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African freethinking pioneer on “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

2/20/2020 · A leading African freethinker is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” television interview show this Sunday. Roslyn Mould, a pioneer of freethought in Africa, is the former president of the Humanist Association of Ghana and coordinates the West African Humanist Network. Mould … More »

State/church separation dealt major blow in 11th Circuit cross ruling

2/19/2020 · The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a ruling upholding the constitutionality of a massive Latin cross on city property in Pensacola, Fla. Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom, writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, wrote that the 34-foot-call Christian cross in Bayview Park “has … More »

Stop N.Y. teacher from denying evolution, FFRF insists

2/19/2020 · A New York school district needs to ensure that a teacher ceases spewing religious anti-evolution propaganda at a local high school, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent whose child attends Holland Patent High School in the Holland Patent Central School District has … More »

FFRF announces student winners of art contest countering new Ky. law

2/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly announces the winners of its student art contest protesting a Kentucky law requiring the posting of “In God We Trust” in every public school. Marilyn Buente, 16, and Kate Benton, 17, both high school juniors of Louisville, will split … More »

Author Katherine Stewart at FFRF’s 2020 convention — Sign up now

2/18/2020 · Katherine Stewart, a journalist and author of a number of books exposing Christian Nationalists, will be a part of the stellar line-up at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s convention in November. That line-up includes Margaret Atwood and Gloria Steinem. The gathering takes place the weekend … More »

W.Va. House prayer unconstitutional and insulting, FFRF contends

2/17/2020 · A recent Christian prayer at the West Virginia Statehouse was unconstitutional and an affront to the state’s non-Christians, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that on Feb. 12, the House of Delegates hosted students from the West … More »

Actor, agnostic Ed Asner on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

2/13/2020 · Acting legend Ed Asner is showcased on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television interview show this Sunday. Asner has won more primetime Emmys than any other male actor. In addition to his iconic Lou Grant character, among his nearly 400 credits on TV … More »

Va. House should drop prayers, FFRF advises

2/13/2020 · After a particularly fractious recent prayer session at the Virginia House of Delegates, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the body to discontinue prayers altogether. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Robert Grant Jr., a pastor at the Father’s Way Church in Warrenton, Va., offered … More »

FFRF testifies at Colorado Statehouse against anti-LGBTQ bills

2/13/2020 ·   Seven virulently anti-LGBTQ Colorado bills that seek to advance Christian Nationalism have compelled the Freedom From Religion Foundation to testify at the Statehouse. FFRF Attorney Ryan Jayne began his testimony today, Feb. 13, to the Colorado House Committee on State, Veterans, & Veterans Affairs by … More »

DOJ must withdraw grant to Hookers for Jesus, FFRF demands

2/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that the U.S. Department of Justice rescind a half-a-million-dollar unconstitutional grant to a proselytizing group. The Department of Justice is granting $530,190 over three years to Hookers for Jesus, an organization that requires attendance at church worship and … More »

Brevard County, Fla., commissioners agree to end religious discrimination in invocation practices

2/12/2020 · Americans United, ACLU and FFRF challenged county’s invocation policy that discriminated against minority religions and nontheists In a victory for religious freedom for all residents of Brevard County, Fla., the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners today agreed not to resume its past practice of … More »

‘IM GOD’ license plate victory final

2/10/2020 · A federal judge has ordered the state of Kentucky to pay more than $150,000 to the groups representing a freethinker denied a license plate saying “IM GOD.” The court ruled today, Feb. 10, that the state has to pay for work performed by Freedom From … More »

Religious Tallahassee swearing-in is unconstitutional, FFRF insists

2/10/2020 · The highly religious recent swearing-in of the Tallahassee police chief is unconstitutional, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Chief Lawrence Revell’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 6 was rife with religion, a Tallahassee resident conveyed to FFRF. Revell reportedly thanked “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” … More »

Nevada district ceases school board prayer per FFRF’s advice

2/10/2020 · The Clark County School District in Las Vegas has discontinued the practice of beginning school board meetings with prayer after receiving an official complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF was made aware that the Clark County School District Board of Trustees meetings began … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel excoriates Trump’s State of the Union

2/10/2020 · One passage of President Trump’s State of the Union address stood out for those of us who work to keep state and church separate. Trump claims to be defending religious liberty. Instead, he’s weaponizing it. Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has … More »

Black filmmaker and writer on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

2/6/2020 ·   A filmmaker and author who has exposed religion’s negative role in black history is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Jeremiah Camara is the director and producer of the new documentary “Holy Hierarchy The Religious Roots Of Racism … More »

Trump pushes founding myths in State of the Union

2/5/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning President Trump’s lies about the state of separation of state and church in our union. After touting his tainting of the federal judiciary for a lifetime, Trump claimed: "My administration is also defending religious liberty, and that includes the … More »

National Prayer Breakfast scorns the Constitution, FFRF contends

2/5/2020 · Tomorrow, Feb. 6, the Washington establishment, with President Trump leading the way, will once again flout constitutional principles at a gala prayer event in the nation’s capital. “The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws 3,500 people from all over … More »

FFRF condemns Trump’s school voucher proposal at State of the Union

2/4/2020 · President Trump is expected to unveil a federal voucher scheme to fund religious schools during his State of the Union this evening. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on legislators to oppose this troubling public subsidy of religious education. The proposal could divert up … More »

FFRF probes Kentucky city’s grant to religious university

2/3/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the city of Harrodsburg, Ky. to ensure that taxpayer funds are not being misused, after a local resident raised concerns over a grant to a local religious university and public records suggest that the funds have been … More »

FFRF benefactor endows groundbreaking secular chair at UT-Austin

1/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hailing the setting up of a new secular studies professorship at Texas’ premier public university, which is being endowed by an FFRF member. The professorship at the University of Texas at Austin will focus on the growing segment of … More »

Wheeling City Council replaces prayer with secular message after FFRF complaint

1/30/2020 · A West Virginia city council has replaced a routine prayer before meetings with a secular alternative following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Wheeling citizen reported to FFRF that each Wheeling City Council meeting began with a prayer. These prayers were … More »

FFRF pays tribute to atheist ex-Rep. Pete Stark

1/30/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation pays tribute to former U.S. Rep. Pete Stark — the only “out” atheist in Congress of his generation — who died on Jan. 24. Stark received FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award, reserved for public figures who make known their … More »

Black humanist scholar on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

1/30/2020 · A distinguished humanist scholar whose work has often focused on race is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” television show this Sunday. Anthony B. Pinn, a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University, is a leading humanist thinker. He has authored … More »

Texas public school district remedies state/church violation following FFRF complaint

1/28/2020 · A Texas public school district will properly charge a religious ministry for the use of its property per the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s recent advice. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that an event called “Fields of Faith” has been repeatedly held at the … More »

FFRF supporting spring state/church symposium at RWU

1/28/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly supporting a scholar-studded late March symposium at the Roger Williams University School of Law focusing on the separation between state and church. The one-day gathering with the title “Is This A Christian Nation?” will be held on Friday, … More »

FFRF calls on Paula White to resign from White House after ‘satanic pregnancy’ remarks

1/27/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is calling on evangelist Paula White to resign her official post after she appealed to Jesus Christ to “command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now.” Long known as President Trump’s “spiritual adviser,” White was … More »

FFRF protests Pence’s Madison visit promoting school vouchers

1/27/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding a picket to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to promote school vouchers. Pence (“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order”) is headlining a noon-1 p.m. … More »

Trump panders to religion at anti-abortion March for Life

1/27/2020 ·   President Trump’s remarks on Friday at the biggest anti-abortion event of the year confirm how much religious zealotry is the motivation for that movement. Trump became the first U.S. president ever to speak in person at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., boasting … More »

State/church separation, not anti-Catholic bias, reason for “no-aid” clauses

1/23/2020 · The compulsory support of religion is un-American. Thomas Jefferson wrote in his iconic Statute for Religious Freedom that “to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” Historically, our country has done … More »

Don't miss FFRF's TV show 'Freethought Matters' this week with Chris Johnson

1/23/2020 ·   An acclaimed freethinking photographer and filmmaker is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Chris Johnson is the author of a gorgeous coffee table book called A Better Life — 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in … More »

FFRF calls out multiple violations in Fla. district

1/22/2020 ·  Hillsborough County Public Schools must address numerous constitutional violations occurring in the district, a national state/church watchdog is urging. Robinson High School has reportedly allowed Ron Satterwhite, director of missions for the Mount Salem-Wyaconda Southern Baptist Association, to act as a chaplain, for its football … More »

Supreme Court voucher case not about choice, FFRF’s Andrew Seidel contends

1/22/2020 · Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, has written an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the Supreme Court’s school vouchers case, which it heard today. In the article, called “School Voucher SCOTUS Case Isn’t About Choice, It’s About Coerced Support for Religion,” Seidel … More »

Supreme Court should recognize real issue in Espinoza case, FFRF urges

1/21/2020 · The U.S. Supreme Court should appreciate the real issue at stake in the Espinoza voucher case, the Freedom From Religion Foundation urges as oral arguments start Wednesday in the lawsuit. FFRF’s 18-page friend-of-the-court brief, filed in November jointly with Center for Inquiry, American Atheists and … More »

Gloria Steinem showcases FFRF’s 2020 convention

1/21/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that legendary activist Gloria Steinem will be appearing at its annual national convention in San Antonio in November. Steinem will receive FFRF’s “Forward” Award, which is reserved for those who are moving society forward. The award … More »

Trump’s school prayer photo-op left out most common victims

1/17/2020 · President Trump held an event yesterday designed to create the phony impression that religious students and teachers are routinely discriminated against in our public schools. A diverse group of children and adults, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and White House evangelist Paula White, clustered … More »

Trump school prayer guidance inadequate, other regs worrisome

1/16/2020 · President Trump’s just-released guidance on school prayer and religious instruction, issued on Religious Freedom Day, simply reiterates the state of law, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation contends that it misses the chance to adequately warn schools about common First Amendment violations. The administration not … More »

FFRF: Okla. bible college proposal unconstitutional

1/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging an Oklahoma task force’s recommendation to create a seminary or bible college in state prisons. A centerpiece of the Criminal Justice Reentry, Supervision, Treatment and Opportunity Reform (RESTORE) Task Force recent recommendations is to create “an accredited seminary … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel for Religious Freedom Day

1/16/2020 · Every Jan. 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day. On this day 234 years ago, the Virginia Assembly passed the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a law drafted by Thomas Jefferson and one of the three achievements he had inscribed on his gravestone. The Father … More »

Margaret Atwood to headline FFRF’s 2020 convention

1/16/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that literary titan Margaret Atwood will be appearing at its annual convention in San Antonio in November. The gathering takes place the weekend of Nov. 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the famed Riverwalk. … More »

FFRF’s TV show this week has ex-minister who’s Dying Out Loud

1/16/2020 · A Lou Gehrig’s Disease-afflicted former evangelical pastor is the subject interview on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Dave Warnock, a former minister who has become an atheist, spent 37 years as a charismatic evangelical preacher in Tennessee. After recently … More »

FFRF Reagan ad trended (again) during CNN Democratic debate

1/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to report that its iconic commercial recorded by Ron Reagan, “lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” once again trended on social media last night (Jan. 14) during the CNN-hosted Democratic primary debate. Reagan, the son of … More »

Jeff Sessions fallaciously attacks FFRF

1/15/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking exception to inaccurately disparaging statements ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made about the national state/church watchdog. Sessions recently described to a conservative website FFRF’s efforts to ensure the right of students to a secular public school system as … More »

FFRF denounces bible-blessing Pentagon ceremony

1/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is protesting a ceremony where the newly formed U.S. Space Force designated and blessed its own bible. Selecting one book as the official “holy book” of a governmental branch is improper and an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause, … More »

FFRF asks Supreme Court to declare RFRA unconstitutional

1/14/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The case, Tanzin v. Tanvir, was brought before the court by three men seeking damages under RFRA. “The U.S. Supreme … More »

Breaking news: FFRF to continue challenging church tax benefits

1/13/2020 · A cutting-edge legal challenge of IRS privileging of churches and related charities has experienced a technical setback, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation says it is undeterred. After being thrown out of court last week, FFRF will be refiling its challenge, after its plaintiff Nonbelief … More »

FFRF Reagan ad to reach 22 million viewers during CNN debate

1/13/2020 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is looking forward to reaching 22 million viewers during the upcoming Democratic debate with its iconic ad featuring “unabashed atheist” Ron Reagan. The 30-second commercial will air twice during the presidential debate on Tuesday, Jan. 14, starting at 8 p.m. … More »

Ex-Jehovah’s Witness memoirist on FFRF’s TV show this week

1/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” television show has as its guest this Sunday an ex-Jehovah’s Witness who has written a critically acclaimed account of departing the sect. Amber Scorah’s Leaving The Witness: Exiting a Religion And Finding A Life describes her experiences growing … More »

FFRF calls out Neb. governor’s anti-abortion prayer proclamation

1/9/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to a religiously inspired anti-abortion proclamation from the Nebraska governor calling for a “Statewide Day of Prayer to End Abortion.” Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued the proclamation to mark Jan. 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. … More »

FFRF blasts antiabortion members of Congress

1/6/2020 ·   It’s shocking that a group of 207 Republican members of Congress filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief last week calling upon the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which secured abortion rights in 1973. More than a third of members … More »

FFRF says U.S. Rep. Byrne all wet in defending school baptisms

1/6/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., is constitutionally all wet in defending public school baptisms in his home state. Bryne recently posted on Facebook that the state/church watchdog “needs to pack it up and stop forcing their ungodly, un-American views … More »

FFRF calls on Wash. legislator to resign over support of Christian-based terrorism

1/3/2020 · Over a busy holiday season, it was easy to miss a terrifying development in the Washington state Legislature. State Rep. Matt Shea, whom the Freedom From Religion Foundation denounced in 2018 for promoting a violent screed titled “Biblical Basis for War,” has been exposed … More »

FFRF probes government involvement in Capitol Ministries Event

1/3/2020 ·   The Freedom of Religion Foundation is investigating participation by numerous government officials in a recent week-long religious event at the Museum of the Bible hosted by Capitol Ministries. Capitol Ministries is a Christian Nationalist organization whose stated mission is to “evangelize elected and appointed political … More »

Author of ‘The Family’ Jeff Sharlet on Freethought Matters this week

1/2/2020 · Jeff Sharlet, whose The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power laid bare the workings of the titular organization, is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s television show “Freethought Matters” this Sunday. Sharlet’s classic work exposes the operations of the … More »

FFRF calls on IRS to investigate Miami church’s Trump rally

12/31/2019 · Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore on Flickr The IRS must take action regarding a pro-Trump rally being hosted by a church in Miami, Fla., a national state/church watchdog is urging. Ministerio Internacional El Rey Jesús (King Jesus Ministry) is reportedly scheduled to host a political rally … More »

FFRF scores major legislative victory for secular recovery

12/31/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is lauding a victory this week toward one of its central legislative goals: increasing access to secular recovery programs. Thanks to advocacy by FFRF on this issue on Capitol Hill, the president has signed into law an appropriations bill that … More »

Hate must have no home in U.S.

12/31/2019 · The horrific machete attack on Hanukkah celebrants at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y., requires everyone in our nation to denounce the rise of anti-Semitic violence. Although the attacker in this instance apparently is suffering from untreated schizophrenia, this attack marks the eighth incident … More »

“Liberal Redneck” on FFRF’s TV show this week

12/27/2019 · The much-praised “Liberal Redneck” comedian Trae Crowder is interviewed on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Crowder, an atheist, is author of Liberal Redneck Manifesto — Dragging Dixie Out Of The Dark. He received an award at FFRF's 2019 national … More »

What I want for Christmas

12/25/2019 · By Robert Green IngersollThe Arena, Boston, December 1897 If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves. I would have all the nobility crop their … More »

FFRF debuts its “Nativity” display in small-town Wisconsin

12/23/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made its debut in the Wisconsin hinterland. With the help of its members, the state/church watchdog had put up for the first time a Bill of Rights “Nativity” exhibit at the North Hudson Village Hall in northwestern Wisconsin. The … More »

FFRF: What you need to know about the $100-billion Mormon hoarding scandal

12/23/2019 · A whistleblower reported to the IRS that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints created a $100 billion company, one of the wealthiest in the country, without anyone knowing. The tax-free funds were spent on for-profit endeavors, and, according to the report, were … More »

FFRF warns USF about proselytizing new football coach

12/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has alerted a Florida university to potential constitutional concerns involving its newly hired head football coach Jeff Scott. The University of South Florida recently hired Scott after he, according to numerous reports, repeatedly abused his position as an assistant coach … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/21/2019 · Click here to watch this week's Newsbite. For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don't mind sharing the season with them, but we don't like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies … More »

FFRF denounces the president’s assault on nonbelievers

12/20/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning President Trump’s attack on America’s nonbelievers in the wake of a Christianity Today article calling for his removal from office. On Thursday, Dec. 19, Christianity Today, an evangelical Christian magazine founded by Billy Graham published an editorial calling … More »

FFRF provides a freethinking perspective in the Golden State

12/20/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Sacramento chapter have returned to the California Capitol. The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF has put up a whimsical “Nativity” cutout depicting three Founding Fathers (and the Statue of Liberty) gazing in adoration at a “baby” Bill of … More »

Rep. Loudermilk has truly silly Pontius Pilate impeachment remark

12/20/2019 · Tis the season for impeachment & Christian Nationalist silliness. … More »

Mo. school district promises FFRF probe into chaplain

12/19/2019 · A Missouri school district has promised the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it will investigate a public high school football team chaplain. Chris Collier, a youth specialist with the Missouri Division of Youth Services, has been acting as a football chaplain for the Jackson High … More »

Winter Solstice special on FFRF’s TV show this week

12/19/2019 · The celebration of the Winter Solstice — the real reason for the season — is the focus of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ television show this Sunday. Co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor guide us on a warm personal and historical tour … More »

FFRF defends Delaware city’s decision prohibiting Nativity scene on public property

12/19/2019 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is defending the city of Rehoboth Beach, Del., for its decision to uphold the constitutional principle of the separation between state and church by prohibiting a church from placing a Nativity scene on public property. In order to avoid the … More »

FFRF places Bill of Rights ‘Nativity’ in N.J. town

12/18/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made its mark in the Garden State. Its Bill of Rights “Nativity” display went up over the weekend in Maplewood’s Ricalton Square and will be there through the new year. The exhibit was placed there last year for the … More »

FFRF exposes Ala. public school team baptism

12/18/2019 · A team baptism in Tallapoosa County Schools on school property with staff in attendance is constitutionally all wet, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Nov. 21, the football team of Reeltown High School (located in Notasulga, Ala.) participated in a baptism event that was … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad to air during Thursday Democratic debate

12/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “unabashed atheist” commercial with Ron Reagan will run on CNN during the Thursday, Dec. 19, Democratic presidential primary debate.  It is the same commercial that ruled the internet during the Democratic debate on CNN in mid-October, when the name of … More »

FFRF Solstice greetings to Washingtonians vandalized

12/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice banner at the Washington Capitol has been battered and downed by vandals. FFRF’s Solstice sign, which was set up to be displayed till Dec. 28, was erected thanks to Darrell Barker, president of FFRF’s “Unfettered Freethinkers of South … More »

Texas district reins in proselytizing coaches per FFRF’s advice

12/16/2019 · A Texas public school district has addressed unconstitutional religious promotion by its basketball coaches after the Freedom From Religion Foundation called a constitutional foul. A concerned community member recently reported to FFRF that basketball coaches at Connally High School (located in Pflugerville, Texas) had been leading … More »

2019 Solstice greetings from FFRF to Eugene, Ore.

12/16/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought its seasonal Winter Solstice display to Eugene, Ore., for the second year in a row. A large Solstice banner, which will be up through Dec. 27, spans 30 feet by 4 feet and stretches above Oak Street at … More »

FFRF honors Bill of Rights in Cleveland

12/12/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making certain for a third year running that the Bill of Rights is being venerated in one of Ohio’s most prominent cities. The Northern Ohio Freethought Society, the local chapter of FFRF, has obtained a spot at the Cleveland … More »

‘Mrs. Betty Bowers’ creator on FFRF TV show this Sunday

12/12/2019 · A funny-as-hell satirist of fundamentalist Christianity talks about his craft on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show. Andrew Bradley is the creator and sole writer for “Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian ™” both a character and an … More »

FFRF display counters religion at Grundy Co. Courthouse

12/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured equal space for secularism at an Illinois courthouse. A Bill of Rights “Nativity” display has been installed by FFRF Member Will Meyer (pictured above) next to a Christian Nativity scene at the Grundy County Courthouse, not too far … More »

FFRF comes back to Iowa Capitol for solstice

12/10/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is planting the freethought flag again in the legislative heart of the Hawkeye State. The centerpiece of its seasonal display in the Iowa Capitol is a whimsical Bill of Rights “Nativity.” The metal cutout depicts three Founders along with the … More »

Mark Dann: Christmas Past / Present / Future

12/10/2019 · What’s your favorite holiday classic? “Meet Me in St. Louis”? “The Strike” (aka the Festivus episode) on “Seinfeld”? “A Christmas Story”? For me, it’s definitely “Scrooged.” The 1988 film with Bill Murray is a retelling of the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” In that spirit … More »

FFRF corrects Mo. AG’s reckless advice to Cameron school district

12/10/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has corrected many erroneous claims that Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt recently made regarding a state/church violation. FFRF had sent a letter to Cameron R-1 School District Superintendent Matt Robinson about Cameron High School’s head football coach, Jeff Wallace, and … More »

Religious owner of Monona, Wis., lakefront property abusing tax status, FFRF charges

12/9/2019 · A Wisconsin town is improperly conferring a tax exemption on a multimillion-dollar lakefront property owned by a religious order, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The city of Monona has incorrectly classified a nearly 10-acre property on Lake Monona, located at 4123 Monona Drive, as … More »

FFRF makes its presence felt in Chicagoland holiday displays

12/9/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have placed their secular holiday displays all over the Windy City area. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers has again been unfurled in Daley Plaza in the heart of Chicago (see photo above). It … More »

White House Christian “takeover” denounced by FFRF

12/9/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a recent self-proclaimed Christian “takeover” of the White House. According to several social media posts by Christian musicians and worship leaders, they were invited on Friday, Dec. 6, to the White House for a briefing that degenerated into … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice display returns to San Diego

12/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the help of local activists, is exhibiting secular Winter Solstice displays in San Diego this holiday season for the second year running. Katie D., a San Diego freethinker who has asked to be identified without her full last name, … More »

Sweeping Trump regulations allow religion-based discrimination

12/5/2019 · Nine separate federal agencies have announced a coordinated flurry of regulations that will loosen the restrictions on faith-based organizations receiving federal funds. By introducing them all at once, and at a particularly busy moment for the country, the Trump administration is hoping that these … More »

FFRF announces 2020 law student essay contest — $10,000 in awards

12/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce its second annual essay competition for law school students. Law school students from all over the country are invited to submit a 1,500-word essay on “Are ‘No Aid’ Clauses Constitutional?” The contest is awarding $10,000 in … More »

Leading secular scholars on FFRF TV show this Sunday

12/5/2019 · Two of the foremost scholars of the secular movement are interviewed on the new episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show. Isaac Kramnick and Larry Moore have peerlessly documented the roots of America’s secular Constitution. Kramnick is the Richard J. Schwartz … More »

FFRF signs on to brief opposing Trump's Muslim travel ban

12/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has signed on to an amicus brief before an appeals court against the Trump administration’s travel ban. The case (International Refugee Assistance Project et al. v. Donald J. Trump et al.) is before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … More »

FFRF’s NY Times ad warns of theocratic flood

12/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a dramatic full-page ad this week in The New York Times warning that a theocratic deluge could drown us. The ad will likely appear on Thursday, Dec. 5. The striking ad has a stark depiction of the Statue … More »

Stick to the Constitution, FFRF advises Arkansas schools

12/4/2019 · The Pea Ridge School District is beset with constitutional violations, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The district broadcasts prayer over the loudspeaker before every home football game, a local resident has reported to FFRF. Reportedly, the prayer is usually recited by a student. It is … More »

FFRF corrects W.Va. state delegate’s dubious state/church separation claims

12/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is correcting several erroneous comments made by West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell in response to an FFRF letter. After receiving complaints from a Mineral County Schools district parent that Frankfort High School football coaches were impermissibly praying with their players … More »

FFRF’s ‘Saturnalia’ banner returns to Warren, Mich.

12/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving Solstice greetings yet again in a Michigan town. With the help of local members (ably organized by Scott Elliott), FFRF has once more placed a tongue-in-cheek banner proclaiming “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” near the intersection of Mound and … More »

Ohio public school coaches must refrain from praying with team, FFRF warns

12/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging coaches in the East Knox Local School District to cease school-sponsored religious worship following complaints of coaches praying with their team. A concerned district parent alerted FFRF that the football coaches at East Knox High School in Howard, … More »

FFRF’s winter display back in the Illinois Capitol

12/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made freethought’s presence felt in the land of Lincoln for more than a decade now during the winter holiday season. The organization’s Winter Solstice display is back at the Illinois Capitol for the 11th year running. FFRF member Kathryn … More »

FFRF Solstice exhibit decorates Wis. Capitol for almost a quarter century

12/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual Winter Solstice exhibit is up at the Wisconsin Capitol for an astonishing 24th year in a row. A gilt sign features FFRF’s traditional message from its principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. It was created as an equal-time challenge to … More »

Rachel Laser on FFRF TV show this Sunday

11/27/2019 · The head of one of the leading secular groups in the United States is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show. Rachel Laser is the dynamic new president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. … More »

FFRF’s Reason Station returns to Warren, Mich.

11/25/2019 · Reason will be coming back to a small Michigan town next week. The Reason Station, staffed and organized by Freedom From Religion Foundation activist Douglas Marshall, will be put up to celebrate the Winter Solstice in the City Hall in Warren, Mich., for the fifth … More »

FFRF returns to New Hampshire for the holiday season

11/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is honoring the Bill of Rights in the Granite State this holiday season. For the second year in a row, FFRF members have set up a freethinking holiday display in New Hampshire’s capital. The exhibit, erected outside the Capitol building … More »

Reproductive rights champion on FFRF TV show this Sunday

11/21/2019 · One of the leading reproductive rights activists in the country is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show. Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights since 2003, talks about the upcoming abortion restriction challenge out … More »

Wis. DOJ drops chaplaincy program, FFRF dismisses lawsuit

11/21/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to report that the Department of Justice has dropped its unconstitutional chaplaincy program. Therefore, FFRF this week has dismissed its lawsuit in federal court. FFRF filed suit a year ago against then-Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, after he … More »

FFRF convinces Wis. town to stop funding church religious initiative

11/20/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded the city of Fitchburg to not give away thousands of taxpayer dollars to a church project with stealth religious goals. A concerned Fitchburg resident had contacted FFRF to report that the city granted $10,000 to Chapel Valley Church … More »

Fla. school district should stop taking part in religious football event, FFRF insists

11/20/2019 · The Flagler County school system is committing a major foul in being a part of an annual religion-suffused football event, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a letter of complaint to the district. Each year, Flagler County Public Schools participates in a religious event … More »

FFRF objects to Ohio city’s chaplaincy program

11/20/2019 ·   The Elyria Police Department’s recently established police chaplaincy is discriminatory and unconstitutional, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF has written a letter to Chief Duane Whitely after an Elyria, Ohio, resident reported that Pastor Jonathan Casbohm has been hired to serve as a police … More »

FFRF urges Minn. district to cease inviting preacher

11/19/2019 · Image Source: Life Promotions website A Minnesota public school district must cease inviting the religious organization Life Promotions to recruit young students for its religious mission, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. Multiple concerned district parents have reported that New Ulm Public Schools has hosted … More »

Houston jails shouldn’t have held Kanye West shows, FFRF insists

11/18/2019 · Kanye West shouldn’t have been allowed to spread the gospel to Houston inmates, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has written to the Harris County sheriff. Harris County Sheriff’s Office officials organized two surprise West concerts on Friday, Nov. 15, for inmates and staff. West coordinated … More »

Ark. public school won’t force players to prioritize religion after FFRF complains

11/18/2019 · South Side Bee Branch School District basketball players will no longer be threatened with discipline if they don’t prioritize religion, due to an intervention from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The South Side Bee Branch high school basketball team was reportedly required to sign a … More »

Minn. public school must cancel upcoming unconstitutional assembly, FFRF urges

11/15/2019 · Image Source: Todd Becker Foundation's Annual Ministry Banquet Advertisement The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on a Wheaton, Minn., public school to cancel an unconstitutional religious assembly scheduled for next week. Wheaton High School reportedly has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during … More »

Wisconsin county defunds Christian group after FFRF complains

11/15/2019 · Racine County has nixed its funding of a Christian youth group after the Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to taxpayer money going to an unambiguously sectarian organization. Racine County had been bestowing its largesse on a group called Youth For Christ since 2013 to the … More »

Chino Valley, Calif., district moves school event from church per FFRF’s advice

11/14/2019 · A Chino Valley Unified public school will no longer hold an event inside a local church following an intervention by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent reported to FFRF that each year Chino Hills High School holds its Senior Awards Night at Inland … More »

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan joins FFRF TV show this Sunday

11/13/2019 · A member of Congress who recently declared himself a freethinker at the Freedom From Religion Foundation annual convention is interviewed on the latest episode of the organization’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, representing the area of Wisconsin where FFRF is headquartered, was … More »

Breaking News: With FFRF, ACLU-Kentucky backing, Ky. man wins right to have “IM GOD” license plate

11/13/2019 · A federal court today cleared the way for a Kentucky man, backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Kentucky, to obtain a personalized license plate reading “IM GOD,” finding the Transportation Cabinet’s denial of that plate violated the First Amendment. In … More »

FFRF, secular groups file brief saying Espinoza SCOTUS case imperils religious liberty

11/13/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is weighing in on the most important state/church case — concerning governmental funding of religious education — before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. In its concise 18-page friend-of-the-court brief filed this week, FFRF, joined by other secular groups, cogently … More »

That rotunda tree is pagan, not Christian symbol —reminds FFRF

11/12/2019 · It’s not even Thanksgiving, but the Christmas warriors are already at it at the Wisconsin state Capitol. The annual tree isn’t even up yet in the Capitol rotunda, but would-be theocrats are now declaring war against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to call the … More »

Oklahoma public school can’t promote religion in holiday concert, FFRF warns

11/12/2019 · An Edmond, Okla., school must refrain from including a Nativity performance in its annual holiday concert, since this constitutes a government endorsement of religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting. A concerned Edmond Public Schools community member has reported that each year, third-grade teachers … More »

FFRF billboard urges: Don’t let abortion be banned in Wisconsin

11/12/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the Wisconsin Legislature to finally overturn the state’s archaic 170-year-old statute criminalizing abortion. The 1849 law could go into immediate effect should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade or if it decides to throw the … More »

Christian Nationalist crusade Project Blitz tries to rebrand as it loses ground

11/11/2019 · A shadowy coalition of Christian Nationalists that has for the past few years been crusading to legislate religion in every state is attempting to refurbish its image. The coalition has till now labeled itself “Project Blitz” and has published two handbooks for Christian Nationalist legislators. … More »

FFRF urges Virginia public school to remove religious sign

11/11/2019 · A high school in Max Meadows, Va., must remove a large prayer display from its lunchroom, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging. A concerned community member has contacted FFRF to report that Fort Chiswell High School displays a religious prayer on a large placard … More »

FFRF blasts Wisconsin’s proposed National Bible Week resolution

11/8/2019 · The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote Tuesday on a highly inappropriate resolution “recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week in Wisconsin.” Imagine the uproar were the Legislature to promote “National Quran Week in Wisconsin.” It is equally wrong for legislators to promote their own … More »

Protagonist of landmark state/church case on FFRF TV show this Sunday

11/7/2019 · A key player in one of the most important Supreme Court cases in Establishment Clause history is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show.  Dan McCollum was a boy in the 1940s when his mother filed a … More »

FFRF applauds judgment blocking dangerous Trump administration rule

11/7/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a federal judge’s nationally significant decision yesterday that has struck down President Trump’s “conscience clause” rule permitting health care workers to discriminate. The 147-page decision by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York … More »

Pence upends Constitution to favor Christian groups abroad

11/7/2019 · Vice President Mike Pence has been subverting the U.S. Constitution in diverting foreign aid to overseas Christian organizations, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a strongly worded letter. FFFRF fired off the missive to Pence following a recent ProPublica exposé revealing that the vice … More »

FFRF probes religious entanglement in Kansas public school

11/6/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising questions about the entanglement between a public school and a private Catholic school in Tipton, Kan. A concerned area resident reported to FFRF that Tipton Community School, a public school run by Waconda USD 272, shares a building, … More »

FFRF takes Catholic League to task over false accusation

11/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was forced to write a cease and desist letter to the Catholic League today for publishing an injurious falsehood about FFRF’s legal standing. The league’s President Bill Donohue falsely reported in an article, “Atheists who are haters,” published online on … More »

Kentucky district must remove religious messages, FFRF insists

11/5/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Letcher County Public Schools in Whitesburg, Ky., to address complaints of widespread religious promotion in its schools. A concerned area resident has reported that Letcher Central High School has a bible verse on display in its locker room. … More »

FFRF’s Andrew Seidel illuminates Trump’s religious push as impeachment fears rise

11/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the Trump administration’s appointment of Paula White, a televangelist and prosperity gospel preacher, to a White House position. Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF’s director of strategic response, explains how other presidents have used religion to distract the country from … More »

FFRF lambasts megapreacher joining the Trump administration

11/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Trump administration’s decision to place a talentless preacher on the federal payroll. The White House recently announced that Paula White, a spiritual counselor to President Trump, is joining the White House staff on the Faith and Opportunity … More »

Charity rating group certifies FFRF as cream of the crop

11/4/2019 · The country's premier nonprofit charity rating organization has just attested that the Freedom From Religion Foundation belongs to an amazingly exclusive club. “We are proud to announce Freedom From Religion Foundation has earned our 10th consecutive four-star rating,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher … More »

Missouri high school coaches must cease proselytizing players, FFRF warns

11/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Cameron, Mo., public school district to cease school-sponsored religious worship following complaints of coaches leading players in prayer. Cameron High School’s Head Football Coach Jeff Wallace and Assistant Football Coach David Stucky have reportedly been holding religious … More »

Mark Dann: Making our Mark on the Hill

11/4/2019 · While in Madison for FFRF’s national convention last month, I visited Wisconsin’s grand state Capitol. Inside the massive dome are four awe-inspiring mosaics consisting of approximately 400,000 pieces of glass tile. They represent Wisconsin's three branches of government and liberty. If a handful of … More »

Wis. town’s grant to local church unconstitutional, FFRF asserts

11/1/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to the city of Fitchburg using taxpayer dollars to unconstitutionally fund religious events. A concerned Fitchburg resident contacted FFRF to report that, earlier this year, the city granted $10,000 to Chapel Valley Church as part of the … More »

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/31/2019 · t The life and work of a Pulitzer Prize-winning freethinking cartoonist are spotlighted in the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV interview show.   Steve Benson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his work with the Arizona Republic. He sketched cartoons for … More »

FFRF warns Tennesseans about mixing God and government

10/30/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the aid of its local chapter, has placed in the Knoxville area a billboard advising people to maintain a robust constitutional wall of separation. The cheerful red, white and blue billboard, “God & Government — A Dangerous Mix: Keep … More »

Florida sheriff’s department must remove religious decals, FFRF argues

10/30/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to remove “In God We Trust” decals from its vehicles. The sheriff’s office recently decided to start adding our controversial national motto, “In God We Trust,” to all of its patrol vehicles in … More »

FFRF’s ad featuring Steven Pinker running on ’60 Minutes’

10/29/2019 · An ad in which distinguished scientist and author Steven Pinker endorses the Freedom From Religion Foundation is airing nationally on “60 Minutes” three Sundays in a row. The first spot was broadcast on Sunday, Oct. 27, and it will be seen again on Nov. … More »

FFRF rebuts Kristof's NYT ode to Christianity

10/29/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has worked tirelessly to expose the evils of religion, but not everyone is getting the message. The New York Times published an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and regular contributor. In a new piece for The … More »

U.S. Rep. Raskin accepts FFRF’s Clarence Darrow Award

10/29/2019 · U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, representing Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, has accepted the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Clarence Darrow Award, which recognizes “those who exemplify Clarence Darrow’s commitment to the law, to freethought and to doing battle with ignorance and injustice.” Raskin, who is the co-chair … More »

Catholic League apoplectic over FFRF ads

10/28/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation must be doing something right . . . because Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue is outraged over FFRF yet again. FFRF’s iconic ad featuring Ron Reagan (“unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell”) that aired during the most recent … More »

U.S. Rep. Pocan declares himself a freethinker

10/28/2019 · Before an audience of nearly 700 freethinkers — atheists, agnostics, humanists and nonreligious Americans — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan recently declared himself one “of us” who do not follow a specific religion. Pocan was named a “Champion of the First Amendment” at the Freedom From … More »

FFRF asks Congress to reauthorize religious freedom body — with modifications

10/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, but with more oversight and less politics. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will expire in late November unless Congress reauthorizes it. USCIRF commissioners are … More »

Sam Brownback must condemn Italy blasphemy conviction

10/25/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Trump administration’s top “religious freedom” official to voice his objection to an Italian blasphemy conviction. An Italian court recently enforced the country’s law against blasphemy, fining famous Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani 4,000 Euros for pointing out the … More »

Pioneering secular scholar on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/24/2019 · A pioneer scholar of secular studies is interviewed on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, founded the country’s first secular studies program at that institution. … More »

FFRF applauds passage of N.Y. law codifying nonprofit electioneering ban

10/24/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is commending a recent move by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that codifies a federal restriction on nonprofit politicking into state law. The restriction, known commonly as the Johnson Amendment, prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from intervening or … More »

Pastor burning of FFRF attorney’s book shows Christian Nationalism run amok

10/24/2019 · Oblivious to the disturbing connotations of his act, a pastor yesterday on social media burned a copy of a Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney’s new book on Christian Nationalism. When Pastor Greg Locke vehemently denounced FFRF’s freethinking ad featuring Ron Reagan during the most recent … More »

FFRF investigating Ky. Gov. Bevin’s rally at mansion with preachers

10/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is investigating what is being described as a “pre-election rally” that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin hosted on Monday, Oct. 21, for preachers at his residence. “In the midst of a heated re-election campaign, Gov. Matt Bevin played host to a … More »

Ben Carson turns Trump cabinet meeting into a Christian farce

10/23/2019 · Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is up to his old theocratic tricks again. On Monday, Oct. 21, the famously pious Carson opened a White House cabinet meeting with a prayer. He showcased his constitutional ignorance by offering a superficially correct but incomplete analysis … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad captures the web during CNN debate

10/16/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “unabashed atheist” commercial with Ron Reagan ruled the internet during the Democratic debate on CNN Tuesday night. The 30-second spot (the first freethinking ad believed to have ever run during a presidential primary debate) aired twice during the Oct. 15 … More »

Preacher turned secular scholar on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/16/2019 · A former preacher who is now one of the foremost secular analysts of Christianity is spotlighted on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show. Hector Avalos is a professor of religious studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious … More »

Alabama Lt. Gov.’s call to ‘pray for us’ unconstitutional, FFRF warns

10/16/2019 · Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth must refrain from using his public office to propagate religion, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned. A concerned Alabama resident reported to FFRF that Ainsworth routinely uses his position as lieutenant governor to promote and endorse his personal religious … More »

Pompeo anoints himself a ‘Christian leader’

10/15/2019 · Secretary of State Mike Pompeo grossly misused his office during a recent speech to advance his personal religious beliefs, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a strong letter of complaint. Pompeo delivered a speech, entitled “Being a Christian Leader,” before the 2019 American Association … More »

FFRF’s ‘unabashed atheist’ Ron Reagan ad to run during CNN Dem debate Tuesday

10/14/2019 · After being censored by the national ABC network when it sought to advertise during the Sept. 12 Democratic debate, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has secured airtime for its iconic Ron Reagan commercial during the Tuesday Democratic primary debate on CNN. The 30-second spot (the … More »

Barr at Notre Dame offers Christian nationalist apologia, charges FFRF

10/14/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Attorney General Bill Barr’s recent fact-free speech at Notre Dame. “Bill Barr’s bigotry, historical illiteracy, and Christian nationalism were on full display last week,” notes FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. When President Trump nominated Barr, FFRF spearheaded a … More »

FFRF announces contest, billboards to protest Ky. ‘In God We Trust’ law

10/11/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a two-pronged campaign to combat Kentucky’s unwise new law requiring “In God We Trust” to be displayed in every public school. FFRF is organizing an art contest with a cash prize for the best student artwork protesting the … More »

Ex-Muslim scholar on FFRF TV show this Sunday

10/10/2019 · A prominent ex-Muslim talks about his heretical life and work on the latest episode of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters“ TV show.  Ibn Warraq, who was raised Muslim but is a nonbeliever, is the founder of the Institute for the Secularization of Islamic … More »

Church partnership with Tenn. public school unconstitutional, FFRF warns

10/10/2019 · A new partnership between Kingsport City Schools and a local church is unconstitutional, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the district. A local community member reported to FFRF that John Adams Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn., has entered into an official partnership with Christ … More »

Amber Guyger judge can spread forgiveness, not religion, FFRF asserts in new letter

10/10/2019 · The proselytizing judge in the Amber Guyger case has inadvertently confessed to the validity of an ethics complaint against her, the Freedom From Religion Foundation points out in a follow-up.  FFRF had complained to the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct when Judge Tammy Kemp … More »

N.C. sheriff’s office cohabitation policy unconstitutional, FFRF warns

10/9/2019 · A new religious discriminatory policy has raised serious legal and constitutional issues, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has warned the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office. FFRF was made aware that the sheriff’s office has impermissibly endorsed religion through threats to the employment of those who do … More »

FFRF revisits proselytizing Ky. school

10/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again urging a Kentucky district to correct numerous constitutional violations in its school after successfully having a religious advertisement removed from the district’s Facebook page last month. A community member had reported to FFRF that Tyner Elementary School in … More »

Supreme Court rejects W.Va. school district appeal of FFRF victory

10/7/2019 · The nation’s highest court has sided with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and let stand an important ruling ensuring that parents can bring suit over religious instruction in public schools. The U.S. Supreme Court declined today, Oct. 7, to hear a case by a West … More »

A look at state/church separation in upcoming SCOTUS term

10/4/2019 · With the new U.S. Supreme Court term commencing Monday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is watching several upcoming cases closely. Funding for religious education FFRF will be filing a friend of the court brief in the most prominent state/church case so far accepted by SCOTUS, … More »

Renowned philosopher on FFRF’s TV show this week

10/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show “Freethought Matters” features an interview with a world-renowned thinker this week.  “Daniel Dennett is an American naturalist philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind,” states his Encyclopedia Britannica entry. “He became a prominent figure in the atheist movement … More »

Ky. governor’s ‘Bring Your Bible to School’ exhortation is sectarian & divisive

10/3/2019 · Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s Bring Your Bible to School Day proclamation is narrow-minded and totally inappropriate, asserts the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Many concerned Kentucky residents have contacted the state/church watchdog to report that on Oct. 1, Bevin placed a video on his official government … More »

Amber Guyger judge's proselytization an abuse of power, FFRF charges

10/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct after the judge in the Amber Guyger case inappropriately proselytized to the defendant. Judge Tammy Kemp tried former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in her courtroom over … More »

Missouri district remedies state/church violations after FFRF complaint

10/1/2019 · A Missouri public school has taken action to address widespread constitutional violations following intervention from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF sent a letter of complaint in September, after a concerned Oak Grove R-VI School District parent reported to the national state/church watchdog dozens of … More »

Ala. sheriff's office cancels official prayer vigil in response to FFRF

10/1/2019 · Update: The Blount County Sheriff's Office has announced that it will not officially coordinate a prayer vigil after a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation warned it about its lead role. FFRF is pleased at the swift response. "We're glad that the sheriff's … More »

Hispanic freethinkers on FFRF’s TV show Sunday

9/26/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV show “Freethought Matters” has not just one but two guests offering a minority perspective on freethought this Sunday.  Hypatia Alexandria and David Tamayo are the founders of Hispanic American Freethinkers, a national organization dedicated to advancing Latino culture through … More »

Author of ‘The Family’ to speak at FFRF convention

9/25/2019 · A best-selling author whose expose of a secretive megapowerful Christian fundamentalist group is now a Netflix series has been added as a speaker at the Freedom From Religion Foundation convention. Jeff Sharlet, whose The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power laid … More »

New billboard features Knoxville student supporting atheists of color in overcoming discrimination

9/24/2019 · A new billboard is up near the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville supporting atheists of color who often face discrimination as they come out of the closet about their lack of religious beliefs. The billboard is part of a national campaign by the … More »

New billboard features Stanford student speaking up for women’s rights in the Muslim Faith

9/24/2019 · A new billboard is up in Palo Alto featuring a Stanford University student activist speaking up for women’s rights within the Muslim faith. The billboard is part of a nationwide campaign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) featuring young freethinkers of color who … More »

Mark Dann: Lessons for the secular movement

9/24/2019 · Summer is ending and that means a few things: back to school, the Emmys, Packers season for our friends at the home office in Wisconsin — and Congress coming back into session after the August recess. FFRF is working with Congress on two critical … More »

President Trump repeats lie about protecting religious liberty for all

9/23/2019 · Instead of participating in a world summit on climate change, today President Donald Trump convened a session on worldwide religious persecution at the United Nations, in which he demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of religious liberty. The speech at the UN’s Global Call to … More »

FFRF awards over $17K in grad student essay contest

9/23/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 19 winners of the Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students. FFRF has paid out a total of $17,850 in award money to this year’s contest winners. Graduate students up to age 30 or undergrad … More »

Bill gives public money to ‘crisis’ pregnancy centers with religious ties

9/23/2019 · Two Wisconsin state legislators are brazenly circulating a bill to hand over $500,000 in taxpayer money to a shadowy entity that will award grants to so-called "crisis" pregnancy centers that masquerade as women's reproductive health facilities where abortions are available. The catch is that none … More »

FFRF lauds major first step toward secular recovery funding in Congress

9/20/2019 · A congressional development this week is the vital first step to help remedy a major problem: most mutual support recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous are religious in nature. Thanks to advocacy by the Freedom From Religion Foundation on this issue on … More »

Climate crisis is a state/church issue

9/20/2019 · The Strike for Climate on Friday, Sept. 20 provides the ideal opportunity to note that the climate crisis is a state-church issue. Tomorrow a national coalition of youth groups and climate activists are striking for rational, science-based policy to combat this existential crisis.  The climate … More »

Maryland rep. featured on ‘Freethought Matters’ this week

9/19/2019 · U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin lends his unique perspective as both an elected official and constitutional scholar to this week’s episode of the nation’s premiere freethinking television show, Freethought Matters. Raskin, who is a co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, represents Maryland’s 8th congressional district. Before … More »

N.C. district removes preaching sign following FFRF intervention

9/18/2019 · A Duplin County school has taken down a religious sign from its property, following the advice of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent reported that a sign featuring religious messages was on school property at Wallace-Rose Hill High School. The sign was located … More »

FFRF commends Appleton district for precluding proselytizing speeches

9/18/2019 ·   Following complaints from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and local students, the Appleton School District, in Appleton, Wis., has taken action to ensure that district speakers will not impose religious messages on students. Many irate individuals, including parents, students and district employees, contacted the state/church … More »

To celebrate Constitution Day, FFRF recounts memorable victories

9/17/2019 ·   Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the 232nd anniversary of the adoption of America’s godless Constitution. Commemorating this anniversary is very important, as constitutional rights, including the constitutional principle of separation between state and church, have never been in more peril. Just yesterday, the Arizona Supreme … More »

Cancel a proselytizing assembly, FFRF urges Colo. school district

9/17/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Brush, Colo., school district to cancel an assembly that a proselytizing Christian group is organizing at the local high school tomorrow.  Brush High School has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during the school day … More »

FFRF: AZ Supreme Court’s LGBTQ decision objectionable

9/16/2019 · The Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling today granting Christian businesses a right to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens is wrong and unprincipled — and provides Christians a favored status. Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, who own a calligraphy business in Arizona, didn’t want to serve LGBTQ customers … More »

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 Ron … 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 »

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