Title: 2021 HumanLight Virtual Celebration & 20th Anniversary
Date: Saturday, December 18, 4-6:30pm ET
Register Here: Zoom
HumanLight celebrates humanism’s positive secular vision of reason, compassion, and hope. It's a time of reflection on the year ending and preparing for the year ahead.
Join us for online December 18th for candle lighting, music, magic, beautiful decorations, and more. After our program, we'll open Breakout Rooms for socializing, discussions, and games. The event is free and welcome to all. The program part will be recorded.
Hosted by the Metro Denver Chapter of FFRF, Barbara Alvarez, FFRF's Anne Nicol Gaylor Reproductive Rights Intern, will speak on Saturday November 6th, 3pm at the Secular Hub in Denver, Colorado. This hybrid presentation, titled The Religious Right’s Attack on Abortion Rights, details the religious right's vicious assault on reproductive rights, and provides insight on how the Freedom From Religion Foundation plans to fight back. Barbara is the Freedom From Religion’s first Anne Nicol Gaylor Reproductive Rights intern, a program set up to memorialize FFRF’s principal founder, who was an early abortion rights activist and author of the book Abortion is a Blessing. Barbara was a major winner in FFRF’s essay competition for graduate students, writing about the bible’s role in the abortion battle. She was also a 2019 Wadsworth-Sheng Scholar with the Center for Inquiry.
FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor appeared on Critical Faculty with Hanney Seylim on Saturday, November 6, 2021 to discuss the Abrahamic religions and women. This event is archived on YouTube.
Don't miss the 2021 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular celebration beginning at 6:45 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, November 2, 2021 via ZOOM!
FFRF co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will join leading secular voices to welcome participants during this bilingual event to be followed by the Honoring Ceremony featuring dedications from distinguished guests and participants. Participants are encouraged to share a photograph or portraits of a deceased loved one during the Honoring Ceremony portion of the event. Prizes will be awarded and mailed to participants whom the cosponsors determine to have the best Secular Day of the Dead themed clothing, Zoom setting, face painting, face mask, and hair adornment.
Both an English and a Spanish speaker's Zoom breakout room will be available after the keynote speech by Jon Huertas. View the archived video recording here.
This panel will facilitate a discussion centered around the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and the threats it currently faces. The American Constitution Society chapter at Mitchell Hamline is proud to feature four litigators who dedicate their work to safeguarding secular government and religious equality:
Nick Little is Legal Director for the Center For Inquiry, handling the organization's internal and external legal matters. CFI looks to focus its legal efforts on the intersection of science and secularism, and fights both for the advancement of science rather than religion in public policy, as well as the defense of consumers and the public from pseudoscience in all its forms.
Rebecca Markert is the Legal Director for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. She handles a First Amendment caseload that includes matters involving religion in the public schools, religious symbols on public property, and electioneering by churches. She has served as co-counsel in federal lawsuits across the country and routinely assists FFRF’s cooperating attorneys in litigation, and has drafted amicus briefs filed in many federal appellate courts including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Monica Miller is the Legal Director and Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association and Executive Director of the Humanist Legal Society. Monica has served as lead counsel in over 25 federal cases, including before the U.S. Supreme Court in American Legion v. American Humanist Association in 2020.
Alison Gill manages American Atheists’ federal and state advocacy for religious equality and litigation activities to protect the separation of religion and government. Alison is a nationally recognized expert on civil rights law and state advocacy.
This Zoom event is free and open to the public. Register here.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will appear on Critical Faculty with Hanney Seylim on Friday, October 15, at 9:00 a.m. CST. Dan and Hanney will discuss "God of the Gaps Part 4: What are the sources of our moral intuitions?" This event will be live on YouTube and is free and open to the public.
Peter Dixon of Freethinkers International will interview FFRF co-president Dan Barker on Thursday, Oct 7. 9:30pm CST on YouTube. Freethinkers International is a platform to present Interviews with freethinkers & influencers in the freethinking community with a desire to simply add information and inspiration.
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker and FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne, in partnership with FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Area Chapter are hosting a virtual event for Illinois residents on Saturday, October 2 at 11:00 AM CDT via Zoom.
The presentation will focus specifically on Illinois Statute (720 ILCS 570/407), related to the inclusion of places of worship to the list of "drug-free zones" in Illinois. Dan and Ryan will discuss the importance of keeping state and religion separate, and how non-believers can get involved to help repeal a church-centered Illinois state law that is contributing to mass incarcerations in Chicago and throughout the state. View the archived presentation here.
Hosted by the Jefferson Humanists, FFRF's Anne Nicol Gaylor Reproductive Rights Intern, Barbara Alvarez, will share her presentation, "Dealing with Disinformation: Standing up for Facts in the Face of Fake News". She will discuss historical and contemporary concepts of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news, as well as how information access and creation have changed. Her talk will be live, Sunday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m. CDT via Zoom. RSVP on MeetUp, attendance is limited.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will debate Rabbi Barry Silver on the question of "Does religion still serve a useful purpose in the modern world" on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
This event is hosted by Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor, a congregation promoting an all-inclusive, universal, and rational approach to Judaism that honors tradition, respects science, and celebrates spirituality. Rabbi Barry Silver is a respected attorney who served from 1996 to 1998 in the Florida House of Representatives where he was named “Most Effective Environmental Legislator” by the Sierra Club and “Consumer Champion” by Florida’s largest consumer group. Dan and Barry intend to have a lively, collegial debate focused around the utility of belief to a rational, progressive populace.
Attendees can login to Zoom here, with Meeting ID: 867 6104 1462 and Passcode: 308365. This virtual debate will include time for audience Q&A and comments, and is free and open to the public.
FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor will join Fred Edwords, a leading lecturer on humanism, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Mandisa Thomas, and John Leeker, Director of Library and Archives at Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary and Treasurer of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association to discuss the historical background of modern humanism and the progress of the American Humanist Association since its founding 80 years ago. This virtual discussion will take place on July 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST and is part of the AHA's 80th Annual Conference. Schedule and registration information can be found here.
Please join FFRF’s Dan Barker and Andrew Seidel along with a host of secular activists to celebrate the 2021 Thomas Paine Day via Zoom on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, beginning at 3:45 PM PST/6:45 PM EST. The life and work of Thomas Paine will be honored with a variety of presentations and musical interludes, and attendees will get a sneak peek at the progress of sculptor Zenos Frudakis’ Thomas Paine statue. Watch the archived video here.
FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert will appear at the Cultural and Secular Jewish Organization's annual conference on Sunday, May 30th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST. The theme of the 2021 virtual conference is "Interconnections: Networking, Supporting and Growing Together" which will be hosted on the Go-To-Meeting platform. Rebecca's talk will focus on recent developments in religious liberty cases and the impact on secular issues and communities. Register for the conference here.
Hosted by the Lake Superior Freethinkers chapter of FFRF, Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel will speak on Sunday, June 6th at 10:00 a.m. CST. Andrew will discuss Christian Nationalism, its role in the January 6 insurrection, and his acclaimed book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American. Andrew will make himself available for a Q&A session following his presentation. This free virtual event will be hosted on Zoom.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will appear on Critical Faculty with Hanney Seylim on Friday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m. CST. Dan will discuss whether YHWH, Yeshua, and Allah are one and the same god. This event will be live on YouTube and is free and open to the public.
FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert and Associate Counsel Elizabeth Cavell will present a timely discussion titled, " 'On the Basis of Sex:' Civil Rights after Bostock v. Clayton County" On Sunday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) at the virtual Secular Student Alliance Conference. The presentation will cover the legal background of the case, what it means for religious liberty, namely religious exemptions to the Civil Rights Act, and how that impacts civil rights moving forward particularly for transgender rights, and, of course, crucial to any discussion of civil rights progress moving forward is the issue of the make-up of the federal courts.
The 2021 SSA conference is a multi-day virtual conference with live-streaming and on-demand video for students and the larger secular community. The conference runs May 15-16, 2021, and consists of excellent speakers, grassroots organizing workshops, and leadership training. Please register for free today and invite a friend to join you!
Hosted by the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP), FFRF's Director of Strategic Response, Andrew Seidel will discuss Christian Nationalism, its role in the January 6 insurrection, and his acclaimed book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American via Zoom on Sunday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. (MST) . Andrew will delve into the threat Christian nationalism poses to our secular nation, something he's been warning and writing about for many years, and focus on how to defeat the Christian nationalist identity. This event is free and open to the public. Zoom link and more information are available on the HSGP Facebook event page.
FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will appear at the inaugural Conference on Religious Trauma on Wednesday, May 12, from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. CST. The Conference on Religious Trauma is intended to educate therapists and lay persons about religious trauma syndrome and connecting survivors of religious trauma with qualified therapists and resources to aid in recovery. Dan, a co-founder of The Clergy Project which provides support for religious leaders who "lose faith in faith" will discuss his personal journey from evangelical preacher to atheist activist, along with his many books. Annie Laurie, who co-founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation along with her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor, will discuss her book Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, which was the first book documenting widespread sexual abuse by clergy. Tickets and registration for the conference are available here. Email [email protected] for more information.
Don't miss Coffee & Conversation with FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover and Legal Fellow Joseph McDonald on Tuesday, May 11, at 10 a.m. CT!
Brew a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and join us on Tuesday, May 11, at 10 a.m. Central time to participate in FFRF's new virtual event, "Coffee & Conversation." FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover and Legal Fellow Joseph McDonald will discuss the many intersections between freethought and public health. They will answer a variety of questions, including: How will the Catholic takeover of America's hospitals affect access to care? How should a freethinker plan for end-of-life decision-making? How do you keep the hospital chaplain out of your room? Q&A will follow. This event is exclusively for FFRF members and will be recorded. Look for your emailed invitation sent on May 4, 2021.
Join a host of secular organizations to celebrate The National Day of Reason with the "Mayday for Humanity" Zoom event on Thursday, May 6, 2021 beginning at 4:00 PM PST/7:00 PM EST. Comedians Leighann Lord and Ian Harris will co-host this 3-hour event featuring comedians, poets, and musical performers. The National Day of Reason is the non-religious answer to the National Day of Prayer. As the religious community prays, nontheist communities across the country roll up their sleeves and get to work in support of the 2021 Secular Week of Action (April 30 - May 9). The Mayday for Humanity event provides the opportunity to participate virtually by collecting online donations to benefit shelters and food banks that serve communities in a non-discriminatory and secular manner and includes an online auction which is now open for bidding.
Register for the Zoom event at: bit.ly/Join4Humanity
Pre-event donations can be made at: bit.ly/MAYDAY4HUMANITY
FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel will join Matt Dillahunty on The Atheist Experience a live, weekly call-in show on Sunday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. The Atheist Experience, produced by the Atheist Community of Austin, is a webcast that encourages theists and atheists alike to call in to discuss the existence of God and related topics. Calls from theists are usually given priority, as the aim of the webcast is to encourage theists to question their theistic beliefs. The show is broadcast live on YouTube.
Join us on Tuesday, April 6 at 10 a.m. central time to participate in FFRF's new virtual event, "Coffee & Conversation." FFRF's resident expert on Christian nationalism, Andrew Seidel, will have a discussion about the Capitol attack three months ago, and the role that Christian nationalism played. Q&A will follow. This event is exclusive for FFRF members and will be recorded. For FFRF members-only. Look for your emailed invitation sent on March 30, 2021.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will appear at a virtual meeting hosted by the East Tennessee Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and East Tennessee Rationalists on Sunday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). The topic of the discussion will center around Dan's book Free Will Explained, and FFRF's current efforts to defend the Establishment Clause. Q&A will follow. Email the chapter here.
Hosted by the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Mark Dann, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will discuss the changing political landscape in Washington and how we can advance a secular legislative agenda on March 14 from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm. This event can be viewed on the NYSEC Youtube channel.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will appear at a virtual meeting hosted by Sunday Assembly Nashville on Sunday, March 14, at 10:30 am Central. Dan will discuss his colorful journey from evangelical preacher to atheist activist, along with his many books. Sunday Assembly Nashville is part of the international movement of people who want to celebrate the one life we know we have. find more information on their Facebook page and MeetUp. This event will be live on YouTube and is free and open to the public.
FFRF Co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor, will join the Humanist Association of San Diego to discuss her timeless book, Women Without Superstition: "No Gods - No Masters" on Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. (CDT). This event is free and open to the public. Meeting information can be found on the Humanist Association of San Diego event page.
Don't miss FFRF co-president Dan Barker on the podcast "When Belief Dies #36 - 'Meteorites and Compasses'" available on YouTube at 12:00 AM CST Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Hosted by Sam, a former self-identified Christian turned atheists blogger the two explore honest reflections on faith, religion, and life. More information and archived podcasts can be for on the When Belief Dies website.
Join other freethinkers and FFRF Co-President Dan Barker with Drinking Liberally Grafton for a discussion on atheism, the separation of the state and church, and Dan's many books on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 6:30 PM via Zoom hosted by Drinking Liberally Grafton. Check out the Drinking Liberally Grafton Facebook pagefor more information. This event is free and open to the public.
FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor will appear on the AM Radio show “California State University Channel Islands Presents About Education”, hosted by Neil Kreisel on Wednesday, February 3 from 2-3 PM (PST). The show can also be found on AM 1290 (KZSB) in Santa Barbara and is streamed live at KZSB. (Formerly named AHA! Presents about Education.). It is archived on SoundCloud.
In these darkest days of winter, we invite you to a Winter Solstice party. We can’t meet in person this year — but we can still celebrate the real reason for the season and enjoy remote camaraderie.In these darkest days of winter, we invite you to a Winter Solstice party. We can’t meet in person this year — but we can still celebrate the real reason for the season and enjoy remote camaraderie.
The party will include music by nine talented, nonreligious musicians performing especially for you and this event!
Watch the recorded video here.
And here’s to 2021 — may reason, our secular Constitution and public health prevail.
FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott will speak at a virtual event Saturday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). Hosted by FFRF Kentucky Chapter, Patrick will discuss his experience overseeing litigation for FFRF focusing on First Amendment matters including religion in public schools, religious displays, and free speech violations. He has worked to resolve hundreds of state/church violations across the country.
FFRF Director of Strategic Response, Andrew L. Seidel, will join the Prairie State Humanists to discuss his groundbreaking book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American on Wednesday, November 11. This event is free and open to the public.
Hosted by the Lake Superior Freethinkers chapter of FFRF, Staff Attorney and Strategic Response Attorney Ryan Jayne will speak on Sunday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. CST (don’t forget to set your clocks back!). Ryan will focus on current court challenges and some of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's recent efforts in defending the Establishment Clause, and also dive into 2020 Minnesota legislation pertaining to religious intrusion into public policy. He will also give a refresher on historical legal challenges to the Establishment Clause, and a glimpse into likely challenges in the near future. Ryan will make himself available for a Q&A session following his presentation. This free virtual event will be hosted on Zoom, watch the archived video here.
The traditional Day of the Dead celebration for 2020 is taking on a decidedly nonreligious atmosphere this year! Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the 2020 Secular Day of the Event/Dia de los Muertos event is being offered as an online event beginning at 2:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, November 1, 2020.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker's dedication, "Adios a dios" will be available in both English and Spanish, and Annie Laurie Gaylor will share a remembrance of her mother and FFRF principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. The Honoring Ceremony will open with dedications from actor Jon Huertas, writer Sasha Sagan, sculptor Zenos Frudakis, author Fernando Alcántar, and John Davidson. Participants are encouraged to share a photograph or portraits of a deceased loved one during the Honoring Ceremony portion of the event. Prizes will be awarded for best decore and costume. A Spanish speaker's Zoom room will be available with a mirrored schedule. See full details at ftsociety.org. Advance registration is requested, register here. To reserve a 3 to 5 minute time slot to celebrate a deceased loved one, email [email protected] Informacion en Espanol
Join FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott along with CFI’s Nick Little and AA’s Geoffrey Blackwell for a panel discussion about the most important upcoming Supreme Court cases for atheists. They will examine cases impacting First Amendment rights and the separation of religion and government. This free virtual event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will be followed by time for Q&A. Register here in advance.
Join FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel as he discusses the importance of the Johnson Amendment which limits the participation of tax-exempt organizations (such as churches) in the political arena. Andrew will be joined by Mike Bates, former chairman of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, to debate the importance of limiting religious intrusion into government on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Bringing Politics to the Pulpit is hosted by the Religious Freedom Commission in partnership with the Central Florida Freethought Community. This virtual event is open to the public, register here in advance. Visit the CFFC event page for more information.
Hosted by FFRF Valley of the Sun chapter, Legal Director Rebecca Markert will discuss regional and national Establishment Clause challenges on October 15th at 5:45 p.m. Arizona Time. This virtual event is open to the public, register here in advance. Visit the FFRF-VS website, for information about more upcoming events.
FFRF Director of Strategic Response, Andrew L. Seidel, will join the Humanist Association of San Diego to discuss his groundbreaking book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American on Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT). This event is free and open to the public. Zoom meeting information can be found on the Humanist Association of San Diego event page.
Presented by Black Nonbelievers of DC, FFRF Director of Strategic Response, Andrew L. Seidel is pleased to join the Legacy: The Story of Dissent Throughout the Years virtual speaker series. Andrew will discuss American Christian nationalism and his acclaimed book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American on Saturday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. (EDT). This event is free and open to the public. Zoom meeting information can be found on the Black Nonbelievers of DC event page.
FFRF Director of Strategic Response, Andrew L. Seidel, will discuss his acclaimed book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American on Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT). Hosted by the Freethought Society, this virtual event will dig into the false claim that America was founded as a Christian nation, and will be followed by time for Q&A. This event is free and open to the public. Zoom meeting information can be found on the Freethought Society event page.
FFRF co-president, Dan Barker will appear on the LIVE with Critical Faculty YouTube show at 9:00 a.m. CDT. on Friday, October 9, 2020. Hosted by Hanney Saylim, Dan will discuss his thoughts on faith, reason, and morality. This event is free and open to the public. Simply click here to be directed to the presentation at 9:00 a.m. CDT.
You are invited to watch FFRF's weekly "Ask an Atheist" program, available on Facebook Live! at noon Central, this Wednesday, Sept. 2. This week, we will discuss why blasphemy is a victimless crime with special remote guest Leo Igwe. Leo is a secular humanist activist and academic from Nigeria, and he will join us to talk about the detention and disappearance of Nigerian atheist Mubarak Bala, and the dangers of widespread blasphemy laws.
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FFRF Legal Director, Rebecca Markert, will discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and their potential ramifications on state-church separation on Monday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). Hosted by the Free Inquiry Group, this virtual event will discuss recent and upcoming cases and their impact on our secular constitution. This event is free and open to the public. View the recorded presentation on the FIG Youtube channel.
Hosted by the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, Patrick O'Reiley Legal Fellow Dante CH Harootunian, and Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne will discuss some of FFRF's national efforts, and also dive into pending legislation pertaining to religious intrusion into public policy. The presentation will start at 7:00 p.m. Central Time and will be followed by time for Q&A. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Register in advance or view the archived presentation here: https://ffrf.us/standingup. Enter the security code: FFRFStandingUp.
FFRF Director of Strategic Response, Andrew L. Seidel, will discuss his acclaimed book, The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American on Saturday, July 25 at 1:15 p.m. Central time, at the Secular Student Alliance, 2020 virtual conference. This event is free and open to the public, and features some of the leading activists in the secular movement. Attendees must register to receive zoom meeting information, or email to [email protected] for technical support.
Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will speak at the BAHA•CON conference (organized by BAHA: Bluewater Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics) July 24 and 25, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Other speakers include "Friendly Atheist" Hemant Mehta, former ministers Bob Ripley and Dave Warnock ("Dying Out Loud"), UCC atheist minister Greta Vosper, and activist Marie D'Elephant. The event will take place at the Sunbridge Conference Center. Register online at https://bahacon.com/
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Join FFRF co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor at the Bluewater Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics Conference, July 24-25, 2020, at the Sunbridge Hotel and Conference Centre Sarnia/Point Edward 1498 Venetian Blvd. Point Edward, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7W6, Canada. The Conference starts Friday July 24th with an optional VIP Dinner were attendees can mingle with the speakers and be entertained by Dan Barker singing & playing the piano. This dinner is a full sit down plated dinner. The main Conference starts Saturday July 25th at 9:00 a.m., featuring our seven great speakers giving a talk with a Question & Answer period to follow. Tickets go on sale Aptril 2, 2020. Email [email protected] with questions. View the flyer here.