Freethought Radio -- April 2, 2020

Comic Relief

For our first show produced remotely, we cover abuses of state/church separation during the pandemic. After celebrating the birthday of irreverent lyricist ("Over the Rainbow") Yip Harburg by hearing "The Begats" and “Ain't It The Truth?", we talk with freethinking actress, playwright and former SNL comic Julia Sweeney, who is "sheltering at home" in Hollywood, about her co-starring roles in "Shrill" (Hulu), "Work in Progress" (Showtime), and the upcoming season of "American Gods" (Starz, Fall 2020).

Listen to the podcast here. 

Freethought Radio -- March 26, 2020

The Virus of Faith

FFRF Complains: President Trump wants to "pack the pews" of churches by Easter. Vice President Pence encourages believers to continue tithing. Governors, mayors and lawmakers promote prayer as a response to the pandemic. After hearing the Philip Appleman song "In A Dark Time," we talk by phone with journalist and author Susan Jacoby, from her New York City apartment where she is sheltering in place in the coronavirus epicenter, about battling the virus of faith.

Listen to the podcast here

Freethought Radio -- March 19, 2020

Secret Fundamentalism

FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne tells us what is wrong with President Trump and local officials using prayer to fight the coronavirus. Then we hear journalist and author Jeff Sharlet talk about his powerful exposé, a book which is now a Netflix series, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Taking the cue of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, we end the show with some "comfort music" for these troubling times: "Love Walked In," by George and Ira Gershwin.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- March 12, 2020

Power Worshippers

There is more to beware of this week than the Ides of March. Can the Corona Virus be cured by prayer? FFRF's Andrew Seidel tells us about how Vice President Pence is (unsuccessfully) trying just that. After reporting state/church news and listening to the optimistic Yip Harburg/Earl Robinson song "One Sweet Morning," we talk with journalist and author Katherine Stewart about her cautionary new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism.

Listen to the Podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- March 5, 2020

Pregnancy Center Crisis

We filed our first lawsuit in Puerto Rico, with the Humanistas Seculares as plaintiffs. FFRF attorney Sam Grover explains that the public schools in Puerto Rico have been forcing Christian prayer on all students. Then we talk with investigative journalist Nandini Archer about her Open Democracy expose, "Trump-linked religious 'extremists' target women with disinformation worldwide," proving that American anti-abortion evangelicals are funding dishonest crisis pregnancy centers all over the world.

Listen to the podcast here. 

Freethought Radio -- February 27, 2020

Expose Yourself

Missouri school board sides with FFRF (and not the state attorney general) in disallowing coach-led prayer. FFRF Director of Communication Amit Pal tells us about Trump's "religious nationalism" visit to India this week. Then we talk with Erin Louis about her freethought "behind the scenes" book Expose Yourself: How to Take Risks, Question Everything and Find Yourself — Humor and Insights From My Life As A Stripper.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- February 20, 2020

This Life

This week we discuss state/church victories and defeats in Florida, Kentucky and Colorado, and celebrate the lives of February freethinkers such as NAACP founder W. E. B. Du Bois and actor Tony Randall. After hearing folksinger Malvina Reynolds sing about "This World," we talk with Swedish-born Yale professor Martin Hägglund about his book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom in which he explains that the concept of eternity destroys true meaning and value.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- February 13, 2020

God and Government

We report stopping prayer at a Nevada school board and complain about an over-the-top pastoral prayer in the Virginia Legislature. FFRF's Legal Director Rebecca Markert tells us about our final victory allowing nontheistic invocations in Brevard County, Fla. After parsing the remarks by President Trump at the problematic National Prayer Breakfast, FFRF's Director of Governmental Affairs Mark Dann tells us how freethought values are being championed in Washington, D.C., through congressional legislation and governmental regulations.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- February 6, 2020

Holy Hierarchy

We celebrate Black History Month by honoring the many prominent black Americans and Africans who were/are nonreligious. After parsing President Trump's religious remarks in his State of the Union speech, we hear Paul Robeson sing "The Bill of Rights." Filmmaker Jeremiah Camara tells us about his newest movie, Holy Hierarchy: The Religious Roots of Racism in America. Then we hear atheist rapper Greydon Square tell us why he does not believe in God.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- January 30, 2020

Freethought Heroine

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers comes out as a nonbeliever. We celebrate the life of former congressman Pete Stark, condemn White House "spiritual adviser" Paula White, parse President Trump's outrageous "Rally For Life" remarks, and balance that with the song "Every Sperm is Sacred," co-written by Terry Jones. FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott tells us what is wrong with Vice President Michael Pence's "celebration" of school choice. Then we hear FFRF "Freethought Heroine” Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- January 23, 2020

"I'M GOD"

This week we respond to President Trump's guidelines for prayer in school. FFRF litigation attorney Sam Grover tells us about the friend-of-the-court brief we filed in the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with state money for religious schools. After we hear atheist comedian and actor Patton Oswalt talk about "the insanity of faith," retired Kentucky postal worker Ben Hart tells us what it feels like, after three years of litigation, to finally mount his irreverent "I'M GOD" license plate on his vehicle.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- January 16, 2020

"Inside Star Trek"

Despite a dismissal on standing, FFRF's IRS lawsuit about church accountability will continue. We reply to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he criticized FFRF for complaint about coach-led baptisms, analyze Trump’s proposal for prayer in schools, analyze FFRF's Reagan ad on CNN, and denounce the Pentagon for blessing an official Bible. After honoring Rush drummer Neil Peart, we talk with Susan Sackett, who for 17 years was the personal executive assistant for Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek."

Listen to the podcast here. 

Freethought Radio -- January 9, 2020

No God On Our Side

FFRF complains over the largest Christian cross in the country being depicted on government property in Effingham, Ill., and about the governor of Nebraska forcing his private religious views about abortion on the state. We parse some of the remarks President Trump made at a rally held in a Miami church. Then we hear professor and author Anthony B. Pinn talk about racism and religion and tell us why freethinkers should be concerned about social justice.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- January 2, 2020

Godless Citizens

Attorney General Bill Barr thinks Americans are going to hell. Katherine Stewart and Caroline Fredrickson's New York Times column reveals how President Trump is being played by evangelicals. After hearing the freethought song "Experiment" by the atheist songwriter Cole Porter, we listen to author and professor Isaac Kramnick tell us how "God" got inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance, explaining the faulty legal reasoning that allows it to remain.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- December 26, 2019

Trouble in India

Happy New Year! Christianity Today did the right thing by condemning Trump's morality. We talk on the phone from Mumbai with India's well-known film and TV actor Sushant Singh, who lost his job as a TV host after publicly condemning the Hindu nationalist violence against students protesting the government's new laws that would discriminate against Muslims. Then we welcome 2020 with Scottish singer Jean Redpath's lovely rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" written by freethinker Robert Burns.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- December 19, 2019

It's That Time of Year

Hear about the visit to Freethought Hall of the legendary actor Ed Asner (Lou Grant, “Up"). This week's show is an antidote to traditional Christmas music. We play a number of funny, irreverent (and sometimes positive) Winter Solstice songs, such as "O Isthmus Tree" by Ken Lohnquist, "Solstice Song" by Kristin Lems, "Christmas Carol" by Tom Lehrer, "Blah Blah Bethlehem" by Ian Assersohn, "Christmas is Pain" by Roy Zimmerman and "White Wine in the Sun" by Tim Minchin.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- December 12, 2019

Americans United

We complain about prayer and worship in the White House, and report a number of FFRF state/church victories. Tom Cara, president of the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, tells us about the un-holy holiday displays chapter members have erected in the Chicago area to counter Nativity scenes and religious displays. Then we hear Rachel Laser, President and CEO of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, accepting FFRF's "Henry Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism" award.

Listen to the podcast here

Freethought Radio -- December 5, 2019

Godless Citizens

'Tis the season to fight state/church violations. We talk about FFRF's full-page "Theocracy" ad in the New York Times, and a number of FFRF's solstice displays around the country to counter religious exhibits. FFRF attorney Chris Line tells us about Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's outrageous attack on the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Then we hear from professor R. Laurence Moore, co-author (with Isaac Kramnick) of Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- November 28, 2019

Where Thanks is Due

Stand-up comic Leighann Lord gives us "Six things to argue about at Thanksgiving other than politics." Aline Pham, 18, tells us about her winning high-school student essay. "Mrs. Betty Bowers" (Deven Green) recites her Thanksgiving prayer. Then we hear from Andrew Bradley, the co-creator and writer of the satirical series, "Mrs. Betty Bowers: America's Best Christian," who reminds us that the evangelical Christian nationalists are no joke.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- November 21, 2019

The Case Against Miracles

Kanye West should not be preaching in prisons. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne explains how we successfully stopped public funding for churches and religious ministries. We report additional recent state/church victories in Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Then former minister and Christian apologist John Loftus, who is now an atheist, tells us about his newest book, The Case Against Miracles.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- November 14, 2019

Project Blitz by any other name

It’s not even Thanksgiving, but the Christian warriors are already at it at the Wisconsin Assembly. We’ll tell you what’s wrong with their Thanksgiving “Bible Week” Resolution. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor’s timely warning about the precarious state of abortion rights, under attack by organized religion, is making the news, along with FFRF’s new billboard on the same subject. FFRF Litigation Attorney Patrick Elliott talks about FFRF’s major court victory in Kentucky this week, protecting the free speech rights of atheist Ben Hart to say “IM God” on his license plate. Then we interview author and researcher Frederick Clarkson about his latest major exposé regarding Project Blitz, a not-so-stealthy campaign to impose Christian Nationalist legislation at the state level.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- November 7, 2019

From Faith to Freethought

We report on FFRF’s perfect score from Charity Navigator (and on the low score of the Catholic League, which is continuing its unfounded attacks on us). We play a shocking audio clip of prosperity evangelist Paula White, just promoted by Trump to a federally paid faith job at the White House, consecrating the White House for Jesus. We report that a federal employee was “Penced” for opposing the vice president’s raid of USAID funds to go to favored Christian groups. After reciting some egregious state/church violations our legal team is fighting, we interview Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps, and the author of a poignant new book, Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.

Listen to the podcast here

Freethought Radio -- October 31, 2019

Spooky Theocracy

FFRF's state/church and freethought billboards are generating a lot of interest in Tennessee. FFRF's Steven Pinker TV ad is airing on "60 Minutes," and the Catholic League is angry about our national ads. After hearing the song "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" from "The Book of Mormon," we listen to Nancy Northup, director of the Center For Reproductive Rights, accepting FFRF's “Forward" Award and warning us to resist the scary Religious Right.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- October 24, 2019

Unconventional Convention

Atheist books are now being burned! Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and HUD Secretary Ben Carson are mixing religion and government. This week, we hear excerpts of the powerful and informative speeches — including two members of Congress, authors, activists, filmmakers, comedians and freethinking students — delivered at FFRF’s 42nd annual convention in Madison, Wis.

Listen to the podcast here. 

Freethought Radio -- October 17, 2019

Freethought is Trending

FFRF's Ron Reagan ad ran twice during the Democratic debate this week, and is really trending on social media and in the press. We push back against Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's egregious "Christian nationalist" speeches last week. Then we hear U.S. Representative Mark Pocan — a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus — tell the shocking story that propelled him into activism.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- October 10, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of FFRF's victory over religion in West Virginia public schools. FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel explains why we have filed an ethics complaint over the Texas judge who gave a bible to convicted murderer Amber Guyger. Then we talk with Therrin Wilson, an atheist college student whose face is on FFRF's billboard in Knoxville, Tenn., about how he overcame poverty, homelessness, and near-blindness to study to become an optometrist.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- October 3, 2019

Imagine No Religion

In the week of the birthday anniversary of John Lennon, our program examines the concept of “Imagine no religion" from several angles. Freethought Radio features Congress’ lone “out” nonbeliever — U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, in a fascinating interview in which he talks about being an ex-Mormon, the inside story on congressional issues regarding separation of state and church, and why he founded the Congressional Freethought Caucus. The show also examines new developments in the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, during this birth week of Gandhi.

FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal, an expert on the phenomenon, is interviewed briefly by solo host Annie Laurie Gaylor.  In the news segment, Freethought Radio excerpts TV news coverage of several major FFRF victories and recounts FFRF’s newest national complaint over the judge in the Amber Guyger trial forcing a bible on her and instructing which passages to read. We play a poignant version of “Imagine,” arranged by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids on flute, with Lenape tribe member and absentee host Dan Barker accompanying on piano. The show contains passages of music not only by Lennon, but by nonreligious classical composer Guiseppe Verdi, also born this week in history.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- September 26, 2019

Crazy Little Thing

We report recent FFRF legal victories, announce winners of the Graduate Student Essay contest and analyze President Trump's theocratic remarks before the United Nations. After hearing Sammy Davis, Jr. sing "It Ain't Necessarily So" by George Gershwin (whose birthday is today), we talk with cartoonist Graham Sale, whose new book is called Crazy Little Thing Called Love: 100% Politically Incorrect God Cartoons.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- September 19, 2019

People of Color Beyond Belief

¡Adios a Dios! After reporting some state/church victories around the country, we talk with Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, about the historic "Women of Color Beyond Belief" conference she is organizing in Chicago on October 4-6. Then we interview David Tamayo, founder and president of Hispanic American Freethinkers, about his public debate on biblical morality (the first-ever in Spanish) in Puerto Rico against an evangelical minister.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- September 12, 2019

No Hell Below Us

FFRF's TV ads are censored in some places, accepted in others. FFRF's South Dakota billboards challenge "In God We Trust." We hear the debut of Dan Barker's song in Spanish, "Es Solo Natural." After talking with FFRF attorney Chris Line about a number of state-church victories in Southern schools, we interview the winner of the Michael Hakeem Memorial College Student Essay Contest, Jack Buchanan, about why he now agrees with John Lennon that there is "no hell below us."

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- September 5, 2019

Ex-Muslim Amnesty

Congressman Jared Huffman comes under fire for defending freedom of conscience on FFRF's "Freethought Matters" TV show. Victory in Fresno, California, public schools. Scholarships and awards to freethinkers of color. After hearing the song "Salt Lake City Blues," written by ex-Mormon cartoonist Steve Benson and Dan Barker, we talk with Egyptian freethinker Omar Makram who, after rejecting Islam and religion, had to flee his country and fight to gain amnesty in Sweden.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- August 29, 2019

Empty the Pews

Andrew Seidel and Liz Cavell, two FFRF attorneys, fill in this week to host Freethought Radio and discuss Andrew's Messin' with Texas tour. The Democratic National Committee recognized the contribution and value of nonreligious Americans, while a federal court declared that discrimination against atheists is permissible. We interview Chrissy Stroop, a writer, activist, and EXvangelical about her work and forthcoming book, Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- August 22, 2019

Our Non-Christian Nation

Christian nationalists are stepping up their attack on American values. We talk about Planned Parenthood, El Salvador, a San Jose (CA) grant to a Christian school, and the new federal rule to allow taxpayer-funded religious discrimination. Then law professor, author and humorist Jay Wexler describes his new "road-trip" book, Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- August 15, 2019

Leaving The Witness

FFRF legal fellow Chris Line tells us about religious intrusion in Mississippi public schools. FFRF co-president Dan Barker makes the connection between his American Indian tribe (Delaware, Lenape) and the Christian cross on the county seal in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. After hearing the Rupert Brooke poem set to music, "Heaven" (envisioning the afterlife from the point of view of a fish), we talk with Amber Scorah, author of the fascinating new book Leaving The Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- August 8, 2019

The Family

"Thoughts and prayers" do not stop bullets. However, Fox News and the Catholic League are blaming the recent mass shootings on godlessness. We report on our loss in federal court that allows a Christian cross to remain on a county seal. Then we speak with author/journalist Jeff Sharlet, about the new Netflix mini-series "The Family," debuting August 9, based on Jeff's book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.

Listen to the podcast here.

August 1

Dying Out Loud

"In God We Trust" has been mandated to be displayed prominently in South Dakota public schools, and FFRF is complaining about it. We talk with Jacob McGee, a winner in FFRF's High-School student essay contest. Then we interview former evangelical pastor of 37 years, Dave Warnock — who is now an atheist who has worked with The Clergy Project, and who has just been diagnosed with ALS — about his "Dying Out Loud" campaign regarding how a nonbeliever deals with a terminal illness.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- July 25, 2019

Christian Nationalism Exposed

We take a lighthearted look at the freethinking credentials of actress/comedian Maya Rudolph, whose birthday is next week. Co-host Annie Laurie Gaylor provides a first-hand account of attending the State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Liberty last week, where seculars were an endangered species. FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal, who co-hosts in Dan Barker’s absence, fills us in on FFRF’s latest breaking news. Then we interview the remarkable Aline Pham, 17, winner of FFRF’s annual essay competition for high school seniors, who tells us why she relies on herself, not a god. After that, Andrew L. Seidel, Director of Strategic Response, explores the sinister nature of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- July 18, 2019

Teach the children

We mourn the death of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and celebrate the anniversary of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention which led to woman's suffrage. Freethinkers of color are encouraged to "come out of the closet." After hearing some of Dan Barker's early Christian songs that he wrote for children, we talk with Marian Wiggins, former senior editor for Gospel Light, a publisher of Christian Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curricula, who used to work with Dan and who has also left the faith and is now a freethinker.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- July 11, 2019

Nontheistic Invocations

The Texas "JESUS" sign finally comes down. Coach-led prayer is stopped in Pennsylvania and Georgia. We talk with Shiv Shah, one of the winners of FFRF's high-school essay contest. Then we are joined by FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert as we interview David Williamson, the lead plaintiff in the victorious federal appeals court decision handed down this week declaring that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners violated the U.S. Constitution by barring nontheistic invocations.

Listen to the podcast here

Freethought Radio -- July 4, 2019

Future Speak

We celebrate the 4th of July by honoring the radical Declaration, our secular Constitution, the freethinking founders such as Thomas Paine, and the feminist Frances Wright. We hear the Stephen Foster (born July 4, 1826) song "Some Folks Do." Then we speak with the award-winning jazz pianist Addison Frei about his life as a freethinking composer and performer, and his albums (such as Future Speak) that not only entertain but advocate for reason, science, and equality.

Listen to the podcast here

Freethought Radio -- June 27, 2019

The Darkening Age

FFRF attorneys sent more than a thousand letters to public school districts warning of the dangers of bible classes. We complained about an Appleton, Wis., school board member who is a pastor flagrantly mixing religion and government. We talk with FFRF lead attorney Rebecca Markert about the disappointing decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a large Christian cross to remain on public land. Then we interview, by phone from London, journalist and author Catherine Nixey, about her book The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- June 20, 2019

The Trouble With Buddha

Bad news for state/church separation: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Bladensburg cross to be constitutional, and intolerant right-wing ideologue Tony Perkins (president of the Christian Family Research Council) has ironically been made the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. FFRF's full-page ad in the New York Times challenges the Christian-nationalist attack on reproductive rights. After hearing Ta-Nehisi Coates' reasoned plea for reparations, we talk with author and screenwriter (Bill & Ted movies) Chris Matheson about his video "God's Art Museum" and about his upcoming book, The Buddha's Story.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- June 13, 2019

Rationalist International

We challenge a Tennessee sheriff deputy who preaches that America should follow the biblical law prescribing that homosexuals should be "put to death," and a Tennessee district attorney who uses his religious beliefs to deny equal treatment to the LGBTQ community. Then we speak with the founder and president of Rationalist International, Sanal Edamaruku, who had to flee India to Finland after being accused by the Catholic Church of blasphemy because he exposed a purported miracle of a weeping Jesus statue in Mumbai as nothing more than a leaking water pipe. Sanal tells us about the Rationalist conference in Cambridge, United Kingdom, July 27-28.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- June 6, 2019

Governmental Affairs

Demons on airplanes. Democrats deleting God. Courtroom prayer by judges. Bible classes in public schools. We talk about all of this, and more, plus Icelandic and other international humanists, on today's show. After FFRF Attorney Sam Grover describes our newest lawsuit, challenging a proselytizing judge in Texas, we talk with Mark Dann, FFRF's new Director of Governmental Affairs, a full-time D.C. lobbyist, about how to raise the national profile of freethinkers and the Freedom From Religion Foundation in order to promote secular legislation that honors the separation of state and church.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- May 30, 2019

Abortion and Religion

What does the bible really say about abortion? Annie Laurie Gaylor and FFRF attorney Liz Cavell answer that question. Then, on the first anniversary of the successful May 2018 referendum to overturn Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion, we talk on the phone from Dublin with feminist and LGBTQ activist Ailbhe Smyth, one of the main organizers of Together For Yes, which successfully campaigned to repeal the Irish Eighth Amendment.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- May 23, 2019

Religious Nationalism on the Rise

This week, we talk about the Religious Right assault on abortion rights, and what we can do about it. After hearing a hilarious "Practicing Atheist" monologue by Irish comedian Dave Allen, we talk on the phone from Mumbai, India, with Irfan Engineer, director of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, about the disappointing results of the recent national election in India, bringing Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi back into power on May 23.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- May 16, 2019

Unfriendly Faith

The Alabama abortion bill, motivated by religious dogma, is in the news this week. FFRF's legal fellow Chris Line tells us about a state/church victory in Pennsylvania stopping "God Bless America" broadcast in a public school, and about a Texas county that displays Christian crosses on its courthouse. Then we speak with author, activist and award-winning journalist Janet Heimlich, founder of Child-Friendly Faith and co-host of the "Parenting Beyond Belief" podcast, about her book Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, and about the "horrific" abuse at a Christian Texas ranch for at-risk children occurring over many decades.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- May 9, 2019

The Founding Myth

What happened in Poland could happen here. Christian Nationalists are proposing and passing laws to outlaw abortion in many states. We listen to part of Georgia State Sen. Jen Jordan's impassioned remarks in opposition to the fetal-heartbeat bill, and Governor Brian Kemp's anti-choice remarks when he signed the bill into law. After hearing the 1941 song "One Life To Live," written by freethinking songwriters Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, we talk with constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel, who is FFRF's Director of Strategic Response, about his new book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American.

Listen to the podcast here

Freethought Radio -- May 2, 2019

Evangelical Intrusion

We analyze President Trump's Christian nationalist remarks during the unconstitutional National Day of Prayer kickoff. After applauding Kansas for protecting women's right to abortion, we hear Pete Seeger's irreverent take on the song "Gimme That Old Time Religion." Then we talk with U.K. journalist Nandini Archer, who worked on Open Democracy's recent eye-opening report: "Revealed: Trump-linked U.S. Christian 'fundamentalists' pour millions of 'dark money' into Europe, boosting the far right."

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- April 25, 2019

The Fight Continues

We unveil an appealing new digital media campaign featuring three remarkable winners of FFRF’s 2018 student of color freethought essay competition. Then we talk about FFRF’s actions related to Ark Park school field trips, more Ten Commandments displays in schools and the true health hazard of measles spread by religious misinformation. Absentee co-host Dan Barker makes a statement about Barker v. Conroy, which permits the U.S. House to continue to exclude secular invocations by atheists. FFRF Communications Director Amitabh Pal joins co-host Annie Laurie Gaylor in interviewing Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst who uncovered the Christian supremacist plot known as Project Blitz, to legislate theocracy at the state level. Tune in to find out his advice about how to fight these theocratic inroads.

Listen to the podcast here.

Freethought Radio -- April 18, 2019

Latter Day Saint to Latter Day Ain’t

Happy birthday and Happy Earthday to Mother Earth! The show discusses how FFRF got a cross relocated from public to private land, and warns about anti-abortion legislative inroads threatening Roe v. Wade. Annie Laurie talks to FFRF in-house counsel Andrew Seidel, director of strategic response, about a bizarre twist in one of FFRF’s concluded major court victories. Then, for a change of pace, she briefly interviews co-host Dan Barker, who’s on the road, about the 23 talks or debates he’s done for FFRF in the last three months all around the United States. Major guest Steve Benson, who was the Arizona Republic’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for 38 years, talks about going from a “latter-day saint to latter day ain’t” and about the irreverent cartoons he’s now drawing for FFRF. Featured composer: atheist Sergei Prokofiev (born April 23, 1891).

Listen to the podcast here. 

Freethought Radio -- April 11, 2019

Days of Atheism

We recap the diverse international conference, “Days of Atheism” held in Poland in March, including the commemoration of the 330th anniversary of the execution of Polish writer Kazimierz Lyszczynski for atheism. In honor of Daniel C. Dennett, who visited FFRF’s office last week, we play Irving Berlin’s rousing 1922 song, “Pack of Your Sins and Go to the Devil." Then we talk with author, professor and clinical psychiatrist Hector A. Garcia about his new book Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide.

Listen to the podcast here.

FFRF is a non-profit, educational organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income-tax purposes.

FFRF has received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator

FFRF is a member of the Secular Coalition for America

FFRF privacy statement