Weekly Report: We aren’t afraid of controversy

This week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation showed that it really isn’t afraid of controversy. Read more

Nothing to cheer about in Texas cheerleader case

A Texas appellate court recently issued yet another ruling in a long-running case that should have ended just days after it was filed. Read more

O say can you kneel? Free speech and football

By Andrew L. Seidel Director of Strategic Response Freedom From Religion Foundation Freedom of speech is both a constitutional right and a core American value. As a constitutional right, it means the government cannot limit your right to speak. Obviously, private employers aren’t the government. Private organizations can regulate the speech of employees and participants. This is bad news for those receiving tips at Cold Stone Creamery and has implications for the NFL players who choose not to stand during… Read more

Gun Control and Religious Freedom: How Thinking in Constitutional Absolutes Is Killing People

As a constitutional issue, the gun control debate has a lot in common with the attempts to redefine religious freedom. Read more

Weekly Wrap Up: Many ups and downs here at FFRF

Boy oh boy, have there been ups and downs recently here at the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Read more

An open letter to a would-be state attorney general

By Andrew L. Seidel Director of Strategic Response Freedom From Religion Foundation A person who wishes to be the attorney general of his or her state should understand the law — especially its most basic points, such as freedom of religion and separation between state and church. The individual should also respect the law. After all, she or he is looking to be the state’s chief law enforcement officer. What the person should not do is argue for schools to… Read more

Saudi women can now steer their country into the Enlightenment

When I visited Saudi Arabia in June 2002 with a group of journalists, the regime assured us that the ban on women drivers would be lifted within a few months. Read more

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

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