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“Why go to the Bible [about woman suffrage]? What question was ever settled by the Bible? What question of theology or any other department?

The human mind is greater than any book. The mind sits in judgment on every book. If there be truth in the book, we take it; if error, we discard it. Why refer this to the Bible? In this country, the Bible has been used to support slavery and capital...
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Indiana graduation prayer removed as a result of FFRF’s efforts

The Freedom From Religion Foundation's persistent efforts persuaded an Indiana school district to remove prayer from the local high school's graduation ceremony.

Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Ind., had prayers as part of its graduation ceremonies in both 2015 and 2016. FFRF initially contacted Jennings County...
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“Although we weren’t brought up to be any particular religion, we were taught to say our prayers. I remember one that ended, ‘Thy glorious kingdom, which is for ever and ever. Amen.’ These words made me scream, “I don’t want to be anywhere for ever and ever. It’s too much.”

—Hermione Gingold in her biography How to Grow Old Disgracefully, 1988

On this date in 1897, Hermione Gingold, once...
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In-fighting in the War on the War on Christmas

What are good Christian consumers supposed to do when the organizations leading the charge in the War on the War on Christmas can’t agree on which retailers are righteous enough to visit this holiday—sorry, this Christmas—season?

It’s hard to distinguish between all the Orwellian-named Christian advocacy organizations out there, so you’re...
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FFRF blasts Trump’s choice of Pruitt to head EPA

The Freedom From Religion Foundation knows from experience the awfulness of Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The state/church separation watchdog group has tussled a number of times with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. An active promoter of oil, fossil fuels and fracking who has openly opposed the EPA...
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"How could the human mind progress, while tormented with frightful phantoms, and guided by men, interested in perpetuating its ignorance and fears? Man has been forced to vegetate in his primitive stupidity: he has been taught stories about invisible powers upon whom his happiness was supposed to depend. Occupied solely by his fears, and by unintelligible reveries, he has always been at the...
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FFRF’s Winter Solstice display returns to Illinois Capitol

The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Winter Solstice display has returned to the Illinois Capitol building for the eighth year in a row.

The exhibit was installed by FFRF member Kathryn Koldehoff in the hub of the Illinois state government in Springfield on Dec. 5 and will be up till the end of the month.

FFRF is the largest...
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FFRF’s solstice banner in Florida park defaced

A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner in a Florida town has been vandalized.

Barely a day after it was put up in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square Park to counter a life-sized nativity scene, the nontheistic organization's Winter Solstice banner was spray-painted and defaced.

The Foundation is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to...
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“I am a child of the Enlightenment. I think irrational belief is a dangerous phenomenon, and I try to consciously avoid irrational belief.”

—-Noam Chomsky, in an interview in Chronicles of Dissent when asked about his spiritual beliefs, 1992

On this date in 1928, Noam Chomsky, the son of a Hebrew scholar, was born in Philadelphia. Although Chomsky would revolutionize the world of...
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Away with the manger — in with the Solstice!

A Freedom From Religion Foundation banner now counters an annual life-sized Christian nativity scene placed by a Catholic Church in a public park in Boca Raton, Fla.

FFRF’s banner reads:

"At this Season of the Winter Solstice LET REASON PREVAIL.

There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world....
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FFRF in the News: Freedom From Religion Foundation threatens legal action if St. Bernard nativity scene isn't removed

A national watchdog group wants St. Bernard to remove a nativity scene that the group says violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of separation of church and state.

The Tri-State Freethinkers first brought the small nativity scene to the attention of the Madison,...
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“De t’ings dat yo’ li’ble
to read in de Bible
it ain’t necessarily so.”

—Ira Gershwin, “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” 1935.

On this date in 1896, Ira Gershwin was born in New York, N.Y. He briefly attended the College of the City of New York (1914–1916), where he became interested in writing and music. His first foray into writing lyrics for Broadway plays was in 1921 for “Two Little Girls In...
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DeVos to use Education Department to ‘advance God’s Kingdom’?

Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, would be the very embodiment of a fox guarding a chicken coop.

DeVos, the billionaire national leader of the euphemistically named "school choice" movement, is a fanatic who has long been determined to force government to spend public tax dollars to "advance God's...
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DeVos to use Education Department to ‘advance God’s Kingdom’? - Freedom From Religion Foundation

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Do Bannon and Ingraham’s White House ties signal ‘church militants’ vs. atheists?

It’s astonishing that figures as polarizing and doctrinaire as Ann Coulter would seriously be in contention to serve as press secretary under Donald Trump. I suppose we should be grateful that so far Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly haven’t been mentioned. But their sometimes cohort, Laura Ingraham, has been, and...
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FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel: Obama should dismantle unconstitutional office before he leaves

President Obama must get rid of the most constitutionally suspect office under his control before he transfers power to Donald Trump.

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships exists ostensibly to ensure that government grants “are distributed to the most effective...
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"Witches Bull" Issued

On this date in 1484, Pope Innocent VIII's notorious "Witches Bull" (Bull Summis desiderantes) was issued, officially commencing the witch hunts. Historians estimate that victims put to death as a result ranged from 600,000 to more than 9 million, over the 250 years of the witch hunts.

"[m]any persons of both sexes, unmindful of their own salvation and straying from the...
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Special Weekly Report: We’ve been working frantically

We here at the Freedom From Religion Foundation have worked frantically the past two weeks.

Gearing up for the holiday season
We’ve been gearing up for “December Madness” and for the challenges of a Trump presidency. And we’ve had a delightful number of victories on the state/church front (plus an interesting run-in with the Catholic...
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“I have for many years strictly avoided going to church or having anything to do with Mumbo-Jumbo.

We know nothing. All is, and must be, utterly incomprehensible.”

—Thomas Carlyle's remarks to poet William Allingham, Allingham's Diary (p. 217, ii, 410), 1907. Cited by Joseph McCabe, in A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Rationalists.

On this date in 1795, historian Thomas Carlyle was born...
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