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FFRF protests sermonizing in Indiana public school

1/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to an Indiana school district permitting preachers to proselytize at a local public school. Several concerned school district parents have contacted FFRF to report that two pastors from Heartland Christian Church lead voluntary religious education at Kouts … More »

Secular groups request end to coerced prayer in military

1/16/2018 ·               The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and American Atheists have sent a joint letter to the Defense Department warning against unconstitutional coerced religious observances in the military. The groups write to Secretary of Defense James Mattis that there has … More »

Ron Reagan ad returns to ‘Rachel Maddow Show’

1/12/2018 · A memorable endorsement recorded by Ron Reagan on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is reappearing through January on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show." Two ads apiece will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights on the rebroadcast (9 p.m. Pacific time, midnight Eastern) of Maddow's … More »

FFRF ends Louisiana sheriff’s official social media sermons

1/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought to an end a Louisiana sheriff's sermonizing over the department's official social media. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal regularly invoked Christian scripture in his official statements as sheriff, statements … More »

FFRF seeks to end Kentucky Capitol’s misuse

1/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to find out if the Constitution was recently violated at Kentucky's hallowed seat of government. That's why it is seeking records regarding the staging at the Capitol of a New Year's bible-reading marathon. Starting on New Year's Eve, a … More »

Support pro-child legislation in Alabama!

1/10/2018 · Take action to support Alabama bill requiring religious child care centers to follow basic standards. A sensible bill that would put a stop to unchecked child abuse and neglect in religious child care centers was introduced to the Alabama House on the first day of … More »

FFRF asks W.Va. county to end aid to religious school

1/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a West Virginia county end its monetary support to a private Christian school. FFRF has received multiple complaints concerning Mingo County’s ongoing financial support of Ambassador Christian Academy. Since 2014, the school has been renting a county … More »

FFRF wants Santa Fe Ten Commandments slab relocated

1/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for the removal of a hulking Ten Commandments monolith from a city park in New Mexico's capital. A 6-foot-tall stone monument of the biblical Ten Commandments is displayed in Ashbaugh Park, in front of Fire Station No. 3, … More »

FFRF debuts TV ‘non-sermon’ in Madison Sunday night

1/4/2018 · The country's largest association of freethinkers is launching a new TV program for a local — and a national — audience. The Freedom From Religion Foundation will unveil on Sunday, Jan. 7, its newest project, a weekly television show, in its hometown of Madison, Wis. … More »

FFRF asks Pa. school district to stop violating the law

1/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is again warning a Pennsylvania school district that a recurring religious baccalaureate ceremony violates the Constitution. A concerned Pottstown School District employee contacted FFRF more than two years ago to report that the school district organizes and sponsors a religious … More »

FEMA directive will shower freebies on churches

1/3/2018 · The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just issued a disastrous directive to provide disaster relief to houses of worship. The move comes in the wake of pressure by President Trump and litigation by churches and synagogues in Texas and Florida. FEMA announced Tuesday it will … More »

FFRF blocks Alaska city giveaway to church

1/2/2018 · An Alaska city wisely chose not to dole out money to a local church after the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised objections to the proposed move. The Sitka City Assembly was all set to allocate $5,000 from the city's Visitor's Enhancement fund to help repair … More »

FFRF warns N.D. school districts about Christian group

1/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning three school districts in North Dakota against a disturbing evangelical group’s planned event. On Jan. 10, the Todd Becker Foundation will host an assembly at Linton High School, which students from Linton Public Schools, Strasburg Public School and … More »

FFRF wants Ala. guv to stop preaching

12/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the Alabama governor to quit preaching on the state's official social media accounts. Concerned citizens contacted FFRF to report that on Dec. 25, the official Alabama governor's Facebook page posted a religious message and Gov. Kay Ivey's 2017 … More »

FFRF’s first-ever ‘atheist’ flag goes up new year in N.H.

12/28/2017 · Come the new year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly raising its unique flag to honor freethought and to protest a New Hampshire town’s Ten Commandments monument. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, FFRF and local member Richard Gagnon are hoisting an “A” flag in Somersworth, … More »

Gaylor v. Mnuchin in H&R Block tutorials

12/28/2017 · The nation's most famous tax preparation service now features a recent Freedom From Religion Foundation legal triumph as part of its tutorials. H&R Block's class required for all its tax professionals in the coming year includes a section on FFRF's historic federal court victory that … More »

Ala. mayor’s scheme raises ‘red flag’

12/27/2017 · This flagpole photo accompanies the Washington Post story about the proposed Christian flag in Glencoe, Ala. (Kevin D. Lines / The Washington Post.)  The Freedom From Religion Foundation warns that an Alabama mayor's Christian machinations are raising a constitutional red flag. FFRF had informed the city … More »

What I want for Christmas

12/25/2017 · 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 to Gillibrand: Bible is even worse than Trump!

12/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising the feminist senator who's standing up to President Trump to reassess the bible. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand famously repudiated Trump's tweet about her as a "sexist smear to silence women." FFRF is viewing the Trump-Gillibrand standoff as … More »

FFRF members bring back freethinking banner in Connecticut park

12/22/2017 · Members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation have yet again installed a freethinking banner in a Connecticut park. Jerry Bloom, with the help of John Levin, has put up an FFRF sign in Huntington Park in the city of Shelton. Two years ago, the city … More »

FFRF aghast at Tenn. county’s official live nativity scene

12/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is astonished at a Tennessee county's unconstitutional weeklong official live nativity scene. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that Hardeman County is coordinating and sponsoring a weeklong live nativity. The resident reports that the live nativity is occurring on … More »

Vandalized FFRF Wash. Capitol sign resurrected

12/21/2017 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation sign at the Washington state Capitol is back up after being vandalized. Darrell Barker, president of FFRF's chapter "Unfettered Freethinkers of South Sound," got a call on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from the Washington Capitol building in Olympia saying that FFRF's … More »

Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

12/20/2017 · 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 »

FFRF returns to an Indiana town

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and area member Geoff Snyder have returned a Bill of Rights "nativity" scene to a key Indiana city. The scene is placed at the County-City Building in South Bend, Ind. The centerpiece of the seasonal display is a whimsical Bill … More »

Glad tidings: ‘Christmas’ increasingly secular observance

12/20/2017 · Most U.S. adults approve of the growing secular emphasis on Christmas, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. Differing from their president, more than half of Americans don't care how they are greeted in stores and businesses.  Even though 55 percent of adults consider … More »

FFRF’s NY Times ad gifts Trump a lump of coal

12/20/2017 · The nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics is gifting President Trump a lump of coal for his all-out assault on the First Amendment. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking out a light-hearted, full-page ad in the New York Times — expected to appear … More »

FFRF urges nixing of Alaska city church grant

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that an Alaska city not fund the repairs of a local church. The Sitka City Assembly will soon vote on allocating $5,000 from the city's Visitor's Enhancement fund to help repair the St. Michael's Cathedral in town. This … More »

FFRF asks Ark. governor to silence his public piety

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Arkansas governor stop using official social media accounts to promote his personal religious beliefs. Every Sunday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson posts on his Facebook account (AsaForArkansas) or tweets on his Twitter account (@AsaHutchinson) an image with a … More »

FFRF denounces CDC’s orwellian language ban

12/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply disturbed over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s attempt to restrict language used in budget proposals. According to various news sources, CDC staffers compiling the budget were given a list of words to avoid, which … More »

FFRF “nativity” display returns to Iowa Capitol

12/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is returning to the Iowa Capitol to counter religiosity at the seat of the state’s lawmaking. The centerpiece of its seasonal display in Des Moines’ most famous building is a whimsical Bill of Rights “nativity.” The metal cutout depicts three … More »

FFRF asks Michigan town to remove bible nativity scene

12/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that an unconstitutional nativity scene be removed from a Michigan town. An exhibit of the manger scene of Jesus Christ’s birth has been put on display on the lawn of the Oscoda Township hall building, which houses the … More »

FFRF challenges official Wis. nativity scene

12/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a nativity scene that a Wisconsin city is unconstitutionally sponsoring. A large nativity display stands alone in Scott Park in Omro in a prominent location with no sign of private sponsorship. The city's Park Facility Rental Form … More »

Ky. school district plagued with First Amendment violations

12/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a Kentucky school district put an immediate end to several ongoing constitutional violations. FFRF recently wrote to Knox County Public Schools in Barbourville, Ky., over recurring First Amendment breaches. In the past, FFRF has written to the … More »

Away with the manger, FFRF insists

12/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to a Wyoming town asking for the removal of an unconstitutional Christian nativity display. An exhibit of the manger scene in the Christian myth of Jesus’ birth has been put on display in a public park … More »

FFRF wishes Texas Legislature a happy Bill of Rights Day

12/15/2017 · In celebration of Bill of Rights Day — the 226th anniversary today of the adoption of the Bill of Rights — Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor has sent a personal greeting to all Texas legislators. That greeting comes in the form of … More »

VICTORY: Johnson Amendment intact

12/15/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a huge victory for the separation between state and church. The new tax bill leaves intact the wise ban on church electioneering: The Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment keeps nonprofits nonpartisan. Under it, churches and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofits … More »

FFRF appeals unjust plaintiff exclusion in W.Va. bible case

12/15/2017 · A parent and child are appealing a ruling last month in the Freedom From Religion Foundation's case that seeks to put a full stop to blatantly unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes in a West Virginia county.  Plaintiffs Elizabeth Deal and her child, Jessica Roe, … More »

FFRF historic victory: Housing allowance enforcement enjoined

12/14/2017 · A federal judge who recently ruled in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation's challenge of the clergy housing privilege yesterday officially halted its enforcement by the IRS. "This is a decision ultimately affecting all clergy and retired clergy nationwide who've received this unconstitutional tax … More »

FFRF tackles unconstitutional prayer in Indiana

12/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped coach-led Christian prayer at an Indiana school district. A concerned district community member reported to FFRF that the South Dearborn High School head football coach, Rand Ballart, led students in the Lord’s Prayer prior to a football game … More »

FFRF display back in California Capitol

12/14/2017 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Sacramento chapter are back at the California Capitol to counter religious displays at that legislative shrine. The Greater Sacramento Chapter of FFRF has put up the whimsical "nativity" cutout depicting three Founding Fathers (and the Statue of Liberty) … More »

Judge sides with FFRF against Texas Attorney General

12/13/2017 · A district judge has rejected the Texas attorney general's attempt to meddle in a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against an overly prayerful judicial official. In March of this year, the national state/church watchdog and three individuals filed a federal lawsuit to stop a Texas … More »

FFRF opposition to extremist judicial nominee pays off

12/13/2017 · In a significant victory for state-church separation and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, President Trump’s worst judicial nominee, Jeff Mateer, will not get a lifetime federal appointment.  One day after urging the White House to reconsider Mateer and Brett Talley (a blogger who has never … More »

FFRF ensures equal time for freethought at home base

12/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making sure that freethought is being given equal representation in small-town Wisconsin. When a crèche scene went up at Veterans Memorial Park in the city of Brodhead, not too far from Madison, the state capital and FFRF's hometown, the … More »

FFRF fights congressional discrimination against atheists

12/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is filing an appeal of a district court ruling in October that legitimized the exclusion of nonbelievers from the nation's legislative chambers. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer (Washington, D.C.), a President Bush appointee, ruled against plaintiff Dan Barker in … More »

FFRF files amicus brief in support of Fla. athletic association

12/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a brief at the appeals court level in support of a state athletic association against a Florida Christian school that wants to compel prayers at state football games. Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., initiated a federal lawsuit … More »

FFRF explains the true reason for the season

12/12/2017 · In her Monday, Dec. 11, press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood before the White House podium and seal and began highlighting the work of a West Virginia church to preach “what the Christmas spirit and the American spirit are all about.” “There will be so … More »

FFRF gets Gideons blocked from Mich. schools

12/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has blocked the Gideons from a Michigan school district. A concerned parent informed FFRF that on Oct. 20, members of Gideons International were passing out New Testaments to all students of reading age outside of Fennville Elementary School in Fennville, … More »

Freethought displays return to Warren, Mich.

12/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is heralding a return of freethought to a Michigan town this winter. With the help of local members, FFRF has yet again placed a tongue-in-cheek banner proclaiming "Keep Saturn in Saturnalia" in the city of Warren in Macomb County. It'll … More »

FFRF takes down godly banner at Indiana school

12/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has had a religious banner removed from an Indiana high school. Recently, a local community member reported to FFRF that the New Palestine High School football stadium was displaying a sizable religious banner directly across from the entrance to the … More »

FFRF prevails: Johnson Amendment still in force, DOJ admits — again

12/11/2017 · President Trump has failed to fulfil his misguided promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” according to documents filed in court by his own lawyers. The Department of Justice filed two motions in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit … More »

“A” display lights up FFRF’s Freethought Hall in Madison

12/8/2017 · An 8-foot red lighted "A" will be on display for the month of December outside Freethought Hall, the office of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in downtown Madison. The image has been popularized by evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins (author of the blockbuster book, "The God … More »

FFRF demands end to religious program for WI prisoners

12/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning the Wisconsin Department of Corrections against a ploy to convert inmates to Christian ministers. Trinity International University, a private evangelical Christian university based in Illinois, has recently started offering a bachelor’s degree at Waupun Correctional Institution in Biblical … More »

FFRF calls out religious Calif. town Xmas ceremony

12/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is illuminating a California town about the problems arising from a live nativity scene at its recent Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. A local resident informed FFRF that the city of Bakersfield's "first annual tree lighting ceremony" at Centennial Plaza on … More »

Freethought makes presence felt in Buckeye State

12/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured a debut for freethought in the heart of Cleveland. The Northern Ohio Freethought Society, the local chapter of FFRF, has obtained at spot at the Cleveland Public Square for the FFRF Bill of Rights exhibit. The installation was … More »

Moore endorsement raises alarm about church politicking

12/6/2017 · An apparent attempt by a church in Alabama to influence the upcoming senatorial election shows why the ban on church electioneering needs to be preserved. FFRF has requested that the IRS commence an immediate investigation into Living Way Ministries in Opelika, Ala., after a concerned … More »

FFRF opposes FEMA bill subsidizing religion

12/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is adamantly opposing a provision in a pending congressional bill that would force taxpayers to repair houses of worship. The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, or H.R. 4460, which includes a provision to … More »

FFRF scores constitutional victory at Okla. high school

12/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has quelled an Oklahoma high school football coach’s unconstitutional prayers. The legal violation occurring at Norman Public Schools in Norman, Okla., was reported to FFRF by a concerned parent after a Norman High School football coach led players in prayer … More »

FFRF offers to tutor Indiana school officials

12/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is offering to educate an Indiana school district on state-and-church separation after problematic remarks regarding public school prayer.  Superintendent Thomas Kopatich of Indiana’s Metropolitan School District Mount Vernon made recent comments to the press regarding FFRF’s complaint to another Indiana school district … More »

FFRF warns schools about Todd Becker Foundation

12/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters of warning to 350 school districts across the United States cautioning against allowing a disturbing evangelical group into public schools to convert students. FFRF has sent its letters and a report entitled, "Closing the Doors: Why the … More »

FFRF’s Winter Solstice display reappears at Illinois Capitol

12/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice display is back at the Illinois Capitol for the ninth year in a row. The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the heart of the Illinois state government in Springfield on Dec. 1 and will … More »

Freethinking exhibits installed in Chicago

12/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Metropolitan Chicago chapter have put on display their annual secular solstice exhibits at a number of locations in the Chicago area. A colorful banner invoking the Founding Fathers was recently unfurled in downtown Daley Plaza in the heart … More »

FFRF shuts down prayer in Tenn. elementary school

12/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put the kibosh on a recurring constitutional violation within a Tennessee elementary school. A concerned parent of a child in the Elizabethton City Schools district in Elizabethton, Tenn., reported that an open house held at East Side Elementary School … More »

Wis. appeals court denies Madison church tax break

12/1/2017 · St. Raphael’s owns a 1.3-acre lot in downtown Madison that is assessed at more than $4 million   A Wisconsin church’s attempt to get a massive tax exemption on an empty valuable piece of property was again rejected by a state court. The Wisconsin 4th District Court … More »

Supreme Court should heed FFRF’s Masterpiece brief

12/1/2017 · Is God a license to discriminate? The U.S. Supreme Court will listen to oral arguments on that very question tomorrow, Dec. 5, when it hears the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Colorado bakery, violated the state civil rights act … More »

Please help fight discrimination against atheists by the U.S. chaplain

11/30/2017 · A Personal Message from Dan BarkerFFRF Co-President I need your help to fight a congressional policy that not only discriminates against me personally, but against you and every nonbelieving citizen in the United States. I'm suing U.S. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy, a Roman Catholic priest, … More »

FFRF’s display at Illinois courthouse spotlights freethought

11/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has installed a display honoring the Bill of Rights at an Illinois courthouse to balance a nativity scene there. The whimsical exhibit was set up by FFRF Member Will Meyer at the Grundy County Courthouse, not too far from Chicago, … More »

FFRF solstice display reappears at Wisconsin Capitol

11/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's annual Winter Solstice exhibit begins displaying at the Wisconsin Capitol Friday, Dec. 1, morning for the 22nd year running. A sign features FFRF's traditional message by its principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor. It was composed as an equal-time challenge to … More »

FFRF has unique season’s greetings for Atlanta

11/30/2017 · As December begins this year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is ushering in a different kind of seasonal greeting in the Atlanta area. On Friday, Dec. 1, the national freethought association is placing its cheerfully irreverent message, "Reason's Greetings," on a prominent lighted 14 by … More »

Reason’s Greetings – How you can counter December violations

11/29/2017 · Reason's greetings! 'Tis the season . . . for many entanglements between state and church. And that's the reason for this email! This is your handy guide to what resources FFRF can offer when you encounter religious displays on public property at this time of … More »

FFRF wants S.C. “Bible & Badges” program to stop

11/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an immediate end to a city-organized Christian bible study for cops in a South Carolina town. An area resident informed FFRF that the city of Newberry regularly sponsors Christian "Bibles and Badges" sessions. The bible studies are … More »

FFRF's N.H. flag-raising postponed to Jan.

11/28/2017 · Update: The proposed flag-raising of the FFRF-sponsored “A” flag is being moved from Dec. 4 to the month of January. Due to an anticipated backlash to a December display, Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard suggested the change, and FFRF Member Richard Gagnon agreed to the … More »

Congress shamefully shills for new bible museum

11/28/2017 · A congressional resolution gushing about the newly opened Museum of the Bible is full of problems. The resolution is nonbinding but still an affront to truth, good taste and the separation of religion from government. Rep. Robert Pittenger's resolution (H. Con. Res. 94) exemplifies the … More »

FFRF’s Fla. cross case gets big boost

11/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's legal action to remove an unconstitutional and massive Christian cross from a Florida city park has received a major fillip. More than a dozen organizations have filed an amicus brief in support of FFRF's lawsuit to remove a 34-foot Latin … More »

FFRF thanks Ark. school for honoring First Amendment

11/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has had prayer struck from a performance at an Arkansas elementary school. FFRF was informed by a concerned parent that students at Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., were going to perform in in a Thanksgiving-themed program with music and … More »

Okla. students don’t have to listen to Christian music, thanks to FFRF

11/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped Oklahoma middle school kids from being forced to regularly listen to Christian music during the school day. A concerned parent informed FFRF that teachers at Adair Middle School were playing Christian music during class. One teacher reportedly played … More »

Focus on touchdowns, FFRF advises Indiana football coach

11/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising an ostentatiously devout Indiana public school football coach and his school district to focus on the game. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that F.J. Reitz High School personnel, including head football coach Andy Hape, prayed … More »

FFRF demands religious promotion cease at Wis. school

11/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Wisconsin school district to restrain a school board member from promoting his personal religious beliefs at school events. A concerned resident of Appleton, Wis., contacted FFRF to report that local media published an article stating … More »

FFRF applauds Conn. city’s pro-women proposal

11/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is praising the city of Hartford, Conn., for seeking to combat faith-based crisis pregnancy centers with a new measure. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are anti-science clinics that disseminate erroneous and misleading information about abortions to dissuade women from receiving one. Some … More »

FFRF wants Ga. school band’s disharmony to cease

11/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wishes the discordant notes from a Georgia public high school band's overtly Christian theme would stop. A local resident has informed FFRF that the director of the Perry High School marching band has chosen a Christian theme for the band's … More »

FFRF calls time out on illegal La. football loudspeaker prayers

11/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is seeking a permanent time out for the tradition of broadcasted prayers at a Louisiana high school. Franklinton High School in Franklinton, La., has developed an unlawful policy of scheduling a student speaker to lead a prayer over the school's … More »

FFRF files appeals brief in Pensacola cross case

11/16/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an appeals court to sustain a judge's order to remove an unconstitutional and massive Christian cross from a Florida city park. Two of the country's leading secular organizations, FFRF and the American Humanist Association's Appignani Legal Center, achieved … More »

FFRF asks Ind. school to shut down bible club

11/15/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that an Indiana elementary school cease unconstitutional religious promotion. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that Fremont Elementary School in Fremont, Ind., is regularly advertising in its newsletter religious activities, including a bible club. The club is … More »

FFRF wants Calif. town to dissociate from prayer breakfast

11/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a California town stop its participation in an upcoming prayer breakfast. The state/church watchdog is urging the city of Buena Park to discontinue using resources and taxpayer funds to plan, organize and promote an annual Mayor's Prayer … More »

FFRF lawsuit forces suspension of W. Va. bible classes, Judge dismisses suit

11/14/2017 · This visual aid is used to help teach "Bible in the Schools" in classes in Mercer County schools. A federal judge has unfairly dismissed a high-profile lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to end blatantly unconstitutional “Bible in the Schools” classes in a … More »

FFRF insists N.C. county stop funding church’s religious project

11/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for the immediate termination of an unconstitutional taxpayer grant to a North Carolina church for decorating its interior with a sectarian religious scene. Asked why, FFRF replies: Do we really need to draw you a picture? The Buncombe County … More »

Beware pious politicians — the moral of immoral Roy Moore

11/13/2017 · By Annie Laurie Gaylor,Co-President,Freedom From Religion Foundation As a county judge, he forced jurors to pray and look at a plaque of the Ten Commandments on courtroom walls. Coercive. As Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, under dark of night he sneaked a washing-machine sized monument of … More »

For Veterans Day, honor all vets — including atheists in foxholes

11/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation urges that "atheists in foxholes" and other freethinkers who have served our country be honored and remembered this Veterans Day. It's unfortunate that during World War II, journalist Ernie Pyle promoted the myth that "there are no atheists in foxholes" … More »

FFRF and U.S. govt. agree judge should ‘nullify’ housing allowance

11/10/2017 · After the Freedom From Religion Foundation's historic victory against the clergy housing tax allowance, the judge's next move is eagerly awaited. U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb, who in October ruled the clergy privilege unconstitutional, now must decide how to implement her ruling. Crabb, seated … More »

FFRF urges tight scrutiny of Illinois mentorship program

11/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Illinois school district to reconsider a religious organization's access to its elementary school kids. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that Consolidated Community School District 15 allows outside adults affiliated with Kids Hope USA to … More »

FFRF asks Ark. school to remove bible verses

11/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says discordant bible verses are creating a “bad note” at an Arkansas high school’s choral area and must come down. Searcy High School’s choral director has placed several Christian-themed posters on the walls of the high school chorus room. Most … More »

FFRF asks Ga. school band to muffle religious music

11/9/2017 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation is calling for a Georgia high school band to march to secular tunes. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the director of the Rome High School marching band chose a Christian worship theme for 2017 called “Alleluia,” which is … More »

FFRF nemesis Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with minors

11/9/2017 · Another inveterate enemy of state-church separation has been accused of sexual abuse. In an explosive article, the Washington Post details the story of four women who accuse Roy Moore of having inappropriate sexual conduct with them while they were in their teens and he was … More »

FFRF opposes Texas school district’s forced Pledge

11/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging a Texas school district's forced Pledge of Allegiance. On Oct. 18, San Felipe Memorial Middle School Principal Celia Zuniga-Barrera reportedly made an announcement over the school's public-address system ordering the entire student body to stand for and participate … More »

FFRF condemns assault on women’s rights in tax bill

11/8/2017 · The Religious Right is stealthily attacking abortion rights in Congress under the cover of the proposed tax bill. “Among the biggest wins for social conservatives is the inclusion of the words ‘unborn child’ in the legislation,” reports The New York Times. “The language is contained … More »

Tell state Senate to shut down a constitutional convention

11/7/2017 · Wisconsin may bring the country one step closer to a constitutional convention, which deeply distresses the Freedom From Religion Foundation. We need to tell the state Senate to oppose calls for bringing the nation within reach of an unprecedented threat to our republic. Today, Nov. … More »

FFRF flags religion in Texas school district

11/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that a Texas school district expunge religion from its activities. A couple of unnerved community members recently contacted FFRF to report two constitutional violations that have taken place within the Corpus Christi Independent School District. It was reported … More »

FFRF thwarts religious promotion in Wisconsin city

11/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that a Wisconsin city park sends a secularly welcoming message to all its citizens. A concerned local resident of Reedsburg, Wis., informed FFRF that a “free pantry” with religious imagery and wording had been placed in a public … More »

FFRF Calif. school board prayers case enters a new stage

11/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District board for regularly praying is entering a new stage. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the case will be heard before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif. FFRF is asking … More »

Repealing the Johnson Amendment would cost taxpayers billions

11/6/2017 · A repeal on the ban on church electioneering would end up costing U.S. taxpayers billions. The recently proposed tax reform bill includes a repeal of the Johnson Amendment as it applies to churches. This is a simple rule that prevents churches and other 501(c)(3)s from … More »

FFRF challenges evangelical mentoring at S.C. elementary school

11/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously objecting to an evangelical organization mentoring kids at a South Carolina elementary school. A concerned parent informed FFRF that the Beaufort County School District partners with a religious organization, Real Champions of the Lowcountry, to provide mentors and … More »

Nonbelief Relief announces timely much-needed grants

11/2/2017 · A leading freethought charity is disbursing fresh grants to fight natural and man-made catastrophes currently afflicting our world. Nonbelief Relief, a charitable organization created by the executive board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has announced an additional donation for hurricane-besieged Puerto Rico and new … More »

FFRF thwarts evangelizing in an Indiana middle school

11/2/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that an evangelical organization will not be able to spread its message in an Indiana middle school. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Noblesville East Middle School administration allowed Michael Redding, a representative of … More »

Federal judge orders Lehigh County to abandon seal

11/2/2017 · A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania county to get rid of its seal that prominently features a Latin cross. The order follows up on a major court victory the Freedom From Religion Foundation obtained against Lehigh County in September. "The Lehigh County seal adopted … More »

Stop revering a biblical mass murderer, Pruitt

11/1/2017 · The Trump administration knows how to add injury to insult. The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it has made many scientists ineligible to serve on the agency's three major advisory groups. The EPA is apparently no longer interested in receiving advice from qualified experts. … More »

FFRF makes W.Va. district oust the Gideons

11/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a West Virginia school district to deny the Gideons permission to hand out bibles to students. A concerned local resident and parent informed FFRF that Gideons International distributed bibles to fifth-grade students at Follansbee Middle School in the … More »

Secular organizations raise alarm over Sessions’ religious memo

10/30/2017 · The country's leading secular organizations are alerting the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to the indefensible nature of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent "religious memo." Sessions' "Memorandum on Religious Liberty" was released on Oct. 6. "This is a brazen attempt to pervasively privilege religion over the … More »

FFRF files amicus brief against anti-gay cake maker

10/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief in the famous case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court about whether a baker can refuse a cake to a gay couple.  Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission seeks to radically redefine "religious … More »

FFRF tackles coach-led prayers at Ga. school

10/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put an end to a Georgia high school coach’s practice of praying with his players. It was reported to FFRF that a Coweta High School football coach, John Small, had made it a habit to pray with his team, … More »

FFRF demands end to public prayer at Ala. high school

10/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that an Alabama school take immediate action to halt further prayer broadcasts during football games. A local resident reported to FFRF that before the start of an Oct. 6 football game between two Alabama high schools a prayer … More »

FFRF protests Iowa City chaplaincy program

10/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising constitutional objections to the Iowa City Police Department's exclusively religious chaplain program. A concerned Iowa City resident contacted FFRF to report that the department sent an email titled, "Iowa City Police accepting Police Chaplain applications." The email stated … More »

FFRF launches “Not Afraid of Burning in Hell” social media campaign

10/26/2017 · Just in time for that pagan festival Halloween, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching a devilishly irreverent new interactive social media campaign. You can be the star of a digital billboard announcing you're an unabashed nonbeliever who is "not afraid of burning in … More »

First ever ‘Secular Town Hall’ focuses on America’s fastest-growing demographic

10/25/2017 · MADISON, WIS. – Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has released the first ever "Secular Town Hall," a groundbreaking video event focusing on America's fastest-growing religious demographic: nonbelievers. Filmed in Madison, Wis., the event is moderated by Emmy-winning science journalist Cara … More »

FFRF insists Ala. school stop broadcasting Christian prayers

10/25/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that an Alabama school district stop the unconstitutional broadcasting of Christian prayers before high school football games. It is illegal for a public school to sponsor religious messages at school athletic events, FFRF reminds Trussville City Schools. "The Supreme … More »

FFRF files amicus brief in Colorado voucher case

10/24/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of a nonprofit in its ongoing litigation against a Colorado school district's aid to religious schools. In 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the Douglas County School District's voucher program … More »

FFRF concerned by religious recruitment at Ind. school

10/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that an Indiana middle school close its doors to religious recruiters. FFRF received a report that the Noblesville East Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., allows a representative of the evangelical organization Young Life to attend the school’s lunch … More »

FFRF hails Maryland cross case victory

10/18/2017 · An appeals court has ruled in favor of secularists in a challenge of an enormous cross in the middle of a public roadway in Maryland. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an amicus brief in 2016 in support of American Humanist Association’s objection to a district … More »

FFRF urges blocking of extremist federal judicial nominee

10/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging President Trump and the U.S. Senate to stymie the nomination to a federal judgeship of a person whose extreme views and close ties to a Religious Right organization render him unfit. Jeffrey C. Mateer, nominated for U.S. district … More »

FFRF demands Ok. courts end inhumane sentences

10/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alerting two dozen judges in Oklahoma about shocking constitutional violations occurring within the state’s courts. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the courts had regularly been sentencing nonviolent offenders to a program called Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in … More »

FFRF wins, Texas Gov. Abbott loses in Solstice Censorship suit

10/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has prevailed in federal court against Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who ordered the removal of FFRF's winter solstice Bill of Rights Nativity from the Texas Capitol in 2015. In his decision, handed down late on Friday, Oct. 13, U.S. District … More »

Boy Scouts must stop excluding atheists

10/12/2017 · The Boy Scouts of America is busy dismantling barriers left and right but still egregiously retains a rule barring atheists and nonreligious members. Stridently repressive and anti-gay in the past, the Boy Scouts started to shed its Religious Right image when it repealed its prohibition … More »

Court OKs congressional exclusion of atheists; FFRF calls it ‘wake-up’ call

10/11/2017 · A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., issued a ruling today that legitimizes the exclusion of nonbelievers from the nation's legislative chambers. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, a Bush appointee, ruled against plaintiff Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Barker sued … More »

FFRF calls on Ky. jail to end coercive prayer

10/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is shocked over a blatant constitutional violation that occurred at a Kentucky jail. It was reported to FFRF that in August the Laurel County Correctional Center in London, Ky., held an unconstitutional "Night of Prayer" event to combat drug use. … More »

FFRF awards $9,450 to 2017 Essay Contest for Graduate/’Older’ Students

10/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 13 winners of the 2017 Brian Bolton Graduate/"Older" Student Essay Contest. Graduate students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay on the topic, "Why religious liberty shouldn't mean the right to impose your religion … More »

Boca Raton nonprofit snubs secular donation

10/9/2017 · A Florida nonprofit seems more intent on scoring points rather than helping people in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Nonbelief Relief, a humanitarian adjunct of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, sent a check for $2,500 to Boca Helping Hands after Hurricane Irma. "You are one of … More »

FFRF educates Ga. school on First Amendment

10/6/2017 · A Georgia elementary school will be keeping prayer out of its events after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about this constitutional violation. A concerned parent reported to FFRF that at a recent “Moms for Muffins” event, a teacher at Reidsville Elementary … More »

Trump’s orders against contraception pervert “religious liberty”

10/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns President Trump's executive orders today that virtually overturn Obamacare's contraceptive mandate by exempting any employer with a religious or "moral" objection from covering contraception. Under the new rules, which take effect immediately, any employer, including publicly traded companies and … More »

Sessions’ theocratic memo on ‘religious liberty protections’ will unleash legal chaos

10/6/2017 · The Trump administration today unveiled a series of theocratic interpretations of "religious liberty protections" that will unleash legal chaos and discrimination, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The executive orders and memos largely redefine religious liberty as the right to discriminate and deny others civil … More »

Secular groups insist on freedom for Louisiana students

10/6/2017 · The nation's leading secular organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are standing in support of freethinking students in Louisiana. As recently reported in the national media, school authorities have informed students and parents in the Bossier Parish Schools system that student athletes would be … More »

FFRF wins major housing allowance challenge (again)

10/6/2017 ·  A federal judge for a second time has ruled in favor of the historic challenge by the Freedom From Religion Foundation of a housing allowance in the tax code that uniquely privileges clergy. At issue is the constitutionality of 26 U.S.C. § 107(2), a provision in … More »

FFRF excoriates Ky. governor for bible school call

10/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is admonishing the Kentucky governor for exhorting students to carry bibles to class. In a highly inappropriate Oct. 3 Facebook video post, Gov. Matt Bevin encourages schoolchildren to bring their bibles to school. The video, which is clearly tagged as … More »

U.S. sides with death penalty for blasphemy

10/4/2017 · The United States recently disgraced itself at the United Nations. Inconceivably, the United States on Sept. 29 voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that denounced the imposition of the death penalty for freethought and consenting adult sexual relations. The resolution, entitled "The question of … More »

FFRF urges Minnesota Historical Society to cease funding of religion

10/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that the Minnesota Historical Society reconsider its misguided use of tax dollars to fund religious buildings. FFRF has been contacted by a concerned Minnesota taxpayer who reports that the state historical society in St. Paul regularly awards grants … More »

FFRF asks pious Mich. football coaches to cut it out

10/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is attempting to block a couple of Michigan high school football coaches from exhibiting their piety on the field. A concerned citizen informed FFRF that football coaches at Bridgeport High School lead their teams in prayer. The complainant informed the … More »

Take action to halt theocratic nominee

10/3/2017 · We’re asking for your help in stopping another religious zealot from shaping American policy. President Trump has preposterously nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as the U.S. ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. Trump has chosen several other theocrats for contradictory posts, like asking foxes to guard the … More »

Court rules Fla. board must allow atheist invocation

10/2/2017 · A federal court ruling in a case involving the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local chapter has provided a huge victory to those fighting for state-church separation. In a decision released late Saturday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida struck down … More »

FFRF to pious Ala. school band leader: pipe down

10/2/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants an overzealous high school band director to stop imposing his religion on others. A concerned local parent informed FFRF that the Leeds High School band in Leeds, Ala., regularly performs a halftime show designed to resemble a Christian church … More »

FFRF teaches Indiana school district correct Pledge version

9/29/2017 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation tutorial on the Pledge of Allegiance was so persuasive that an Indiana school district agreed to modify an incorrect display. A concerned John Glenn School Corporation community member contacted FFRF to report that a North Liberty Elementary third-grade teacher had … More »

FFRF calls constitutional foul on Ala. school coach

9/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is shocked over an Alabama high school football coach’s flagrant First Amendment violation. Earlier this month, a coach within Baldwin County Public Schools in Bay Minette, Ala. coerced his team to pray after a football player was injured during an … More »

Pa. judge rules in FFRF’s favor against cross in county seal

9/28/2017 · A federal judge has sided with the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local members in declaring unconstitutional a Latin cross on a Pennsylvania county seal and flag. U.S. District Judge Edward Smith's decision against Lehigh County, Pa., can only be described as begrudging. But he … More »

FFRF expresses concern over deal between Delaware city and local college

9/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a suspicious arrangement between a Delaware city and a local religiously affiliated college. The city of Dover has made an agreement to transfer the city's old library building for one buck to Wesley College. Wesley College is a … More »

Help Nonbelief Relief help Puerto Rico & other disaster victims

9/27/2017 · Nonbelief Relief, a humanitarian agency created by the board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is wiring $10,000 today in the name of nonbelievers to a Puerto Rican disaster relief group. The nonprofit ConPRmetidos partners with the Foundation for Puerto Rico, a 501(c)(3) organization. Hurricane Maria … More »

FFRF lambasts La. AG for school prayer push

9/25/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has sent the Louisiana attorney general a scorching letter over his push to put prayer back in public schools. Speaking to the conservative Louisiana Family Forum recently, Jeff Landry said, "With your prayers, and an offense, … More »

FFRF halts social media misuse in Indiana

9/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped the religious misuse of social media in an Indiana school district. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the email signature of Sarah Mullins, an executive secretary in the Fayette County School Corporation, on her school … More »

FFRF condemns New Mexico’s attempt to hide scientific realities from its youth

9/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed about the New Mexico Public Education Department's recent announcement that it intends to remove from the state’s science curriculum all references to evolution, climate change, and the age of the Earth.  A representative of the New Mexico Public Education … More »

Videos up for irreverent FFRF convention

9/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s exciting and star-studded 40th annual national convention recently concluded in Wisconsin’s capital. But if you missed it — or want to relive a moment — you can find most of the speeches now on FFRF’s YouTube channel. A highlight of … More »

FFRF ensures religion-free Ala. football games

9/21/2017 · An Alabama school district's football games will not be used to sermonize, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned parent contacted FFRF about a constitutional violation occurring in Alabama's Lee County Schools system. On Aug. 25, Smiths Station High School broadcast a prayer … More »

Nonbelief Relief awards $98,000 in aid money

9/21/2017 · Nonbelief Relief, a nonreligious humanitarian agency connected with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, announced today the disbursement of almost $100,000, including relief for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and of the Mexican earthquake. To aid people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Nonbelief Relief … More »

FFRF’s Ron Reagan ad returns to ‘Rachel Maddow Show’

9/20/2017 · An ever-popular Freedom From Religion Foundation ad featuring a presidential son is back on premier television.  The nontheist organization's commercial with Ron Reagan inviting viewers to join the group is airing again over the next few weeks on one the nation's most prominent news commentary … More »

Timely FFRF suit proceeds against church politicking

9/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amended complaint to buttress the Johnson Amendment even as the House takes measures to weaken it.  The Johnson Amendment even-handedly bars any 501(c)(3) organization, including churches, from using tax-deductible donations for political, partisan purposes. The House of … More »

Johnson Amendment in peril — act now!

9/18/2017 · While the Freedom From Religion Foundation and over 700 of our members from around the country were assembling for FFRF's memorable and inspiring 40th annual convention last weekend in Madison, Wis., the Religious Right had a major legislative coup in the U.S. House. Late Thursday … More »

2017 Essay Contest for High School Students

9/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 17 winners of the 2017 William Schultz High School Essay Contest. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 and graduate students since 2010. High school seniors were asked … More »

FFRF files Supreme Court brief against Trump’s travel ban

9/14/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court opposing President Trump's travel ban on immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.  FFRF argues that the executive order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," issued on Jan. … More »

FFRF wins one in Utah for freedom

9/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has notched a victory in Utah for the freedom of conscience. FFRF was contacted by a concerned parent regarding a serious constitutional violation occurring in the state's Canyons School District. On the first day of school, Maureen Howe, a math … More »

FFRF raps Trump’s tweet to fund churches

9/11/2017 · In a breach of etiquette that exhibits a gross misunderstanding of the American Experiment, President Trump interjected his erroneous legal opinion about an ongoing federal lawsuit over whether churches should be eligible to receive taxpayer funds to rebuild after natural disasters. The Freedom From … More »

FFRF questions Neosho transfer of park land with cross

9/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is greeting with guarded optimism an announcement by the city of Neosho, Mo., about how it is remedying a state/church violation. FFRF had sent a complaint letter in May, informing the town that its display of a cross at Big Spring … More »

FFRF strongly opposes Trump’s Texas judicial nominations

9/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly opposing President Trump's two just-announced nominations of theocratic zealots for Texas federal judgeships. Both attorneys are connected to the First Liberty Institute, an extremist Christian legal outfit that supports a religious right to discriminate. Jeff Mateer, of Texas, … More »

FFRF tells Louisiana school district to put kibosh on prayer

9/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Louisiana school district to discontinue unconstitutional prayers at its staff training events. FFRF first wrote in 2013 to Zachary Community Schools in Zachary, La., when the district was illegally hosting employee convocations, including prayer, in a church. … More »

Wisconsin budget bill expands voucher programs at public expense

9/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on Wisconsin legislators to remove expanded voucher funding from the state budget. FFRF is alarmed at the proposal, which pushes Wisconsin further toward a privatized education system that is dominated by religious schools. The budget calls for spending … More »

FFRF blasts Wis. budget amendment favoring one Catholic church

9/8/2017 · A Wisconsin budget amendment to grant a targeted tax exemption and windfall to one Catholic church violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Wisconsin Constitution, charges the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee approved a budget amendment to provide a … More »

FFRF calls out Sixth Circuit for twisted logic in prayer ruling

9/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is blasting a ruling yesterday by an appeals court that blesses Christian prayer at governmental meetings. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Wednesday issued LINK http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/17a0207p-06.pdf a divided decision declaring constitutional the practice of opening meetings with … More »

FFRF warns against Mississippi school’s prayer walk

9/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is advising a Mississippi school to discontinue its unconstitutional religious rituals. A concerned parent of a student at Mendenhall Jr. High School in Mendenhall, Miss., contacted FFRF to report that the school's principal, Kirby Craft, used a recorded phone message … More »

FFRF wants Texas school district to halt prayers

9/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that unconstitutional prayers at a Dallas-Fort Worth area school district's teacher events stop immediately. A concerned district employee contacted FFRF to report that on Aug. 10, during an in-school training day at Brewer High School in the White … More »

Va. prisoners no longer run religious gauntlet, thanks to FFRF

9/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that religious tests are no longer part of the Virginia correctional system. FFRF received multiple reports, from more than one correctional institution, that Virginia's nonreligious inmates were being penalized on their COMPAS Assessments for indicating that they do … More »

FFRF to Texas officials: Prayer will fail Texans

9/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is discrediting the recklessness of Texas officials asking for prayers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey while declining legitimate aid. In response to the catastrophe that has devastated Houston, Quebec's Minister of International Relations Christine St-Pierre offered practical help: to … More »

FFRF removes Christian plaque from Virginia elementary school

8/31/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation salutes a Virginia elementary school for removing a plaque imprinted with a prayer. A local member of the district had reported to FFRF that Spiller Elementary in Wytheville, Va., was displaying a large plaque in its cafeteria with a loud … More »

FFRF awards more than $10,000 to college essay winners

8/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is announcing with pleasure the names of the recipients of more than $10,000 in prize money in its college essay competition this year. There are 18 winners of the freethought-themed 2017 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest. College students were … More »

FFRF has bible verse removed from Okla. school

8/30/2017 · A bible verse showily exhibited at an Oklahoma public school has been taken down after the Freedom From Religion Foundation brought attention to it. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that a bible verse was on display above the front desk at Comanche Elementary School … More »

FFRF prevails: Trump administration admits Johnson Amendment still in force

8/30/2017 · President Trump has failed to fulfill his promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” according to an admission filed in court by his own lawyers. The Department of Justice filing comes in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s federal lawsuit challenging … More »

FFRF challenges Wash. governmental funding of ministry

8/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is opposing the unconstitutional doling out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to a religious ministry in the state of Washington. A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments recently granted $416,000 to … More »

FFRF warns coaches to ignore preacher and obey law

8/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking public schools and coaches nationwide to abide by their constitutional duty not to proselytize students. FFRF's statement comes in the wake of a call by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, urging coaches to … More »

FFRF: Thou shalt love thy First Amendment

8/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to see that it has inspired a better understanding of the constitutional separation between church and state in a Pennsylvania community. In response to FFRF's settlement to remove a Ten Commandments monument at Valley Junior-Senior High School in … More »

FFRF’s charity agency donates sum to Houston

8/29/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's charity agency has sent money to assist with relief and rehabilitation in Houston. Nonbelief Relief Inc., a humanitarian charity created by the executive board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has wired $10,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. That … More »

FFRF supports NJ towns keeping public spaces secular

8/25/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent letters to two New Jersey communities in support of their plans to remove religious symbols from public property. Concerned residents in the Borough of Upper Saddle River and the Town of Mahwah informed FFRF that PVC piping has been … More »

FFRF writes memo to Ill. lawmakers opposing tax credit scholarship legislation

8/25/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a memo to all Illinois representatives and senators in which it opposed legislation to create an education budget that snakes in tax credit scholarship funds to circumvent legal barriers against funding parochial schools with public money. Read the memo here.  … More »

FFRF “amens” 9th Circuit coach prayer ruling

8/24/2017 · The termination of a public school coach who was fired for proselytizing was just upheld by the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals. As an assistant football coach at the Bremerton School District in Washington, Joe Kennedy abused his position, often praying with students on the … More »

FFRF warns Alabama school district to shape up

8/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Alabama school district to keep religious rituals out of its schools following an egregious local First Amendment violation. FFRF wrote to Sylacauga City Schools, addressing a deeply troubling religious performance titled "BREAKTHROUGH" taking place at Nichol Lawson … More »

FFRF’s #TuesdayThoughts: @MarcoRubio, silence your bible verses

8/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) to task for regularly tweeting bible verses. Rubio uses the popular social media website, on which he has nearly three million followers, to communicate with constituents and keep them informed about his official duties … More »

FFRF asks Gov. Bevin not to promote bible

8/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin denouncing his deeply misinformed promotion of religion in schools after last week’s horrific events in Charlottesville. On an Aug. 15 radio interview, the governor blamed the white nationalist violence that exploded … More »

FFRF to Milwaukee: Beware Good News Club

8/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent cautionary letters to nine Wisconsin public school districts in the greater Milwaukee area being targeted by a Christian evangelical club this coming school year. The Good News Club — sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, whose aim is to … More »

N.M. school expunges religious mural after FFRF complaint

8/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation appreciates rapid action by a New Mexico public school to remove Christian iconography from its walls. A large mural painted inside the Freshman Academy of the Clovis Municipal School District in Clovis, N.M., depicted a dove and an anchor along … More »

The lesson of Charlottesville: E Pluribus Unum must triumph

8/16/2017 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation Along with the rest of the nation, we at the Freedom From Religion Foundation office have watched, with growing horror and dismay, as the hate-mongering white supremacist “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Va., ended in hours of … More »

FFRF has Va. courthouse religious edict covered

8/10/2017 · An overtly religious proclamation in a Virginia county courthouse has been covered up following a Freedom From Religion Foundation communiqué. "Virtus — Keep God's Commandments — Veritas" was recently revealed on the wood structure below the balcony in the Nelson County Circuit Courtroom after being … More »

FFRF is asking for prayer walks to cease at Mississippi schools

8/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that several high schools in Mississippi put an end to unlawful group prayer practices. Four high schools in the Calhoun County School District — Bruce High School, Calhoun City High School, Vardaman High School and Calhoun Academy — … More »

FFRF decries unconstitutional funding of Tampa church

8/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a Florida county to terminate its unconstitutional funding of a church that has already cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. A concerned local taxpayer informed FFRF that the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners has repeatedly provided funds to … More »

FFRF asks criminal justice academy to quash prayers

8/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has nudged a state-run criminal justice academy in Maine to address religious rituals at the institution. FFRF sent a letter of warning last month to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro after it was brought to the state/church watchdog … More »

FFRF co-sponsors disbelieving St. Paul ballgame

8/7/2017 · Baseball fans in the Midwest can look forward to a unbelievably good time this weekend. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Minnesota Atheists are co-sponsoring "atheist night" at St. Paul's CHS Field starting 7 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 12, in which the St. Paul … More »

FFRF condemns Berkeley station for disinviting luminary

8/4/2017 · FFRF condemns one of the nation's most well-known community radio stations for cancelling a talk by legendary scientist and freethinker Richard Dawkins. Dawkins was scheduled to give a talk and a book presentation on Aug. 9 sponsored by KPFA in Berkeley, Calif. Then, the station … More »

FFRF nixes religion from Wis. state-sponsored events

8/4/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will not entangle itself with religion when sponsoring events. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin (ADRC) sponsored a dementia workshop on June 15 exclusively for faith community leaders. … More »

FFRF wants Mich. city to cancel church service at festival

8/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting a Michigan city to cancel plans to allow organized Christian worship at a city-sponsored event this coming weekend. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that Menominee's 35th Annual Waterfront Festival schedule includes an "Outdoor Church Service" at 10 … More »

FFRF stops religious propagation at Wisc. school

8/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has snipped the ties between a Wisconsin elementary school and a religious financial firm. Last month, it was brought to the attention of FFRF that Bristol Elementary School in Bristol, Wis., had partnered with Thrivent Financial, a Christian financial services … More »

“You’re Sued!” ad – FFRF slaps Trump with lawsuit for legalizing church politicking

8/3/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) today released a new ad, "You're Sued!" challenging President Trump's executive order to legalize church politicking, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. "President Trump wants to convert churches into the next political super PACs, but he better check the … More »

FFRF gets support in unconstitutional N.J. funding case

8/2/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is grateful for the backing of kindred organizations in a New Jersey case it is fighting against the unconstitutional funding of churches. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union recently submitted an amicus … More »

White House bible study wastes time, money

8/2/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled that the Trump administration holds weekly bible study sessions at the White House. The list of attendees reportedly contains the names of several officials whose appointments FFRF objected to because of their inability to keep their personal religion … More »

FFRF outraged at creationism in Ohio public school

7/31/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is outraged that creationist myth is being taught at an online Ohio public charter school based out of Akron. A concerned parent of an Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy student contacted FFRF to report the school’s biology classes include … More »

Kansas governor bad pick for “religious freedom” ambassador

7/28/2017 · President Trump's latest appointee is as dreadful as his earlier ones. Trump has nominated Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as an ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. Trump has chosen several other religious zealots for contradictory and preposterous posts, like asking foxes to guard the henhouse, as FFRF … More »

Wisc. school agrees to turn off Christian radio

7/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is commending a Wisconsin school district for turning off a Christian broadcasting station on a school bus. Early in spring, FFRF sent a letter to the Stevens Point Area Public School District due to concerns over a bus driver who … More »

Evangelical group abuses school access in Wisconsin

7/27/2017 · A dubious evangelical group that seeks out children is outrageously misusing school privileges to spread its doctrine at an elementary school in Wisconsin. The Child Evangelism Fellowship, operator of 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs across the country, launched its two-week evangelical invasion of Milwaukee-area … More »

FFRF alarmed about Ky. elementary school bible classes

7/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is deeply troubled about elementary school bible classes being taught in a Kentucky school district. A concerned local parent informed FFRF that the Knox County Public Schools system teaches elementary students bible classes. The district reportedly sends letters to … More »

Reserve rooms now for FFRF fun-filled annual convention

7/26/2017 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation urges all members to book their hotel rooms for its fun-filled annual convention in Wisconsin's scenic capital Come September.  The Sept. 15-17 gala event at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace in downtown Madison, Wis., will include speeches and entertainment … More »

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