Answering Fox News: Why doesn’t FFRF ever ‘go after’ Islam or other religions?

Religions can only coexist under a secular government. FFRF is an equal opportunity enforcer of the Establishment Clause, be it Islam, Mormonism, Judaism, Taoism, or Christianity.

By Andrew L. SeidelStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion Foundation The Christian Right throws this question at the Freedom From Religion Foundation all the time. These disingenuous critics don’t really want FFRF to do even more to uphold the constitutional separation between state and church. They just want to complain about us because we are keeping their religion, Christianity, out of our secular government.FFRF opposes religion in government — any religion. We are “equal opportunity” w … [Read more...]

The top 10 absolute worst Old Testament verses

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by Dan Barker co-president Freedom From Religion Foundation While writing GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, I found myself wading through the murky waters of the Old Testament, something I was hoping never to have to do again. I arose before 5:00 am for more than 16 months to research and document Richard Dawkins’ famous sentence from The God Delusion: The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, u … [Read more...]

Making a Murderer: God of the bible

The God of the Old Testament is quite awful. This is how we imagine Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine Chapel if he had had the benefit of Barker's new book.

By PJ Slinger Editor, Freethought Today Freedom From Religion Foundation Review of GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction By Dan Barker, Sterling Publishing, New York February 2016 $23 Think of any fiction book you’ve read, any fictional movie you’ve seen, any tall tale you’ve heard. Now think about the worst character from any of those. No matter who or what you think of, Dan Barker knows of one who is worse. God. Specifically, God of the bible. Barker, co-president of FFRF, … [Read more...]

Freethought Radio interviews Justin Scott, Iowa Voter and Atheist Activist, and Jane Donnelly, who’s fighting public Catholic schools in Ireland

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Guests: Jane Donnelly & Justin ScottThis week on Freethought Radio, FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker first talk to Iowa atheist Justin Scott. Scott tells us about his experience interviewing political candidates in the Iowa caucuses about their views on the separation of state and church. After hearing Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders respond to Justin, we talk with Jane Donnelly by phone from Dublin, who just testified before the U.N. on … [Read more...]

Ill. Sheriff denigrates atheists; admits to breaking law in writing

Sheriff Allen should consider spending less time in this pose and more time protecting all citizens, including atheists. LifetimeStock/Shuttestock.com

By Andrew L. SeidelStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion Foundation Sheriff Travis Allen of Jefferson County, Ill., is charged with enforcing the law but he doesn’t seem to understand it. Allen is one of those sheriffs who thinks putting “In God We Trust” on patrol cars is both patriotic and politically incorrect (how does he not see this contradiction?). Now he has stepped into another religious controversy.In a January 22 letter, FFRF explained to Jefferson County officials that they could n … [Read more...]

Speaker Paul Ryan and other preaching politicians are a problem

The Offenders: WI State Rep. Scott Allen, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, GA State Rep. Bill Heath Public photos courtesy of their respective websites.

By Ryan D. Jayne Diane Uhl Legal Fellow Freedom From Religion Foundation Why do Christian politicians think they can use their public offices to promote their personal religions? Imagine a Muslim mayor telling citizens to “Consider the hope offered by Allah” or “It is Allah’s way we seek.”In the last month, the Freedom From Religion Foundation received complaints about several politicians promoting their personal religion while speaking as a government representative.Wisconsin sta … [Read more...]

Christian School: Not giving a government megaphone for our prayer is a “prayer ban”

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By Andrew L. SeidelStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion Foundation The Florida High School Athletic Association, which organizes and hosts the state football playoffs at a public facility, refused to allow its loudspeaker to be used for a private prayer. Two Christian schools made the playoffs and, though they prayed before the game, weren’t given the PA to broadcast those prayers to everyone at the government-sponsored event. Now they’re claiming persecution and we at FFRF are stepping in to he … [Read more...]

Kentucky Judge botches ruling on discriminatory Ark Park

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  By Sam GroverStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion Foundation  Answers in Genesis, the evolution-denying religious group led by young earth creationist Ken Ham, is now eligible for up to $18 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky government, thanks to a federal judge’s misguided ruling. Answers in Genesis plans to use government tax incentives to fund its Ark Encounter theme park, which will promote the biblical fable of Noah’s Ark as an actual historic even … [Read more...]

AZ Columnist: Atheists are smelly, thoughtless, intolerant, and annoying

FFRF is no stranger to Anti-atheist bigotry. Our billboards have been defaced with devil horns, homophobic slurs, and buckets of paint (clockwise from top).

 By Andrew L. SeidelStaff AttorneyFreedom From Religion Foundation Imagine the reaction if a newspaper printed a story that Jews or Mormons are smelly, thoughtless, intolerant, and annoying. Or if a newspaper said, “Many African Americans are fundamentally intolerant.” The uproar would be immediate and justified. Yet, the Green Valley News (Ariz.) published just such a derogatory article, stereotyping a minority, only the target of Emil Franzi’s bigotry was a group that many seem to believe can … [Read more...]

Blasphemy: A victimless crime that creates real victims

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By Annie Laurie Gaylor Co-Founder and Co-President Freedom From Religion Foundation It’s impossible to read without wincing the news stories about the devout 15-year-old Pakistani boy who cut off his own hand to prove his fealty to Islam.According to various news accounts, on the evening of Jan. 10, the imam Shabir Ahmad of the village of Khanquah, Pakistan, denounced the boy, Anwar Ali, as a blasphemer. As the Times account points out, that’s “an accusation that in Pakistan can get a pers … [Read more...]


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