FFRF ad airing on ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ tonight

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a new ad campaign on the “Rachel Maddow Show.”

The spot starts airing tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will be running periodically as funds allow on the popular talk show, which is broadcast weekdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The commercial depicts the famous lines delivered by presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in 1960: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute . . . where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly on the general populace.”

FFRF urges viewers to “restore respect for America’s secular roots.” The ad makes this appeal: “Help the Freedom From Religion Foundation defend the wall of separation between state and church. Join us at FFRF.org. Freedom depends on freethinkers.”

“In this election year, we want to remind America that to be elected in the past, presidential candidates had to pledge allegiance to our secular Constitution,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Today, unfortunately, there seems to be a de facto religious test for public office.”

The 30-second spot is accompanied by a piano rendition of “America the Beautiful” recorded by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. The ad concludes with the strains of “Let freedom ring” and the image of a Lincoln penny with “In Reason We Trust” replacing “In God We Trust.”

FFRF debuted the TV ad in 2012 on MSNBC and CBS.

Buzz Kemper narrates the commercial, and it’s produced for FFRF by John Urban Productions.

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