An open letter to Sheriff Jolley: taking Harris County, GA back to Jim Crow one sign at time

An insecure Sheriff Jolley standing next to his belligerent sign. Via Jolley's instagram.

Dear Sheriff Jolley,Many people have reported your new sign to the Freedom From Religion Foundation because we work to keep state and church separate. The sign is problematic on several fronts, threatening, and in poor taste. Essentially, it says, “If you don’t believe what I do, get out of my county.” This is an appalling sentiment, and even more so when it’s coming from someone who has sworn to uphold the Constitution—a document that protects freedom of thought above all else.In an … [Read more...]

Fiorina smears nonbelievers at forum celebrating pandering

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By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Founder and Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation "People of faith make better leaders,” opined a cross-adorned Carly Fiorina, speaking at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 20. Fiorina, ironically, then went on to brag, “Faith gives us humility."To hear this statement, go to 2:02:31 to 2:03:04.  Fiorina concluded her intolerant remarks, “It’s important to elect a leader of faith who knows more — not less — prayer is necessary in p … [Read more...]

Here’s to more Mormons waking up

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By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Founder and Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation It was inspiring (in the secular sense) to see 1,000 Mormons resigning en masse over the weekend at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, in protest of the Mormon’s new policy stigmatizing gay couples and their children.About 800 others have registered letters of resignation following the unforgiving announcement by the Church of Latter Day Saints earlier this month imposing cruel new conditions on same-sex M … [Read more...]

‘Christian truth’ will not solve Islamic terrorism: we need less religion, not more


By Andrew L. SeidelStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion Foundation Of course religion played a role in the terror attacks in Paris. And Beirut. And Nigeria. And the previous attacks in Canada, Australia, Paris again, Texas, Kenya, Copenhagen, Boston, and New York.Even if you believe Islamic terrorism has associated economic causes or is related to U.S. foreign policy, there can be no doubt that religion provides both the justification and the motivation for these terrorists. Religion … [Read more...]

‘Good works instead of long prayers’

By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Founder and Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation Oh dear. The nuns at the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wis., claim to have been praying night and day without interruption since 11 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1878.The convent is very proud that for 137 years they have maintained what is called the tradition of perpetual Eucharistic adoration —  uninterrupted prayer before “the body of Christ.” (This means they think Jesus can be seen under t … [Read more...]

FFRF to Kasich: Bill of the Rights, not bible, grants civil rights

By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Founder and Co-President Freedom From Religion FoundationIt’s the Bill of Rights, not the bible, that grants citizens rights, Governor Kasich.The news headline, “Kasich proposes new government agency to promote Judeo-Christian values,” sounds like satire of reality from The Onion.But Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, is dead serious. He floated the idea yesterday of creating an agency to promote Judeo-Christian values as part of … [Read more...]

Blind spots: Religion’s pervasive ‘holy terror’

By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation "There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror.”So, incredibly, claimed presidential wannabe U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, advocating Nov. 15 in South Carolina that only Syrian refugees who are Christian should be admitted to the U.S. — not Muslims.Fellow contender Jeb Bush likewise told CNN on Sunday: “We should focus our efforts as it relates to refugees on the Christians that are being slaug … [Read more...]

I love Paris, and detest terrorism


By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Founder and Co-President Freedom From Religion FoundationIf he were alive today, Voltaire would translate his motto “Écrasez l'Infâme” (“Crush the Infamy” — referring to the Roman Catholic Church) into Arabic.Many people agree with songwriter Cole Porter: “I love Paris every moment of the year.” That’s why Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world — something I didn’t realize until Dan and I had a too-short vacation there in mid-May. A sign in … [Read more...]

Je suis Paris, je t’aime Paris

Je Suis Paris

By Andrew L. SeidelStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion FoundationI am, as Hemingway put it, “lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man.” I've spent many wonderful weeks in the City of Light, wandering streets roamed by some of humanity’s best and brightest.Paris is the city of Voltaire and Baron D’Holbach, of Diderot, D’Alembert and the other encyclopédistes, of Rousseau, Montesquieu, Bayle and, even briefly Hume and Descartes. For a long time Paris was, to paraphrase Carl … [Read more...]

Repeat after me: the absence of religion is not atheism

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By Madeline ZieglerCornelius Vanderbroek Legal FellowFreedom From Religion Foundation A blank wall, an unadorned car bumper, a monochromatic cup—some may find it hard to believe, but none of these things take any position on the existence of ­a god, or whether one religion is better than others.I don’t want to blow the red Starbucks cups any further out of proportion—FFRF generally doesn't concern itself with the decisions of private businesses, and anyway, there’s been almost nothing but ba … [Read more...]