Columnist urges atheist activism on FFRF’s TV show Sunday


The guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday is asking nonbelievers to speak up — and speak out. 

Kate Cohen is a Washington Post-contributing columnist. She also writes documentary scripts, including the Emmy Award-winning “Rising,” “Rebuilding Ground Zero” and the Gold Panda Award-winning “How China Works.” She’s the author of A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding and The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival Through My Italian Family. Cohen’s new book, We of Little Faith, will be out next year. Cohen talks on the show in part about her poignant recent column for The Washington Post: “As the Court Forces Christianity On America, It’s time for Atheists to Speak Out.” 

“I wrote that column out of frustration with the tumult of news coming out of not just the Supreme Court, but primarily the Supreme Court that really seemed to favor a particular conservative Christian worldview, even when it comes to public policy that the rest of us have to live by,” Cohen tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “All of us are trying to figure out how to respond, what actions we can take. And I feel as if atheists might have a particular role to play in this battle for what’s right in American public life and in preserving the separation of church and state.”

If you don’t live in the quarter-plus of the nation where the show broadcasts on Sunday, you can right now watch the interview on FFRF’s YouTube channel. New shows go up every Thursday. You can also receive notifications when we post new episodes of “Freethought Matters” by subscribing to the playlist on FFRF’s YouTube channel.

Two upcoming guests on the show will be authors discussing white Christian nationalism: Katherine Stewart (The Power Worshippers) and Sam Perry (The Flag and the Cross). This fall season already contains must-see interviews with Texas iconoclast Jim Hightower (who will be receiving FFRF’s Clarence Darrow award at its October convention), leading constitutional abortion rights expert Professor Geoffrey Stone and Professor Anthea Butler, an incisive commentator on white Christian nationalism.

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  • Washington, D.C., WDCW-CW (Ch. 50 or Ch. 23 or Ch. 3), Sundays at 8 a.m.

You can catch interviews from past seasons here, including with Gloria Steinem, Ron Reagan and Julia Sweeney and Reps. Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin, Hank Johnson, Jerry McNerney and Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Smolar

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