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Acclaimed actress, comedian and author Julia Sweeney is the guest on this week's "Freethought Matters." Julia, an FFRF member, is interviewed by FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor.

Julia talks about her life and work, including her stint with "Saturday Night Live," and her turn toward freethought.

The half-hour show is hosted by FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. "Freethought Matters" first airs on Madison's local WISC-TV 3, which is affiliated with CBS, on Sundays at 11 p.m.

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FFRF ad airs on Anderson Cooper & Colbert

A famous Freedom From Religion Foundation's commercial will be featured several times this month on one of CNN's most high-profile shows.

FFRF will run its memorable ad featuring "unabashed atheist" Ron Reagan on "Anderson Cooper 360°" (8 p.m.-10 p.m. Eastern Time). The spot will air twice on the show Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 5 to Feb. 25.

FFRF's commercial says:

Hi, I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I'm alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That's why I'm asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.

The ad will also be running Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" for the next three weeks. Unfortunately, due to network censorship, the promo will be limited to 10 markets:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Milwaukee
  • Austin, Texas
  • Las Vegas
  • Madison, Wis.

These are CBS-affiliated stations not owned by CBS. CBS Network, ABC, NBC and Discovery Science have all refused to air the 30-second spot. Although the Reagan ad ran last year on several regional CBS-owned stations, and was contracted to return, national CBS has clamped down.
The audio version of the Ron Reagan ad is broadcasting on a major New York-area radio station: WCBS News Radio 880, which covers New York City and the surrounding region. It will air 75 times between Monday, Feb. 5, and Sunday, Feb. 25.

"We're overjoyed to present our message to so many different audiences, in spite of the constraints of censorship," comments FFRF Co-President Dan Barker.

The ad has been a major fount of publicity for FFRF and has helped bring in numerous new members.

"It's a delightful surprise how many folks we've been able to reach through this commercial that Ron Reagan kindly recorded for us," adds Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity, is the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate. With more than 32,000 members and 20 chapters all over the country, the organization also educates the public about nontheism.

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