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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. ** WATCH THE VIDEO ** Filmed in Madison, Wis., the event is moderated by … More »

FFRF insists Ala. school stop broadcasting Christian prayers

10/25/2017 · Watch here.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that an Alabama school district stop the unconstitutional broadcasting of Christian prayers before high school football games. A concerned local parent informed FFRF that prayer is broadcast over the loudspeaker before Hewitt-Trussville High School football games. A … 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 · Click here to watch.  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 … 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. The gala event … 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 · * Watch the video. 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 … 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 »

Tennessee mayor doubles down on violating Constitution

7/26/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Tennessee county mayor to reconsider his unwise decision to keep religious inscriptions on its courthouse walls. FFRF is alarmed by Henderson County’s plan to retain a biblical engraving on its courthouse after receiving a letter in June … More »

FFRF urges close scrutiny of appeals court nominee

7/26/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has strong reservations about an appeals court nominee's fitness for the judgeship. In a number of questions it proposes to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, FFRF expresses its concerns about Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett, whom President … More »

FFRF raises alarm in Ill. over parking discrimination

7/25/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Illinois city against giving unconstitutional parking privileges to a religious organization during an upcoming event. The city of Rockford is planning to waive a $5 per day parking fee during the Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention — which will … More »

FFRF asserts that Ark Encounter sale invalidates Kentucky subsidies

7/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a questionable sale of the creationist Kentucky ark park and is calling upon the state to rescind its sales tax subsidies. The Ark Encounter — the Noah's Ark-themed park that creationist Ken Ham operates — reportedly sold its … More »

Kentucky notifies Ark Encounter that it has breached its tax incentive agreement

7/21/2017 · The Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet notified the operators of the Ark Encounter that it is in breach of its Tourism Development Agreement with the state. That agreement provides up to $18 million in state subsidies for the Ark project in the form … More »

Ole Miss head football coach resigns amid scandal—FFRF not surprised

7/21/2017 · University of Mississippi's head football coach, Hugh Freeze was forced to resign Thursday night after an investigation by school officials revealed a "pattern" of phone calls from the coach to a female escort service. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is unsurprised to learn that … More »

FFRF spotlights taxpayer-subsidized NYC religious entity

7/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is shining a spotlight on an apparent case of a taxpayer-subsidized religious organization in New York City. A concerned New York taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a New … More »

FFRF halts Ohio County’s plan to finance religion

7/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped an Ohio county's attempt to divert public dollars into exclusively religious organizations. Earlier this month, it was brought to FFRF's attention that Cuyahoga County had issued a "request for proposal" so that it could offer outreach services limited … More »

FFRF cautions Milwaukee about evangelical “blitz”

7/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning Milwaukee parents about an evangelical offensive. The freethought organization is partnering with Protect Our Children and Southeast Wisconsin Freethinkers to alert parents and community members that a two-week invasion of evangelical missionaries targeting children is beginning in the … More »

FFRF stops Wis. instructors’ participation in religious club

7/19/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has made certain that a Wisconsin school district's employees will not take part in a student religious organization. A concerned member contacted FFRF to report that the School District of Onalaska's employees were participating in the student religious club Fellowship … More »

FFRF welcomes Belle Plaine’s new policy against religious displays

7/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation commends a Minnesota town's new policy to bar private displays on religion, even if the town arrived there after unnecessary turbulence. In Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine, 45 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, a cutout statue of a … More »

FFRF has religion fished out from Illinois contest

7/18/2017 · An Illinois statewide fishing competition will not be angling for religion, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A concerned Illinois resident informed FFRF that the Illinois High School Association, in conjunction with the Fishing League Worldwide, started this year's 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State … More »

FFRF asserts Colorado shouldn’t fund religious entities

7/18/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be attempting to convince a Colorado civil rights committee this evening that the state constitutional "No Aid" clause should be preserved and enforced. FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel will be testifying at the University of Denver tonight, … More »

FFRF to testify before Wis. Assembly against anti-abortion bill

7/17/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is testifying at the Wisconsin Statehouse against an egregiously overreaching anti-abortion bill. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover is speaking 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 18 on Assembly Bill 206, before a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Science and Technology. The … More »

FFRF ensures no indoctrination during N.H. hunter training

7/14/2017 · Due to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, there won't be any Christian indoctrination permitted during official hunter training in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department facilitates hunter safety classes throughout New Hampshire. A person who contacted FFRF attended a class on April … More »

N.C. appeals court strikes down county prayers

7/14/2017 · A North Carolina appeals court has handed a big victory to the First Amendment.The Freedom From Religion Foundation had signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in 2015 with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to strike down the Rowan … More »

FFRF legal battle continues against prayerful Texas judge

7/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is moving forward in its legal fight to stop a Texas justice of the peace from imposing prayers at the start of each court session. On Wednesday, July 12, FFRF filed a response to deny Judge Wayne Mack's motion … More »

Indiana school district promises no more graduation prayers

7/13/2017 · An Indiana school district has promised the Freedom From Religion Foundation that graduation prayers will not occur again in its schools. A concerned Elkhart Community Schools parent contacted FFRF to report that the 2016-17 graduation ceremony at the Roosevelt STEAM Academy began with a prayer. … More »

FFRF wants government-organized creationist outing nixed

7/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that a Georgia county agency cancel an upcoming creationist outing. The Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency is organizing a trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum for senior community members from Oct. 2-5. The Ark Encounter, recently … More »

FFRF says Minn. community center should be secular

7/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is aiming for a city-owned community center in Minnesota to be secular and inclusive of everyone in the community. The city of Corcoran is allowing a church to run a city-owned and city-funded community center. A concerned local resident contacted … More »

FFRF proudly underwrites legal legend’s statue

7/11/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly financing a monument to the illustrious civil libertarian and lawyer who legally battled on behalf of science. The statue of Clarence Darrow is to be dedicated on Friday, July 14, right in front of the site of the … More »

FFRF honors students of color essayists with over $10,000

7/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proudly awarding more than $10,000 to the winners of its 2017 annual essay contest for minority high school students. The nation's premier freethinkers' organization has announced the 14 winners of the 2017 David Hudak Memorial High School Essay Contest … More »

FFRF wants Oregon roadside cross removed

7/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that a big cross on public property be relocated. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that a large roadside cross, about 4 feet tall, is on permanent display in Salem off of Kuebler Boulevard just west of Stroh … More »

Indiana team’s trip a flagrant constitutional violation

7/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Indiana school district about allowing its high school soccer team to go on a Christian mission trip. The NorthWood High School girl's soccer team, part of Wa-Nee Community Schools in Nappanee, took a mission trip to Panama … More »

FFRF insists on cancellation of Ark Encounter trip

7/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning a government-funded Kentucky senior center against going ahead with an outing to an infamously unscientific Christian theme park. The Lexington Senior Center is advertising and promoting a day trip to the Ark Encounter on July 12. The Ark … More »

FFRF demands that N.H. state agency stop proselytization

7/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a New Hampshire state agency put a halt to the blatant propagation of Christianity during official safety lessons. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department facilitates hunter safety classes throughout New Hampshire. A person who contacted FFRF … More »

FFRF wants cross removed from Georgia fire station

7/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an outsized cross to be taken down from a Georgia fire station. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that a large cross is on display at Catoosa County Fire Station 3 right off of U.S. … More »

FFRF disappointed at Florida city’s appeal of cross removal

7/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is disappointed that the city of Pensacola is needlessly appealing a judicially ordered removal of a massive cross from a local park. A few weeks ago, two of the country's leading secular organizations, FFRF and the American Humanist Association's Appignani … More »

FFRF appalled at new Kentucky bible law

6/30/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled at a new law in Kentucky that promotes the bible in the public school system. "A new Kentucky law going into effect Thursday will allow bible courses to be taught in public schools," states an article in The … More »

Indiana school board ceases prayers

6/30/2017 · After receiving a warning from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an Indiana school board has ended its dubious practice of opening meetings with prayer. At three board meetings this year, the Southern Wells Community School Board in Wells, Ind., held opening prayers with one led … More »

FFRF, ACLU file appeals brief in Indiana nativity case

6/30/2017 · Two prominent watchdog organizations have taken the next step in an intense Indiana state/church legal battle. Each December for nearly half a century, the Performing Arts Department of Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., staged several performances of its "Christmas Spectacular." Each performance culminated in … More »

Congress stealthily permitting church electioneering

6/30/2017 · Congress is engaging in cloak-and-dagger tactics to thwart public opinion with a sneaky attempt to undermine a more than 60-year-old prohibition on church electioneering. Nearly 4,500 nonprofits signed a joint letter to Congress in opposing repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a move that would be … More »

FFRF touts rule of law in Arkansas commandments case

6/28/2017 · FFRF does not condone violating the Constitution by erecting a Ten Commandments monument on the Arkansas Capitol grounds. Nor do we condone breaking the law to remove such a display. Early today a mentally ill Christian rammed his car into the controversial Ten Commandments monument … More »

FFRF asks appeals court to rule against divisive Calif. school board prayer

6/28/2017 · Plaintiffs Michael Anderson, Larry Madonado and attorney David J.P. Kaloyanides, along with FFRF and 20 other plaintiffs, won a lawsuit against the Chino Valley School District in February 2016, stopping prayers during board meetings. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit … More »

FFRF censures Missouri anti-women legislation

6/28/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly denounces a piece of pending anti-choice legislation that would endanger the well-being of women across Missouri. Senate Bill 5, introduced in the Missouri Senate on June 12, it bolted through the two legislative chambers over the past couple of … More »

FFRF challenges Ala. school district’s numerous breaches

6/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising objections to multiple constitutional violations that have been occurring in an Alabama school system. FFRF has in recent months received many complaints from several local residents about Jefferson County Schools, based in and around Birmingham. A resident reported that … More »

Arkansas will regret placing Ten Commandments monument at Capitol

6/27/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling the state of Arkansas' decision to place a massive Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol a huge misstep. The Arkansas Statehouse passed a law in 2015 sponsoring a Ten Commandments marker. After years of legal disputes, work crews … More »

FFRF blasts Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran decision

6/26/2017 · The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today that could inflict incalculable damage upon the constitutional wall of separation between state and church. Seven justices turned their backs on the hallowed principle that citizens should not be forced to financially support churches and church … More »

FFRF appalled by ruling on discriminatory Mississippi bill

6/26/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is dismayed about an appeals court's misguided decision to allow a discriminatory bill to become law in Mississippi.  House Bill 1523, which privileges certain religious beliefs by allowing discrimination in their name, was initially stopped from becoming law by federal … More »

N.C. sheriff’s department complies with FFRF

6/26/2017 · FFRF recently sent a letter to the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, based in Jefferson, objecting to a "Time of Prayer" event it was scheduled to host on Saturday, June 24. Highlighting the event was a prayer led by Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of … More »

FFRF insists on cross removal from Tex. sheriff’s office

6/23/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that a prominently exhibited cross be taken down from a Texas sheriff's office. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that a Latin cross is on display above the reception window in the Presidio County Sheriff's Office. The cross … More »

FFRF nixes coach-led prayers in Kansas

6/22/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has stopped coach-led praying in a Kansas school district. Following a basketball game on Jan. 31, the Cheylin High School and the Weskan High School boys basketball teams joined together for a prayer at center court. Coaches from both teams … More »

N.C. sheriff’s office makes changes to prayer event

6/22/2017 · A North Carolina sheriff's office has agreed to cease its promotion of a fast-approaching prayer event after the Freedom From Religion Foundation raised constitutional objections. FFRF recently sent a letter to the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, based in Jefferson, objecting to a "Time of Prayer" event … More »

FFRF opposes N.C. sheriff prayer event

6/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting an upcoming religious event scheduled and promoted by a North Carolina sheriff's office. The Ashe County Sheriff's Office, based in Jefferson, is hosting a "Time of Prayer" event on Saturday, June 24, which it is promoting on both … More »

FFRF wants Christian Texas courthouse sign removed

6/21/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for a blatantly Christian sign to be removed from a Texas courthouse. A concerned Orange County citizen recently contacted FFRF to report that prominently displayed in the county courthouse building is a religious sign stating "Trust In The … More »

Minn. assemblywoman disgracefully misuses office

6/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a Minnesota state representative's outrageous misuse of her official position in preaching from the House floor. During a May 23 debate over whether or not to pass an amendment to an omnibus tax bill, state Rep. Abigail Whelan … More »

FFRF proudly underwrites Clarence Darrow statue

6/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, thanks to the support of its members nationwide, is proudly underwriting an impressive monument to the eminent civil libertarian who fought perhaps the most famous legal battle in U.S. history. The statue of legendary lawyer and rationalist Clarence Darrow is … More »

FFRF disturbed over Ill. city council’s prayers

6/20/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is troubled over an Illinois city council's trend of scheduling exclusively Christian leaders to give invocations at its meetings. During a Peoria City Council meeting to install newly elected officials last month, Monsignor Stanley Deptula of the city's Catholic Diocese … More »

Secular groups to get gigantic cross yanked from Fla. park

6/19/2017 · Two of the country’s leading secular organizations have achieved a big legal victory today with a ruling against a massive cross in a Florida public park. The 34-foot white Latin cross that the city of Pensacola owns, displays and funds dominates the Bayview Park. The … More »

Texas Statehouse harms children with new law

6/16/2017 · Texas has a new unnecessary and harmful law in the name of religious freedom. Both chambers of the Texas Statehouse recently approved House Bill 3859, with the Orwellian name the "Freedom to Serve Children Act," which allows child welfare providers to decline services on the … More »

FFRF objects to official devout Indiana messages

6/16/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting explicitly religious correspondence that regularly originates from an Indiana government office. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that condolence letters on behalf of "North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan and staff" to express sympathy for recent deaths of … More »

FFRF salutes Penn. school district's graduation policy

6/16/2017 · The Freedom From Religious Foundation is applauding a Pennsylvania school district for respecting the right of conscience of all its students. At the recent Beaver High School graduation ceremony, the Beaver Area School District adopted a policy to review the proposed remarks of designated student … More »

FFRF asks Fla. schools to investigate unconstitutional prayer and partnership

6/15/2017 · FFRF is asking that a Florida school district investigate state-church constitutional violations within its athletic program. Three high schools in the Alachua County School District – Gainesville, Eastside and Buchholtz – are scheduled to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes football camp this summer. The … More »

New Fla. law will fail its schools

6/14/2017 · Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week signed into law Senate Bill 436: the "Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act." The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been strongly opposed to it, issuing three action alerts to its members when the legislation was pending … More »

Wisconsin bill limits voucher accountability

6/13/2017 · A new Wisconsin bill will further hide the state's voucher schools in a cloak of secrecy. On Friday, June 9, the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Education voted 4-3 to approve a bill introduced just a few days before that would roll back accountability measures applying … More »

FFRF confronts religious Ala. police department

6/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is charging that an Alabama police department's intensely religious behavior is unlawful. The city of Wetumpka reportedly hosts a "CJ Deputy Summer Program" at the Wetumpka Police Department that includes "Daily Devotionals." The police department also hosts a monthly dinner … More »

FFRF picks apart group’s incursion into Wis. town

6/12/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is poking holes in a Christian apologist group's intervention on behalf of public religious signs in a Wisconsin town. FFRF wrote last month to the city of Oconomowoc, objecting to two identical Christian signs on government land there. The displays … More »

Expected Falwell appointment a blessing to his bottom line

6/12/2017 · Statement by Freedom From Religion Foundation One of the nation's most prominent educational theocrats will reportedly be in charge of regulating himself. Jerry Falwell Jr. is expected to head a new task force to deregulate higher education — in ways that will harm students and taxpayers … More »

FFRF to creationist: Resign from education committee

6/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suggesting that a creationist Wisconsin state representative step down from a key Assembly committee. State Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, recently espoused creationism as a member of the Wisconsin Assembly's Committee on Colleges and Universities. At a May 11 public … More »

Constitution triumphs in Florida prayer judgment

6/9/2017 · A recent judicial ruling in a Florida prayer case is a resounding victory for the separation of state and church. "A federal judge has sided with the Florida High School Athletic Association in a dispute about whether a Christian school should have been allowed to … More »

FFRF unveils “The Most Unpleasant Character” webpage

6/9/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is excited to unveil its new “Unpleasant Companion” webpage, a searchable database of Old Testament verses proving that God is, indeed, the most unpleasant character. The pro-blasphemy site was inspired by biologist Richard Dawkins’ sentence in chapter 2 … More »

FFRF asks Ala. school to keep future graduations secular

6/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked a public high school in Alabama to cease endorsing religion in its future graduation activities. After Opp High School in Opp, Ala., scheduled religion into its graduation functions, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the school district … More »

FFRF takes on Texas attorney general

6/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is facing off with the Texas attorney general in an ongoing lawsuit in the Lone Star State. On June 7, the state/church watchdog filed a brief opposing Ken Paxton's request to intervene in FFRF's case against Montgomery County Justice of … More »

FFRF raises alarm over N.C. county’s Ramadan decree

6/8/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is raising a red flag about a North Carolina county's recent Ramadan proclamation. On June 6, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners issued a resolution declaring May 26–June 24 as "The Month of Ramadan" in the county. The board inserted … More »

Indiana school district prayer stops due to FFRF

6/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded an Indiana school district to discontinue a practice of praying at staff meetings. A concerned Concord Community Schools employee informed FFRF last year that at two districtwide events, the official program traditionally contains a Christian prayer, introduced and … More »

N.J. Supreme Court to hear FFRF case

6/7/2017 · A legal battle that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is fighting in New Jersey over unconstitutional funding is now headed to the state's highest judicial arena. The New Jersey Supreme Court has accepted a direct appeal of a trial-level decision that allowed Morris County to … More »

FFRF weighs in on N.Y. public school Ramadan debate

6/7/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation would like to weigh in on the media storm generated by the special Ramadan accommodation for Muslim students at a New York high school. The Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y., has reserved a room each in its two … More »

FFRF assails Ky. governor’s new proposal

6/6/2017 · Credit: Gage Skidmore The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking a dim view of a new Kentucky gubernatorial initiative. Gov. Matt Bevin is touting an unconstitutional plan to combat rising violence in Louisville: prayer walks. Announcing this irresponsible strategy recently, he said: The lieutenant governor and myself … More »

FFRF addresses religious graduation activities at N.C. schools

6/6/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has urged two public schools in North Carolina to keep their graduation ceremonies secular. After a high school in Raleigh and an elementary school in Moravian Falls had scheduled religion into their graduation functions, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote … More »

FFRF demands N.C. senior center cease prayers

6/5/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that a publicly funded senior citizens facility in North Carolina cease its prayerfulness. A concerned area resident contacted FFRF to let it know that the Morehead City, N.C.-based Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center, a public facility operated and … More »

FFRF condemns Supreme Court decision exempting religious entities from pension laws

6/5/2017 · The U.S. Supreme Court has given religious institutions a free hand to cheat their employees. According to the court's decision today, church-affiliated corporations are exempt from a rule meant to protect employees from companies that promise them retirement but fail to deliver. The Employee Retirement Income … More »

End prayers at subsidized N.M. senior center, FFRF insists

6/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the unconstitutional practice of prayer at a government-funded senior citizens center in New Mexico. A concerned member of the Grants, N.M.-based Cibola Senior Citizens Center, an institution that receives most of its support from state and federal funding, … More »

FFRF corrects Washingtonian inaccuracy

5/31/2017 · An obligation to the truth forces the Freedom From Religion Foundation to rectify a Trump cabinet member's grossly inaccurate remark about our first president. During the U.S. Coast Guard commencement ceremony on May 17, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly stated that George Washington added "so … More »

FFRF objects to Gideon bible distribution in Texas school

5/31/2017 · Photo of illegal bible distribution provided to media by Brenda Lucas, assistant to the superintendent for the Tenaha ISD. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly protesting that a Texas school district permitted the Gideons to hand out bibles to elementary school kids. The Gideons were … More »

FFRF denounces Maine Senate censorship

5/26/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is denouncing the Maine Senate's censorship of a humanist invocation. Thomas Waddell, head of FFRF Maine, worked with state Sen. Shenna Bellows to deliver the opening invocation before the Maine State Senate. This request was initially approved by the secretary … More »

Don’t pray at meetings, FFRF insists to Fla. county board

5/25/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is insisting that a Florida county commissioners' board cease starting its meetings with a prayer. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that the Clay County Board of County Commissioners opens its meetings with commissioner-led prayers. These prayers are … More »

FFRF protests huge cross in Missouri park

5/24/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that a Missouri town remove a massive cross on public property.  There is a Christian cross at Big Spring Park in the city of Neosho. It is very large, up to 60 feet in length, on the side … More »

W.Va. schools’ bible class suspension welcome first step

5/24/2017 · Plaintiff Elizabeth Deal A school district in West Virginia has decided to suspend its "Bible in the Schools" classes next school year in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against its egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" program. FFRF, along with two parents … More »

FFRF to Trump in New York Times ad: Mr. President, build up that wall!

5/24/2017 · Click to enlarge please! The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for President Trump — and it's sharing that message with the public in a full-page New York Times ad. The communiqué is partially prompted by Trump's recent commencement remarks to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University … More »

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