Churches suing FEMA for recovery funds should lose

By Andrew L. Seidel Director of Strategic Response Freedom From Religion Foundation It seems that some churches want to have it both ways. State-church separation gives churches significant benefits, and even preferential treatment, such as exclusion from taxation. Attached to these benefits are requirements — most importantly that taxpayers will not be forced to fund houses of worship. But now some churches are seeking to claim these benefits, while shunning the obligations — and they are relying on a recent… Read more

SNAP founder Barbara Blaine’s death a great loss

I’m sorry I recently met for the first and only time Barbara Blaine, an activist for survivors of priest abuse and a survivor herself. Read more

Churches hit by Harvey and Irma shouldn’t get federal money

Religious freedom demands that churches shouldn’t get federal funds to repair or rebuild. Yes, you read that correctly: religious freedom demands it. Read more

We’ve been celebrating

We’ve been celebrating here at the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Read more

An Open Letter to U.S. Air Force Chaplain Sonny Hernandez

To Captain Sonny Hernandez, Chaplain for the U.S. Air Force Reserves: Dear Captain Hernandez, This is a response to your recent misguided rant about the “duties” of Christian military chaplains to “avoid supporting or accommodating evil.” You make it clear that by “evil” you mean the American values of religious pluralism and the constitutional right of non-Christians and the nonreligious to freely exercise their beliefs. Your ideas are unworthy and un-American. The tirade was meant to encourage other military chaplains… Read more

Yes, Questions of Religion Can Be Fair Game for Senate Confirmation Hearings

If someone who wants to be a judge believes that her religion should trump her oath of office, is it fair for those vetting the judge to ask her about that belief? According to some, questioning a person about his or her religion is off limits because our Constitution prohibits religious tests for public office. And it does, but it also requires that judges swear an oath to uphold that Constitution. A recent manufactured conflict along these lines is breeding… Read more

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Expose the Futility of Prayer

This year’s hurricane season proves beyond all doubt that nothing fails like prayer. Read more

Weekly Report: Our Defenses Are up

Summer is over and theocrats are back at it again, trying to force their religious agenda on our secular republic. Read more

Weekly Report: We’re creating major buzz

It was nice for me to come back to our office from vacation and find the Freedom From Religion Foundation creating major buzz. Read more

Weekly Report: The ABCs of atheism

Here at the Freedom From Religion Foundation we’ve been preparing for September by schooling public officials, school districts, and the Facebook community and radio listeners on nontheism and simple ways to keep religion out of government. Read more

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