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On this date in 1983, atheist blogger and activist Hemant Mehta was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a family that practiced Jainism, a religion from India. Mehta abandoned his faith while growing up because his religion was unable to answer questions he had about life. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he formed the school's first nonreligious group, Students WithOut...
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Removal of transgender protection laws violates state/church separation

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is deeply troubled by the Trump administration's recent removal of antidiscrimination laws protecting transgender students.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Departments of Education and Justice reversed the federal protections set by the Obama administration, which allowed transgender...
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FFRF appeals NJ case to keep taxpayer dollars out of church coffers

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is appealing a constitutionally dubious New Jersey judgment that allows for taxpayer funding of churches.

In January, a New Jersey state court ruled that tax dollars could be utilized to repair or maintain churches, despite a state constitutional provision barring such use. FFRF has asked...
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On this date in 1852, prolific novelist George Augustus Moore was born into a Roman Catholic family in Ballyglass, County Mayo, Ireland. He was educated at a Catholic college, but jettisoned his faith in Paris, where he went at 18 to study art, as described in Flowers of Passion (1877). His 1883 novel, A Modern Lover, was barred by some libraries. In The Apostle, the author depicted Paul...
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FFRF makes sure Gov. Walker stays grounded

Due to the efforts of groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won't be enjoying a free Christian cruise to Alaska.

Concerned Wisconsinites had contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation (headquartered in the state) to express concern that Lifeshape, a Christian organization, had offered Walker and his...
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This week on Freethought Radio: We Are The Champions with Marie Schaub and Jerry Bloom

This week we celebrate victories in three federal lawsuits (Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and California), and three other state/church victories won without going to court (Wisconsin, Washington, Kentucky). After listening to former preacher Carter Warden’s new song, “Freedom From Religion,” we talk with two...
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FFRF wants Okla. blasphemy ordinance struck out

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants a blasphemy law in a town in Oklahoma taken off the books.

FFRF was contacted by a concerned local citizen about an ordinance in the city of Edmond that criminalizes blasphemy against Christianity. Ordinance 8.12.090 in the City of Edmond Code of Ordinances states:

It shall be unlawful and an offense...
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On this date in 1868, W.E.B. Du Bois (né William Edward Burghardt Du Bois) was born in Massachusetts. He attended all-black Fisk College in Nashville, then earned his BA in 1890 and his MS in 1891 from Harvard. Du Bois studied at the University of Berlin, then earned his doctorate in history from Harvard in 1894. He taught economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897-1910. The Souls...
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FFRF in the News: Pa. school district agrees to remove Ten Commandments monument

A school district in Westmoreland County has agreed to remove a Ten Commandments monument.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it received a signed settlement from the New Kensington-Arnold School District.

The challenge to the 6-foot-high monument at Valley High School near Pittsburgh was filed by a...
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Pa. school district agrees to remove Ten Commandments monument
Beware of Gorsuch’s disturbing views on abortion & death with dignity

We don’t know for sure what views Neil M. Gorsuch (President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee) holds on a number of crucial social issues. But we can learn a lot by reading between the lines.

Gorsuch has never decided a case dealing with abortion and has apparently not publicly articulated his views on the topic. However,...
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On this date in 1732, George Washington was born. Washington was elected to the House of Burgesses in Virginia in 1758. He was a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress of 1774, and became commander of the Continental army in 1775. He presided over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, which adopted a godless constitution, and was elected the first president of the...
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Pa. school commandments marker to be removed due to FFRF lawsuit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce the successful settlement of a longstanding federal lawsuit challenging a 6-foot Ten Commandments monument in front of a Pennsylvania public high school.

FFRF, a national state/church watchdog, along with a student and parent, Marie Schaub, filed suit in September...
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Nonbelief Relief announces first grants for year

Nonbelief Relief, a humanitarian agency for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their supporters to improve this world — "our only world" — has announced its first donations for 2017.

Its donations to begin off this year are:

• $5,000 to the International African American Museum being built at the site of the Charleston, S.C., wharf where...
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Urge North Dakota Senate to reject unconstitutional prayer bill

The North Dakota Senate will soon consider a bill that will subject public schools to broadcasted prayers at high school athletic games.

Please tell your state senators to halt House Bill 1275, which schemes to allow prayers at high school athletic events at private schools, even if the events are part of the North Dakota High...
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Prolonging dying is a religious idea

To honor the historic decision in the District of Columbia to offer the dying a more compassionate and rational end, we are reprinting a short statement written in the early 1990s by the late Anne Nicol Gaylor, FFRF’s principal founder.

"To insist that someone who is suffering from a terminal illness must endure pain and anguish is not civilized....
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FFRF’s marquee on Presidents' Day

The pun on FFRF’s marquee at its office building in downtown Madison, Wis., refers to the bad precedent Trump is creating in declaring a religion-based ban, vowing to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment and floating a $20 billion federal voucher scheme.
FFRF in the News: Atheist Group Convinces Virginia Town to Cancel Field Trip to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter

A prominent atheist organization has convinced the parks and recreation department of a Virginia town to cancel an upcoming field trip to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky by asserting that the trip is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

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Atheist Group Convinces Virginia Town to Cancel Field Trip to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter