925. It seems … More »

FFRF’s tenacity persuades Ga. school district to stop religious messages

7/15/2021 · A Georgia school district is rectifying a number of constitutional breaches, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s persistence. A concerned local resident informed the state/church watchdog that Graysville Elementary School gave students backpacks containing bibles and other religious materials. Children came home from school … More »

Stop being an outlaw, FFRF tells Ga. deputy

7/14/2021 · Don’t be caught on the wrong side of (constitutional) law, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is commanding a Georgia deputy. Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon has been using his position within the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to promote and endorse his personal religious beliefs. Christian ministries … More »

5th Circuit dismayingly stays ruling on Texas judge's prayers

7/12/2021 · An appeals court has disappointingly issued a stay order in a case that the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently won over a praying Texas judge. A panel of judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that a Texas judge could … More »

FFRF hails Colorado laws combating child sexual abuse

7/12/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding Colorado lawmakers for allowing survivors of child sexual abuse to pursue justice — delayed but, hopefully, not denied. Often, abuse is not reported until many years after it occurs, and the abusers can escape consequences because of a … More »

FFRF chides Sen. Ron Johnson’s science denial

7/9/2021 · The anti-science pronouncements of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin (the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s home state) are a threat to our — and our planet’s — health. As an organization of freethinkers committed to propagating scientific thought, FFRF takes umbrage. Johnson has long been … More »

FFRF hails survey showing “Nones” are here to stay

7/8/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating findings released today that show a shrinking white Christian majority and a stable percentage of religiously unaffiliated Americans. The Public Religion Research Institute’s “2020 Census of American Religion” documents that white Christians, previously a supermajority, have declined by … More »

FFRF cheers bill for menstrual equality

7/8/2021 · Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee last week signed SB 86, which requires that feminine hygiene products be provided in all public schools in the state, a move that the Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds. The new law means that all public schools serving students in … More »

Get rid of religious partner, FFRF advises Wis. school district

7/8/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to a constitutionally problematic partnership between a Wisconsin school district and a religious entity. The Waupun Area School District has partnered with Church Health Services to provide on-site mental health and substance abuse counseling for students. “While we … More »

FFRF probes unconstitutional California park rental deal

7/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is looking into a constitutionally suspect arrangement that a California park has entered into with a local church. A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog about a long-term rental agreement between a church and the company that oversees … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court should uphold Maine school funding law

7/6/2021 · The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision late last week to review a private school grant program out of Maine signals, once again, that this activist court wants to advance religious interests at the cost of one of our country’s sacred founding principles: keeping religion and … More »

Wake up! Supreme Court ultraright majority threatens basic rights

7/2/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation castigates yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court judgment gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and renews its call for court reform.  The timing of the 6-3 ruling, right before the august anniversary today of the landmark Civil Rights Act and the … More »

Colo. school district stops bible distribution due to FFRF

7/2/2021 · Expressing due appreciation for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Colorado school district has ended a church’s unencumbered access to a local school. A concerned Eagle County Schools community member had informed FFRF that Redeemer Eagle Valley, a Christian church that rents facilities from Brush … More »

FFRF: This July Fourth, celebrate secularism and boycott Hobby Lobby

7/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to the harm of theocratic propaganda put out every July Fourth by Hobby Lobby, a for-profit corporation that is assiduously working to undermine America’s secular heritage and impose a Christian nationalist agenda. FFRF is renewing its call, … More »

FFRF convinces bible-thumping Pa. jury office to drop the religion

7/1/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully pleaded before a Pennsylvania jury office to quit the gratuitous evangelizing. A concerned Fayette County resident informed the state/church watchdog about receiving a jury summons that included a bible verse: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, … More »

FFRF persuasively tutors Va. school district

6/30/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taught a Virginia school district a profound constitutional lesson. A concerned Madison County Public Schools parent reported to the state/church watchdog that coaches for the Madison County High School soccer team had led their players in prayer before a … More »

Bar a preacher from your schools, FFRF enjoins N.C. district

6/29/2021 · Cease giving a preacher access to your schools, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is pressing a North Carolina district. A concerned local resident has informed the state/church watchdog that at least three high schools in the Public Schools of Robeson County system recently allowed Michael … More »

Nix voucher program, FFRF’s Jayne urges N.C. lawmakers in Fayetteville newspaper

6/28/2021 · North Carolina lawmakers should be scuttling the state’s school voucher program instead of expanding it, FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne asserts in the Fayetteville newspaper. The N.C. Legislature is possibly on its way to enhancing the school voucher scheme, with companion bills in the House … More »

Va. public school soccer coaching staff committing foul, FFRF charges

6/25/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pulling out a penalty card on Virginia public school soccer coaching personnel who ostentatiously prayed at a recent game. Coaching staff for the Graham High School soccer team led students in prayer before a game on June 10, a … More »

No sermons at graduations, FFRF chastises Miami school superintendent

6/24/2021 · School district superintendents shouldn’t be sermonizing at graduation ceremonies, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the Miami school district. A concerned Miami-Dade County Public Schools community member has informed the state/church watchdog that on June 8, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho preached and promoted his … More »

Tenn. lawmakers shouldn’t play favorites, FFRF’s Seidel contends in Nashville paper

6/23/2021 · The Tennessee Statehouse shouldn’t discriminate against atheists, FFRF’s Strategic Response Director Andrew L. Seidel urges in the Nashville newspaper. A pending bill in the Tennessee Legislature seeks to one-sidedly modify the state Constitution by removing the bar against ministers holding public office while leaving intact … More »

FFRF stops religious pamphleteering at N.C. office

6/23/2021 · A N.C. license facility has ordered a proselytizing employee to stop distributing religious literature after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. A concerned Morehead City resident contacted FFRF after visiting the City Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Office to report that religious literature was being … More »

Widespread child marriage in U.S. is a secular issue

6/22/2021 · Did you know that minors can marry in 45 U.S. states? Only this month did Rhode Island join Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in banning marriage for individuals under 18. All of these laws have just been passed within the last three years. New … More »

FFRF hails Gov. Evers’ voucher veto

6/21/2021 · In a move celebrated by the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a dangerous bill that would have expanded Wisconsin’s statewide private school voucher scheme. The statewide voucher program, Wisconsin Parental Choice, was founded in 2013 and is one of … More »

No favoritism toward religious group, FFRF insists to WI district

6/21/2021 · You shouldn’t be bestowing preferential treatment on a Christian organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Wisconsin school district. A concerned local citizen reported to FFRF that on the evening of May 22, Wisconsin Family Council rented and utilized the Wausau East High … More »

FFRF excoriates U.S. bishops for weaponizing communion against Biden

6/21/2021 · Roman Catholic higher-ups in the United States have outrageously announced that they will draft guidance to deny President Biden communion because of his support of abortion rights. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, by 73-23 percent, voted that Biden should be denied the “Eucharist,” known … More »

FFRF: Supreme Court’s Fulton decision is a mixed bag

6/17/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision today in favor of taxpayer-funded discrimination by a religious group, but is relieved that it isn’t worse. In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has … More »

Cancel massive Christian camp handout, FFRF urges TX district

6/16/2021 · A Texas school district must immediately revoke a large subsidy for a sectarian religious summer camp, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding. The Tyler Independent School District has approved $500,000 in partnership with a group called The Mentoring Alliance, a “Christ-centered, multiethnic ministry serving … More »

FFRF condemns Florida’s new school prayer law

6/16/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a new law in Florida that seeks to insert divisive religion into the public school day. In the wake of the 2018 Parkland shooting, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, then a member of Congress, offered the state’s public school … More »

FFRF: McConnell’s latest statement shows urgent need for court reform

6/15/2021 · The hypocritical recent comments of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about filling vacant Supreme Court seats prove the urgent need for court reform, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. McConnell’s statement highlights his repeated attempts to stack the U.S. Supreme Court with religious ideologues. On … More »

FFRF places billboards in rural Nashville citing ‘good news … there is no God or Hell’

6/15/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has placed provocative messages on two billboards outside Dickson, Tenn., thanks to local member Frank Stiver. Dickson is a town of about 15,000 40 miles west of Nashville. One billboard says, “The Good News is . . . THERE IS … More »

FFRF: FOIA records reveal cozy link between Trump White House and Capitol Ministries

6/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has just acquired records confirming that senior officials in the Trump administration used taxpayer-funded time and resources to organize extremist weekly bible studies, including a large event at the Museum of the Bible. Although Capitol Ministries fortunately appears to no … More »

Safeguard women’s rights, FFRF presses the Senate

6/14/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the U.S. Senate to preserve women’s reproductive rights in this country. The state/church watchdog is submitting written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee to express its full support for the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that would … More »

Get rid of chaplaincy, FFRF warns Fla. school district

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

Oregon state Rep. Nearman should resign over Statehouse siege

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

Preachy Okla. coach reprimanded after FFRF alert

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

Curb unconstitutional practices, FFRF tells TX public hospital

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

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

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

Milwaukee Archdiocese stonewalling on AG abuse probe shows need for transparency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June a month for LGBTQ+ pride and great concern

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF cheers Biden’s removal of Hyde Amendment from budget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opposition to Alabama yoga law highlights Christian nationalist hypocrisy

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

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

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

BREAKING NEWS! FFRF wins lawsuit against praying Texas judge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renegade member of fundamentalist Westboro family guest on FFRF TV show

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

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

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

FFRF’s constitutional chiding gets Ga. media attention

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

FFRF supports HHS proposal to expand family planning services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feminist icon Robin Morgan on FFRF TV show Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF commends Connecticut for removing harmful religious vaccine exemptions

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

First Amendment legal warriors on FFRF TV show Sunday

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

National Day of Reason congressional resolution offsets National Day of Prayer

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

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

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

FFRF condemns Montana abortion restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF condemns anti-abortion bill in Idaho

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

FFRF welcomes Wis. DOJ investigation into clergy abuse

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

FFRF educates Arkansas district on science standards

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

Freethinking star reveals her fundamentalist past on FFRF TV show

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

Unconstitutional Arkansas creationism bill dies after FFRF announces plan to sue

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

To combat climate change we must combat religion’s denialism

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

Revoke Fla. church mega-giveaway, FFRF asks FEMA

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

FFRF applauds Chauvin guilty verdict

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

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

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

N.D. Ten Commandments law unconstitutional, FFRF charges

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

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

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

Atheist legal crusader Jessica Ahlquist on FFRF TV show this Sunday

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

FFRF applauds Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Supreme Court expansion bill

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

FFRF applauds abortion policy changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Reynolds engaged in unconstitutional fundraising, FFRF charges

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

FFRF: Latest SCOTUS church ruling signals trouble ahead

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

Secular author & scholar Susan Jacoby on FFRF TV show Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF NY Times ad examines religious roots of insurrection

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

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

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

FFRF chapter’s secular display returns to Windy City

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

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

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

Nix unconstitutional bill, FFRF urges Maine Statehouse

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

FFRF celebrates demise of so-called Unalienable Rights Commission

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

FFRF cheers plummeting U.S. church membership

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

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

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

FFRF calls out senator from Mississippi on Christian nationalist comments

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

FFRF condemns evangelical role in voter suppression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF & other secular orgs host Mayday fundraising event

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

FFRF cheers appeals court decision against praying Wash. coach

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

Covid relief bill includes inappropriate funding for private schools

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

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

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

Rep. Jerry McNerney guest on FFRF Sunday TV show

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

Indiana school board hasn’t a prayer after FFRF intercedes

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

FFRF denounces Georgia mass murder

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

FFRF stops school board prayer in Pa. district

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF celebrates Scottish repeal of blasphemy law

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

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

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

Michigan department removes religious content from state licensing materials

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

Popular host & magician Matt Dillahunty on FFRF TV show

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

FFRF condemns Arkansas abortion ban

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF welcomes Supreme Court ruling over litigation rights

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

Protecting our democracy is a secular issue

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

FFRF joins coalition introducing Biden admin. to secular priorities

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

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

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

Christian nationalist FFRF nemesis charged for Capitol attack

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

FFRF attains free speech victory in Alabama

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

Newly elected Christian nationalist wrong on school prayer

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

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

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

CPAC gathering a horror show of Christian nationalism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fundamentalist family member turned freethinker on FFRF TV show

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

FFRF announces third annual law student essay competition

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF attempts to unearth official Ky. church construction project

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

FFRF Darwin Day ad in Wis. State Journal razzes Legislature

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

FFRF's Darwin Day billboard in Madison promotes science

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

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

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

FFRF secures state/church victory in Mich. school

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

FFRF urges Biden admin. to drop SBA church funding

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

FFRF’s Mark on the Hill: Defeating Christian nationalism

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

FFRF: Supreme Court spreads church preference and Covid-19

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

FFRF censures Jeep’s divisive Christian Super Bowl ad

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

S.C. district removes religious display following FFRF complaint

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

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

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

Biden should have skipped Natl. Prayer Breakfast, FFRF maintains

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

Armin Navabi on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

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

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

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

FFRF blasts appeals court reasoning in Indiana nativity display case

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF unveils new pro-science Chicago billboard

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF: Shame on Christian Nationalist disruptors inside Congress

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

FFRF applauds reversal of the global gag rule

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

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

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

FFRF asks Wis. DOJ to investigate Catholic Church abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Nationalism and the Capitol insurrection

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

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

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

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

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

Please Mr. Biden, less religion, more true unity

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

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

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

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