The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Sunday TV show guest has made it his lifelong goal to have the voices and opinions of the “Nones” be heard in the political arena.
Ron Millar is political coordinator for the Center for Freethought Equality, a nonprofit that advocates for atheists and the nonreligious community. Millar, who has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, has worked for more than 40 years for nonprofit education and advocacy groups in the nation’s capital with the endeavor of increasing the representation of humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers in political campaigns and among elected officials. He formerly served as deputy director of the newly created Secular Coalition for America. Millar is also a lifetime member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
“When I first took on this job at the Center for Freethought Equality, we knew of five state legislators who identified with our community,” Millar tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Now, we’re up to 75, and that’s a nice increase. But we need another 1,500 to reach parity with our population.”
If you don’t live in the quarter-plus viewership of the nation where the show broadcasts on Sunday (see below), you can already catch the interview on FFRF’s YouTube channel. New shows go up every Thursday.
“Freethought Matters” airs in:
Chicago, WPWR-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 9 a.m.
Denver, KWGN-CW (Ch. 2), Sundays at 7 a.m.
Houston, KIAH-CW (Ch. 39), Sundays at 11 a.m.
Los Angeles, KCOP-MY (Ch. 13), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
Madison, Wis., WISC-TV (Ch. 3), Sundays at 11 p.m.
Minneapolis, WFTC-29, Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
New York City, WPIX-IND (Ch. 11), Sundays at 10 a.m.
Phoenix, KASW-CW (Ch. 61, or 6 or 1006 for HD), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
Portland, Ore., KRCW-CW (Ch. 32), Sundays at 9 a.m. Comcast channel 703 for high def, or Channel 3.
Sacramento, KQCA-MY (Ch. 58), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
San Francisco, KICU-IND (Ch. 36), Sundays at 10 a.m.
Seattle, KONG-IND (Ch. 16 or Ch. 106 on Comcast). Sundays at 8 a.m.
Washington, D.C., WDCW-CW (Ch. 50 or Ch. 23 or Ch. 3), Sundays at 8 a.m.
Upcoming guests include Nation magazine Justice Correspondent Elie Mystal, eminent philosopher Daniel C. Dennett and Kate Cohen, atheist and contributing columnist for the Washington Post.
You can catch interviews from past seasons here, including recent ones with Gloria Steinem, Ron Reagan, “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, author John Irving, actor John “Q” de Lancie and award-winning columnist Katha Pollitt. Past interviews include Julia Sweeney and Reps. Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin, Hank Johnson and Eleanor Holmes Norton, among many other notable authors, activists, musicians, actors and freethinkers.
Please tune in to “Freethought Matters” . . . because freethought matters.
P.S. Please tune in or record according to the times given above regardless of what is listed in your TV guide (it may be listed simply as “paid programming” or even be misidentified). To set up an automatic weekly recording, try taping manually by time or channel. And spread the word to freethinking friends, family or colleagues about a TV show, finally, that is dedicated to providing programming for freethinkers — your antidote to religion on Sunday morning!