The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that for the first time its iconic commercial featuring Ron Reagan will air on “60 Minutes.”
The ad, which historically had been refused by CBS, will air during all four of the January “60 Minutes” broadcasts starting this Sunday, January 9. “60 Minutes” is a Top 10 program and one of the most widely-watched primetime programs.
“The public doesn’t realize the extent to which freethought views are still suppressed in our society, so we’re delighted that CBS has ‘seen the light’,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. “And we’re so indebted to Ron for generously lending his name and fame to help FFRF, as well as to our members and donors whose support has made this historic broadcast on ‘60 Minutes’ finally possible.”
When FFRF first approached Reagan in 2014 about recording the ad, wherein he famously calls himself “an unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell,” FFRF had intended to run it on “60 Minutes.” However, CBS, as well as NBC and ABC, surprised FFRF by refusing to run the ad nationally. Last year, CBS national network finally accepted the 30-second spot to air several times on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Reagan recorded a refreshed and updated version of the ad last year, in which the former dancer, sitting on a stage in an empty auditorium, states:
Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed, as you may be, by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That's why I’m asking you to join 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 Founders intended. Please join the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.
Reagan, who is the son of President Ronald and Nancy Reagan, has spoken on FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” TV show about why he stopped attending church as a 12-year-old and what happened when he told his father. He has received FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award for his outspoken, lifelong identification as an atheist and advocacy of the separation between religion and government.
After FFRF aired the ad during several Democratic presidential debates carried by CNN in 2019, Reagan was credited with “winning” and becoming the top trending search on Google.
Your donation to FFRF’s advertising campaign will help keep Ron’s — and your message — on the air, where it is educating the public and substantially growing FFRF’s membership.