An iconic ad featuring a presidential son extolling the Freedom From Religion Foundation returns to MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” today for the next two weeks.
The commercial with Ron (“unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell”) Reagan inviting viewers to join FFRF starts airing tonight through Friday, May 15, then replays Monday-Thursday, May 18-21.
In the 30-second spot, Reagan, the progressive son of President Ronald and Nancy Reagan, says:
“Hi, I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I'm alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That's why I'm asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
FFRF's ad has been refused by CBS, NBC, ABC and Discovery Science. FFRF has previously been able to place it on some regional network markets, as well as on CNN and Comedy Central.
Reagan has received FFRF's Emperor Has No Clothes Award and addressed FFRF’s national convention in Madison a few years ago. He has publicly identified himself for years as an atheist. He was recently interviewed for FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” TV show.
The commercial has spawned a popular FFRF T-shirt, lapel pin and a “virtual billboard” for social media use.
FFRF advertising is made possible by kind contributions from members. Donations to FFRF are deductible for income-tax purposes.