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FFRF requests removal of religion from Arkansas curriculum

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

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

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

FFRF: remove bible verse from St. Louis courthouse

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

7th Circuit blesses clergy housing allowance, rules against FFRF

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

FFRF condemns New Zealand terror strikes

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF decries religious coercion in Mich. school district

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

FFRF supports the Equality Act for LGBTQ Americans

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

FFRF encourages city of Boston’s opposition to Christian flag

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

FFRF condemns DeVos’ attacks on public education

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

Appellate court hears case over nontheist exclusion Tuesday

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

FFRF chides Texas school officials for promoting evangelical group

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

‘Act of God’ provokes biblical pandering by Trump

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

FFRF objects to discriminatory school board prayer in Texas district

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

FFRF submits testimony to Fla. Statehouse opposing bible classes

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

FFRF objects to crosses on Texas sheriff’s office property

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

FFRF condemns anti-gay vote by United Methodists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landmark Portland, Ore., ordinance outlaws discrimination against nonbelievers

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

N.H. VA medical center removes bible from “missing man” table

2/27/2019 · A New Hampshire VA hospital has opted for a more inclusive “missing man” table display after FFRF intervened. When a concerned veteran and patient of the Manchester VA Medical Center contacted FFRF to report that the center’s “missing man” table display honoring POW/MIA soldiers included … More »

Wall of separation in crosshairs in Bladensburg case

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

Ga. school district stops religiously coercing students after FFRF intervenes

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

Honor Avijit Roy by working for freedom of conscience

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

Trump’s domestic gag rule unconscionable capitulation to theocrats

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

FFRF piece to air on PBS affiliates

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

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

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

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

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

Timely Chicago billboard pillories Catholic crimes against children

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

FFRF requests South Dakota rescind official state endorsement of the bible

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

Arizona House still disparaging nonreligious legislators, FFRF responds

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

FFRF condemns bias against Muslim death row inmate at execution

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

FFRF seeks to sustain free speech victory against Abbott

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

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

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

FFRF requests removal of unconstitutional bible quotes in Ohio school

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

FFRF ready to defend yet again ban on church electioneering

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

Prayer breakfast bipartisan insult to Constitution, FFRF contends

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

Michigan withdraws from three big FFRF cases

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF & dozens of other groups decry Christian Nationalist legislative drive

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

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

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

Tennessee DHS removes religious endorsement from training

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

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

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

Illinois district chooses inclusion over religion after FFRF intervention

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

FFRF chides Wis. governor for beginning term on sectarian note

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

Tomorrow River School District will not allow charter school move

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

South Dakota governor violates the Constitution on her first full day

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

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

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

Newly elected Okla. governor disregards Constitution with religious event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF challenges S.C. guv over official piousness

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

FFRF deluges hundreds of school districts with Ark park alerts

1/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is notifying more than 1,000 school districts in five states about the inappropriateness of organizing trips to religiously propagandizing theme parks in Kentucky. Public schools and public school staff may not constitutionally arrange visits to the Ark Encounter or the … More »

FFRF gets Missouri city officials to finally relocate cross

1/8/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has at last convinced a Missouri town to transfer a cross from public land. “Ozark officials said Friday they will move a cross that is part of a holiday display in a city park,” the Springfield News-Leader reports. “The issue … More »

FFRF objects to religious displays in Missouri government office

1/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter asking a Missouri county clerk to remove religious iconography from a public office in the building. A concerned complainant contacted FFRF to report that two religious images were prominently displayed in the Camden County Clerk’s office in … More »

FFRF has N.C. public school remove unconstitutional church signs

1/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured an end to a North Carolina school district’s unconstitutional advertising of weekly religious services at a local church. Southwest Elementary School in Durham, N.C., was allowing Keystone Church to place a large sign on the school’s lawn to … More »

FFRF calls on Iowa school to cancel unconstitutional assembly

1/3/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on an Iowa public school to cancel an unconstitutional religious assembly scheduled for next week. Mount Ayr High School reportedly has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during the school day on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The … More »

FFRF raises freethought flag in N.H. town second year running

1/2/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is unfurling the banner of freethought in a New Hampshire community for the second year in a row. Today, Jan. 2, FFRF and local member Richard Gagnon are hoisting an “A” flag in Somersworth, N.H., to honor nonbelief. The flag … More »

FFRF brings Solstice display back to Olympia

12/26/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s nontheistic Winter Solstice sign returned to the Washington capitol this year. The sign went up this week thanks to Darrell Barker, president of FFRF's chapter "Unfettered Freethinkers of South Sound" and reads: "At this season of the Winter Solstice, Let … More »

9th Circuit denies en banc petition, reaffirms FFRF win

12/26/2018 ·   The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today reaffirmed FFRF’s resounding victory against prayer at school board meetings in the Chino Valley School District (Calif.), by denying a petition to rehear the case. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with 22 parents, students and employees … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/21/2018 · For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don't mind sharing the season with them, but we don't like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic … More »

Irreverent FFRF Solstice display return to California Capitol

12/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Sacramento chapter are back at the California Capitol to counter religious displays at that legislative shrine. The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF has put up the whimsical "nativity" cutout depicting three Founding Fathers (and the Statue of Liberty) … More »

FFRF objects to religious propagation in Texas school

12/20/2018 · FFRF is requesting that a Texas public school cease exposing children to religious propaganda through class assignments. The Freedom From Religion Foundation learned through a district parent that earlier this school year a Champion High School teacher showed a religious propaganda film to her Principles … More »

Coach participation in student prayer to cease in Indiana district after FFRF complaint

12/19/2018 · An Indiana public high school will instruct its coaches to stop participating in student prayer after the Freedom From Religion Foundation intervened. A concerned South Gibson School Corporation community member reported that Gibson Southern High School personnel prayed with student athletes after a home game … More »

FFRF calls for end to Ohio city-sponsored menorah lighting ceremony

12/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for an end to an Ohio police department’s unconstitutional annual hosting of a religious event. A concerned area resident contacted FFRF to report that each year the Amberley Village Police-Fire Department hosts a menorah lighting ceremony. According to the … More »

FFRF to Ala. police department: Retract religious statement

12/19/2018 ·   Who is policing the police? The Freedom From Religion Foundation, that’s who! The state/church watchdog is calling out the police department in the City of Opp, Ala. for blatant, illegal religious promotion on its Facebook page. The Opp Police Department posted an announcement to social … More »

FFRF asks for removal of unconstitutional Indiana nativity scene

12/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that a county-sponsored nativity scene in Indiana be removed immediately. A concerned local resident has contacted FFRF to report that the front lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown is decorated with a prominent, life-sized light display … More »

FFRF, freethinking groups urge Senate to eliminate religious proviso

12/18/2018 · The nation’s foremost secular groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are asking the Senate to remove a religion-imposing provision in the proposed crime reform bill. The First Step Act (S. 3649/H.R. 5682), currently under consideration, has a proviso that would violate the Constitution … More »

FFRF achieves appeals court win in W.Va. bible class lawsuit

12/17/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation has struck a big blow for our secular public education system in West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today, Dec. 17, decided in favor of Elizabeth Deal, a parent of a student, in a high-profile case involving … More »

FFRF debuts Solstice display in N.H. capital

12/14/2018 · FFRF member Jack Shields debuted a freethinking holiday display in New Hampshire’s capital this week. The display, set up outside the capitol building in Concord, is FFRF's 6-foot-tall whimsical Bill of Rights "nativity." The irreverent graphic by artist Jacob Fortin depicts Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, … More »

FFRF & several other groups seek to preserve congressional ban on religious politicking

12/14/2018 · A coalition of groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is objecting to attempts to undermine the congressional prohibition on electioneering by nonprofits, including churches. This marks yet another step in FFRF’s fight to keep in place this ban. The Johnson Amendment ensures that tax-exempt … More »

Nonbelief Relief makes $80,000 in donations

12/13/2018 ·   Nonbelief Relief, Inc., a charity established to do good in the name of nonbelievers, has announced its final gifts for 2018 — and for the foreseeable future. It has given $80,000 this December for six important causes. NBR ‘s new grants include $20,000 to aid … More »

FFRF honors Bill of Rights Day in whimsical NY Times ad

12/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is placing a whimsical ad with an urgent message in the Sunday New York Times, in honor of Bill of Rights Day — the anniversary of its Dec. 15, 1791, ratification. The full-page ad will appear in the main … More »

FFRF adds Solstice message to Atlanta media campaign

12/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation debuted a Solstice message this December as part of its 2018 Billboard campaign in suburban Atlanta. Two digital billboards have gone up with secular holiday messages reading:  “At the Season of the Winter Solstice MAY REASON PREVAIL.” One digital billboard is located … More »

FFRF offers advice on country’s suicide problem

12/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has concrete suggestions on how to tackle the suicide crisis in this country. FFRF is offering its input in response to public comments requested regarding the implementation of the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018. The secular group highlights … More »

FFRF freethinking banner in N.Y. park counters religion

12/12/2018 · A New York freethinking organization has once again unfurled a Freedom From Religion Foundation banner at a local park to balance religion there. The Freethinkers of Hastings-on-Hudson recently put up FFRF’s “Reason’s Greetings” banner in VFW Park in the New York village. Next to it, … More »

FFRF excoriates Missouri city officials for surrendering on the Constitution

12/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking to task officials in a Missouri town who yielded to pressure from some of its citizens. Early yesterday, Dec. 11, the city of Ozark issued a remarkable statement indicating that a cross displayed in its Finley River Park … More »

FFRF brings secular display back to Indiana

12/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and local member Geoff Snyder have brought a Bill of Rights “nativity scene” back to South Bend this Solstice season. The scene is actually a cutout of Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, along with the Statue … More »

FFRF Reason Station makes its reappearance in Warren, Michigan

12/11/2018 · Reason is celebrating Winter Solstice in a small Michigan town. The Reason Station, staffed and organized by Freedom From Religion Foundation activist Douglas Marshall, has been observing Solstice in the Warren, Mich., City Hall for the fourth season running. This commemoration is the result of … More »

AG nominee William Barr must repudiate previous statements vilifying secularism

12/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation asserts that President Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr must provide reassurances that his views on secularism have evolved. In 1992, while serving as attorney general, Barr blamed secularism for the nation’s “moral decline.” “The secularists of today are clearly … More »

FFRF debuts freethought displays in San Diego city park

12/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the help of local activists, is debuting secular Winter Solstice displays in San Diego's Balboa Park this holiday season. Katie D., a San Diego freethinker who has asked to be identified without her full last name, put up two … More »

FFRF brings secular Solstice message to Eugene, Ore.

12/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought its seasonal Winter Solstice display to Eugene, Ore., this week for the first time. A large banner spans 30 feet by 4 feet and stretches across 8th Street. The display contains the message: “Celebrate the Solstice. TIS THE SEASON … More »

FFRF gets religious exhibits relocated from Ohio public space

12/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded the city of Dover, Ohio, to transfer a nativity scene and a Ten Commandments monument from public to private property. “The city has moved its downtown nativity scene and a granite monument bearing the Ten Commandments in the … More »

Ill. city cancels religious trip due to FFRF intervention

12/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce the cancellation of an Illinois city-sponsored religious tour. FFRF contacted the city of Charleston, Ill., this Monday after receiving a report that the Parks and Recreation Department was hosting a five-day trip featuring visits to the … More »

FFRF’s secular display returns to Milwaukee County Courthouse

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice sign is back in the Milwaukee County Courthouse. County Executive Chris Abele graced the installation ceremony on Monday, Dec. 3. FFRF put up the display with the help of member Ted Shellhamer. FFRF has placed the message in the … More »

FFRF requests removal of nativity scene from Ohio government property

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a large nativity scene on an Ohio courthouse. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that the Hocking County Municipal Courthouse has a large nativity scene on the side of its building. The resident reports that … More »

An evangelical Christian group is using popular superheroes, like Captain America and Spider-Man, to target children in Georgia’s public schools

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to an evangelical Christian group that has been permitted by Georgia school districts to evangelize public school students while dressing up as popular superheroes like Captain America, Thor and Spider-Man. A concerned district parent informed FFRF that … More »

FFRF spreads secular message in Chicago

12/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have placed their annual secular holiday exhibits all over the greater Chicago area. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers has again been unfurled in Daley Plaza. It greets everyone with: “Happy Winter Solstice,” and … More »

FFRF intervenes in constitutional violation in Texas school district

12/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a staggering constitutional violation in a Texas public school district. A concerned community member in Whitehouse Independent School District contacted FFRF to report that the district had recently recorded and posted to its website a video promoting … More »

FFRF unveils secular display in Cleveland

12/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making certain for a second year in a row that a secular message is proudly on view in the heart of Cleveland. The Northern Ohio Freethought Society, the local chapter of FFRF, has obtained a spot at the Cleveland … More »

FFRF intervenes in Illinois city-sponsored trip to Christian theme park and museum

12/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposing a scheduled Charleston, Ill., city-sponsored trip to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. The Charleston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a five-day trip featuring visits to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum from … More »

FFRF calls foul on Gibson County high school football coaches praying with students

11/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to Indiana public high school football coaches praying with students, violating their First Amendment rights in the process. A concerned community member in the South Gibson School Corporation contacted FFRF to report that high school personnel prayed … More »

FFRF challenges religious clubs in W.Va. school district

11/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting several constitutional violations occurring in schools all over a West Virginia school district. FFRF has received multiple reports that Wood County Schools has allowed teachers and outside adults to facilitate religious instruction during the school day in its … More »

FFRF Solstice exhibit comes back to the Capitol

11/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual Winter Solstice exhibit became available for public viewing at the Wisconsin Capitol today, Dec. 3, for a remarkable 23rd year running. The display has a few components. A sign features FFRF’s traditional message by its principal founder Anne Nicol … More »

FFRF condemns Arkansas politician’s countrywide Christian Nationalist push

11/29/2018 · Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert, who championed an unconstitutional Ten Commandments megalith on the Capitol grounds, is going national with his sectarian agenda. In forming the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, Rapert is encouraging other legislators to follow his lead and abuse their public office … More »

Religious bigotry fuels growing “child welfare crisis”

11/28/2018 ·   A recently published report reaffirms The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s opposition to religious discrimination in adoption and foster care. The Center for American Progress, Voice for Adoption, and the North American Council on Adoptable Children have published a new report confirming that religious exemption laws allowing … More »

FFRF display graces Illinois Capitol 10th year in a row

11/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice display has proudly been on view at the Illinois Capitol for 10 years running. The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the heart of the Illinois state government in Springfield and will be up till … More »

FFRF denounces inclusion of religious messages in Baraboo community event

11/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the inclusion of religion at a Baraboo school-sponsored event that took place in response to the recent photograph of high school students giving the Nazi salute. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that the Baraboo School … More »

FFRF protests religious meetings at Mississippi high school

11/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to coercive and unconstitutional religious meetings regularly occurring in a Mississippi school district. Employees at George County High School (located in Lucedale, Miss.) have evidently permitted a private group, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to hold meetings … More »

FFRF installs secular holiday display at Illinois courthouse

11/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put up an exhibit honoring the Bill of Rights at an Illinois courthouse. The display was installed by FFRF Member Will Meyer at the Grundy County Courthouse, not too far from Chicago, on Nov. 23 and will be available … More »

FFRF urges Supreme Court not to review its unanimous N.J. win

11/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand its recent victory on behalf of New Jersey taxpayers. The state/church watchdog filed a brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court, encouraging it to reject a request that it review a … More »

Trump administration fanatic moves to faith-based office

11/20/2018 · A legal disappointment that the Freedom From Religion Foundation suffered more than a decade ago continues to have repercussions today. If FFRF had won Hein v. FFRF back in 2007 before the U.S. Supreme Court, it would have been allowed to make the case that … More »

Freethinkers ask U.S. Supreme Court to let Pensacola cross win stand

11/19/2018 · Two of the country’s leading secular groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to assent to their victory declaring unconstitutional a massive cross in a Florida city park. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the American Humanist Association (AHA) today filed a brief opposing … More »

FFRF objects to Chicago taxpayer money granted to church

11/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning the Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s unconstitutional funding of a local church. A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that the department awarded a grant to the First Church of Deliverance under the Adopt-a-Landmark program. Public … More »

On its 25th birthday, a federal “religious liberty” law continues to legalize discrimination

11/16/2018 · A law passed in the name of religious liberty continues to legitimize discrimination a quarter century after it came into existence. Twenty-five years ago today, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) went into effect. RFRA is a superstatute, effectively amending every other federal law, that … More »

Tenn. public school disrespects nonreligious veterans, FFRF intervenes

11/15/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting a troubling Veterans Day constitutional violation at a Tennessee middle school. A concerned district parent, who is also a veteran, reported that the recent Veterans Day program at Smith County Middle School included a Christian prayer. The program … More »

FFRF delighted at inclusiveness of Milwaukee exhibition

11/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appreciative that an upcoming exhibition in Milwaukee on the diversity of faith is truly diverse. “Gratitude: Faith/Diversity,” a collaboration of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee that is being displayed at … More »

FFRF lauds Colo. district for withdrawing from Todd Becker ministry event

11/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is commending a Colorado school district for cancelling its attendance at an upcoming sermonizing session that an evangelical group is a key part of. The Todd Becker Foundation, a Christian ministry, is scheduled to appear at a Burlington Middle School … More »

FFRF appalled that Colorado district agrees to let religious group pray with students

11/14/2018 · Image Source: Todd Becker Foundation's Annual Ministry Banquet Advertisement   FFRF is shocked to discover a Colorado district has explicitly and unconstitutionally consented to a religious group running an assembly and individually meeting to pray with students during school hours. The Todd Becker Foundation, a Christian ministry, … More »

FFRF deplores Trump administration's latest assault on birth control

11/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation denounces the Trump administration’s most recent attack on birth control. The Trump administration wasted no time in announcing the day after the midterm elections that it would publish final rules to allow employers to deny their employees access to basic … More »

FFRF calls on Oklahoma baseball coach/superintendent to cease leading school prayers

11/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is spotlighting a proselytizing baseball coach/superintendent in an Oklahoma high school.  A concerned local resident reported that the Sentinel High School baseball team coach has been praying with his team. It is well established law that public school athletic coaches may … More »

FFRF sues over Wisconsin’s DOJ chaplaincy

11/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is legally contesting an unconstitutional Wisconsin religion-centered counseling state program. In a lawsuit filed today in a Dane County court, FFRF is challenging the constitutionality of a faith-based employee chaplaincy that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel created at the state … More »

FFRF condemns most recent Trump-Pence attack on women’s health care

11/12/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s latest bald-faced attack on women’s reproductive rights. The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would require Affordable Care Act marketplace plans to send consumers a separate “abortion bill” … More »

FFRF highlights city manager’s official religious posts

11/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to a Florida city manager’s unconstitutional social media postings. A concerned area resident recently reported to the state/church watchdog that Lynn Haven City Manager Michael White regularly posts proselytizing messages to the city’s Facebook page at … More »

FFRF warns: Acting AG is a Christian nationalist

11/9/2018 · A man who has a “biblical view of justice” is now running the Department of Justice. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (appointed by President Trump this week minus the required Senate approval process) is a Christian nationalist. He has asserted that all judges must be … More »

FFRF calls out unconstitutional public school religious recruitment

11/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled that an Illinois school district has allowed its schools to be used as a recruiting ground for a religious ministry. A concerned local community member reported that a local religious ministry, Yoked Mentoring Program, and an affiliated ministry, … More »

FFRF challenges unconstitutional New York City grant to religious event

11/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a constitutional violation by the New York City Council. A concerned New York taxpayer contacted the state/church watchdog to report that the city has awarded a grant to the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) as … More »

FFRF commends Arizona voters for rejecting voucher expansion

11/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Arizona voters for sending a clear message not to divert public tax dollars to fund private religious schools. By rejecting Proposition 305 on Tuesday, Arizona declined a massive expansion to its voucher scheme, which has proven to be a … More »

FFRF contacts IRS over Florida church’s electioneering

11/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising the alarm over a Florida church’s blatant electioneering yesterday. FFRF has learned that on Election Day, Grace of God Church, which serves as a Pasco County polling location in New Port Richey. Fla., posted a political sign on … More »

Election Day brings hope, concern to FFRF

11/7/2018 · As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is nonpartisan and does not take sides in elections. This rule is laid out in the Johnson Amendment, something FFRF has worked hard to protect against an onslaught led by conservative Christian churches. But elections … More »

Trump’s ‘revised’ birth control religious exemption will remain insidious

11/2/2018 · After losing in two federal courts, the Trump administration is back at the drawing board on a new strategy to undermine women’s access to basic healthcare. It was announced this week that administration officials are revising rules— blocked from taking effect last year by two … More »

FFRF calls attention to unconstitutional proselytization in Ill. district

11/1/2018 · FFRF is calling attention to a serious constitutional violation at Moline-Coal Valley School District. Several concerned district parents reported that multiple schools, including Wilson Middle School, hosted Zak Mirzadeh, an “illusionist,” to give a mandatory assembly to students during the school day. After the performance, … More »

FFRF denounces Washington state rep. for promoting violent Christian extremism

11/1/2018 · Washington State Rep. Matt Shea recently released a video admitting that he distributed an openly violent screed titled “Biblical Basis for War.” The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the document as dangerous and staggeringly hypocritical. The “Biblical Basis for War” begins with a list of … More »

FFRF warns that Friday W.Va. event will encourage churches to violate election law

10/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is drawing attention to an upcoming gathering in West Virginia that is aiming to persuade churches to break election rules. This Friday, Nov. 2, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, a radical Religious Right organization, is partnering with notorious … More »

Alabamians Will Soon Vote on Putting the Ten Commandments on Public Property

10/31/2018 · Statement by Andrew L Seidel, Director of Strategic Response For the Freedom From Religion Foundation The god of the Bible is on the Nov. 6 ballot in Alabama. A proposed constitutional amendment would allow the government to display his so-called divine law — the Ten … More »

FFRF corrects barrage of misstatements in Jeff Sessions speech to Federalist Society

10/31/2018 · On Monday, Oct. 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to a Boston chapter of the Federalist Society about his haunting vision for religious liberty. In an attempt to sell a story of Christian persecution and demonize the nonreligious, Sessions made several false or deeply … More »

Appeals court to hear argument in W.Va. bible class case

10/30/2018 · This Thursday, Nov. 1, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in a high-profile case involving bible classes in a West Virginia school system. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Elizabeth Deal, a parent of a student, last year challenged … More »

FFRF condemns Mississippi governor’s sectarian religious promotion

10/30/2018 · FFRF is denouncing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for promoting two religious events. A concerned local FFRF member reported that while acting in his official capacity as governor, Bryant recorded a promotional video for a “pastors and leadership summit” that was held on Oct. 4 and … More »

FFRF denounces Pence’s exploitation of synagogue tragedy to push Christian nationalism

10/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying Vice President Mike Pence’s use of the killings at the synagogue in Pittsburgh to further his Christian nationalist agenda. At a political rally on Monday, Oct. 29, Pence hosted a religious figure who prayed to Jesus for the … More »

FFRF appalled at Pittsburgh synagogue shootings

10/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is horrified by the multiple killings inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. The apprehended suspect, Robert Bowers from the Pittsburgh suburbs, reportedly drove into the city to inflict a massacre during the Saturday morning services, murdering 11 congregants because of … More »

FFRF ringing alarm on coach-led prayers in Tenn. district

10/29/2018 · FFRF is raising serious concern over a proselytizing coach in a Tennessee school district. A concerned parent reported that the coach of the DeKalb County High School boys and girls soccer teams has been proselytizing to and praying with both groups. The coach reportedly leads the … More »

FFRF celebrates repeal of Irish blasphemy law

10/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Ireland for voting to repeal the nation’s constitutional ban on blasphemy. The theocratic provision, which dates back to 1937 and was reinforced with a 2009 statute had never been actively enforced. But it was a national embarrassment for Ireland … More »

FFRF calls out multiple constitutional violations in Tenn. school

10/25/2018 · FFRF is calling for an end to multiple constitutional violations by a Tennessee school district. A concerned complainant reported that the New Prospect Elementary gym in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., has text painted on the wall that says, “God First. Others Second. Self Third. FCA.” FCA stands … More »

Ariz. Dept. of Education heeds FFRF advice, denies anti-science curriculum

10/25/2018 · An attempt to de-emphasize evolution and pander to creationists in Arizona public schools has been shot down following pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Earlier this year, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas attempted to alter the state’s scientific education standards by eliminating … More »

FFRF brings freethought, Salman Rushdie, Cecile Richards to Bay Area

10/25/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be bringing a celebration of secularism and irreverence to the Bay Area the weekend of Nov. 2-4. Nearly 1,000 freethinking attendees will be in San Francisco for FFRF's 41st annual convention, headlined by best-selling author Salman Rushdie, reproductive rights … More »

FFRF condemns Trump administration’s discriminatory transgender policy

10/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Trump administration’s latest attempt to advance the plague of religiously motivated discrimination. According to a leaked Trump administration memo, multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, are considering a policy to redefine gender … More »

FFRF tackles Auburn football program’s religiosity

10/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is redoubling its efforts to stop the unconstitutionally excessive piety in Auburn University’s football program. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, sent Auburn University an open records request in 2014 asking for information related to its football chaplain, Chette Williams, and the … More »

Leading Freethought Organizations Defend Pensacola Cross Victory in Appeals Court

10/23/2018 · Today, attorneys at the American Humanist Association (AHA) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), led by AHA Senior Counsel Monica Miller, filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Today’s filing opposes the City of Pensacola’s request that … More »

FFRF defends housing allowance victory before appeals court

10/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be defending its housing allowance victory before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Oct. 24. FFRF’s momentous challenge to preferential tax allowances given to “ministers of the gospel” could shake up the federal tax structure. Treasury … More »

FFRF ends coach-led prayer in Alabama high school

10/22/2018 ·   An Alabama high school football coach will cease the unconstitutional practice of leading his team in prayer prior to games after a letter from FFRF. The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted the Autauga County Schools’ counsel earlier this month after it was reported that the … More »

The United States must sever ties to Saudi Arabia

10/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on the United States to break off diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regime’s torture and murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi has exposed the brutality of the country’s ruling apparatus. But the problem with the country is … More »

FFRF objects to sheriff’s “prayer meeting” as substitute for enforcing animal cruelty laws

10/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decrying the failure by a Texas sheriff’s office to enforce animal cruelty laws after a woman reportedly abandoned two puppies at a local dump. The Newton County Sheriff’s Department recently submitted a report to local media summarizing the sheriff’s … More »

FFRF urges belief in science, reason with new Atlanta billboard

10/19/2018 · A 14-by-48 foot billboard went up this week at the corner of Marietta Street and Simpson Street in Atlanta featuring a secular play on the national motto. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has placed the billboard … More »

FFRF remedies constitutional violation in Maryland elementary school

10/18/2018 ·   A Christian sign has come down from an elementary school lunchroom in a Harford County, Md., school following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that Jarrettsville Elementary School displayed a portion of the Lord’s Prayer on … More »

DOJ heeds FFRF’s call for Catholic Church child sex crime investigation

10/18/2018 · After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Justice Department has launched a probe of the Roman Catholic clergy’s horrific sex abuse scandal. “The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, … More »

Secular groups raise alarm at 4th Circuit nominee Allison Rushing

10/17/2018 · Several secular groups are opposing the confirmation of Allison Rushing, a just-announced nominee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, Rushing will serve a lifetime appointment to the court. In addition to outlining several other concerns, the groups call specific attention to … More »

FFRF’s atheist guest chaplain challenge before D.C. appeals court

10/17/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be presenting its case before the D.C. appeals court on Thursday as part of its legal challenge to open up our nation’s legislative chambers to atheists and freethinkers. The state/church watchdog filed a brief in May before the U.S. … More »

Dawson County Schools to cease coach-led prayer

10/16/2018 · FFRF has received confirmation that coach-led prayer will not continue in a Georgia public school system. FFRF sent a letter to the district in September, after a concerned area resident reported that Dawson County High School employed a “character coach” to regularly pray with its … More »

FFRF awards $10,450 to 2018 graduate students essay contest winners

10/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 15 winners of the 2018 Brian Bolton Graduate/“Older” Student Essay Contest. Graduate students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about “The dangers of bibliolatry in the United States.”   FFRF has paid out a … More »

FFRF asks Atlanta Public Schools to stop sending its students to religious camp

10/15/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Atlanta Public Schools to end its practice of sending elementary school students to a religious camp. A concerned area resident reported that Humphries Elementary School regularly takes its students on field trips to a Christian camp called “Camp … More »

New Treasury report vindicates FFRF stance on politicking ban

10/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is welcoming a new report highlighting deficiencies in the IRS’ enforcement of a rule that prohibits churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits from engaging in electioneering. The U.S. Department of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — which is an … More »

FFRF files IRS challenge in D.C. court on behalf of Nonbelief Relief

10/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking the Internal Revenue Service to court over yet another religion-related tax privilege. The national state/church watchdog has filed a federal lawsuit this morning in D.C. district court to challenge the preferential exemption of churches and related organizations from … More »

FFRF calls out all-white, all-male, all-Christian Wis. justice chaplain program

10/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is encouraging the Wisconsin Department of Justice to scuttle a just-announced chaplaincy program. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has today unveiled a program consisting of six chaplains who will receive tax-paid training to deal with the physical and mental well-being … More »

New survey of 8,500 secular voters finds potent counterforce to Religious Right

10/10/2018 · Secular voters would strongly support candidates who come out as nonreligious and fight for separation of church and state A new survey of 8,500 secular voters reveals a bloc of highly educated, frequent voters determined to counter the Religious Right’s hold over the U.S. government … More »

FFRF calls attention to unconstitutional coach-led prayer in Ala. school

10/10/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a constitutional violation at an Alabama high school. It was reported to FFRF that the football coach at Prattville High School is regularly leading his team in prayer before football games. A video published by the … More »

FFRF objects to cross on Pa. city property

10/10/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging a Pennsylvania city on its display of a cross on government property. A concerned local resident reported that a large cross and a star fixture is erected on city property in Gibbons Memorial Park in Honesdale, Pa. … More »

FFRF brings “In Science We Trust” billboard to Denver

10/10/2018 ·   A 14-by-48-foot billboard went up this week on the corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue in Denver presenting a secular play on the national motto. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), has placed the billboard with the … More »

Religious Right already asking Kavanaugh Court to turn U.S. law upside down

10/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising the alarm on the Religious Right’s multiple attempts to immediately capitalize on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. The same day that Kavanaugh was confirmed, the leader of an ultraconservative religious hate group filed … More »

FFRF rebukes Bevin for biblical imposition

10/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent the Kentucky governor a missive chiding him for imposing his biblical (im)morality on his state. Gov. Matt Bevin recently posted a video message on his official Twitter feed encouraging all students in Kentucky to participate in “Bring Your … More »

FFRF urges the IRS to end private school tax handout

10/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the IRS to approve a proposed rule change that would terminate a massive voucher-like tax break. The Internal Revenue Service is seeking public comments on a rule that would, among other things, puts a stop to a widespread … More »

FFRF doubly determined after Kavanaugh confirmation

10/8/2018 · There’s no overstating the supreme setback that Saturday’s Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court will be for our movement, for the explicit work of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and for our nation. But if you’re wringing your hands, you can’t roll … More »

FFRF corrects Roy Moore’s erroneous advice for Ala. districts

10/8/2018 · FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, has sent a letter to every school district in Alabama urging them to ignore erroneous advice from Roy Moore and protect the constitutional rights of their students.  On Sept. 21, the Foundation for Moral Law, led by disgraced former Alabama … More »

FFRF chides Toombs County, Ga., for praying coaches and football chaplain

10/4/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling timeout on a Georgia school district for its multiple violations of the U.S. Constitution. Not only are coaches and an outside pastor praying with the high school football team, religious propaganda is also being posted on its … More »

FFRF stops 'Unstoppable Man' and principal-led prayers at Cloverdale, Ind., schools

10/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped an Indiana school district from violating the U.S. Constitution in several ways. The superintendent of Cloverdale Community Schools has assured the state/church watchdog it will stop prayers at staff meetings and will not invite back an “inspirational” … More »

FFRF asks Illinois high school to halt coach’s participation in student prayers

10/2/2018 ·   FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is calling attention to a constitutional violation at an Illinois high school. A concerned district parent reported that the Dunlap High School boys cross country coach joins his team in a group prayer prior to each cross country meet. The … More »

FFRF denounces Christian lunchroom sign in Harford County, Md., school

10/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebuking a Maryland school district for offering constitutionally indigestible material to its children during lunch. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that Jarrettsville Elementary School (in Jarrettsville, Md.) displays a portion of the Lord’s Prayer on a large … More »

FFRF calls out constitutional violation at Ky. high school

10/1/2018 · FFRF is calling attention to a serious constitutional violation occurring at a Kentucky school. A concerned district parent reported that a recent Ohio County High School football game began with a student reciting a sectarian prayer over the loudspeaker. “God, we thank you for the opportunity … More »

FFRF convinces Massachusetts school district to stand up for secularism

9/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has received assurances from a Massachusetts school district that religion will not be allowed to intrude into its graduation ceremonies from now on. Canton Public Schools officials invited the Rev. John Tomilio III to give a sectarian religious invocation at … More »

FFRF questions court ruling dismissing case against praying judge

9/28/2018 · A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and three local plaintiffs against a Texas justice of the peace who imposes prayer at the beginning of court sessions. FFRF and three plaintiffs directly affected by Montgomery County Judge … More »

Appeals court hears arguments in Florida athletic prayer case

9/26/2018 · An appeals court is hearing oral arguments today in a case brought by a Christian school that argues it has a right to compel a state athletic association to broadcast prayers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a brief supporting the association, noting that … More »

FFRF calls out Roy Moore for reckless legal advice

9/26/2018 · FFRF is calling out the wildly misnamed Foundation for Moral Law for encouraging Alabama public schools to violate students’ rights and the Constitution. On Sept. 21, the Foundation for Moral Law, led by disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, held a press conference, … More »

FFRF rebukes Louisiana schools over prayerful event

9/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising a Louisiana school district over unconstitutional prayer gatherings that recently took place at many of its schools. A concerned member of the Iberville Parish School District community contacted FFRF about the Concert of Prayer, a districtwide affair held … More »

Congressional Freethought Caucus expands rapidly

9/25/2018 · A uniquely freethinking caucus in Congress created a short while ago is growing by leaps and bounds. In April, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., the only openly nontheistic member of Congress, announced the formation of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to focus on promoting secular values and give a voice … More »

Ted Cruz repeats heinous lie about school shootings

9/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a recent troubling comment that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has made about school shootings. During a debate against Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday, Sept. 21, Cruz was asked about school shootings and responded with a debunked, pandering talking … More »

Religious texts removed from Dixie State University hotel rooms

9/25/2018 · FFRF has convinced Dixie State University to remove all religious texts from its College Inn hotel guest rooms. A concerned hotel guest reported that on one stay at the College Inn in St. George, Utah, she found two copies of the Book of Mormon in … More »

Religious banners no longer permitted at Jackson County Courthouse lawn

9/24/2018 ·     FFRF has caused county commissioners in West Virginia to rewrite their policy on allowing religious banners to be hung on county courthouse property. In May, a concerned complainant reported that a gazebo on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn displayed two banners – one … More »

FFRF warns TX school district to cancel upcoming Christian event

9/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sending up a warning flare regarding a Christian event scheduled for Wednesday in a Texas school district. A concerned district community member contacted FFRF to report that a teacher at North Pointe Elementary in the Clear Creek Independent School … More »

FFRF calls foul on proselytizing Georgia football coach

9/21/2018 · FFRF is asking officials to cease imposing religious proselytizing on a high school football team in Georgia. A concerned resident has reported that Dawson County High School in Dawsonville, Ga., employs a “character coach,” Pastor Russell Davis from Etowah Church, to regularly pray with its … More »

FFRF applauds bipartisan effort to protest blasphemy laws worldwide

9/21/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a renewed bipartisan effort to repeal blasphemy laws worldwide. This week, Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced a resolution that calls for the “global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.” “Freedom of expression and religion … More »

FFRF presses for injunction against W.Va. city’s prayers

9/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is redoubling its efforts to immediately halt a West Virginia city council from unconstitutionally praying at every meeting. The city of Parkersburg has adopted and instituted an official Christian prayer — the “Lord’s Prayer” — that opens each City Council … More »

FFRF urges DOJ investigation into Catholic abuse

9/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Justice Department to initiate a federal 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 »

FFRF calls on IRS to investigate church, Trump adviser

9/19/2018 · FFRF, a national church/state watchdog, is calling on the IRS to immediately investigate a Texas church’s illegal campaign meddling. Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, has been actively electioneering — endorsing a political party to its flock — and mistakenly stating that the IRS … More »

SCOTUS should let stand FFRF’s court victory against funding church repairs

9/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be represented by renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky in opposing a request today by Morris County, N.J., asking the Supreme Court to overturn FFRF’s resounding victory this spring against taxpayer subsidy of churches. Morris County, defended by the Catholic … More »

FFRF protests Christian parking privilege in Austin

9/18/2018 · Screenshot via KXAN The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to unconstitutional religious discrimination at a high school in Austin, Texas.  FFRF contacted the district regarding allegations that as part of James Bowie High School’s “Senior Reserved Painted Parking Spaces” program for students with good attendance, … More »

FFRF highlights Tenn. politician’s theocratic beliefs

9/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out a Tennessee state senator and congressional candidate for his religion-based opposition to government social programs. A concerned constituent recently alerted FFRF to a video in which state Sen. Mark Green explained in the following way his opposition … More »

FFRF urges Denver to get out the secular vote

9/13/2018 · A 14-by-48 feet billboard went up this week in Denver on the corner of Lincoln Street and Eighth Avenue featuring young atheists with the message “I’m an atheist and I vote.” As anticipation mounts for November’s mid-term elections, these billboards serve as timely reminders of … More »

FFRF celebrates secular Constitution Day with ad in Portland Oregonian

9/13/2018 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Portland chapter are placing a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Portland Oregonian celebrating “Our godless Constitution” and Constitution Day. Monday, Sept. 17, is the 231st anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The ad, featuring six U.S. … More »

FFRF slams Huckabee and Citizens United for their smear letter

9/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking Mike Huckabee and the Citizens United Foundation to task for scurrilously using its name as a fundraising gimmick. FFRF has obtained a recent letter that Huckabee wrote for the Citizens United Foundation (yes, that Citizens United). The undated … More »

FFRF awards $12,750 to 2018 college students essay contest winners

9/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 18 winners of the 2018 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest. College students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about, "Why you are an unabashed freethinker, and not afraid of burning in hell." Winners … More »

FFRF asks Nev. school to remove unconstitutional religious displays

9/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter asking a public charter school to remove or cover the religious iconography present at its new campus inside a church. According to FFRF’s complainant, Discovery Charter School in Las Vegas recently moved its … More »

FFRF, AHA win big in Fla. cross case

9/10/2018 · A federal appeals court has ruled that a 34-foot-tall cross in a Pensacola park is unconstitutional and must come down. The decision is a resounding victory for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association. In a pivotal federal decision released late Friday, Sept. … More »

FFRF commends Congressional Freethought Caucus letter opposing Kavanaugh

9/7/2018 ·   FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is pleased that members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, along with other House Democrats, penned a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday warning against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The letter outlined six main areas of concern the group recognizes … More »

Hawaii’s Hirono hammers Kavanaugh’s anti-woman hypocrisy

9/7/2018 · Finally, a senator has taken Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to task for his openly hostile perspective on the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The Freedom From Religion Foundation had pointed out that Kavanaugh had only faced questioning on state-church issues from friendly quarters. It lamented … More »

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