W.Va. student activist/plaintiff appears on FFRF TV show Sunday

FT Matters Max Nibert

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday features the intrepid young student who initiated a West Virginia school walkout that’s led to an FFRF lawsuit.

Max Nibert, who is the principal student plaintiff in the newsmaking West Virginia case, appears on the show along with FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott, who explains the law. In early February, Nibert, a senior at Huntington High School in West Virginia, led a dramatic walkout at his school to protest an evangelical Christian revival that some of the students had been forced to attend. Since then, Nibert, who is nonreligious, has become a student plaintiff in a high-profile federal lawsuit that FFRF has filed on behalf of 11 parents and students in the district. Nibert will be accepting FFRF’s Richard and Beverly Hermsen Student Activist Award, a $5,000 prize, at its October convention in San Antonio.

“I have never been prouder of my peers than I am right now,” he tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “When ordinary citizens find their circumstances to be unfair, they change them. And that’s exactly what we’re doing today.”

If you don’t live in the quarter-plus viewership of the nation where the show broadcasts on Sunday, you can already catch the interview on the “Freethought Matters” playlist 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 FFRF’s YouTube channel.

“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, KSTC-IND (Ch. 45, Digital Channel 5.5), Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (Digital channel 5.2 has been dropped.)
  • 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 shows will include an interview with another student activist, Will Larkins, who is leading a pushback against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ anti-LGBTQ policies, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin and freethinker and sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who is creating a memorial to “Forgotten Founder” Thomas Paine. “Freethought Matters” is now in its sixth season. To watch earlier shows, including an interview with freethinker and feminist icon Gloria Steinem, visit the “Freethought Matters” playlist on FFRF’s YouTube channel. 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!

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