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1FFRFNYTADThe Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for President Trump — and it's sharing that message with the public in a full-page New York Times ad.

The communiqué is partially prompted by Trump's recent commencement remarks to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University that proclaimed: "America is a nation of true believers."

"Mr. President, we are NOT a 'nation of believers,'" FFRF replies in the advertisement, expected to run Thursday. "We are one nation under a godless Constitution. 'We the People' are free to believe or disbelieve."

FFRF adds: "Such exclusionary remarks denigrate the quarter of the U.S. population today that is nonreligious — 'true nonbelievers.' The United States is not a theocracy and there is no religious test for citizenship."

The nontheistic organization urges, "It's never been more crucial for those of us who dissent from religion to stand up for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church." FFRF, a state/church watchdog with more than 29,000 members nationwide that works to defend the constitutional wall of separation, invites secularists to join or consider giving to FFRF's Legal Fund "in Mike Pence's name."

The ad's irreverent graphic lampoons Trump's signing of a May 4 executive order signaling that tax-exempt churches are now free to politick from the pulpit. FFRF is suing Trump over that executive order.

It also criticizes Trump's budget "that spells disaster for our secular public schools, diverting tax money toward vouchers benefiting religious schools," and invites viewers to download FFRF's free brochure, "The Case Against Vouchers."

Through such a prominent placement in the national "paper of record," FFRF hopes it will be able to spread its secular message far and wide.

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Plaintiff Elizabeth Deal

A school district in West Virginia has decided to suspend its "Bible in the Schools" classes next school year in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against its egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" program. FFRF, along with two parents of young children, brought the case earlier this year. The lawsuit has received national attention, including a segment on CBS This Morning, due to the outrageous nature of the violation.

Mercer County Schools Superintendent Deborah Akers announced that she wants to include "community members and religious leaders" in reviewing the class and recommended suspending the classes until the review was completed.

FFRF is pleased at this first step in addressing long-standing violations of the constitutional rights of children and parents. Starting this fall, it appears that students will receive an appropriate education free from religious instruction within the Mercer County public schools system. Contending that the bible classes are not legally defensible, FFRF will continue to pursue all legal remedies available against the school system to ensure compliance with the First Amendment.

"The Supreme Court has spoken directly on this type of public school indoctrination and has ruled that public schools may not engage in it," says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. "Religion in schools builds walls between children and leads to ostracism of minorities — as experienced by our plaintiff Elizabeth Deal, who had to remove her child from the school."

FFRF's legal complaint lists examples of the proselytizing curriculum. Lesson 2 promotes creationism by claiming humans and dinosaurs co-existed. Students are asked to "picture Adam being able to crawl up on the back of a dinosaur! He and Eve could have their own personal water slide! Wouldn't that be so wild!"

FFRF v. Mercer County Board of Education (Case# 1:17-cv-00642) was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge David A. Faber.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with more than 29,000 nonreligious members across the country, including in West Virginia.

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