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FFRF calls foul on proselytizing Georgia football coach

9/21/2018 · FFRF is asking officials to cease imposing religious proselytizing on a high school football team in Georgia. A concerned resident has reported that Dawson County High School in Dawsonville, Ga., employs a “character coach,” Pastor Russell Davis from Etowah Church, to regularly pray with its … More »

FFRF applauds bipartisan effort to protest blasphemy laws worldwide

9/21/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is applauding a renewed bipartisan effort to repeal blasphemy laws worldwide. This week, Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced a resolution that calls for the “global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.” “Freedom of expression and religion … More »

FFRF presses for injunction against W.Va. city’s prayers

9/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is redoubling its efforts to immediately halt a West Virginia city council from unconstitutionally praying at every meeting. The city of Parkersburg has adopted and instituted an official Christian prayer — the “Lord’s Prayer” — that opens each City Council … More »

FFRF urges DOJ investigation into Catholic abuse

9/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Justice Department to initiate a federal nationwide investigation into the Roman Catholic clergy’s serial sexual abuse and cover-up. “The Church’s claim of divine authority gives it coercive power over its congregants that allows it to get away … More »

FFRF calls on IRS to investigate church, Trump adviser

9/19/2018 · FFRF, a national church/state watchdog, is calling on the IRS to immediately investigate a Texas church’s illegal campaign meddling. Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, has been actively electioneering — endorsing a political party to its flock — and mistakenly stating that the IRS … More »

SCOTUS should let stand FFRF’s court victory against funding church repairs

9/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be represented by renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky in opposing a request today by Morris County, N.J., asking the Supreme Court to overturn FFRF’s resounding victory this spring against taxpayer subsidy of churches. Morris County, defended by the Catholic … More »

FFRF protests Christian parking privilege in Austin

9/18/2018 · Screenshot via KXAN The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to unconstitutional religious discrimination at a high school in Austin, Texas.  FFRF contacted the district regarding allegations that as part of James Bowie High School’s “Senior Reserved Painted Parking Spaces” program for students with good attendance, … More »

FFRF highlights Tenn. politician’s theocratic beliefs

9/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling out a Tennessee state senator and congressional candidate for his religion-based opposition to government social programs. A concerned constituent recently alerted FFRF to a video in which state Sen. Mark Green explained in the following way his opposition … More »

FFRF urges Denver to get out the secular vote

9/13/2018 · A 14-by-48 feet billboard went up this week in Denver on the corner of Lincoln Street and Eighth Avenue featuring young atheists with the message “I’m an atheist and I vote.” As anticipation mounts for November’s mid-term elections, these billboards serve as timely reminders of … More »

FFRF celebrates secular Constitution Day with ad in Portland Oregonian

9/13/2018 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Portland chapter are placing a full-page advertisement in the Sunday Portland Oregonian celebrating “Our godless Constitution” and Constitution Day. Monday, Sept. 17, is the 231st anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. The ad, featuring six U.S. … More »

FFRF slams Huckabee and Citizens United for their smear letter

9/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking Mike Huckabee and the Citizens United Foundation to task for scurrilously using its name as a fundraising gimmick. FFRF has obtained a recent letter that Huckabee wrote for the Citizens United Foundation (yes, that Citizens United). The undated … More »

FFRF awards $12,750 to 2018 college students essay contest winners

9/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 18 winners of the 2018 Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest. College students were asked to write a personal persuasive essay about, "Why you are an unabashed freethinker, and not afraid of burning in hell." Winners … More »

FFRF asks Nev. school to remove unconstitutional religious displays

9/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter asking a public charter school to remove or cover the religious iconography present at its new campus inside a church. According to FFRF’s complainant, Discovery Charter School in Las Vegas recently moved its … More »

FFRF, AHA win big in Fla. cross case

9/10/2018 · A federal appeals court has ruled that a 34-foot-tall cross in a Pensacola park is unconstitutional and must come down. The decision is a resounding victory for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association. In a pivotal federal decision released late Friday, Sept. … More »

FFRF commends Congressional Freethought Caucus letter opposing Kavanaugh

9/7/2018 ·   FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, is pleased that members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, along with other House Democrats, penned a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday warning against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The letter outlined six main areas of concern the group recognizes … More »

Hawaii’s Hirono hammers Kavanaugh’s anti-woman hypocrisy

9/7/2018 · Finally, a senator has taken Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to task for his openly hostile perspective on the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The Freedom From Religion Foundation had pointed out that Kavanaugh had only faced questioning on state-church issues from friendly quarters. It lamented … More »

FFRF knocks Logan County, W.Va., schools for constitutional violations

9/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is slamming a West Virginia school district for several constitutional violations that have recently occurred there. A concerned parent reported these infringements in the Logan County Schools system to the state/church watchdog. On Aug. 23, Logan High School broadcast a Christian … More »

FFRF urges Atlanta to get out the secular vote

9/6/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Atlanta-area freethinkers to get out and vote this fall like their rights depend on it – because they do. Rotating digital billboards feature several young atheists with the message “I’m an atheist and I vote,” on Pleasant Hill … More »

FFRF asks Ohio school district to stop preachy coaches

9/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strongly objecting to repeated proselytizing occurring in an Ohio school district’s sports programs. Back in 2015, the national state/church watchdog wrote the New Lexington Schools in New Lexington, Ohio, regarding a cheerleader coach leading students in prayer, and received … More »

Hawaii senator submits FFRF-Secular Coalition letter in Kavanaugh hearing

9/6/2018 · On Sept. 5, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, submitted into the record of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing a letter organized by the Secular Coalition of America and signed by FFRF urging senators to reject his nomination. The Freedom From Religion Foundation proudly signed onto … More »

Oral arguments Friday in appeal of FFRF’s Lehigh County, Pa., cross victory

9/6/2018 · Oral arguments take place Friday over an appeal of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s court victory regarding a cross on a Pennsylvania county seal. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, and four individual plaintiffs won in district court last September when the judge found that the … More »

FFRF spars with Chicago PD over chaplaincy program

9/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a follow-up letter to the Chicago Police Department requesting that it discontinue its chaplaincy program. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, originally contacted the deparment in May of 2017 asking the it to halt its imposition of prayer at … More »

FFRF issues second warning to Ohio high school over school prayer

9/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dispatched a second letter to an Ohio school district reminding them of the unconstitutionality of school-sponsored prayer. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, originally sent a letter to the West Branch Local School Board in Beloit, Ohio, in January of … More »

FFRF calls out Starbucks, Hilton for ejecting nonreligious patrons in Houston

9/5/2018 · FFRF is calling attention to a serious civil rights violation that occurred at a Hilton Starbucks in Houston the past weekend. Several volunteers of the Ex-Muslims of North America (ExMNA) were enjoying the beverages they purchased in the Hilton-Americas Houston when they were ejected for … More »

Kavanaugh’s alarming hostility to state-church separation on full display in confirmation hearings

9/5/2018 · Judge Brett Kavanaugh is working hard to avoid any firm stance on any substantive question in Day 2 of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But in an exchange with his old buddy Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kavanaugh tacitly expressed … More »

Kissimmee proclamation honors FFRF & ACLU chapters

9/4/2018 · A Florida city is officially recognizing local affiliates of two leading national organizations at its meeting this evening. The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Florida chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, the ACLU of Florida and its Central Florida chapter are to be honored by proclamation … More »

FFRF asks Colorado school to cancel religious trips

8/30/2018 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, sent a letter asking a Colorado Springs (Col.) public charter school to discontinue field trips to a religious camp. A concerned parent reports that, every year, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy (RMCA) takes its sixth graders on … More »

FFRF objects to Ohio County’s many constitutional violations

8/29/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to numerous constitutional infractions committed by the Meigs County Commissioners Office. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, sent a recent letter to the Meigs County Board of Commissioners after a local complainant reported numerous constitutional violations from the … More »

Trump repeats Big Lie on Johnson Amendment at pandering dinner party

8/29/2018 · It’s bad enough that President Donald Trump held what amounted to a “state dinner party” at the White House exclusively for U.S. Christian evangelical guests. But at the Monday night event, Trump added injury to insult by repeating his lie that he has gotten … More »

FFRF’s ‘Freethought Matters’ airs in 9 cities beginning Sunday, Sept. 2

8/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s new weekly TV show, “Freethought Matters,” begins airing this Sunday in eight major cities, plus Madison, Wis., covering more than 22 percent of the United States TV market. The show will start broadcasting Sunday, Sept. 2, for 26 weeks, … More »

FFRF warns against proselytizing teacher

8/27/2018 ·     The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, has issued a warning to a California public charter school after receiving a complaint that a teacher made extremely disturbing comments about homosexuality during class. According to FFRF’s complainant, a teacher in Nova Academy Early College … More »

FFRF to run new ‘quit the church’ ad in New York Times

8/27/2018 · VIEW THE AD The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be running a full-page ad this week in The New York Times urging people to leave the church, in response to the newest revelations over sexual crimes against children in the Catholic Church. The ad, headlined “It’s … More »

FFRF, ACLU of Florida prevail: Kissimmee prayer proclamation revised

8/22/2018 · The national Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Florida are greeting with approval a revision of a proclamation that had promoted prayer by city officials in Kissimmee, Fla. The ACLU of Florida and its Central Florida Chapter, along with FFRF’s chapter, the Central … More »

FFRF pressures Santa Rosa schools over abstinence program

8/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog with more than 1,500 members throughout Florida, is placing pressure on the school board in Santa Rosa County to replace its abstinence-only sex education program. FFRF first sent an open records request to the district in … More »

FFRF convinces Ohio city to remove decalog from public park

8/17/2018 · A Ten Commandments plaque has been removed from Murphy Park in Steubenville, Ohio, after a national state/church watchdog sent a letter to the city asking for the religious display to move to private property. The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted City Manager Jim Mavromatis on … More »

Irreverent billboard campaign continues in Cobb County, Ga.

8/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is continuing its irreverent 2018 Georgia billboard campaign in suburban Atlanta with two new additions this August. “Enjoy life now — There is no afterlife” is appearing on a digital board on Spring Road half a mile east of Atlanta … More »

FFRF, ACLU-FL partner to ask Fla. city to rescind 40 days of prayer proclamation

8/16/2018 ·   A trio of civil liberties groups is asking the city of Kissimmee, Fla., to rescind its “Call to Fast and Prayer” event and proclamation by the close of business on Friday, Aug. 17. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, in partnership with the ACLU of Florida … More »

FFRF partners with Black Skeptics of LA to award $10,000 in scholarships

8/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving $10,000 in scholarship awards to four students in partnership with Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, an African-American atheist community group. For the fourth year in a row, FFRF has divided its $10,000 annual Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award between … More »

FFRF directs MPS Board’s attention to mishandling of church/state case

8/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is directing the Milwaukee School Board’s attention to poor handling of complaints to the Milwaukee Public School District over a proselytizing substitute teacher. This February, FFRF sent a letter to the former superintendent after a local complainant reported that a … More »

FFRF objects to Kissimmee mayor’s call for prayer

8/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is asking the mayor of Kissimmee, Fla., to rescind an unconstitutional proclamation calling for prayer, and to cancel an upcoming city prayer event. Mayor Jose A. Alvarez Alvarez signed a proclamation on Aug. 7 declaring 40 … More »

Call your senators today to delay Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

8/13/2018 · In a desperate rush to push through an unvetted nominee before a contentious election, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in three weeks, on September 4. As the Freedom From Religion Foundation has detailed, Kavanaugh will be … More »

FFRF safeguards constitutional rights in Ohio courthouse

8/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds a Knox County (Ohio) judge for halting religious activity in his courtroom after its unconstitutionality was called to his attention. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, had received a report from a concerned Mount Vernon citizen that Judge Richard Wetzel … More »

FFRF objects to religious patches on Shelby County sheriffs uniforms

8/10/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, is formally objecting to religious patches on Shelby County, Ohio officer uniforms. After receiving a complaint about the patches, which say “For God and Country,” FFRF sent a letter to the Sheriff’s Office requesting the patches … More »

FFRF awards $10,550 in students of color 2018 essay contest

8/9/2018 ·   The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 15 winners of the 2018 David Hudak Memorial Students of Color Essay Competition for College Students. FFRF has paid out a total of $10,550 in award money for this year’s contest. College students of color … More »

FFRF urges unity and condemns racist “alt-right” rally

8/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation strongly denounces the upcoming Aug. 12 “Unite The Right” rally in Washington, D.C. FFRF encourages its members and supporters in the area to attend a peaceful counter-protest as a message to hate-mongering white supremacists that their racist ideology will … More »

Project Blitz targets schoolchildren with godly agenda

8/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning that at least nine state legislatures are promoting or even forcing display of a religious motto in public schools. As a captive audience of young, impressionable students return to classes for the new fall term, they may … More »

FFRF puts heat on Mobile school district over “fire and brimstone” prayer

8/8/2018 · A national state/church watchdog has sent a complaint letter to Mobile County Public Schools, Ala., over a mandatory staff event that turned into a mandatory religious service. Pastor Vint Norris from the Alabama District of the Assembly of God was invited to deliver what has … More »

FFRF protects constitutional rights in Indiana elementary school

8/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced an Indiana elementary school to refrain from holding a teacher-led religious club. FFRF sent a letter to Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) after it was brought to FFRF’s attention that Daniel Wertz Elementary School was sponsoring the Fellowship of … More »

U.S. should protest Saudi Arabian human rights violations

8/7/2018 · The United States should be following the lead of Canada in condemning human rights violations in Saudi Arabia. Instead, U.S. inaction corresponds to Saudi Arabia’s aggressive and reactionary response to Canada’s criticism of recent arrests of Saudi rights activists. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian … More »

FFRF stops city-sponsored National Day of Prayer in North Miami Beach

8/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded the city of North Miami Beach, Fla., to cease its sponsorship of National Day of Prayer events. FFRF sent a letter to the Mayor of North Miami Beach on June 26, illuminating the unconstitutionality of the city’s sponsorship of … More »

Conservative group pushes for Air Force to fly in the face of the law

8/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, to stand up to the Family Research Council, a designated hate group, and defend a Wyoming Air Force base that chose to respect the rights of non-Christian and nontheist … More »

FFRF emphasizes necessity to bar church politicking

7/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to learn that the U.S. Senate has voted for a must-pass spending bill that does not contain language to repeal the ban on church electioneering. This news comes after the U.S. House approved a provision slipped into the … More »

FFRF sues over recitations of Lord’s Prayer at W. Va. city meetings

7/31/2018 · A new lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and two of its local members seeks to ensure that the City of Parkersburg, W.Va., complies with the First Amendment by halting its unconstitutional city prayer practice. The federal lawsuit was filed today in the … More »

FFRF: Sessions’ ‘theocratic’ task force endangers wall of separation

7/31/2018 · Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement yesterday of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” to enforce his theocratic “religious liberty” agenda is cause for grave concern. The task force will be charged with carrying out Sessions’ 20-page Principles of Religious Liberty memo, which Freedom From Religion Foundation … More »

FFRF applauds, criticizes State Department’s religious freedom summit

7/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has been highly critical of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s promotion of religion on the job, has found something good to say about one of the outcomes of the Trump Administration’s “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” conference last … More »

FFRF terminates Tenn. department’s religious promotion

7/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Tennessee state department to end its promotion of belief in a god. FFRF wrote to the state’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) warning it against endorsing religion to those wishing to become foster parents. A concerned Tennessee … More »

Sign up now for FFRF’s amazing San Francisco convention

7/26/2018 · Where can you meet hundreds of like-minded freethinkers, and see folks like Salman Rushdie, Cecile Richards, Adam Savage, and U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, founder of the new Congressional Freethought Caucus? At FFRF’s 41st annual national convention in San Francisco, of course, taking place on Friday, … More »

FFRF, parents, score appeals court victory against praying Calif. school board

7/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with 22 parents, students and employees of the Chino Valley School District (Calif.), today won a major victory before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against prayer at public school board meetings. FFRF’s lawsuit challenged the practice of prayer at … More »

Humanist group supports FFRF’s housing allowance challenge

7/24/2018 · A leading national humanist group is backing the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s legal challenge to a discriminatory religious tax handout. The Center for Inquiry has filed a brief in support of FFRF’s challenge of a special tax break for clergy, now before the 7th U.S. Circuit … More »

Tax law profs back FFRF’s clergy housing challenge

7/19/2018 · Almost two dozen tax law experts have endorsed the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s legal objection to a discriminatory religious tax giveaway. FFRF’s challenge of a special tax break for clergy, now before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has unleashed a numbing list* of legal … More »

FFRF harmonizes Illinois school choir with First Amendment

7/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully harmonized an Illinois public high school choir with the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, FFRF was informed that a public school madrigal choir at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Ill. performed at a Catholic church in … More »

FFRF urges Atlanta to rediscover the wall

7/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging Atlanta-area residents to remember our nation’s foundational wall: the one dividing state and religion. A large billboard with the message has gone up on Spring Street near the intersection of Atlanta Road in the city of Marietta. The … More »

10 Reasons Brett Kavanaugh would be a disaster for state-church separation

7/17/2018 · Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, would be a disaster for the separation of state and church. Here are 10 reasons why. FFRF has been told that senators are paying attention to the ratio of calls for … More »

TX governor needlessly appeals FFRF’s constitutional win

7/17/2018 · In an unfortunate legal and fiscal miscalculation, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has decided to appeal the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s recent constitutional triumph. Last month, FFRF won in federal court against Abbott, who had ordered the removal of its winter solstice display and Bill of … More »

FFRF throws cold water on TX summer school religious endorsement

7/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chastising a Texas school district for forcing down the throats of its summer school students an unconstitutional sort of lesson. A concerned Melissa Independent School District parent informed FFRF that district employees recently permitted a church group to distribute … More »

FFRF boos AL police chief’s religious video

7/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is panning an Alabama police department’s recent religious music video. The Hollywood Police Department participated in an internet “Lip Sync Challenge” and posted a video to its Facebook page of Department Chief Jason Hepler lip-syncing in uniform to the Christian … More »

FFRF awards $13,000 to high school essay winners

7/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is proud to announce the 24 winners — including 10 major prizes — of the 2018 William Schulz High School Essay Contest for college-bound seniors. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 … More »

Tenn. school takes action to ax proselytizing

7/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced a Tennessee school district to implement a corrective plan barring proselytizing assemblies from taking place. A concerned student of the Oneida High School in Huntsville, Tenn., reported to FFRF that the school had allowed a local pastor to … More »

FFRF: Thumbs down to TX police dept. religious video

7/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving a poor review to a Texas police department’s ill-advised and unconstitutional religious music video. The Crandall Police Department recently posted a video to its Facebook page of officers lip-syncing to the evangelical Christian song “God’s Not Dead.” The … More »

FFRF validated after Milwaukee Public Schools demands apology

7/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again requesting assurance from a Wisconsin school district that it will not allow a proselytizing substitute to teach students. FFRF wrote to Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) this February after a local resident reported that a preacher, Jason Storms, … More »

FFRF warns Kavanaugh would tilt court to religious right

7/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation says President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be “a disaster for the constitutional principle of separation between state and church” and tilt the court to the religious right for more than a generation. FFRF is asking … More »

FFRF objects to government handout to Va. church

7/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting a sizeable government giveaway to a Virginia church. A concerned local taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that St. Mary’s Episcopal Church received $10,000 in taxpayer funds to refurbish the church’s stained-glass windows as part of a Virginia Department … More »

FFRF questions religious high school football camps in Arkansas

7/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling foul on recent religion-infused high school football camps in Arkansas. Last month, two school-sponsored football camps held in the state invited preachers to proselytize players. On June 5, evangelist Tyson Simon, an area representative for the Western Arkansas Fellowship … More »

FFRF protects constitutional rights in Illinois elementary school

7/5/2018 · An Illinois elementary school has taken First Amendment lessons from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF sent a letter to La Harpe Elementary School after it was reported that the school’s principal was using her position to promote her personal religion to teachers and students. … More »

Scott Pruitt’s resignation good news for science and the environment

7/5/2018 · Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation vindicates the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Although Pruitt’s stepping down had more to do with his serial ethics violations, his disdain for basic science and common sense won him few friends. Pruitt set about systematically dismantling the nation’s environmental … More »

FFRF kicks off 2018 national voting registration initiative

7/3/2018 · In true Fourth of July spirit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has proudly kicked off a nationally coordinated secular voting registration drive for the 2018 elections. The state/church watchdog has joined forces with five other leading national secular groups to launch the first national secular … More »

FFRF debunks Hobby Lobby’s annual “In God We Trust” ad

7/2/2018 · Hobby Lobby is engaging in its yearly Independence Day charade, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation is here to expose it. Every Fourth of July, the pious folks at Hobby Lobby, the corporation that gutted Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, run a full-page ad in newspapers across … More »

FFRF to senators: Science is not up for debate

7/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to a group of senators attempting to twist scientific reality to fit their political agendas. Sens Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rand Paul, R-Ky., James Inhofe, R-Okla., and James Lankford, R-Okla., recently requested that the National Science Foundation (NSF) treat … More »

U.S. Supreme Court lets stand ruling against N.C. county board prayer 

6/29/2018 · After a grim week of news out of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to point out one bright spot. The high court yesterday denied an appeal  of an appeals court decision striking down a coercive prayer practice by … More »

We’re in big trouble with Kennedy’s Supreme announcement

6/27/2018 · Although not unanticipated, the news today that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court is an ominous development for our civil liberties. The opposition in Congress absolutely must do what it can to ensure that confirmation hearings and votes on Kennedy’s replacement … More »

FFRF condemns court ruling upholding Muslim travel ban

6/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the Trump administration’s religion-based travel ban. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, decided on narrow grounds, adopted a recklessly “deferential standard of review” for presidential authority. In light of concerns over … More »

FFRF discovers hushed First Amendment victory within TX school district

6/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation was pleased to recently discover a hidden victory for state-church separation in an eastern Texas school district. Back in 2014, FFRF was informed by a concerned community member of the Mt. Vernon Independent School District that the district was displaying … More »

Nonbelief Relief disburses tens of thousands in mid-year grants

6/26/2018 ·     Nonbelief Relief, a leading freethought charity, has announced its mid-year grants intended to "to improve this, our only world."  Nonbelief Relief, a charitable organization created by the executive board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is a humanitarian agency taking charitable action in the name … More »

FFRF to Virginia school district: Don’t let Jesus take the wheel

6/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a Virginia school district for promoting religion on its school vehicles. The state-church watchdog is expressing disappointment that Lee County Schools has decided to place the theocratic phrase “In God We Trust” on every school bus in the … More »

FFRF raises red flag over Tenn. department’s religious video

6/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is objecting on constitutional grounds to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services endorsement of religion. A concerned Tennessee resident who went through training to become a foster parent reported that the Department of Children’s Services requires aspiring foster parents … More »

FFRF condemns biblical justification of immigration policy

6/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is formally objecting to the attorney general’s use of the bible as justification for the Trump administration’s newly draconian immigration procedures. “Religion has no place in shaping public policy in our secular nation,” FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie … More »

FFRF wins Bill of Rights court case against Texas Gov. Abbott

6/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has triumphed in federal court against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who had ordered in 2015 the removal of its winter solstice Bill of Rights Nativity from the state Capitol. In a final judgement, issued late yesterday (Tuesday, June 19), U.S. … More »

FFRF attorney debunks lordly argument in constitutional journal

6/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation advocates for our Constitution every day. It is, as we regularly point out, a godless Constitution. But every now and then, we encounter theocrats or Christian nationalists who thinks they’ve found a savvy rejoinder: God is in the Constitution. … More »

FFRF warns Dallas police about upcoming event

6/19/2018 · The Dallas Police Department has partnered with First Baptist Dallas to provide the church with uniformed officers, possibly from the Dallas Police Honor Guard, for an event called “Freedom Sunday.” The church service is scheduled to take place on June 24 and will feature … More »

FFRF takes on gargantuan clergy housing tax break again

6/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, aiming a legal slingshot, is poised to topple a Goliath of discriminatory tax benefits just for clergy for in a much-awaited appeals. FFRF, a national state/church watchdog with over 33,000 nonreligious members, filed a brief before the 7th U.S. Circuit … More »

FFRF insists that UConn banish forced religious rituals

6/18/2018 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation is warning the University of Connecticut against enabling its staff to force students to adhere to religious phrases and rituals. National media recently reported that a now-retired University of Connecticut biology professor at a UConn satellite campus in Hartford had required … More »

Administration officials on border separations: The bible tells them so

6/15/2018 · Both the White House and the attorney general are shockingly invoking the bible to justify their cruel and inhuman policy to break apart families crossing the border. “I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee … More »

FFRF and CFI warn North Carolina against funding ministry

6/13/2018 · Two leading secular groups are warning the North Carolina Legislature against religious financial boondoggling. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the Center for Inquiry (CFI) were contacted by several concerned state taxpayers about a proposal to funnel a quarter of a million in tax … More »

FFRF urges Atlanta to abandon the supernatural

6/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking Atlanta-area residents yet again to give up their faith in the supernatural. A large (14-by-48-foot) billboard with the message “Supernatural belief — the enemy of humanity” has gone up on the well-travelled Cobb Parkway 500 feet south of … More »

FFRF admonishes Ohio school district for Christian

6/13/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is chiding an Ohio public school district for its unabashed promotion of Christianity. A concerned student reported that during Hicksville High School’s commencement practice on May 30, a guidance counselor handed every graduating student a package that contained Christian materials. … More »

Secular groups oppose onslaught of bills allowing bigotry in foster care

6/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and several other groups representing secular values have signed a letter to state lawmakers opposing pending or passed laws that allow religious discrimination in adoption and foster care. Legislation to allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to discriminate and refuse to … More »

FFRF asks Mississippi mayor & schools to quit officially praying

6/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling for the mayor and school district of a Mississippi town to officially refrain from sectarian religious behavior. The Long Beach School District recently hosted its “22nd Annual Superintendent’s Academic Awards” ceremony for students at Long Beach High School. … More »

World loses ‘devout atheist’ and Nobel Laureate Paul Boyer

6/8/2018 · Among the many distinguished members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation was Nobel Laureate Paul D. Boyer, who died on Saturday, June 2, at age 99 in Los Angeles. We were privileged at FFRF to have met Professor Boyer, who spoke at the 2002 national … More »

FFRF ensures Illinois school district won’t have (a) prayer

6/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s objection to an Illinois high school’s religious graduation ceremony has made certain that there won’t be any further imposition of religion in this school district. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Brimfield High School … More »

FFRF condemns Ohio Senate’s discrimination toward nontheists

6/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking the Ohio Senate to task for its discriminatory invocation practices. Ohio Senate Clerk Vincent Keeran has made it clear that nontheists will not be allowed to give invocations to the Senate, and that only prayer to a deity … More »

FFRF urges Pompeo to invite atheists to religious freedom summit

6/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking that an upcoming State Department-organized global religious freedom conclave incorporate the nonreligious. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced the "first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the Department of State," which is scheduled for July 25-26. FFRF … More »

Missed opportunity: Supreme Court punts on important case, manufactures hostility toward religion where none existed

6/4/2018 · The Supreme Court missed an opportunity to strengthen the U.S. Constitution today, instead ruling that a state civil rights commission violated the free-exercise rights of the owner of a Colorado bakery. In Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a bakery backed by the … More »

FFRF concerned about religious Illinois graduation ceremony

5/31/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is dismayed about a gratuitously religious recent graduation ceremony at an Illinois public high school. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Brimfield High School graduation ceremony on May 20 included two separate Christian prayers. … More »

FFRF raises concern over Illinois superintendent’s Christianity promotions

5/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on an Illinois school district superintendent to end his religious promotion. A concerned district staff member reported to FFRF that Effingham Unit #40 District Schools Superintendent Mark Doan has been promoting his personal religious beliefs in emails to … More »

FFRF teaches Indiana school lesson on First Amendment

5/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that all lessons being taught at an Indiana elementary school will be free of religious ideology. Earlier this spring, FFRF sent a letter to the School City of Mishawaka district after a concerned parent contacted the state-church watchdog … More »

FFRF applauds Illinois school district standing fast on secular graduation ceremony

5/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) applauds an Illinois school district for maintaining a welcoming and religiously neutral environment at its recent graduation ceremony — in spite of pressure from the Religious Right. In a column for Fox News, theocracy-aligned commentator Todd Starnes wrote about … More »

FFRF calls out evangelical Mississippi school field trip

5/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a recent Mississippi elementary school religious field trip that was a serious constitutional violation. FFRF was contacted by a concerned family member of a student at Agricola Elementary (located in Lucedale, Miss.) who reported … More »

FFRF sends warning after religious assembly gives Ala. school district bad rap

5/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is warning an Alabama school district to end its promotion of religion to students and staff after a Christian rap group performed at several schools in the district.  A concerned community member of Montgomery Public Schools reported to FFRF … More »

FFRF’s provocative message for Atlanta is hoisted

5/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a provocative message for drivers in the Atlanta area: “Supernatural belief — the enemy of humanity.” The billboard with this dictum, located on the heavily trafficked Marietta Loop artery near the intersection with Roswell Road, recently went up for … More »

FFRF files case against Arkansas Capitol Ten Commandments monument

5/23/2018 · Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert, who sponsored the Ten Commandments law, stands near the first monument prior to its destruction. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a coalition of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit today against Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin seeking the removal of … More »

Wave of support for case against House chaplain

5/22/2018 · Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Dan Barker’s discrimination case against Pat Conroy, the chaplain of the House of Representatives, has received a boost this week. Several members of Congress, secular groups and religious groups — including Jewish, Sikh and interfaith groups — have weighed … More »

FFRF warns against Gideon bible distribution in Ark. school district

5/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed by a report that the Gideons have been allowed to distribute bibles within an Arkansas school district. A concerned local parent reported to FFRF that earlier this month, Johnson County Westside Elementary School allowed the Gideons — a … More »

FFRF raises alarm on Louisiana public school prayer bill

5/21/2018 ·   On Friday, May 18, Louisiana passed a bill that openly encourages public school teachers and coaches to participate in prayers with their students. The original version of the bill was so blatantly unconstitutional that even far-right "religious liberty" law firms openly warned state lawmakers … More »

FFRF condemns Trump’s religious attack on Planned Parenthood funding

5/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning the Trump administration’s move to strip millions from important health care providers for disadvantaged women. According to several media outlets, the administration is considering rewriting Title X rules. Title X is a federal program that pays for birth … More »

FFRF ends First Amendment violation in Chicago-area school district

5/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ended unconstitutional religious promotion within a Chicago suburb school district. A concerned community member of Community Consolidated School District 15 (CCSD 15) reported to FFRF that the district allows outside adults to engage in one-on-one meetings with students at … More »

FFRF condemns appointment of extremist to watchdog body

5/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply disappointed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has appointed Tony Perkins, a notorious anti-LGBTQ and anti-atheist hatemonger, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Perkins is the head of the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty … More »

FFRF’s case against congressional chaplain heats up

5/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is persisting in its efforts to open up our nation’s legislative chambers to freethinkers. The state/church watchdog filed a vigorous brief yesterday, May 14, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in its nationally watched appeal … More »

FFRF runs more ads on MSNBC’s smash hit show

5/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s well-known Ron Reagan ad is airing on the “Rachel Maddow Show,” which is enjoying unprecedented success. “In March, the ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ finished as the highest-rated show in cable news, with an average total audience of 3.058 million viewers — … More »

FFRF warns Indiana school against teacher-led religious club

5/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is objecting to a teacher-led religious club at an elementary school in Indiana. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) has been sponsoring the Fellowship of Christian Students — a teacher-led religious club aimed … More »

FFRF warns Alabama school district against religious promotion

5/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is warning an Alabama public school district to put an end to a disturbing slew of constitution violations occurring in one of its football programs, and is calling for the removal of its head football coach. It was brought to … More »

FFRF protests body blow to the Constitution in Nebraska

5/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling attention to a recent — slightly macabre — violation of the First Amendment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A concerned student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center recently contacted FFRF to report that on April … More »

FFRF denounces sectarian N.M. city flag

5/11/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is expressing its dismay over a New Mexico city’s recent adoption of a blatantly Christian official flag. The city of Belen recently approved a flag that features the “Star of Bethlehem.” The Star of Bethlehem derives from the nativity story … More »

FFRF spotlights Illinois principal’s preachiness

5/9/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking an Illinois elementary school principal to take First Amendment lessons. La Harpe Elementary School Principal Lila McKeown reportedly uses her position to promote her personal religion to teachers and students. FFRF has received information that McKeown regularly distributes flyers … More »

Morris County risks taxpayer dollars by appealing unanimous case

5/8/2018 · A conservative religious legal fund is leading a New Jersey county down the garden path — and the misdirection could cost taxpayers quite a bundle. On April 18, the Freedom From Religion Foundation won a resounding victory over Morris County when the New Jersey Supreme … More »

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards to speak at FFRF’s convention

5/7/2018 · One of the nation's leading advocates for women's rights and social and economic justice will be addressing the Freedom From Religion Foundation's yearly gathering in early November. Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, has agreed to speak at FFRF's 41st annual convention in San … More »

FFRF lambasts Wyoming governor for religious decree

5/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking exception to the Wyoming governor’s intense official involvement in recent National Day of Prayer events. Gov. Matt Mead’s office had emailed every Wyoming state employee reminding them before the actual observance that Thursday, May 3, was the National … More »

FFRF concerned by Minn. city-sponsored prayer

5/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is insisting that a Minnesota city end its continuous endorsement of Christianity. A resident of Columbia Heights reported to FFRF that during a city council meeting last month, Mayor Donna Schmitt issued an unconstitutional proclamation designating May 1 as … More »

FFRF offers ‘A’ badge to counter continuing scout bias

5/3/2018 · Even as the Boy Scouts of America is overhauling its membership and nomenclature to be inclusive, it still has a blind spot regarding a marginalized group: the nonreligious. "For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy … More »

New executive faith order another blow to Constitution

5/3/2018 · A just-issued executive order is one more slap in the face of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The White House is hyping this faith-based order, which it is calling the "Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative." Short on substance, President … More »

FFRF celebrates victory for military-connected students!

5/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the advocacy of its members and other secular organizations, Congress has frozen a plot to create a new voucher scheme for students from military families. Earlier this spring, members of Congress introduced the … More »

Let’s repeal the ‘National Day of Prayer’

5/2/2018 · Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation   The Freedom From Religion Foundation, on what the government has officially declared to be an annual "National Day of Prayer," uses this occasion to remind the public of its unconstitutionality. By a congressional act, now the first Thursday of … More »

FFRF urges hometown district to undo church partnership

5/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging its hometown school district to sever an unwise partnership with a local church. FFRF is asking the Madison (Wis.) Metro School Board not to continue a pilot micro-school program serving a small number of disruptive students from La … More »

FFRF challenges South Florida religious cop event

5/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is protesting the use of resources from roughly a dozen South Florida police departments for an upcoming prayerful affair. Local residents have informed FFRF that officers from around the region are putting together a "Pray with a Cop" event on … More »

FFRF calls for Tenn. schools to rescind religious proclamation

4/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging a Tennessee school board to rescind its proclamation to dub Nov. 7 as “Billy Graham Day.” The state-church watchdog has sent a warning letter to the Claiborne County School Board in Tazewell, Tenn., after it recently declared Nov. … More »

FFRF warns Texas schools about troubling clerical tie-up

4/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has serious concerns about a possibly unconstitutional tie-up between a Texas school district and local clergy. On April 5, the Grand Prairie Independent School District hosted an event called the "Spring Ministerial Alliance Breakfast" to which it invited "all local … More »

Indiana city rejects request to fund church expansion after FFRF warning

4/30/2018 · An Indiana city has declined a church’s recent proposal after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation raising serious constitutional concerns. A concerned resident of Logansport, Ind., informed FFRF that the Logansport Redevelopment Commission was considering granting $40,650 to Revolution Community Church. Media … More »

FFRF welcomes new congressional freethought caucus

4/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a major milestone in Congress for secular representation. Several representatives have announced the formation of a Congressional Freethought Caucus that will focus on promoting secular values and will give a voice to freethinking voters. The new caucus was fittingly announced by Rep. Jared Huffman, … More »

FFRF, religious freedom groups defend in Fla. atheist invocation victory

4/27/2018 · Three leading national organizations have confidently co-filed an appeal brief in a so-far successful legal campaign to get atheists officially welcomed in a Florida county.  In a huge victory for those fighting for state-church separation, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida … More »

FFRF continues fight against unconstitutional Penn. county seal

4/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is filing an appellate brief confident that its victory over an unconstitutional Pennsylvania county seal will be upheld.  FFRF and four individual plaintiffs won in district court last September when the judge found that the Lehigh County seal, featuring a … More »

FFRF advises: Enjoy life now — There is no afterlife

4/25/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for drivers in the Atlanta area: "Enjoy life now — There is no afterlife." The billboard, near the intersection of Piedmont and Sandy Plains Road, has just gone up for a month as part of a year-long … More »

FFRF defends “blasphemous” AMC show

4/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is standing up for a popular TV show accused of blasphemy. State Sen. John Milkovich and two Baptist preachers, Larry Pridmore and Edward Roberts, have recently urged "the Louisiana Office of Economic Development to flatly reject [a] request for a … More »

FFRF makes Mich. township an offer it shouldn’t refuse

4/24/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is more than doubling an offer that a Michigan township is mulling over for a parcel of land containing a massive cross. The Pere Marquette Township Board is considering this evening whether to sell property containing a large Latin cross … More »

FFRF warns Alabama school against bible verse display

4/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is requesting that an Alabama school district remove a clear endorsement of Christianity from a local elementary school. A concerned parent recently reported to FFRF that Hazel Green Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., is displaying four bible quotes inside of … More »

FFRF win: N.J. Supreme Court upholds bar on funds to repair churches

4/18/2018 ·   Photo of David Steketee A major court victory by the Freedom From Religion Foundation will save New Jersey taxpayers many millions of dollars by terminating an unconstitutional boondoggle. The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision today, upheld the state Constitution’s ban against taxpayer funds … More »

Chaplain who censored atheist Barker to step down

4/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s lawsuit to have nonbelievers included in our nation’s legislative chambers is not immediately affected by the announcement that the current House chaplain will retire. “The in-house chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives is stepping down next month after seven … More »

FFRF gets proselytizer barred from Missouri schools

4/18/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully gotten a proselytizer barred from a Missouri school district. Bolivar High School had invited Bob Holmes, the "one man volleyball team," to give a presentation to its student body. Holmes was accompanied by representatives of the Agape Baptist … More »

TV host Adam Savage at FFRF San Francisco convention

4/16/2018 · Famed television host and special-effects wizard Adam Savage will be speaking at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s convention in San Francisco in early November. Savage achieved renown as the co-host of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel. The series, which ran for many seasons, aimed … More »

FFRF guides Illinois school district on the right track

4/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has successfully counseled an Illinois school district to get on the constitutionally correct path. A concerned El Paso Gridley CUSD #11 community member contacted the state/church watchdog to report that El Paso Gridley Jr. High School Principal Robby Tomlinson sent … More »

Persecuted Saudi activist honored at FFRF San Francisco convention

4/10/2018 · The activist wife of a Saudi freethinker whose persecution has caused global outrage will be speaking at the Freedom From Religion Foundation's convention in San Francisco in early November. For the supposed crime of "apostasy," Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was shockingly sentenced in 2013 to … More »

FFRF admonishes Ga. school’s ‘Holy Spirit' at Easter

4/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is castigating a Georgia public school for getting religiously carried away during Easter. Rossville Elementary School in Rossville, Ga., reportedly allowed representatives from Peavine Baptist Church to enter the school to hand out candy to students and invite them to … More »

FFRF celebrates 40th year with NY Times ad & other commemorations

4/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its official founding today, April 5, with a full-page ad in The New York Times commemorating “40 years of activism.” Counseling that “Freedom depends on Freethinkers,” the ad asks: “If you share our concern … More »

Tenn. school ends morning prayers

4/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put an end to the unconstitutional endorsement of religion at a Tennessee public high school. It was recently reported by several community members to FFRF that Wayne County High School was broadcasting prayer over its public announcement system to … More »

FFRF causes Illinois district to curtail creationist cant

4/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has extracted a pledge from an Illinois school district to curb creationism-promoting events in its schools. A concerned district parent had contacted FFRF to report that Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ's Church, where he is … More »

Salman Rushdie headlines FFRF San Francisco convention

4/4/2018 · One of the most renowned authors and iconoclasts of our era is headlining the Freedom From Religion Foundation's annual convention in San Francisco in early November. Salman Rushdie has achieved worldwide fame both as a writer and as a resolute defender of freethought and free … More »

FFRF trumpets Florida constitutional victory

4/3/2018 · FFRF is celebrating a major victory that keeps an important state-church protection in the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission meets to consider changes to the state Constitution. Any proposed changes are then placed on the November ballot. This round, the commission … More »

FFRF educates Indiana school district on religious force-feeding

4/3/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is educating an Indiana school district about the unconstitutionality of a religious lesson recently taught at a local elementary school. A concerned parent from Liberty Elementary School in the School City of Mishawka district contacted FFRF to report that a … More »

‘IM GOD’ Kentucky license plate case moves forward

4/2/2018 · A federal lawsuit in Kentucky over the denial of an irreverent license plate has been given the green light by the presiding judge. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit in November 2016 on behalf of … More »

FFRF notches up many constitutional wins in Ohio

3/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has obtained multiple victories for our secular system in an Ohio school district. The state/church watchdog initially wrote in early March to Indian Creek School District about a March 19 event at Hills Elementary School, where representatives from Samaritan's Feet … More »

FFRF files Supreme Court brief against Trump’s latest travel ban

3/30/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation today filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the latest version of President Trump's travel ban on immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.  Never in the history of the United States have our immigration policies and procedures been used … More »

FFRF ruptures prayer circle in Illinois

3/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has broken a prayer circle at an Illinois public high school. Coaches of the Okaw Valley High School basketball team were participating in prayers with their students. The accompanying image, taken after a February Okaw Valley High basketball game at … More »

FFRF to bible museum: Don’t bear false witness

3/29/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for the Museum of the Bible this Easter week: Thou shalt not bear false witness. FFRF has sent museum officials a letter unmasking serious inaccuracies and misrepresentations and asking them to correct the record. On a recent visit to … More »

FFRF implores Oklahoma school to nix evangelical event

3/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging an Oklahoma public high school to cancel an upcoming event that an evangelical group is organizing there. Newcastle High School has scheduled an assembly by the Todd Becker Foundation during the school day on Wednesday, April 4. The … More »

FFRF sounds alarm about preaching in Missouri schools

3/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is sounding the constitutional alarm about shockingly religious indoctrination events that have occurred at a number of Missouri public high schools. Bolivar High School and Stockton High School have recently invited Bob Holmes, the "one man volleyball team," to give … More »

FFRF opposes reckless rule at HHS

3/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is strenuously opposing a proposed theocratic rule at the Department of Health and Human Services that will jeopardize health care. The rule purports to enhance protections for religious-based objections by health care workers in their provision of health care. In … More »

FFRF pans de Blasio’s religious pandering

3/26/2018 · New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing his long campaign of religious pandering. This week, city schools will close for Good Friday. In past years, Good Friday has typically fallen during students' week off for Spring Break. This year, that's changed. Students get … More »

FFRF warns Tennessee school not to pray over P.A.

3/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is insisting that a public Tennessee high school end its unconstitutional endorsement of religion. It was reported by multiple community members to FFRF that Wayne County High School broadcasts prayer over its public announcement system to students during the … More »

FFRF steps up billboard campaign in Atlanta area

3/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is doubling down on its freethought message in the Atlanta area. It has placed a billboard this week in Marietta calling supernatural belief the "enemy of humanity." The 14-x-48-foot bulletin can be viewed on Cobb Parkway north of Roswell Street. … More »

FFRF asks for removal of prayer plaques from Ohio memorial

3/22/2018 · Sectarian prayers have no place at a public memorial site, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is explaining to a village in Ohio. A concerned community member in Evendale (near Cincinnati) contacted FFRF to report that in May 2017, the village spent more than $388,000 to … More »

FFRF gets partial win in Indiana for U.S. Constitution

3/22/2018 · An appeals court decision in a crucial Freedom From Religion Foundation Indiana case is a partial victory for our secular Constitution. Each December for nearly half a century, the Performing Arts Department of Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind., staged several highly religious nativity performances of … More »

FFRF celebrates Johnson Amendment victory

3/22/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation scored a major victory last night on the front lines of the latest federal battle between religion and politics. The Johnson Amendment, ensuring churches and other nonprofits don’t electioneer with tax-exempt funds, is safe. FFRF has fought fiercely to keep … More »

FFRF protests Iowa Senate’s discriminatory tradition

3/21/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the Iowa Senate strongly objecting to its invocation practice. The state Senate regularly welcomes guest clergy to give an invocation before each session. Any person wishing to deliver an invocation must be invited by a … More »

FFRF protests Illinois public school promoting creationist event

3/20/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking exception to an Illinois public school encouraging students to attend a creationism-promoting event at the school. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF to report that Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ's Church, where he … More »

Ala. law will finally protect children

3/19/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation applauds Alabama lawmakers for closing a loophole that has allowed religious child care centers to escape state oversight. The Legislature has passed House Bill 76, which will correct a dangerous Alabama law that has permitted “faith-based” day care centers to … More »

FFRF urges Congress to quash new voucher-style education program

3/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and 60 other organizations are opposing a new congressional bill that introduces a voucher-style program for military families. The groups' joint letter focuses on the Military Education Savings Account Act of 2018. The bill promotes the setting up of Education … More »

Bevin’s Christian proclamation deceitful, FFRF contends

3/16/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Kentucky members are outraged at Gov. Matt Bevin's "Christian Heritage Week" proclamation for next week. On March 14, Bevin signed a proclamation that twists American history to paint a false narrative about the country's founders. The proclamation is … More »

FFRF spotlights illegal daily prayer at Texas public charter

3/15/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking for an end to an unconstitutional daily prayer ritual taking place at a Texas public charter school. A concerned parent of a student at Leadership Academy in Tyler, Texas, contacted the state/church watchdog to report that teachers within … More »

W.Va. bill requiring public school bible classes dies

3/14/2018 · In light of vocal opposition from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a bill requiring West Virginia schools to teach bible classes has died. The West Virginia Senate did not even give a vote to SB 252, a bill that would have required all schools in … More »

Kansas county commissioner to non-believers: “Go to hell”

3/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appalled at a Kansas county commissioner’s censure of nonbelievers. FFRF recently wrote to the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners, after a Sedgwick County resident was denied an opportunity to deliver a secular invocation before the board because his request … More »

FFRF counters congressional salvo aimed at Navy

3/14/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is rebutting a flood of false information from members of Congress who are opposing a secular-humanist chaplain recently recommended for approval by the Navy. Recent letters from House members and senators to high-ranking Navy officials propagate many untruths in objecting … More »

Pompeo utterly unfit to be top diplomat

3/13/2018 · The anointing of Mike Pompeo as U.S. secretary of state will be a disaster for the world, says the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF has been on to Pompeo for a while. When he was chosen to lead the CIA, the state/church watchdog highlighted his … More »

FFRF warns Okla. school district against spreading Christianity

3/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is alerting an Oklahoma school district about serious First Amendment concerns. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that on Feb. 24, Okmulgee Public Schools Superintendent Renee Dove spoke at a “prayer walk” for Okmulgee County. During the speech, Dove … More »

No preaching at Ohio middle school, FFRF requests

3/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is flagging a serious constitutional violation occurring in an Ohio school district.  A concerned area resident informed FFRF that Indian Creek Middle School has been allowing a pastor on campus during the school day to preach. Bobbyjon Bauman, a pastor … More »

Minnesota County removes unconstitutional plaque

3/8/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased that a Minnesota county has removed a Ten Commandments plaque that was long on display in one of its courthouses. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Saint Louis County was prominently displaying a plaque that contained the … More »

Prayer is snow business of the Utah guv

3/8/2018 · It's best to check the weather report before praying for snow, the Freedom From Religion Foundation paraphrases Mark Twain as a retort to a silly request by the governor of Utah.

 Gov. Gary Herbert recently sent a letter on state of Utah letterhead and signed … More »

Statement by the Freedom From Religion Foundation Re: Lawrence Krauss

3/8/2018 · In light of well-documented allegations of sexual misconduct against Lawrence Krauss, and in keeping with FFRF's commitment to feminist values, the Freedom From Religion Foundation's Board of Directors voted on Feb. 22 to remove Professor Krauss from the organization's honorary board.  Krauss had joined that board, … More »

First Amendment prevails in Alabama high school

3/7/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been assured that an Alabama high school principal will not abuse his position to promote personal Christian beliefs. It was reported last month that an LGBT student at Alexandria High School in Anniston, Ala., was suspended after asking … More »

FFRF puts kibosh on Wis. district’s religious promotion

3/6/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has put an end to Christian propaganda within a Wisconsin school district. FFRF asked the Kenosha Unified School District to immediately take corrective action to end infringements of the U.S. Constitution in an elementary school in the district after several … More »

Appeal filed in prominent bible-teaching W.Va. case

3/6/2018 · A high-profile case involving the teaching of the bible in a West Virginia school district has reached the next stage. Elizabeth Deal, a parent challenging bible classes in Mercer County, W.Va., filed an appeal before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, March … More »

Pruitt’s leaked views confirm FFRF’s claims

3/5/2018 · Recently discovered tapes of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirm what the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been asserting all along. Recordings have surfaced of Pruitt attacking evolution, advocating for a constitutional ban on gay marriage and abortion, and claiming that Christianity is under attack in … More »

FFRF saves N.C. county tens of thousands of dollars

3/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's efforts to halt an unconstitutional taxpayer grant to a North Carolina church have been successful. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority had awarded $72,500 to Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, N.C., for, according to local media, "an innovative project, to … More »

FFRF ad airs on ‘Rachel Maddow Show’

3/5/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s famed Ron Reagan ad is airing this week on the “Rachel Maddow Show.” The spot starts airing tonight, Monday, March 5, and will be running daily through Friday, March 9, on the popular talk show, which is broadcast weekdays at … More »

FFRF banishes prayer from OK City high school team

3/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has remedied a constitutional violation taking place within an Oklahoma City school district. It was reported to FFRF by a concerned area resident that Putnam City High School had been including religion in its football program. The Rev. Mike … More »

FFRF convinces N.C. county to remove religious courthouse painting

3/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten a brazenly religious work of art removed from a North Carolina courthouse. A Cleveland County resident informed FFRF that a large painting had been installed in the main corridor of the Cleveland County Courthouse depicting a Latin cross … More »

FFRF condemns governmental honoring of Billy Graham

3/2/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation denounces various governmental efforts to venerate the late Billy Graham. A federal order instructed that flags be lowered to half-mast today, just after Graham was "lain in honor" in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. And North Carolina is proceeding with a … More »

FFRF’s Atlanta billboard campaign continues secular message

3/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation's billboard campaign propagating freethought and secularism is proceeding briskly in the Deep South. A new billboard graphically representing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has gone up this week on Spring Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road in … More »

FFRF will unceasingly fight bad Arkansas law

2/28/2018 · Yet another state law to foist God on the public education system has been put into place — and yet again the Freedom From Religion Foundation will fight it tooth and nail. An Arkansas bill requiring "In God We Trust" to be displayed in public … More »

FFRF alarmed by TX sheriff office’s use of bible quotation

2/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is objecting to the use of a bible verse in an official Texas sheriff department memo. FFRF was contacted by a concerned local resident regarding a memo Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree sent to sheriff’s officers on his “policy on … More »

Nonbelief Relief announces $75,000 in spring grants

2/28/2018 · Nonbelief Relief, a leading freethought charity, has announced its early spring grants "to improve this, our only world."  Nonbelief Relief is a charitable organization created by the executive board of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Its purposes are to serve as a humanitarian agency for … More »

FFRF condemns preaching Wis. substitute teacher

2/28/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is concerned over a Wisconsin school district substitute teacher’s constitutional violation. A local resident reported to FFRF that Jason Storms, who says he recently received a license to substitute teach in the Milwaukee Public Schools system, expressed disgust with public … More »

Secular groups demand equal treatment for Humanist prisoners

2/27/2018 · Two of the most prominent secular organizations in the United States have filed an amicus brief in appellate court today over discriminatory official treatment of a Humanist inmate in Nevada. The Nevada Department of Corrections and Lovelock Correctional Center have denied a Humanist prisoner, Benjamin … More »

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