Ron Reagan’s ad on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will run Tuesday, March 1, during CBS’ post-State of the Union analysis and on Stephen Colbert’s show.
This will kick off six additional ads airing on CBS’ “The Late Show” in March. The iconic commercial with Reagan, in which he famously notes he’s “not afraid of burning in hell,” will appear Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday March 8-10 and March 15-17.
In the 30-second commercial, Reagan, who is the outspoken son of President Ronald and Nancy Reagan, says:
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.
FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” TV show played a 30-minute interview with Reagan on Sunday, Feb. 6. He has received FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award for his lifelong identification as an atheist and his 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.
“Ron Reagan has been invaluable to our organization’s aim of reaching more and more Americans with our message,’” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. “He has ensured that skeptics and freethinkers who wouldn’t have known that we exist are now very much part of our mission.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 36,000 members across the country. It protects the constitutional separation between state and church and educates about nontheism. FFRF advertising is made possible by kind contributions from members. Donations to FFRF are deductible for income-tax purposes.