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June/July 2017

Bible program suspended in West Virginia · ‘Religious liberty’ executive order faces legal challenge · Ethics violations by Texas AG Paxton? · California school board appeals FFRF’s suit win · FFRF, others support atheist legislator · Record few believe bible is literal word of God · Maine Senate wrong to deny invocation · FFRF offers ‘atheist’ badge for Boy Scouts · Trump budget a disaster for public education, says FFRF · FFRF Victories By Molly Hanson · Blasphemy! The dangers of speaking out · School’s ‘Bible Release Time’ ends · FFRF runs ad in NY Times · ‘Does everyone here really believe this stuff?’ By Tom Cara · Coffee distribution, poetry, horses, and Oxford commas By Kristina Daleiden · Join FFRF for Darrow celebration · Freedom of Expression conference set for July · Barker schools Fox News’ Carlson · Why did FFRF sue Trump, when others didn’t? · Time to update Rockwell’s Four Freedoms By Karl Albrecht · Cliff Richards Memorial Student Activist Award: By Ashlynn Bradley · Richard & Beverly Hermsen Student Activist Award: By Jack Doe · Allen P. Wilkinson Student Activist Award: By Seth Manning · Paul J. Gaylor Memorial Student Activist Scholarship: By Peter Opitz · Why Millennial women are embracing atheism: By Kyle Fitzpatrick · FFRF dissects Trump’s Liberty U speech · In Memoriam: L.R. Koukal · Douglas Brassil leaves FFRF generous bequest · Crankmail · Secular Invocation: Ed Sweeney · FFRF convention lineup nearly finalized! · Read more »

May 2017

Donations in Pence’s name now over $100K · Schools’ troubled history with religion continues: By Linda K. Wertheimer · Amazing couple seed student award, legal fellowships · Close encounters of the creationist kind: By Andrew Seidel · Take a freethinking Bahamas cruise in 2018! · FFRF supports the Johnson Amendment · Church may form own police force? · Supreme Court leans over slippery slope · Texas Gov. Abbott files for protective order in FFRF case · FFRF Victories By Molly Hanson · Nonbelief Relief gives $10K to combat famine · FFRF & Denver chapter place 12 billboards · FFRF sends rebuttal to Air National Guard · Two Ohio officials sacrifice their jobs to uphold First Amendment · FFRF protests NASA religious grant · Are one-quarter of Americans atheists? · Crosses removed from public school windows By Jeremy Wood · Darrow statue to inherit the lawn · Poundstone joins lively lineup at convention · Taking on the Internal Revenue Service · FFRF’s convention: All you need to know · Secular Invocation: Justin Scott · Crankmail · In Memoriam: Mildred Fischer was author, teacher, editor · In Memoriam: Clara Johnson, a ‘dynamo,’ dies at 92 · ‘Why doesn’t FFRF go after Muslims?’ By Andrew Seidel · Thomas Jefferson Student Activist Award Nicole Niebler’s activism sprang from ‘aha’ moment · Richard and Beverly Hermsen Student Activist Award: Harassed for questioning of authority - By Cidney Fisk · Thomas W. Jendrock Student Activist Award: Speaking up started early for Kelly Helton · Safe and legal abortion is, in fact, pro-life: By Ingrid Andersson · Vandalism not unexpected outside Creation Museum By Jim Helton · A meeting of the freethinking minds · Sign up for FFRF Darrow celebration July 13 in Chattanooga · Anthropolo-gee, this is interesting! By Sue Kocher · How I won $1,000 betting on the Antichrist By Derek Mathias · Read more »

April 2017

Evangelicals feel discriminated against · FFRF Victories by Molly Hanson · FFRF dashes school’s religious events · FFRF wants blasphemy ordinance struck down · Oppose bible as W.Va. 'state book' · FFRF objects to cross in Florida city hall · Reagan ad airs on MSNBC · Church-funding case being appealed · FFRF’s student essay competitions offer $30K · Vouchers bad for students, taxpayers · FFRF wins Indiana nativity performance suit · Seeking Capitol gains: FFRF attorneys lobby in D.C. to advance secular issues By Sam Grover and Patrick Elliott · FFRF sues Texas judge over prayers in courtroom · FFRF’s 40th national convention: Join us for an unbelievably good time · Secular Invocation: Melissa Tate Waterloo · Secular Invocation: Tom Waddell · In Memoriam: Scott Rosien · In Memoriam: Ted Annenberg · They’re playing our secular song By Jeff Brinckman · Be loud and proud of your freethinking: By Eryn Johnson · A secular state is best for all citizens By Michael Nugent · Gorsuch: No assisted suicide or abortion? By Dan Barker · Meet a Member: Helping to fight religious fundamentalism: Henry (Hank) Zumach · FFRF convention speech: The origin of the Henry Zumach Award · FFRF convention speech: On truth, transparency and saying grace: By Daniel C. Dennett · Crankmail · Freethought Heroine Award: A brush with death paints joyous life by Lauri Lebo · FFRF’s Strong Backbone Student Activist Award: Sitting down for her rights by Cierra Fields · Philosophy is his drive, love is his goal · Read more »

March 2017

FFRF apprehensive about Gorsuch as court nominee · Church politicking would undermine our republic · In the News · 32% say you need to be Christian to be American · Many believe God directly involved in sports, politics · Town backtracks on removal of veterans cross memorial · No more pizza topped with extra Christianity · FFRF hails new bill to fight discrimination · March for Science set for April 22 · Case gets national TV coverage · ‘Bibles in School’ lawsuit brings media attention · City settles with FFRF · Monument to be moved from school · Cross taken down at park - Santa Clara finally settles with FFRF over lawsuit · Evangelicals inconsistent on animal care - By Brian Bolton · ‘My journey started with questions’ - Linda Allewalt · Emperor Has No Clothes award - Seeking the unseen: Gravitational waves - By Lawrence Krauss · Crankmail · Out of the Closet Atheist award - Becoming an ‘Unapologetic Black Atheist’ - Nadia Duncan · FFRF Victories - By Molly Hanson · Wisconsin shows bad consequences of school vouchers - By Patrick Elliott · Sign up now for FFRF's 40th convention · Roerden’s activism isn’t by the book - By Chris Roerden · Mayor’s ‘Jesus’ sign removed · Christian bench removed from VA center · FFRF Board chair gets church sign covered · D.C. Women’s March a unifying voice of reason - By Alyssa Schaefer · In Memoriam - FFRF founder’s sister-in-law dies - Alice Nicol · In Memoriam - Nat Hentoff was prolific writer, civil libertarian · In Memoriam - Extraordinary life and obit - Kay Ann Heggestad · In Memoriam - Warren Allen Smith was atheist in foxhole · Read more »

January/February 2017

Bill of Rights censorship case continues · FFRF applauds law protecting nontheists · FFRF stands with Planned Parenthood · Judge halts transgender, abortion protections · Court: ‘In God We Trust’ no burden to atheists · Evangelicals trust religion more than science · FFRF requested Trump hold secular inauguration · U.S. Christians less educated than ‘Nones’ · ‘Nones’ far underrepresented · Legal Victories: By Molly Hanson · FFRF messes with Texas — and wins: By Molly Hanson · Trump’s picks a threat to church/state issues · Trump’s court appointees could linger for generations: By Annie Laurie Gaylor · FFRF takes a stand against theocrats · FFRF files eight lawsuits · FFRF wins four lawsuits · Crankmail · Joseph Padula made ‘world better’ · Noted botanist Hugh Iltis helped get DDT banned · Polly Rothstein was abortion, health-care rights activist · Will my marriage be constitutional? By Jimmy Holcomb · Adventures with my atheist cap: By Carl Scheiman · McCollum bumps into Darwin · Here’s how to increase our political clout: Susan Jacoby · Evolution and atheism: Best friends forever: Jerry Coyne · We need your help in restoring vandalized banners · Vandals can’t keep up with activist member: Preston Smith · FFRF earns over 260 victories in ’16: By Rebecca Markert · Clerical assistant enjoys making the world a better place: Renee Oberhart · Words of wisdom for 2017 · On the origin of a name: Darwin Soder · Freethought Today has a new look · Your dues help stop their don’ts! · FFRF sues to abolish W.Va. bible classes · Read more »

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