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FFRF urges Tenn. school district to curb proselytizing teacher

4/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Tennessee school district to curtail the evangelizing activities of a high school math teacher. Several concerned local citizens have informed FFRF that in mid-March, Milan High School math teacher and coach Larry Eddings announced on social media … More »

FFRF takes exception to evangelical promotion in Texas public schools

4/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking exception to a series of assemblies that engaged in religious promotion at a number of Texas public schools.  A concerned community member informed FFRF that the April 3 student assembly at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas, … More »

Trump’s religious pandering uses alternative facts

4/19/2017 · Freedom From Religion Foundation Statement President Trump is wide off the mark in calling the United States "a nation of believers." In his most recent weekly address, the president once again found his religion, talking of Passover (a holiday to celebrate a god killing some people … More »

Texas governor files protective order in FFRF case

4/19/2017 · Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has filed for a protective order in an ongoing Freedom From Religion Foundation case that challenges his censorship. FFRF received a state-issued permit to place, in response to a Christian nativity scene, an exhibit in the Texas Capitol in December 2015 … More »

Missouri school district refashions curriculum after FFRF notice

4/18/2017 · A Missouri school district has stopped using faulty sex-ed materials after a Freedom From Religion Foundation warning. FFRF sent out letters in early April to 15 Missouri public and charter school districts objecting to school-sponsored sex education being conducted by Thrive St. Louis. Thrive's "Best … More »

FFRF scores one for the Constitution in Wisconsin

4/17/2017 · A huge prayer display has been removed from a Wisconsin police station thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation intervening on behalf of the Constitution. A concerned area resident contacted FFRF that the Onalaska Police Department had a large religious display (seen in the above … More »

Secular display counters shrine at Chicago’s Daley Plaza

4/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's local chapter has placed a secular display in downtown Chicago for the fourth Easter in a row to counter a Catholic shrine there. On Thursday, FFRF's Metropolitan Chicago chapter put up in Daley Plaza two colorful 8-foot banners on a … More »

FFRF vehemently opposes Ala. church police force bill

4/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is vehemently opposing a pending Alabama bill that will allow a church to set up its own police force. The Alabama Senate very recently passed SB 193, which permits Briarwood Presbyterian Church to form a police squad. The bill is … More »

FFRF has timely message for Times Square

4/11/2017 · Click to view. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a cautionary spring message for New Yorkers and visitors to Times Square: "The only wall we need is between church and state." FFRF is promoting its secular video message in lettering that is 56 feet wide and 29 … More »

Okla. school district changes policy due to FFRF

4/11/2017 · An Oklahoma school district has altered its policies to adhere to constitutional principles in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. In January, FFRF contacted the Western Heights Public Schools, based in Oklahoma City, after an area resident informed it that the Western Heights … More »

FFRF sends rebuttal to Air National Guard

4/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation responded to the decision by the Air National Guard to continue its chaplain-led prayers at a base in New Hampshire. After a concerned guardsman informed FFRF that ceremonies at the Pease Air National Guard Base regularly schedule chaplains to deliver … More »

FFRF objects to Missouri school district’s faith-based sex ed

4/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly protests a faith-based organization being used at numerous school districts in Missouri for teaching abstinence-only sexual education. FFRF sent out a flurry of letters on Friday, April 7, to 15 public and charter school districts objecting to school-sponsored sex … More »

FFRF challenges Ole Miss football coaches’ religious tweets

4/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is questioning the overtly religious social media postings of football coaches at the University of Mississippi. University of Mississippi head football coach Hugh Freeze regularly promotes religion on his Twitter page, a concerned citizen has informed FFRF. Recently, Freeze has … More »

Nonbelief Relief gives UNICEF $10,000 to combat Somalia famine

4/7/2017 · Nonbelief Relief, a nonreligious humanitarian agency, is giving $10,000 to UNICEF for famine relief efforts in Somalia. International aid officials recently announced that they are facing one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II. Both drought and war have devastated Somalia. Up to … More »

Ministerial housing allowance before court once again

4/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal brief supporting its long-running challenge of preferential tax treatment that the IRS provides to ministers of the gospel. FFRF's brief, filed before U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Wednesday, April 5, forcefully argues that the IRS … More »

State/church watchdog notifies veep of donations given in his name

4/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that it has received a $100,000-plus boost to its legal fund via donations in Vice President Mike Pence's name. FFRF began its "Give dollars and cents to counteract Pence" campaign in early November and, as of … More »

FFRF horrified about prayers galore in Kansas school district

4/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is aghast about the overabundance of prayers in a Kansas school district. A concerned parent has informed FFRF that Liberal Unified School District 480 in Liberal, Kan., has regularly incorporated prayers into several school events. This includes: Prayers before girls' soccer … More »

FFRF objects to Gideons at N.C. elementary school

4/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly protesting the Gideons recently being allowed to distribute bibles at a North Carolina elementary school. Last month, Gideons International was permitted to hand out New Testament bibles at Charles E. Boger Elementary School in Kannapolis, N.C., a school … More »

FFRF grateful to Ohio officials for sacrifice on Constitution’s behalf

3/31/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds the courage of two local Ohio officials who sacrificed their positions to uphold the First Amendment. The village of Carey's Mayor Armand Getz and Law Director Emily Beckley took the initiative to stop the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge … More »

Quash the call for a con-con, a chilling threat to liberty

3/31/2017 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation The increasing clamor for a constitutional convention potentially imperils the rights of us all — and the Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging pushback. Cheers to the Wisconsin Senate's Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald for putting the brakes for … More »

FFRF protests large NASA grant used for religious purposes

3/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again strongly protesting a wrongful NASA grant of more than $1 million in taxpayer money that was largely used for religious purposes. In May 2015, NASA's astrobiology program awarded $1.108 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry for … More »

Plaintiff joins in FFRF bible instruction case in W.Va.

3/30/2017 · This visual aid is used to help teach "Bible in the Schools" in classes in Mercer County schools.An additional plaintiff has joined in a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit filed two months ago to end blatantly unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes in a West Virginia … More »

Freethinking groups erect a dozen timely billboards in Denver

3/29/2017 · "The only wall we need is between church and state." So proclaim the Freedom From Religion Foundation and FFRF's Metro Denver Chapter in a dozen timely billboards recently unveiled for a month-long run throughout the Denver area. The first two billboards went up Monday at Larimer … More »

Why climate change is a state/church issue

3/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is dismayed at the executive order President Donald Trump has signed to roll back vital regulations to curb climate change. Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke the Clean Power Plan. The Obama administration program was poised to … More »

FFRF continues objecting to big cross in New Mexico public plaza

3/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing to object to a massive cross in the main public plaza in a fabled New Mexican artistic community. A large cross sculpture sits in Taos Plaza. It is intended to be a memorial to the victims of World … More »

Atheist exposes Ark

3/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is releasing a covert video today exposing Ken Ham's Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky and we want you to see it first! FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel recently gained access to the taxpayer-funded park, revealing its efforts to lure public school students to … More »

FFRF raises alarm over Gideons’ access to Texas elementary school

3/24/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed at the illegal access that a Texas school district provided to the Gideons for distributing bibles to elementary school kids. A concerned community member from Wichita Falls, Texas, contacted FFRF to report that on Feb. 24, several classes … More »

FFRF eagerly supports standard secular affirmation in N.J. courts

3/24/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly supports a move to make secular affirmations the norm in the New Jersey court system. A proposed change to N.J. Rules of Evidence 603 will replace religious oaths for witnesses with a standard secular declaration: "Do you solemnly declare and … More »

Oklahoma Good Friday law would not be OK

3/24/2017 · Good Friday plaintiffs pose by bust of Robert La Follette, including Foundation staff and Wisconsin state employees. Photo by Brent Nicastro A misguided bill to name Good Friday a state holiday passed the Oklahoma House on March 20. The Senate should kill this bill.  There is … More »

FFRF wants religious flags removed from N.J. schools

3/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for the removal of two religious flags from public schools in New Jersey. A local resident informed FFRF that the East Hanover Township School District is flying flags that state "One Nation Under God" on flagpoles at the … More »

Monumental FFRF victory: Commandments marker removed from Pa. school

3/22/2017 · A 6-foot Ten Commandments monument has finally been hauled away from a Pennsylvania public high school due to a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit. "The Ten Commandments monument no longer is in front of Valley Jr.-Sr. High School in New Kensington," reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The … More »

Preaching on Indiana school’s social media ceases due to FFRF

3/21/2017 · A religious deluge on a public elementary school's social media stream has dried up due to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. A local resident contacted FFRF to report that the official Facebook page of the community's North Liberty Elementary School regularly had religious posts … More »

FFRF, ACLU appeal Indiana nativity decision

3/21/2017 · Community members in Indiana backed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU are heading to appeals court even after triumphing in a nativity display case. Although winning a strong ruling in March that ended a live nativity pageant in a local public school, … More »

FFRF sues Texas judge over courtroom prayers

3/21/2017 · A national state/church watchdog and three individuals have filed a federal lawsuit to stop a Texas justice of the peace from imposing prayers at the start of each court session.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with three plaintiffs directly affected by Judge Wayne Mack's religious … More »

FFRF: Dump Trump’s vouchers from budget

3/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sounding the alarm over President Trump's educational agenda in his recent budget proposal. The "America First: A Blueprint to Make America Great Again" plan includes $250 million for a new federal voucher school program. Vouchers are a backdoor means … More »

FFRF objects to crosses at Texas county courthouse

3/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly protesting the presence of multiple crosses at a Texas courthouse. A white Latin cross is on display outside the Orange County Courthouse next to the main entrance. In addition, there is a veterans' memorial on the grounds of … More »

FFRF is reason for Ill. school district constitutional tutorial

3/17/2017 · An Illinois school district coached its employees on the Constitution after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about its overly religious staff. Personnel from the Teutopolis Community Unit School District #50, including basketball coach Mike Walker, prayed with student athletes after a recent game against … More »

FFRF provides Senate tough questions to ask Gorsuch

3/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is providing the Senate hard-hitting questions to ask Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The state/church watchdog group has submitted a number of queries to the Senate Judiciary Committee to pose to Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing on Monday, March 20. Most of … More »

FFRF spotlights dangerous Jewish circumcision practices in New York City

3/16/2017 · Photo via YoutubeThe Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for the curtailment of an extremely questionable ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual routinely practiced in New York City. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents are exposing their infants to herpes simplex virus infection by allowing adult men to place their … More »

FFRF lawsuit removes Santa Clara cross, formally settles

3/16/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit removing a 14-foot granite cross in a California public park has been formally settled this week. FFRF and a local member sued the city of Santa Clara in April 2016, after FFRF had attempted for four years to persuade … More »

FFRF objects to cross in Fla. City Hall

3/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is vehemently objecting to a cross inside a Florida City Hall. A large Latin cross is on display within the commission chambers of the Longwood City Hall building. The cross is approximately 3 feet tall and across its center it … More »

FFRF causes Fla. school district to improve its rules

3/8/2017 · A Florida school district has promised to safeguard state/church neutrality after admitting to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it blundered in the case of a religious film. A few months ago, Gulf Breeze High School and Gulf Breeze Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Fla., … More »

FFRF protests Penn. funding of crosses on Villanova campus

3/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the state of Pennsylvania's unconstitutional funding of Christian symbols on a Catholic campus. A number of local taxpayers have contacted FFRF to report that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has contributed taxpayer funds toward construction of an overtly … More »

FFRF expresses opposition to D.C. voucher program

3/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has joined more than 60 other organizations in signing a letter against reauthorization of the District of Columbia's school voucher program. The National Coalition for Public Education, an anti-voucher alliance group, released a letter on March 7 to oppose the continuance of … More »

FFRF strongly objects to religious Maryland public school musical

3/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to an upcoming religious musical at a Maryland public high school. A concerned local parent contacted FFRF to report that Rising Sun High School in North East, Md., is performing from Thursday, March 9, the musical "Children … More »

FFRF alarmed about Kentucky public school coach’s zealotry

3/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed about a public school coach in Kentucky imposing his religion on his players. A concerned parent has informed FFRF that Daniel Montgomery, a soccer coach with the Boyle County Schools District in Danville, Ky., has announced he will … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan TV ads air again this week on MSNBC, CNN

3/6/2017 · A TV ad with Ron Reagan inviting viewers to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation will continue airing on the nation's most prominent news shows this week. The ad is scheduled to run on "Rachel Maddow Show" tonight and Wednesday, March 8, on MSNBC, as well … More »

FFRF scores big win in Indiana nativity lawsuit

3/6/2017 · An Indiana court has handed down a resounding victory to the Freedom From Religion Foundation — and the First Amendment. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, made its final decision on Monday, March 6, striking down a nativity … More »

Iowa Sen. Grassley mistaken on major state/church issues

3/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley for a number of recent misleading public statements. FFRF is alarmed by two common misconceptions Grassley repeated a few days ago at a town hall regarding the Johnson Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. On … More »

FFRF 2017 student essay contests offers over $30,000 in awards

3/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to unveil its 2017 annual student essay competitions. This year, FFRF is establishing a new essay competition to encourage freethinking students of color, the David Hudak Memorial Contest, as a fourth permanent category. The contest will rotate annually … More »

FFRF calls W.Va. bill to make bible state book an affront

3/1/2017 · A proposed bill in the West Virginia to anoint the bible as the "official state book" is unconstitutional, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A few state legislators have recently introduced House Bill 2568, which would designate "The Holy Bible" as the "official state book of … More »

FFRF urges strong Senate scrutiny of possible intelligence head

2/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Senate to intensely scrutinize President Trump's nominee to direct U.S. intelligence agencies. FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor have written a letter to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Energy and Natural Resources about Dan Coats, … More »

MSNBC, CNN airing FFRF’s Ron Reagan endorsement ad

2/27/2017 · Watch the ad here. An ad recorded by Ron Reagan inviting viewers to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation is airing for the first time on the nation's most prominent news commentary shows. "Morning Joe" and the "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC are running the ad … More »

Removal of transgender protection laws violates state/church separation

2/24/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply troubled by the Trump administration's recent removal of antidiscrimination laws protecting transgender students. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Departments of Education and Justice reversed the federal protections set by the Obama administration, which allowed transgender students in public … More »

FFRF wants Okla. blasphemy ordinance struck out

2/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a blasphemy law in a town in Oklahoma taken off the books. FFRF was contacted by a concerned local citizen about an ordinance in the city of Edmond that criminalizes blasphemy against Christianity. Ordinance 8.12.090 in the City of … More »

FFRF makes sure Gov. Walker stays grounded

2/23/2017 · Due to the efforts of groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won't be enjoying a free Christian cruise to Alaska. Concerned Wisconsinites had contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation (headquartered in the state) to express concern that Lifeshape, a … More »

FFRF appeals NJ case to keep taxpayer dollars out of church coffers

2/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appealing a constitutionally dubious New Jersey judgment that allows for taxpayer funding of churches. In January, a New Jersey state court ruled that tax dollars could be utilized to repair or maintain churches, despite a state constitutional provision barring such … More »

Pa. school commandments marker to be removed due to FFRF lawsuit

2/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the successful settlement of a longstanding federal lawsuit challenging a 6-foot Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania public high school. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, along with a student and parent, Marie Schaub, filed suit in September … More »

Nonbelief Relief announces first grants for year

2/20/2017 · Nonbelief Relief, a humanitarian agency for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their supporters to improve this world — "our only world" — has announced its first donations for 2017. Its donations to begin off this year are: • $5,000 to the International African American Museum being built at the … More »

Religion permeates Wisconsin voucher system

2/17/2017 · Wisconsin's statewide school voucher program is now completely religious in nature — a forewarning for the entire country. Troublingly, all of the 163 schools that have registered for the statewide Wisconsin voucher program for the 2017-18 school year are religious. Nearly each and every one of … More »

FFRF uneasy about Seattle mayor’s official mosque speech

2/16/2017 · *The Freedom From Religion Foundation appreciates that in response to constitutional concerns, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray changed the nature of his talk at the Idris Mosque. While he still spoke there, his speech wasn’t the official State of the City address. This is what … More »

FFRF persuades Virginia city to cancel ‘Ark Park’ & creationist museum visit

2/15/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully dissuaded a Virginia city's Parks and Recreation Department from a trip to the infamous "Ark Park" and a creationist museum. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that the Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department was arranging a visit in … More »

FFRF urges Air National Guard to remove prayer from ceremonies

2/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is expressing its strong concern at the heavy infusion of religion into Air National Guard ceremonies at a base in New Hampshire. A concerned guardsman informed FFRF that ceremonies at the Pease Air National Guard Base regularly have chaplains delivering … More »

FFRF claims victory in Connecticut censorship suit

2/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce that its lawsuit against Shelton, Conn., has been successfully settled after the city halted its discriminatory policy. FFRF, with local member Jerome Bloom, filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Connecticut, in March 2016, after … More »

FFRF questions W.Va. school board decision to hire theocratic outfit

2/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is cautioning a school board in W.Va. about hiring a theocratic organization to litigate on its behalf. FFRF filed its first lawsuit of the year last month against Mercer County Schools, W.Va. to end egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes in … More »

Judge recommends dismissal of dismal prayer case

2/9/2017 · A Florida judge says a prayer lawsuit against a high school athletic league should be tossed out. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an amicus brief in the case. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone issued a Feb. 3 recommendation to dismiss a case brought … More »

FFRF urges Walker to not sail forth on Christian cruise

2/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation insists that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stay ashore and not be part of an upcoming Christian cruise to Alaska. Concerned Wisconsinites have contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation (headquartered in the state) to convey their unease that Lifeshape, a Christian … More »

FFRF hails new bill to fight immigration discrimination

2/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wholeheartedly supports a new bill to end immigration discrimination against people of any religious belief — including those with no religious belief. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, recently introduced in Congress the Freedom of Religion … More »

FFRF concerned about Minn. town’s backtracking on cross memorial

2/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is troubled about a Minnesota city backtracking on its removal of a cross from a public veterans park. In Veterans Memorial Park in the city of Belle Plaine, there was a display — very recently added and without official approval … More »

FFRF strongly objects to religious book-reading at S.C. elementary school

2/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to a reading of an overtly religious book to the entire student body at a South Carolina elementary public school. A concerned parent of a student at Grassy Pond Elementary School in Gaffney, S.C., contacted FFRF to … More »

Lifting ban on church politicking would undermine our secular republic

2/3/2017 · The new political setup in Washington, D.C., is hell-bent on converting religious institutions into campaign halls. The Johnson Amendment bars churches or other 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups from endorsing or opposing political candidates. It is essential for keeping the foundations of our secular republic intact, but … More »

Indiana school district pledges to FFRF about religious flyers

2/2/2017 · An Indiana school district has pledged to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it will not permit the distribution of fundamentalist flyers to its school kids. A member of the community contacted FFRF a few months ago to inform it that staff at Yankeetown Elementary … More »

Leaked “religious freedom” exec order draft reveals alarming attack on civil rights

2/2/2017 · A leaked presidential executive order draft that the Trump administration is floating reveals a sweeping and alarming agenda to permit discrimination, dismantle the Civil Rights Act and other protections in the name of "religious freedom." The proposed "Executive Order Establishing a Government-wide Initiative to Respect Religious … More »

National Prayer Breakfast yet again breaches constitutional wall

2/1/2017 · In these turbulent times, our elected leaders need to be working nonstop on our behalf. Instead, many of the nation's top officials will be soon wasting their time at a prayer breakfast ceremony. On Thursday, Feb. 2, more than 3,000 bigwigs (mostly American but also … More »

District assures FFRF that staff will not participate in school gospel choir

1/31/2017 · An Illinois school district has confirmed to the Freedom From Religion Foundation that its staff members will not remain involved in a school gospel choir. FFRF initially contacted the Oak Park and River Forest High School (the only school in Oak Park and River Forest … More »

FFRF highly apprehensive about Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

1/31/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply concerned about the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch, 49 years old and currently on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will be the lone Episcopalian on the Supreme Court, along with five … More »

Freethinking groups ask Mich. town to remove cross from veterans park

1/30/2017 · Two of the nation's most prominent freethinking organizations are asking a Michigan town to remove a cross from its veterans memorial in a public park. An Alto, Mich., resident contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Center for Inquiry to inform them about a … More »

Bans based on religion violate Constitution

1/30/2017 · By Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan BarkerCo-PresidentsFreedom From Religion Foundation "Out of many, one." That's the meaning of the Latin E Pluribus Unum, our nation's original motto — chosen by a distinguished committee of Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. That sentiment is tarnished by President Trump's executive order … More »

Remove Christian flag from veterans memorial, FFRF requests Miss. town

1/27/2017 · A Christian flag has no place at a veterans memorial, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is telling a Mississippi town. A concerned community member in Rienzi, Miss., contacted FFRF to report that the city's new Veterans Memorial Garden includes a Christian flag alongside the American … More »

Oppose Religious Right’s cruel domestic and international abortion gag rules

1/26/2017 · The Religious Right is already baring its fangs under the new Trump administration. Among religiously motivated congressional threats is a venomous piece of antiabortion legislation passed by the House on Tuesday, Jan. 24, that is now headed to the Senate. If signed into law, H.R. 7 would … More »

Senate needs to view agriculture secretary nominee with skepticism

1/26/2017 · The Senate should be highly apprehensive about President Trump's nominee for secretary of agriculture. Sonny Perdue, the ex-governor of Georgia, has a demonstrable record of fealty to religious overzealousness and a disdain for science. He has revealed his preference for faith over reason-based policymaking on … More »

FFRF documents Pryor’s ‘disastrous’ record; critiques Trump SCOTUS pool

1/25/2017 · A national state/church watchdog released a detailed analysis today documenting why William Pryor, short-listed as a possible Supreme Court nominee, would be a "disastrous appointment, and must be vigorously opposed." President Trump announced he'll be shortly disclosing his nomination to replace the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's … More »

FFRF, tongue in cheek, questions Trump proclamation

1/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the following letter today to President Trump about a possible typo in his new proclamation for a National Day of Patriotic Devotion. Read the letter below or click here: January 23, 2017 Sent via U.S. Mail and email: www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ The Honorable Donald J. TrumpPresidentThe … More »

FFRF urges a Calif. county not to donate land to church

1/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a California county not to gift land to a local church group. Placer County is considering donating 26 acres of land to Placer Rescue Mission to construct a "campus shelter" for the county's homeless population, a concerned local … More »

CIA chief nominee has extremist worldview

1/20/2017 · Mike Pompeo, the nominee slated to head the CIA, has a darkly dangerous way of thinking that is based on evangelical Christian notions, contends the Freedom From Religion Foundation. "To worship our lord and celebrate our nation at the same place is not only our … More »

Illinois school district apologizes to FFRF for coach’s public piety

1/19/2017 · An Illinois school district has said sorry to the Freedom From Religion Foundation for a coach's participation in prayer gatherings at school matches. On Dec. 26, after a game between Vandalia Community High School and Pana High School, Coach Brian Buscher took part in a … More »

Trump’s picks a threat to church/state issues

1/19/2017 · Evangelicals who pushed Donald Trump over the top in the election are surely pleased with several of his appointments to the cabinet and other high-ranking positions in his administration. Trump promised to be "the greatest representative of the Christians," and he seems to be heading … More »

FFRF, parent sue to end 75 years of bible classes in Mercer County, W.Va.

1/18/2017 · This visual aid is used among more than 60 images to help teach elementary school students in Mercer County Schools the Ten Commandments.The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed its first lawsuit of the year to end egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes in Mercer … More »

Minnesota town removes religious war memorial after FFRF protests

1/18/2017 · A Minnesota town has removed a religious veterans' war memorial after the Freedom From Religion Foundation protested. In Veterans Memorial Park in the city of Belle Plaine, there was a display of a soldier kneeling before a Latin cross next to the Veterans Memorial Stone. … More »

Senate should carefully assess Rick Perry

1/17/2017 · This is an FFRF billboard caricature of Rick Perry at the time of its lawsuit against him The Senate needs to carefully assess Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry's qualifications for the job. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has serious doubts about his fitness for the post. … More »

FFRF lawsuit removes 14-foot cross in California

1/17/2017 · Local media tweet showing before and after photographsA 14-foot granite cross in a public park in Santa Clara, Calif., was recently removed, following a federal court challenge by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF and a local member sued the city in April 2016, after … More »

FFRF objects to official prayer meeting in Jackson, Miss.

1/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has strongly objected to a recent police chief-led prayer meeting in Mississippi's capital and largest city. "State and local leaders gathered Friday for a prayer meeting," reports a TV station. "It was held at the Jackson Police Department's headquarters. Jackson police … More »

Secular groups demand nonreligious drug treatment program for Pennsylvania inmates

1/13/2017 · For Immediate Release The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center are criticizing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for unconstitutionally requiring an inmate to participate in a religious program as a condition of parole. The inmate, who identifies as an … More »

Court fails to uphold N.J. bar on church funding in FFRF case

1/12/2017 · A New Jersey state court has decided that tax dollars can be utilized to repair or maintain churches, despite a state constitutional provision barring such use. Superior Court Judge Margaret Goodzeit ruled on Jan. 9 against the Freedom From Religion Foundation's challenge of Morris County's church-funding … More »

Senate needs to firmly cross-examine Betsy DeVos

1/12/2017 · The Senate needs to ask the secretary of education nominee some tough questions at her confirmation hearing, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation has some good suggestions. FFRF is concerned about Betsy DeVos' suitability for the position. FFRF contends that if confirmed, DeVos would work … More »

FFRF urges Ben Carson scrutiny about his zealotry

1/11/2017 · The Senate needs to closely scrutinize Dr. Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development secretary nominee, on how his zealotry might affect his leadership. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs query Carson closely at his … More »

Senate finally acknowledges freethinkers

1/11/2017 · The U.S. Senate is finally addressing the concerns of freethinkers. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest nontheistic organization, sought to put these matters front and center in a list of questions it recently sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Alabama Sen. Jeff … More »

Arkansas religious college grant scandal bolsters FFRF’s case

1/10/2017 · A corruption scandal unfolding in Arkansas demonstrates the pitfalls of disbursing discretionary public grants to religious colleges. "There's a massive scandal brewing in Arkansas involving Republican legislators and a conservative Christian college," Hemant Mehta writes on his Friendly Atheist blog. "Beginning in January of 2013, state … More »

Congress mustn’t eviscerate Planned Parenthood

1/10/2017 · The Republicans must cease their relentless assault on Planned Parenthood. For the umpteenth time, the GOP-controlled Congress has threatened to cut off reimbursement funds for the organization, this time as part of a larger plan to repeal Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan recently announced Republicans will … More »

Questions that the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Jeff Sessions

1/9/2017 · The nation's largest nontheistic organization is urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask the attorney general nominee some hard-hitting questions. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is very concerned about Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' stated positions on a number of issues affecting the nearly one-fourth of … More »

FFRF has constitutionally disobedient Okla. football coach re-educated

1/6/2017 · An Oklahoma public high school football coach has been re-educated after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted the school district to his team's attendance at a sermon. The football team at Edmond Santa Fe High School (in Edmond, Okla.) held a religious event at a … More »

Atheist group: Clemson football proves that pious does not mean moral

1/5/2017 · In spite of — or perhaps due to — its religiosity, the Clemson football program is in trouble as it gears up for the national championship Monday night. Many people are questioning Head Coach Dabo Swinney's ability to teach his students character after reports of … More »

FFRF obtains victory after Illinois ‘Bring Your Bible to School’ day

1/4/2017 · An Illinois school district has pledged to better monitor its social media feed after a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint. FFRF contacted Wayne City Community Unit School District #100 in October to object to a posting on Wayne City High School's Facebook account about a … More »

FFRF increases reward for banner vandalized in Connecticut

1/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is increasing the reward offer regarding the recent vandalism of its banner in a Connecticut park. A lifetime FFRF member from the area has generously proposed to augment by $1,000 the amount FFRF initially offered for information leading to arrest … More »

FFRF asks Trump to eject religion and prayer from public oath-taking

1/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Donald Trump to "faithfully execute" the secular Constitution by keeping faith and prayer out of the Inaugural. Religion should not be part of "a ceremony about pleading fealty to a secular Constitution," says the state/church watchdog. The framers … More »

FFRF wins one in N.C. for separation of state and church

12/29/2016 · In this holiday season, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a victory for reason. On behalf of a local resident, FFRF recently wrote to the North Carolina town of Butner objecting to a nativity scene in a public park that had been placed there … More »

Kentucky governor needs to rescind his religious proclamation

12/29/2016 · Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin needs to stop bible thumping through the calendar years. After declaring 2016 to be "The Year of The Bible," he has decided to extend that title to 2017, as well. This is part of the governor's promotion of the "Kentucky 120 United … More »

To save court — ‘Time to roll up our sleeves and fight back’

12/28/2016 · By Annie Laurie GaylorCo-PresidentFreedom From Religion Foundation The Washington Post had a chilling report on Christmas Day revealing that Donald Trump will inherit more than 100 judicial vacancies when he becomes president. Even if Trump's presidency is short-lived, the effects of decisions by Trump's lifetime appointees could … More »

FFRF banner stolen from Virginia park

12/28/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner has been filched from a Virginia public park. A FFRF Winter Solstice “Let Reason Prevail” banner had been placed earlier this month next to a crèche scene in Nelson Park in Manassas, Va., by a local FFRF member. It … More »

N.Y. freethinkers group displays FFRF banner in park

12/27/2016 · A New York freethinking organization has unfurled a Freedom From Religion Foundation banner to balance religious displays in a local public park. The Freethinkers of Hastings-on-Hudson recently put up FFRF’s “Reason’s Greetings” banner in VFW Park in the New York village. Next to the … More »

FFRF banner vandalized in Connecticut park

12/27/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner has been vandalized in a Connecticut park. FFRF member Jerry Bloom, with the help of John Levin and Cary Shaw, had recently put up an FFRF banner in Huntington Park in the city of Shelton to counter a nativity … More »

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What I want for Christmas

12/23/2016 · By Robert Green IngersollThe Arena, Boston, December 1897 If I had the power to produce exactly what I want for next Christmas, I would have all the kings and emperors resign and allow the people to govern themselves. I would have all the nobility crop their … More »

FFRF halts religious programming at Wisconsin school

12/23/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped religious radio programs from being played at a Wisconsin public school. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that a radio in the front office of Osceola Intermediate School regularly played a Christian station loudly enough for … More »

FFRF display reappears at Washington Capitol

12/22/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is returning to the Washington state Capitol. On behalf of its more than 1,000 members in the state of Washington, the nontheistic organization is again installing a Winter Solstice sign in front of the Capitol building in Olympia on Friday, … More »

Alabama ex-chief justice unfit to be U.S. senator

12/22/2016 · Statement by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie GaylorCo-Presidents, Freedom From Religion Foundation The Alabama ex-chief justice notorious for his fundamentalism is completely unfit to be appointed a U.S. senator. "Roy Moore, the suspended chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is reportedly on Alabama Gov. Robert … More »

FFRF aims to debut display in California Capitol

12/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is attempting to make its debut at the California state Capitol to counter a recently installed Christian nativity scene there. Local FFRF members are seeking permission to put up FFRF's whimsical "nativity" cutout depicting three Founding Fathers (and the Statue … More »

FFRF banner returns to Pennsylvania town

12/21/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner is going back up in a Pennsylvania town to counter a tradition of religious displays there. The organization's Winter Solstice banner was first installed in Wilkes-Barre's Public Square in December 2012 and then again in January 2013 after it was attacked … More »

FFRF’s Bill of Rights ‘nativity’ returns to South Bend, Ind.

12/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and area member Geoff Snyder have returned a Bill of Rights "nativity" scene to the County-City Building in South Bend, Ind., adjacent to a Christian nativity scene. The display went up Tuesday and will stay up through the end of … More »

FFRF applauds law protecting nontheists

12/20/2016 · President Obama and the U.S. Congress have paid heed to freethinkers. In May, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked our then-24,000 members to write to their senators to extend protections of freedom of belief to nonbelievers. Well, Congress and Obama seem to have listened. On … More »

After divisive prayer, FFRF urges Illinois county to drop practice

12/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on an Illinois county board to discontinue opening meetings with prayer. The request by the national state/church watchdog (on behalf of its Illinois membership) to the Sangamon County Board in Springfield, Ill., comes after a divisive and controversial prayer. … More »

FFRF Texas Bill of Rights censorship case to continue

12/20/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit against gubernatorial censorship of its Bill of Rights display in the Texas Capitol will proceed, following a ruling by a federal judge in Austin today. FFRF placed the display to counter a Christian nativity scene, which was not ordered removed. FFRF's … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/19/2016 · For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing the season with them, but we don’t like their pretense that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun — Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. Christmas is a relic … More »

A theocratic group manages to mislead Michigan town

12/19/2016 · A Religious Right organization has regrettably managed to persuade a Michigan town to backtrack on its adherence to the U.S. Constitution. A larger-than-life nativity scene had been removed from a Menominee, Mich., bandstand after a sustained, nearly decade-long effort on part of the Freedom From … More »

South Carolina provides a taste of bad bills to come

12/19/2016 · A new bill has been proposed in South Carolina's Legislature that would openly defy the Constitution by allowing the state's public school teachers to proselytize. HB 3345 claims to promote "academic freedom," but the bill is about emboldening public school teachers to violate the law. It … More »

FFRF’s banner stolen from Florida park after defacement of previous banner

12/16/2016 · Update: Preston Smith used the back of FFRF’s winter solstice banner, which had been spray-painted by vandals, to make his point about free speech. The banner was posted during the last week of the year next to Preston’s resuscitated pentagram, which had also been … More »

FFRF sends message via New York Times on Bill of Rights Day

12/15/2016 · In honor of the anniversary of the adoption of the Bill of Rights, FFRF has a full-page ad in today’s New York Times. Read it below, or click on this link for a larger version. Your support for FFRF at the end of the year, as … More »

Ala. school district does constitutional training on account of FFRF

12/15/2016 · In response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint, an Alabama school district will have its staff undergo training to reacquaint them with constitutional principles. FFRF initially contacted the district last month after a parent at Hayden Primary School informed it that a second-grade teacher … More »

FFRF “nativity” display debuts at Iowa Capitol

12/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making its debut at the Iowa state Capitol to counter a recently installed Christian nativity scene. The centerpiece of its display in Des Moines' most famous building will be a whimsical Bill of Rights "nativity." The cutout depicts Founding … More »

Watch out for Rick Perry!

12/14/2016 · This caricature of the prayerful then-Gov. Rick Perry was used in FFRF protests over his 2011 prayer rally. Rick Perry, to be named secretary of energy in Donald Trump's Alice in Wonderland cabinet, is another fanatically religious nominee who has tussled with the Freedom From … More »

Cross removed from Texas fire station thanks to FFRF

12/13/2016 · A cross has been removed from a Texas fire station as a result of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's efforts. FFRF had contacted the city of Longview last December about a cross erected on a local fire station's lawn next to the station's sign. An … More »

FFRF Bill of Rights Day ad runs in NY Times

12/13/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's new ad in the New York Times is needed now more than ever. Click here to view full sized ad.  Its full-page ad running in this Thursday's paper warns, "Washington, D.C., is about to be overrun by zealots." The ad is … More »

FFRF members unfurl freethinking banner in Connecticut park

12/13/2016 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have installed a freethinking banner in a Connecticut park to counter a nativity scene. Jerry Bloom, with the help of John Levin and Cary Shaw, has put up an FFRF banner in Huntington Park in the city of … More »

FFRF unfurls banner in Virginia park next to crèche scene

12/13/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner is proudly fluttering in a Virginia public park as a response to a Christian nativity display. A FFRF Winter Solstice banner has been placed by a local FFRF member next to the crèche scene in Nelson Park in Manassas, … More »

FFRF halts N.C. public school participation in nativity event

12/12/2016 · Due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s persistence, North Carolina public schools have stopped their involvement in a Mormon-organized nativity event. FFRF initially complained last year about schools in Wake County participating in the Apex Nativity Celebration, an annual Christmas festivity that a local Latter … More »

Michigan feels the presence of freethinkers

12/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again making its freethinking presence felt in a Michigan county this winter. With the help of local members, FFRF has once more placed a tongue-in-cheek banner proclaiming "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" near a nativity scene at Mound Road in … More »

Indiana graduation prayer removed as a result of FFRF’s efforts

12/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's persistent efforts persuaded an Indiana school district to remove prayer from the local high school's graduation ceremony. Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Ind., had prayers as part of its graduation ceremonies in both 2015 and 2016. FFRF initially … More »

FFRF members exhibit freethinking display at Illinois courthouse

12/9/2016 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have erected a freethinking display at an Illinois county courthouse to counter a nativity scene. W.P. Meyer and Ryan Bell first obtained the display last year from the state/church separation watchdog to set up in the grounds of … More »

FFRF blasts Trump’s choice of Pruitt to head EPA

12/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation knows from experience the awfulness of Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency. The state/church separation watchdog group has tussled a number of times with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. An active promoter of oil, fossil fuels and … More »

We need your help in restoring vandalized FFRF Florida banner

12/8/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner in a Florida town has been vandalized, and we need your help in restoring it. Barely a day after it was put up in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square Park to counter a life-sized nativity scene, our Winter Solstice banner … More »

FFRF’s solstice banner in Florida park defaced

12/7/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner in a Florida town has been vandalized. Barely a day after it was put up in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square Park to counter a life-sized nativity scene, the nontheistic organization's Winter Solstice banner was spray-painted and defaced. The Foundation is … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice display returns to Illinois Capitol

12/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice display has returned to the Illinois Capitol building for the eighth year in a row. The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the hub of the Illinois state government in Springfield on Dec. 5 and … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/6/2016 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner now counters an annual life-sized Christian nativity scene placed by a Catholic Church in a public park in Boca Raton, Fla.  FFRF’s banner reads:  "At this Season of the Winter Solstice LET REASON PREVAIL.  There are no gods, no devils, no … More »

DeVos to use Education Department to ‘advance God’s Kingdom’?

12/5/2016 · Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, would be the very embodiment of a fox guarding a chicken coop. DeVos, the billionaire national leader of the euphemistically named "school choice" movement, is a fanatic who has long been determined to force government to … More »

FFRF solstice display makes annual appearance at Wisconsin Capitol

12/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice "no gods" display starts its 21st annual run at the Wisconsin Capitol today. A sign at the exhibit features FFRF's traditional message by its principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. It was composed as an equal-time challenge to combat … More »

Heathens’ Greetings -- FFRF’s Winter Solstice Survival Guide

12/1/2016 · It's the first day of December, which means the annual "War on State/Church Separation" has begun, surely more so now with the Religious Right bolstered by its recent electoral triumph. Below you'll find FFRF's handy guide to surviving the holidays. HOW TO KEEP RELIGION OFF … More »

Catholic League stalks the Freedom From Religion Foundation

12/1/2016 · The Catholic League is busy harassing the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  The ultraconservative religious organization has sent out a dispatch to its members deriding us and our work. It has asked its members to “try educating FFRF.”  As a result, our office has been inundated with … More »

Ohio town could be legally liable due to official nativity scene

11/30/2016 · An Ohio town's official nativity scene could subject it to legal action, warns the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The city of St. Bernard recently placed a nativity scene in front of its City Hall building. The display depicts an infant Jesus lying in a manger, … More »

Michigan town removes nativity scene due to sustained FFRF effort

11/30/2016 · A Michigan town has removed an official nativity scene after a sustained, nearly decade-long effort on part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A larger-than-life nativity scene had been on display in a prominent town bandstand for years in Menominee during the holiday season. It … More »

Freethinking holiday display on show at Chicago’s Daley Plaza

11/29/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have unveiled their annual secular holiday display in the heart of the city. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers was recently unfurled in Daley Plaza. It greets everyone with: "Happy Winter Solstice," and pictures … More »

FFRF plays role in nixing N.C. town funds to ministry

11/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation helped prevent a proposed diversion of money from a government-owned liquor store in North Carolina to an evangelical organization. The town of Troutman was considering distributing a portion of the profits from an Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission-managed liquor shop to … More »

Bible verse display removed from public school after FFRF objects

11/23/2016 · A Connecticut public charter school employee's open display of religiosity has been nixed after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted her school. An academic assistant at Jumoke Academy Charter School (in Hartford, Conn.) was displaying a bible verse on her profile outside of one of … More »

FFRF: Trump’s pick for education secretary will destroy public education

11/23/2016 · President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Betsy DeVos for education secretary will wreak havoc on public education, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. DeVos is a proponent of privatizing education through vouchers, a policy approach that will have a seriously negative impact on our education system, … More »

FFRF, ACLU-KY challenge rejection of personalized license plate request

11/22/2016 · The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky man denied a personalized license plate reading "IM GOD." Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) officials initially refused ACLU-KY/FFRF client Ben … More »

Florida school district initiates strong action due to FFRF

11/22/2016 · A Florida school district has taken strong action against a football coach after the Freedom From Religion Foundation alerted it to his prayers with students. Wakulla Middle School Head Coach Eddie Metcalf was regularly guiding his team in pre-game prayers. He had been filmed doing … More »

FFRF ensures religion-free Ohio public school graduation

11/22/2016 · After a multiyear effort, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has made sure that an Ohio public high school's graduation ceremony will not be infused with religion. FFRF initially contacted Dalton Local Schools in the summer of 2015 with its objections to a benediction at the … More »

FFRF causes Pa. football coach to cease public prayer

11/21/2016 · A public school football coach in Pennsylvania has been asked to stop praying with his team after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted his school district. Dunmore High School Head Coach Jack Henzes was regularly guiding his team in pre-game prayers. "It is illegal for public … More »

FFRF’s case against Congress enters new stage

11/18/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's case against the U.S. Congress has reached a new stage. Earlier this year, FFRF sued Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick Conroy over the refusal to allow Dan Barker, an atheist, to deliver the opening invocation … More »

Send a message to Mike Pence and his boss: The only wall we need is between church and state

11/17/2016 · "It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties."—James Madison Although the presidential election will have alarming consequences, why not have a little fun while fighting back against Mike Pence's theocratic agenda? When you give your tax-deductible donation to FFRF's Legal … More »

Steve Bannon a threat to all we hold dear

11/17/2016 · A key Donald Trump policy advisor is a threat to the Freedom From Religion Foundation's core values and mission — and to the foundations of our secular republic. President-elect Trump recently named Steve Bannon as his White House chief strategist. Bannon is the former executive … More »

FFRF objects to bible study meetings in Wisconsin Capitol

11/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to a weekly bible study meeting that a state legislator has been organizing in the Wisconsin Capitol. Every Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wisconsin state Rep. Paul Tittl convenes a bible study group for … More »

FFRF fruitfully tutors Wisconsin city about U.S. Constitution

11/15/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has taught a Wisconsin city the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, the city of Kenosha's Mayor's Youth Commission voted 5-2 to give $500 to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church for an Easter retreat for two of … More »

Albuquerque features prominent billboard with timely message

11/15/2016 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Albuquerque chapter have put up a billboard with a well-timed message in New Mexico's largest city. A billboard has been installed at 152 Montano Road NW with a patriotic slogan superimposed on the image of a waving U.S. … More »

FFRF persuades Ohio village to remove religious seal and declaration

11/14/2016 · An Ohio village has removed a religious seal and declaration after objections from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog organization. The seal of the village of Archbold contained a church at its center, nestled within images of education, farming, forestry and industry. … More »

Create a virtual billboard for Openly Secular Day!

11/14/2016 · Openly Secular Day is celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 15, this year. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to put its unique stamp on the commemoration. The mission of Openly Secular Day is to eliminate discrimination and increase acceptance by getting secular people to be … More »

Georgia school district scraps bible class after FFRF complaint

11/11/2016 · A Georgia school district scrapped plans for a proposed bible class partnership with a local Christian group after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. In September, FFRF sent a letter to Oconee County Schools that detailed multiple violations in its school system of the constitutional … More »

Bizarre shift cancels Madison’s Freethought Radio broadcast

11/11/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's radio show has been unceremoniously yanked off the air locally. FFRF received belated notice this morning that the broadcast of its decade-long radio program, Freethought Radio, has been canceled by the Madison, Wis., radio station formerly known as "Progressive Talk" … More »

FFRF issues USA Today ad commemorating Veterans Day

11/11/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking out a Veterans Day ad with USA Today that honors those who have served, especially freethinkers. About a quarter of FFRF's members are veterans or in the military. The ad is in a special edition of USA Today being distributed on Veterans … More »

Attend Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Veterans Day observance

11/9/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is holding a special Veterans Day commemoration on Friday, Nov. 11, to honor those who have served, including "atheists in foxholes." About a quarter of FFRF's members are veterans or in the military. The event will be held at the … More »

FFRF fighting like hell for your rights

11/9/2016 ·   By Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan BarkerCo-PresidentsFreedom From Religion Foundation The Freedom From Religion Foundation's digital marquee today at Freethought Hall reads: "When the night is darkest, light shines brightest."  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not a partisan office or group. But we are realists. Those who … More »

FFRF complains over partisan politicking

11/7/2016 · Photo via Shutterstock by Bobkeenan Photography Churches should never engage in partisan electioneering. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has recently acted on 15 electioneering complaints, sending letters to the IRS reporting illegal campaign intervention on the part of churches in different parts of the country. Some … More »

Citizens shouldn’t be forced to vote in houses of worship

11/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Arkansas county to stop using houses of worship as polling places. A significant number of the polling places in Washington County are churches. This was particularly problematic last year when a special civil rights election (to extend … More »

Citizens shouldn’t be forced to vote in mosques — or churches

11/3/2016 · A Florida county should not be using houses of worship as polling places in the upcoming election, as an incident there earlier this year demonstrates. In July, Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher removed The Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a polling location in Florida's Palm … More »

California sheriff department takes corrective action due to FFRF

11/3/2016 · A California sheriff department has assured the Freedom From Religion Foundation that it has taken remedial action after an officer participated in a prayer meeting. Back in May, an undersheriff in the Orange County Sheriff's Department spoke at the Mission Viejo All City Prayer Meeting, held … More »

Nones could sway Election Day

11/3/2016 · This election could be a flashpoint in American history in which secular voters finally eclipse major religious groups in terms of turnout and influence. More than 26 million voters with no religion could turn out on Nov. 8, dwarfing previous records and providing the power … More »

Wisconsin police department oath and code of ethics changed due to FFRF

10/31/2016 · A Wisconsin police department's overtly religious oath and code of ethics has been changed after the Freedom From Religion Foundation protested. The West Allis Police Department's Code of Ethics had included the following line since at least 2013, a line that was part of the … More »

FFRF tutors Wisconsin city about U.S. Constitution

10/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is gladly teaching a Wisconsin city the basics of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, the city of Kenosha's Mayor's Youth Commission voted 5-2 to give $500 to St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church for an Easter retreat for two … More »

FFRF objects to religious promotion over school loudspeakers

10/28/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking on some deeply troubling constitutional violations in a Mississippi school district. Administrators at both Biloxi Junior High and Biloxi High in Biloxi, Miss., have reportedly been promoting religious events over the schools' public address systems. At Biloxi High … More »

Nonbelief Relief gives $20,000 to Doctors Without Borders

10/28/2016 · Nonbelief Relief, a humanitarian agency for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their supporters to improve this world — our only world — announced today that it has given $20,000 to Doctors Without Borders. Nonbelief Relief was incorporated in 2015, with the Freedom From Religion Foundation as its … More »

FFRF flags religious promotion in Alabama

10/26/2016 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation is sounding the alarm over an Alabama public school teacher’s promotion of a religious event.  A third grade teacher at Vestavia Hills East in Vestavia Hills, Ala., recently publicized “Bring Your Bible to School Day” to her students, bringing up … More »

FFRF files brief against loudspeaker-demanding Christian school

10/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief against a Florida Christian school that wants to broadcast pregame prayers at state championship football games. Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., filed a federal lawsuit last month targeting the Florida High School Athletic Association … More »

FFRF objects to coach’s student baptism

10/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to a Mississippi public school football coach's baptism of a student-athlete. On Sept. 21, Newton High football Coach Ryan Smith organized and performed a baptism, using a big utility tub, of one of his football players. The entire … More »

FFRF abortion ad runs in Little Rock paper

10/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is running a full-page advertisement in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today asking the question, "What does the bible really say about abortion?" The answer, as the ad puts it, is: "There is no biblical justification for the assault on women's reproductive … More »

FFRF files brief against prayerful Texas school board

10/21/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against a school board's practice of starting every meeting with a prayer. The Birdville Independent School District Board of Trustees selects students to deliver prayers to the … More »

FFRF protests denial of license plate to Pennsylvania freethinker

10/19/2016 · Update: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has relented, approving Prebeg's request a couple of days ago. The department denied any ideological motive for the initial rejection and instead told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "employee error" was to blame. FFRF welcomes the change of heart, regardless … More »

Student charges Madison housing with discrimination against non-Catholics

10/19/2016 · A Catholic Church-operated housing facility in Wisconsin's capital is being charged with discrimination against non-Catholics. A student has filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission in Madison, Wis., over discriminatory rental practices at a downtown complex forcing renters who are not practicing Catholics to … More »

Longtime Tennessee pastor comes out as atheist

10/18/2016 · A longtime Tennessee pastor recently made a public announcement that he is an atheist. At the opening night of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's recent convention in Pittsburgh, Carter Warden, a former full-time pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Gray, Tenn., and part-time music minister … More »

FFRF ensures no more assembly prayer in Indiana school district

10/17/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made sure that public school employees in an Indiana school district will not continue to impose prayer during school gatherings. Back in April, a school guard at the Rise Up Academy (the alternative high school in South Bend, Ind.) … More »

New Analysis: 26 million voters with no religion could turn out on Nov. 8, dwarfing previous records

10/12/2016 · MADISON, WIS. – More than 26 million voters with no religion could turn out on Nov. 8, dwarfing previous records and providing the power to sway the direction of the country for the first time in history, according to a new analysis from the … More »

Grad student essay contest winners named

10/7/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 Brian Bolton Graduate/Older Student Essay Contest winners. The list of awardees has seven top places and four honorable mentions. Students were asked to write 600 to 800 words on the topic of "Why God … More »

Indiana county does the right, secular thing

10/7/2016 · An Indiana county has taken a wisely secular action in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. After opening its courthouse lawn to an FFRF display and a variety of religious panoramas last winter, Franklin County has passed a new ordinance prohibiting all private exhibits on its … More »

FFRF wants Wisconsin police department oath and code of ethics changed

10/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for a Wisconsin police department's overtly religious oath and code of ethics to be changed. The West Allis Police Department's Code of Ethics has included the following line since at least 2013, a line that is part of … More »

FFRF brings freethought into the Virginia prison system

10/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has helped Humanism triumph behind bars—all over the state of Virginia. A freethinking inmate at Coffeewood Correctional Center in Virginia contacted FFRF because his prison had meeting options for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and a variety of other minority religious … More »

FFRF seeks summary judgment in lawsuit against N.J. county

10/5/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked a judge to declare a New Jersey county's millions of dollars in grants for church repair a violation of the state constitution. FFRF and member David Steketee recently submitted their final brief in support of their motion for summary … More »

FFRF objects to baptisms in Georgia public school

10/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to the recent baptism of several football players at a Georgia public high school. A number of football players were reportedly baptized on Sept. 14 after school on the property of Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga. … More »

FFRF Pittsburgh convention unveils major surprise opening night

10/4/2016 · The opening night of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's upcoming convention in Pittsburgh has a major revelation in store. After years as a closeted atheist in the Bible Belt, a former conservative pastor will be coming out publicly on Friday, Oct. 7. "Adam Mann" (a … More »

Court rules that Catholic Church lot in downtown Madison must be taxed

10/4/2016 · Church must pay property tax on downtown lot in Madison, Wis., that is assessed at $4 million A Dane County judge has ruled that the Catholic Church must pay taxes on a multimillion–dollar lot it owns in downtown Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford decided … More »

Federal Court To Hear Arguments In Brevard County Legislative Prayer Case Oct. 5

10/3/2016 · A federal court on Oct. 5 will hear oral arguments in an important lawsuit challenging legislative prayer practices in Brevard County, Fla. Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties … More »

FFRF asks Connecticut police chief to stop disparaging nonbelievers

10/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out a Connecticut police chief's rant against nonbelievers. On Sept. 24, Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez addressed a crowd of about 50 people at a "police solidarity march." "We need God in our lives," the media reported him saying. … More »

‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ is even more ominous this year

9/30/2016 · "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," an annual event that deliberately seeks to incite church pastors into flouting the law, is assuming an even more ominous tone this year. Christian groups observe "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" to protest what they perceive as undue restrictions that prohibit tax-exempt entities, including … More »

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